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Ever since we were children, a stroll around Berlin’s City West has been obligatory for us locals, so all the better that Bikini Berlin is not only home to a plethora of exciting stores, but also that a true design great like Artek has put down permanent roots here. Our blogazine Herz&Blut is devoted to interior and design and everything that people do with and out of passion.

So how apt that Artek recently invited us to a networking breakfast – basically like a little school reunion among interior enthusiasts – in their concept store at Bikini Berlin. At a little table in the middle of the store and over delicious coffee and tasty snacks we chatted about Scandinavian design in general, and of course Artek.

Finnish design classics

The label, established in 1935 in Finland, is meanwhile a firm favourite when it comes to furniture design. A particular classic is the stackable Stool 60 by designer Alvar Aalto. This three-legged stool, which was created at the beginning of the 1930s, is even on display at the MoMa. At the Artek concept store at Bikini Berlin, the iconic design is available in a number of different colour combinations. And the tea trolley by Hella Jongerius also stands out with its sleek design and wooden look. We love it!

Furniture with a patina

“Good design is for eternity,” according to renowned designer Alberto Alessi. And we wholeheartedly agree! Not only are the Artek concept store’s regular events, from its midsummer happening to its varied workshops, worth a visit, but also the vintage corner near the entrance to the store. Original pieces of Vitra and Artek furniture from their own stocks are exhibited and also available to buy. But don’t take our word for it – make sure you drop by Artek at Bikini Berlin to see for yourself!