The sixth floor
The Karhardt design studio in Berlin is one of the most interesting for modern interior design, having risen to fame with the design of the Berghain. The architects Thomas Karsten and Alexandra Erhard use feel and touch, light and often surprising materials such as linoleum on walls.
At the KaDeWe they are entrusted with the redesign of the sixth floor, i.e. with everything related to the presentation of good food and drinks. New restaurants and sales areas were opened up some time ago. Now the next area is nearing completion, where you will find confectionery and chocolate, pastries, tea and coffee.
The architects also based their designs on the products that are sold here. The result is a contemporary interpretation of the confectionery department.
The Lenôtre pastry shop features delicate cream and rose tones vaguely reminiscent of cake dough. There are light bricks in the background, the counter is made of pink natural stone; there is also a tiled pink cake cabinet (and a matching bread cabinet).
The terrazzo-style chocolate counter translates the structure of the Italian nougat confectionery Torrone (which contains whole hazelnuts or almonds) into natural stone. It is speckled with large and small quarry pieces. The tea and coffee counters are clad in enamel.
The colourful gondolas that dangle from the ceiling here and there are particularly eye-catching. They are filled with sweets of every variety. It reminds you of the film “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” with Johnny Depp, which did in fact inspire the design idea.
The long curved Candy Counter features 1930s-style candy boxes filled with fruit gums, liquorice and other sweets. Brass details provide contrasts everywhere.