Berlin Souvenirs

January 30, 2014 • DesignHome Decor

i’ve always loved bringing back souvenirs from my travels. ever since i was a little kid i would love scouring local boutiques in search of the one item that perfectly represented the place i was in. i have had entire collections of snow globes, starbucks coffee mugs, posters and various knick knacks that invariably ended up in some sort of box or dark corner of the closet because, well, they seemed like such a good idea at the time.

the last couple of years i’ve been traveling ever more frequently, and i quickly figured out that my souvenir hobby wouldn’t survive – our tiny apartment simply has not enough spare boxes and empty corners for an incorrigible hoarder. so instead of looking for ‘souvenirs’, i now keep an eye out for items that have a connection to the city where i pick them up, but that i would have loved to have even without it.

the first time i wandered into voo store – a little over two years ago – i think i must have spent more than an hour there, not just photographing the place for the travel guide i was writing, but picking up and studying every. single. item on display, too. everything is just so well curated. i was overwhelmed with choice, so obviously i ended up leaving empty-handed. (does that happen to you, too?)

i had noticed those cement letters by danish, berlin-based architect and designer sigurd larsen, and i haven’t been able to stop thinking about them. so that’s why i didn’t feel the slightest bit guilty buying this beautiful R – the first letter of my husband’s family name. i already brought back an old neon letter S from the rose bowl flea market in los angeles, and i ordered this giant playtype poster M from copenhagen, so now we only need a D to complete both sets of our initials. and while satisfying my hunger for typography in our interior, i’ve managed to gather bits and pieces of my favorite places around the world – right here in our home.

as for the vodka. yeah, i jumped on that bandwagon. it’s all over the internet, but admit it – the packaging is just too good to pass up. i’m afraid i’ll probably never open it and it is destined to live a long and happy life as a design object around the house. which is probably a shame, because i’ve heard good things about the guys who brew the vodka in berlin.

photos by stephanie duval

One Response

  1. Kelly says:

    Dit is zo herkenbaar! ;) Gelukkig hebben we nog een zolder (oei, dat klinkt ook best fout).
    Ik mik nu meer op praktische items, bvb. een theedoek, een koffiemok die ik gebruik om balpennen in te zetten. Schriftjes en balpennen doen het over het algemeen ook heel goed.
    Die letter!! Ik heb nog altijd spijt dat ik die niet heb mee gebracht uit Kopenhagen. ;)
    En van die vodka: ik heb hier ook flesjes staan van verschillende reizen die ik niet open durf te doen.. erg hé?

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