Opposites attract: Sofitel Kurfürstendamm blends Art Deco & Bauhaus
German architect Jan Kleihues plays with contrasting styles and make us fall for it 😍
Miss.Tic graffiti is the French cherry over this art loving cake 😘
Viviane Vaz for Id International
Are you an art lover? Wanna find a gem in Berlin’s Champs-Elysées? So, you should walk around the heart of West Berlin and go to Kurfürstendamm, also known as Ku’damm. This is one of the main streets in the German capital for cultural activities and shopping. There you will find a beautiful 5-star hotel blending different art and design schools and movements.
Designed by German architect Jan Kleihues, the Sofitel Berlin Kurfürstendamm is an Art Deco 17-story building with a stone façade from Kirchheim shell limestone. Inside, Kleihues reflects Berlin changing moods by playing with lighting and Bauhaus-inspired furniture.
Did you know that Art Deco and Bauhaus have opposing theories, styles and use of materials? It made me think how Jan Kleihues attracted opposites and made us, guests and visitors, fall for this combination.
The French Art Deco dates from 1920s to 1930s and is marked by luxury, the use of high-quality materials and skilled handcraft for exclusive clients. Its name comes from short for Arts Décoratifs, the 1925 international exhibition of modern decorative and industrial arts in Paris. Art Deco represents glamour and optimism in technological progress.
In the same period, the German architect Walter Gropius comes up with an opposite idea. He argues that the end of the First World War (WW1) brings a new period of History that needs a different design style. That’s why he creates the Bauhaus. This German school works with the idea that architecture and consumer goods should be simple, functional, affordable and consistent with mass production, but at same time beautiful and creative.
Besides Art Deco and Bauhaus inspiration, this business hotel offers their guests several pieces of original art work by Markus Lüpertz, Katrin Kampmann, Junior Toscanelli and Dietrich Klinge. If this art mix is not enough, then take a stroll and find Miss.Tic sensual graffiti in one of the floors…
What artists and designers love the most? Freedom. That’s what master Jan Kleihues gave his eight best students, letting them design some of the biggest suites at Sofitel Berlin Kurfürstendamm. The result is that today lucky guests can enjoy some boutique style suites: Les Suites “Opéra”. Each one has a unique style!
Finally, if you get hungry but want to continue feeding your art senses, you should try the restaurant Le Faubourg. It’s where Art Deco and or Bauhaus lovers find a great selection of wines from Germany and France matching the modern cuisine philosophy. A toast for matching opposite lovers! 🍷
Tip: At weekends well-know DJs spin contemporary music and you can mingle over wine cocktails and light bites at the Lounge area! 😋