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Design lovers, get thee to Berlin.
There are showrooms, and then there are showstoppers—let’s talk about Bocci 79.The namesake lighting design house Bocci (which occupies a home base in both Vancouver and Berlin) has turned an old German courthouse (circa 1897) into the walk-through, art-gallery-style exhibition of your design-loving dreams.Wandering through this historic building in Germany’s capital, you’ll see wire and glass light fixtures sprout up like vines from the floors in one room, while a neuron network of planter-pendant hybrids spans the ceiling in another. Sculptural light fixtures are suspended in stairwells and spill down hallways.This uber-showroom houses every piece from the Bocci catalogue (like the edgy, fluid-shaped 73 Series our Editor-in-Chief Anicka Quin fell for last fall), but it’s also going to be a space for some free-wheeling experimentation from designer (and Western Living Designers of the Year judge) Omer Arbel and serve as a growing archive of his enlightened prototypes, explorations and architectural projects.Oh, and did we mention you can visit for free?Bocci 79 is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and you have until 2025 to make the trip. But as it’s always a work-in-progress, each visit can yield new surprises so you can see it again, and again and again.Address: Kantstrasse 79, 10627 Berlin, GermanyBefore you go, here’s a little something to wet your whistle: