Design lovers, get thee to Berlin.

 79_-1-465x697There 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.44_Bocci79_09.15-1286x856This 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:16_-6-465x69719_-5-465x723  28_-6-1286x85928_-13-465x69638_-13-465x60671_Bocci79_09.15-465x69873_79-1-465x62273_Bocci79_09.15-1286x85676_Bocci79_09.15-465x698Bocci79_09.15-465x697FullSizeRender-465x551