Wandering around Savignyplatz, a lovely tree lined plaza with nice shops and restaurants, I stumbled into the wonderful BucherBogen bookshop.
Located under an S-Bahn railway bridge inside five connecting archways, it’s a great example of adaptive reuse. The vaulted brick ceilings lend it a monastic feel – which seemed appropriate since I do worship books! The gentle rumble of trains passing over every few minutes somehow add to the ambience.
Specializing in books on the arts and design, it has an outstanding selection, including titles on architecture, interiors, industrial design, graphics, photography, film, fashion, textiles, art and antiques.
I picked up this great book on fifty years of Braun product design. Braun’s former head of design, Dieter Rams, has an excellent show currently on view at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (until Feb. 20, 2012) titled Less and More: The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams. His design work and philosophy are hugely influential, particularly on the design of Apple products. Apple design chief Jonathan Ive sung his praises in the introduction to the recently published Dieter Rams: As Little Design as Possible.