German news magazine Der Spiegel moved into its new publishing house in Hamburg’s HafenCity development and commissionedIppolito Fleitz Group to create a new employee canteen. Also knows as the Spiegelkantine, this revamped 520 square meter social eating space displays a continuation and creative outlook on the iconic 1969 Verner Panton canteen design. Overcoming the challenges of redesigning an iconic space, Ippolito Fleitz Group created the canteen as to reflect the magazine’s “journalistic philosophy as much as its culture of dialogue“, resulting in a mirror-based design. What better way to showcase the influence of a world-renowned magazine that mirrors everyday life and capture the name (spiegel meaning mirror) of the brand?
“The ceiling design is the distinguishing moment of the space. It is formed of 4,230 circles made of micro-perforated aluminum. The tables are placed within the space in three large groups in loose arrangements and so provide an organic counterpoint to the polygonal floor plan. Through a zigzagging glass façade a separate area can be formed at one end for discrete events. . Large-scale light dishes use intense colour to divide the space into zones. This colour generates a positive atmosphere in the space, even on grey days. Dimmable lamps suspended directly above tables ensure that light levels are infinitely variable. In the evening the dishes are transformed into indirectly-lit light objects. “Der Spiegel Canteen Design was created to integrate the surrounding light and objects into its ever-changing display – how many of you would not mind eating there daily?
Don’t worry about making your shelf picture-perfect. Displaying a collection of toys is a simple, eye-catching solution, and the resulting vignette just might double as wall art! Below we see the Radial Wall Shelf from The Land of Nod. To cut down on the cluttered look, try grouping items by color! These Color Bar Ledges from The Land of Nod make the job easy. Use the shelves themselves to create an artful wall vignette, especially if you purchase intriguing pieces like these Shape Shifter Wall Shelves. This Land of Nod hinged metal shelving allows for a range of configurations, from rectangles to arrows. And don’t forget about creative ideas such as placing patterned paper at the back of your shelving to create a vibrant backdrop. These Honeycomb Wall Shelves are styled with shades of turquoise. Do you have any shelf styling tips to share? Leave a comment below.
Let’s get started with some styling inspiration from Urban Outfitters, a brand that offers an interesting array of wall-mounted shelving options. Many of them celebrate the best of geo style. Below we see a trio of shelving solutions, including the Bryn Mountain Display Shelf, pictured at the top right of the photo. Note how each of these shelves holds “like items,“ such as rocks, jewelry and other natural wonders. The styling of this Geo Triangle Shelf proves there’s power in empty space. You may be tempted to fill every square inch of your decorative shelving, but remember that sometimes less is more.