Universal Design Studio designs interiors of Rimowa's Berlin store
Interiors of Rimowa's Berlin store, designed by Universal Design Studio

Aluminium defines interiors of Rimowa's Berlin boutique by Universal Design Studio

Universal Design Studio has introduced shiny metal surfaces throughout Rimowa's inaugural Berlin store reflecting the premium luggage brand's material palette.

The Rimowa store is set inside a listed period building on renowned Berlin shopping boulevard Kurfürstendamm and is almost entirely decked out in aluminium – the material used by the brand to form the brand's signature ridged suitcases.

Interiors of Rimowa's Berlin store, designed by Universal Design Studio

Charged with developing an aesthetic for the 220-square-metre retail space that reflected the brand's ethos, London-based Universal Design Studio used the metal throughout the shop in celebration of its "textural beauty and material possibilities".

"We were inspired by the materiality, proportion and precision of the Rimowa core range and with a focus on the culture of global travel," Hannah Carter Owers, director of the studio, told Dezeen.

Interiors of Rimowa's Berlin store, designed by Universal Design Studio

Maintaining the existing ornate ceiling mouldings and wooden parquet floors, the studio went about creating a series of aluminium display fixtures for the store's three rooms.

Blocky counters accommodate the brand's smaller leather accessories, while stepped units that run along the peripheral walls have been used to present different suitcase models. Each of these elements can also be moved around to allow space for in-store events.

"The contemporary presentation displays products in a way that both invites user interaction and also educates on the product's components and materiality," explained the studio.

Interiors of Rimowa's Berlin store, designed by Universal Design Studio

In attempt to hint at the locations the suitcases may be taken to the studio has integrated gallery-style backlit shelves into a couple of walls, which display small colourful postcards depicting scenes from urban cities like London and New York.

These niches can also be used to present purchasable wheels, handles, or luggage belts to customers.

In the front window are a row of white, angled fins that partially obscure the store's interiors from the street, but the luggage repair centre at the rear of the floor plan is kept on view.

Interiors of Rimowa's Berlin store, designed by Universal Design Studio

This is Rimowa's first Berlin store, joining other German branches in Cologne, Munich, Frankfurt, and across the rest of the world.

Late last year the brand collaborated with Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson to create a collection of geological luggage stickers. These includes 46 different designs, each inspired by rocks and lava.

Photography is by Felix Loechner.