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Europe’s first Design Food Court, KANTINI, is an Instagram dream

Jens Boesenberg

Europe’s first design food court, KANTINI, is an Instagram dream

It may be the coldest time of year in Germany's capital city but it’s as bright as LA in the Bikini Berlin concept shopping mall’s new canteen. KANTINI is being dubbed Europe’s first design food court and it’s an Instagram dream. The 1 800m² eatery was designed by the creatives at studioaisslinger, who believe 'spaces need to offer experiences'. The team describe their new triumph as modern, easy-going and witty, likening it to the metropolis that it’s based in. It might not be an official requirement in the interior design briefs of today, but designers clearly appear to be keeping a sharp eye on shareable moments that they can introduce to a public space for maximum Instagram impact. Studioaisslinger is known for its storytelling through interior and product design. At KANTINI, tropical flora, art installations and neon signage abound, inspired by David Hockney’s pictorial world. According to the design team, 'KANTINI tackles the challenge that the digital age provides design with – to offer cool costumers cool spaces.' Much of the furniture and lighting was custom designed for the space by Studioaisslinger, such as the tile tables and the popsicle-coloured pin sofas. Other pieces are the studio's own: the Token Stool, Hobo Lamp, Tree Lamp, and Aspen Lamp installation. There's a variety of seating options for visitors, from one of the many swings to the sofa ‘landscape’ or terrace-style tables and chairs. The highlight is the loggia, where diners can enjoy panoramic views of the neighbouring zoo. Another caged seating area takes design inspiration from the huge bird aviaries next door. Similarly to our own Mojo Market in Cape Town's Sea Point, KANTINI comprises 13 modular food stations serving international fare from Mexican and Israeli to Hawaiian and Korean. On its website, Bikini Berlin describes KANTINI as the newest hotspot 'for dining and drinking, eating and enjoying, tasting and toasting' – and, no doubt, posting many an Insta-story.