Mill Vintage & Interior
Located in a former picture framing store, this vintage paradise belongs to sisters Mari and Lena Müller, who renovated it themselves as a genuine labour of love. They offer a fine selection of interior accessories and vintage décor and furniture and have a particularly soft spot for Bauhaus and mid-century styles. With its unique blend of old and new, Mill is living proof that sustainability can still be modern and stylish, with every gem salvaged by the store playing its part in the fight against mass consumption. The wide range of goods is complemented by plants, dried flowers and eye-catching plant pots with the matching stands.
Eifelwall 44, 50674 Cologne, mill-living.de
Store manager Dennis Korte has succeeded in turning online shop SCHEE into a vibrant purveyor of out-of-the-ordinary design in Cologne’s Belgian Quarter. As soon as you set foot inside, your eyes will be drawn to the huge wall adorned with 150 framed prints by artists from all corners of the globe. You’ll also find prints by design studio WhatWeDo from Copenhagen and washable, eco-friendly paper products with a variety of uses from Tuscany. A tempting array of sweets are on display at the cash desk – and a lustrous selection of pendant lamps suspended above it. In July 2020, SCHEE opened a second store right next door, where you can also get your hands on their cookbook. Guten Appetit!
Maastrichter Str. 36 & 40, 50672 Cologne, schee.net
Books – fashion – design. Siebter Himmel (which is German for ‘Seventh Heaven’) is a unique cross between a bookshop and a design store located in the Belgian Quarter. Everyone is sure to find a new favourite book here – from literature and children’s stories to design, cookbooks and other non-fiction. An extensive product selection by popular Scandinavian designers reflects the latest trends in interiors, décor and stationery, including brightly coloured fashion and homeware by Finnish label Marimekko. Or if you prefer to treat yourself instead, you can make a beeline for one of the many little cafés or restaurants nearby and get stuck into your new book right away.
Brüsseler Str. 67, 50672 Cologne, siebterhimmel.de
With everything from modern to classic design, Gernot Thöndel and Miriam Brühl fly the flag for Scandinavian elegance at their Ehrenfeld store. Their innate appreciation of good design is evident in the way they present their items in the lovely showroom with its long window fronts. Customers can browse minimalist office furniture and sofas by Hay, Scandinavian textiles by traditional weaving mill Lapuan Kankurit and timeless sideboards by Treku from the north of Spain. Thöndel and Brühl’s store has given a real boost to the neighbourhood’s shopping credentials and showcases designers whose creations aren’t available in your average online shop.
Siemensstr. 9, 50825 Cologne, toendel.de
You can now get your design fix at this former pharmacy in the south of Cologne: owner Elmar Schreurs has a clear predilection for Scandinavian interior style, which he supplements with items by designers from France and Germany. He clearly enjoys mixing and matching established brands with aspiring young labels and producers. After training to become a cabinetmaker and graduating with a degree in wood technology, Elmar worked as a product manager at a furniture manufacturer. At the beginning of 2017, it was “time for something new”, so he decided to strike out on his own. And what better location to set up shop than the lively Merowingerstrasse with its little stores, cafés and restaurants?
Merowinger Str. 8, 50677 Cologne, goldkant.de
(by Raum 5)