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This Project, as well as all other projects since 2013, has been developed at Hidden Fortress design studio.

In the „old West of Berlin“, precisely opposite of the Savoy Hotel, the Delphi and the Theater des Westens at Kantstrasse, the cocktail culture found yet another home – the Bar Zentral. The bar is located in one of the arches of the S-Bahn-viaduct, which holds the tracks for trains going from Zoo Station to Western Germany. Together with Collignon architects (room planning) and the carpenter Majo Ertel, who was in charge of the high manufacturing quality, we developed a strong room that easily plays with modern and classic components.

With Hidden Fortress
Client: Torsten Bender, Sebastian Mathow
Team: Iveta Čermáková
Architect: Collignon Architektur
Carpenter Interior: Majo Ertel
Stonemason: Wolff Natursteine

This Project, as well as all other projects since 2013, has been developed at Hidden Fortress design studio.

In the center of Berlin Kreuzberg we designed the new Bazar Noir store for hard-to-find design pieces. Following the name of the store, we built up a completely black room, highlighted by the products and a contrasting 2nd level. The center of the store is defined by a floating staircase that connects these areas.

With Hidden Fortress
Client: Bazar Noir
Majo Ertel (interior)
Livius Haerer (staircase)

docks is a modular furniture system, which can be combined in various ways to create different office islands. As communal furniture docks can be both a meeting place and interface, as well as a retreat for relaxation and concentration. The modules can be put together in such a way as to provide acoustic and visual privacy or open-plan meeting areas. The elements are designed to match the dimensions of ophelis furniture, so that shelves and cabinets can seamlessly connect and integrate. Docks are a connective and transitional element between various zones in the office.

Dimensions: depth 90 cm, length varies
Material: aluminum, oak veneer, HPL, upholstery

With Till Grosch for ophelis, 2013.
Further info at:

Shelter is a tool to organize and individualize working [and living] environments. Its intended use is to create a high level of comfort and at the same time maintain flexibility, serving a variety of professional as well as personal needs. Form giving element, and main difference to other partition systems, is a sheltering roof which provides an individual environment concerning sound and light, upholding privacy without sacrificing transparency.

Dimensions: various sizes
Material: wood, felt, Corian

etc etc bench is made of veneered chipboard. The interaction of 2-dimensional plains and 3-dimensional shapes is due to its white coated inside surfaces. The angled side parts offer optimal stability without additional cross connections.

Dimensions (H/W/D): 45/120/45 cm
Material: chipboard, walnut veneer

Photos by Axel Köhler

Side table. Between the two-part table plate a space opens up for magazines and journals. Bec-de Livre is available in different versions.

Dimensions (H/W/D): 35/50/50 cm
Material: oak, steel, powdercoating

In collaboration with Christian Lamour
Photo by Axel Köhler

Copper is the new black. Bar for a private gallery in Bremen. The design plays with an alternation of matte and glossy surfaces, which result in a tense composition of warm and deeply shimmering sections–breaking through the darkness of the overall finish. To underline this appearance all copper parts are illuminated by integrated led lights. Side parts are  reduced to a minimum–3 mm coated steel–and accentuate the elegance of the design.

Dimensions: 22 m²
Material: copper, steel, oak, chalkboard finish

Manufactured by:
Möbeltischlerei Andreas Körber
Photos by Sandy Volz

Photo by Sandy Volz

Photo by Sandy Volz

Photo by Sandy Volz

Photo by Sandy Volz

Photo by Sandy Volz

3-Seater. The angled seating generates face-to-face situations, encouraging conversation. A variety of constellations can be achieved by combining several Mutu-units in different arrangements.

Dimensions (H/W/D): 70/210/100 cm
Material: plywood, steel, upholstery


Side table, topped with oak veneer. The table plate is framed with brackets, protecting the butting edges. Frame is available in various sizes and finishings.

Dimensions (H/W/D): 35/75/75 cm
Material: veneered chipboard (PU coated), steel (coated with blackboard paint)

In collaboration with Christian Lamour

Modular shelf-system which is intended to work on its own as well as in combination. Each component is made of coated top- and bottom-shelf, two side-elements of acrylic glass, rear and blind are made of aluminum. Rear and blind work as feet and also cover the connection between the elements, forming a unit.

Dimensions (H/W/D): 45/45/30 cm
Material: aluminum, acrylic glass, film-faced plywood

Photo by Axel Köhler

“In guter Verfassung” is a traveling exhibition that brings the key elements of the liberal-democratic constitutional order closer to high school kids, and fights tendencies towards right wing radicalism. The exhibition was commissioned by the federal office for political education and will be visiting schools in Saxony from 2009 to 2015.

Dimensions: 120 m²
Material: Aluminum, stretch fabric, diverse

In collaboration with Zwoelf [graphic design] TheGreenEyl [interaction design]

Office Interior for Plantage*, a Berlin based agency for brand communication. Set in the historical buildings that for the 38 years between 1883 and 1921 housed the traditional German chocolate manufacturer Zarotti, the office design celebrates rather than overlays its origins. Sandblasted walls create the impression the past being revealed, while among the internal, mobile elements such as the furniture, the juxtaposition between slick and rough materials emphasises the changing face of the space’s use. The floor is gradiated—different areas are separated by differing floor levels, creating separate spaces without the express need for true dividing elements. Individual offices—when required, such as for CEOs and Think Tanks—are angled at odds with the original building, highlighting the new use in appropriately playful style.

Dimensions: 1400 m².

In collaboration with Hidden Fortress and C+ Architekten

High-speed boat. The boat’s name is Çabuk, which means “fast” in Turkish. An efficient, ergonomic design, we built it in two weeks in our fully integrated office dockyard using only cheap plywood. A wild rumour exists among onlookers on the banks of the Landwehr-canal next to our Studio that we were once able to fit four people in the vessel.

Dimensions (H/D/L): 35/100/210 cm
Material: Boxing plywood, spar varnish

Together with Till Grosch

Selected press releases. For high-res product images and more info feel free to get in contact.

Interior Design, Feb 2016, cover story, Page 071-073

Powershop 5, Frame Publishing, 2016, Page 102-107

Lumitecture, Thames & Hudson, 2016, Page 188-189

Holistic Retail Design, Frame Publishing, 2015, Page 188-189

The Shopkeepers, Gestalten Verlag, 2015, Page 52-53

Cube Magazine no. 2/2015, Page 32-33

Cube Magazine no. 2/2015, Index

Cube Magazine no. 2/2015, Page 32-33

360° Design no. 50, 2014, Page 86 – 89

360° Design no. 50, 2014, Page 86 – 87

360° Design no. 50, 2014, Page 88 – 89

Architectura y Dsino, No. 157, Nuevo Contract

Architectura y Dsino, No. 157, Nuevo Contract

Elle Decoration, No. 94, Feb 2014, Page 22 & 30

Elle Decoration, No. 94, Feb 2014, Page 22

Wohnrevue no. 12, 2013, Page 104

Damn Magazine no. 36, 2013, Page 168

New European Economy, Autumn 2013, Page 66 – 69

New European Economy, Autumn 2013, Page 66

New European Economy, Autumn 2013, Page 67

New European Economy, Autumn 2013, Page 68

New European Economy, Autumn 2013, Page 69

RUM Magazine no. 11, 2013, Page 26 – 27

360° Design no. 43, 2013, Page 50 – 55

Home & Design Trends no. 5, 2013, Page 31

AIT no. 12, 2012, Page 49