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The Chocolate Factory Erich Hamann in Berlin-Wilmersdorf

Already from a distance the golden lettering on the white tiles on the facade above the shop windows can be seen. The Chocolate Factory Erich Hamann appears like an aesthetic delight in Brandenburgische Straße 17 in Berlin-Wilmersdorf.

The frontage of the building is designed in a reduced, unadorned Bauhaus style and complies with Berlins` typical apartments and office buildings of the Thirties.

On the ground floor the chocolate shop and office space are located, on the two floors above the production halls and on the fourth to the sixth floor apartments.

The production rooms of the building from 1928 are light-flooded and bright due to the large windows and white tiled walls.

The interior of the shop was designed by the Swiss Bauhaus artist Johannes Itten. The wooden texture on the paneling seems to be sprinkled with cinnamon at first sight. Glass cases with mirrored frames are evenly arranged in the shop. The contrast between the glittering glass cases and the matt finished paneled walls characterizes this area.

In the glass cases the chocolate and praline specialties of the house are presented in simple candy boxes with blue ribbons in traditional twenties-style. The store is illuminated with HL99 pendant lamps with glass beads made of opal.

The nostalgic manufacturing processes of the chocolate specialties, an almost unchanged Bauhaus architecture and the original interior design reveal any visitor to the chocolate factory Erich Hamann an aesthetic and culinary insight into a Berlin like it was in the Twenties and Thirties.


Author: Aurelius Badzwol