Friday, November 5, 2010

Berlin's rough luxe

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In a building almost destroyed in World War II, the Clarchens Ballhaus still attracts visitors from all over the world. It boasts a restaurant that was first opened in 1913, hosts concerts and theater groups and is a perfect place to enjoy views of Berlin from its garden. Its dance floor is the oldest in Berlin, with dancing Monday through Thursday evenings. Salsa anyone?

What first attracted me was its lack of pretense and pride in the building as it stood, rather than undergoing a major overhaul. I first came across the term "rough luxe" when used in reference to the London hotel, the Rough Luxe Hotel (see here).  I would be much more inspired sitting in its history, viewing the peeling walls and cracked mirrors.

I like it when you can experience the walls and floors as they have stood over time.

Love the chandelier!

What a place for the office holiday party!


  1. Fabulous post!! I'm quite partial to the rough luxe!!! very Miss Havisham
    Have a great weekend.. ciao xxx Julie

  2. Ann, really amazing such a luxe venue!!

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  3. Amazing images! I am in love with the tablescapes in the last image. The simple single candles placed down the table with the fresh embellishment. Just beautiful!

  4. What an amazing place with such enchanting images...