This is my list of the top 10 design online shops from Germany. I spend hours examining online shops searching for design products, gifts, home accessories and urban art for decoration. Due to my job many of the following shops are nothing I stumbled upon but more personal recommendations. It’s not only the selection of products, it’s the whole business model and the shopping experience that make a difference. Please enjoy my list and feel free to send me an email with further recommendations.
Clearly the best online shop for high quality design gifts. charlesandmarie.com is perfect when you are looking for unique design gifts and small home accessories. This is the place where you find products before you can buy them anywhere else. They offer products from a broad variety of brands and designers.. The guy behind charlesandmarie.com is Claus Krogmann. Claus is frequently traveling the globe in search for beauty, originality, invention and genius. He is a true design lover and a very well connected business man (ex VITRA country CEO later helped Fab.com to source the latest in design for Europe).
Make sure you check out the “Soupe Du Jour”! As its culinary namesake suggests the “Soupe du Jour” is a limited daily deal that changes every single day – except on weekends.
Gifts for: Men, women, mom, dad, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, decoration
“We’re on a mission to offer exciting and affordable art to everyone.” says Lea, founder and managing director of juniqe.com. Hand-picked artworks make this online shop for art a magnet for font fetishists, graphic geeks and fashion junkies. They don’t only offer artworks printed on posters, canvases and acrylic glass but also on T-shirts, sweaters, houshold linen, pillows and tech accessories. Curated several times each week.
Gifts for: Myself, family, friend, brother, sister
monoqi.com is the flash sale online shop you want to go to if you would love to have 5 different apartments to decorate… Since 2012 Simon Fabich, Felix Schlegel and their team offer a daily changing average of 50 curated design products from at least 5 designers for a discounted price.
Gifts for: Myself, family, friends
Elegant and creative Anna Bojic founded Merisier in 2011 in Berlin Kreuzberg. Merisier is dedicated to the true values of gifting. Anna assembles eco friendly and fair trade products from small international manufacturers and creates beautiful gift boxes that cannot be found anywhere else. Every gift is wrapped with greatest care and beautiful detail. MERISIER is French and means “wild cherry”.
Gifts for: Mom, dad, uncle aunt, friend and very good for business friend!
Donkey Products creates urban gifts for happy people. Every product tells a little story; one of the kind that makes you smile. They call this the “Donkey-Effect”.
Donkey Products is the only internationally successful gift brand from Germany. The Hamburg based studio was founded by chief creative donkey Florian Berger who developed the online shop together with Netshops Commerce (they also did the vitra shop). I really like the outstanding product presentation focus in a responsive full screen design which also works perfect on every mobile device. The Donkey online shop won the 2014 Best in eCommerce Award in the category “Beste Mobile-Commerce”.
Gifts for: Friend, sister, brother, mom, dad and all funny people
selekkt.com is a marketplace for young German product design. More or less 600 up and coming designers sell over 5.000 unique products. Selekkt is refreshingly creative, often made regionally and durable in shape and function. A very good mirror of what’s going on in German product design and lifestyle.
Gifts for: Myself, friends, decoration, furniture
Shipping: Unfortunately only Germany.
The brand new Blickfang online store welcomes you with daily exclusive portraits and stories about designers and their products. Street Style and Urban Couture, individual pieces with wow factor and everyday gadgets for style lovers, for individuals and for those who love the out of the ordinary. All products were shown at one of the Blickfang Exhibitions world wide and are hand picked by Astrid Paulus, Jennifer Reaves (managing director Blickfang International Design Exhibition), Katharina Schwarze and Nathaly Kellner. For style lovers, for individuals and for those who love the out of the ordinary.
Gifts for: Myself, friends, mom, dad, sister
Shipping: Germany, Austria, Switzerland
Andrea and Christoph spent long parts in their life sharing an apartment, studying, laughing, fighting and crying together. They have a passion for beautiful things and arrangements. What is even more important is that they had the courage to create a business exactly how they wanted it to be. “Kauf Dich Glücklich” which means as much as “Acquire happiness” is a very unique concept store. The philosophy has spread and today you can find bricks and mortar stores in Berlin, Bremen, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Cologne, Munich, Munster, Nurnberg, Stuttgart and in Vienna.
Gifts for: Myself, friends, brother, sister
Be honest: How often do you see inspiring things at flea markets, small shops, at a friends place or on the internet? Very often? Now check out this online shop, it creates the same sensation.
Roman and Daniel Schulz travel the world to bring you design products that surprise.
Gifs for: Friend, brother, sister, aunt, uncle
By Magnus Busch