T+L Reports: Belle Histoire
When illustrator Marc Stüwe and graphic designer Raimond Radtke—passionate collectors of furniture classics—ran out of space in their apartments, Cologne's latest design oasis was born. Belle Histoire (1 Hirschgässchen; 49-221/860-5684) is filled with an eclectic mix of vintage pieces displayed in destination-themed exhibitions. The current show, "Sunny Side Up," is inspired by Mexican interiors, with a 1963 plastic La Fonda chair and Pop art prints from the seventies. Part gallery, part living travelogue, the boutique leaves you feeling as if you've circled the globe with a well-connected personal shopper.