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Stephanie Thatenhorst adorns child-friendly optician with graphic designs

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Triangular patterned tiles and an eyeglass dispenser feature in Stephanie Thatenhorst’s playful interior for this children’s optician in Munich.


Called Rookies, the specialist outlet occupies just 30 square meters in downtown Munich and is owned by German eyewear brand Leidmann.

Local interior designer Thatenhorst designed the store as a “noisy, wild and unique children’s paradise”, with all seats and product displays adjusted to their height.

All walls in the Rookies store are finished with geometric tiles (top and top)

“When you walk into the room, you enter uncharted territory,” she explained.

“The blue carpet signals that you are entering a new world. Every little detail is kid-friendly without using the usual clichés.”

Mirrors were placed on the walls of the store
Display areas are covered with peach colored fabric and fitted with blue hardware

Filled with intriguing textures and vivid colors, the walls and ceilings of the Rookies are wrapped in green and white triangular tiles, and the glasses are sparsely displayed on apricot-colored shelves.

A ribbed yellow column with a bench seat at its base extends from the ceiling to the floor, while a series of U-shaped neon lights, designed to recall monkey swings in a zoo, light up the space.

Strip lighting illuminates space and shop windows by Stephanie Thatenhorst
U-shaped neon lights are designed to remind of monkey swings

Fabric-covered drawers with contrasting blue handles provide storage space for stock, while a series of round and oval mirrors with blue frames sit between each wall display.

“Everything is round, there are no corners to collide in,” Thatenhorst said. “Even the display cases with the glasses are round and shaped so that children’s hands can open.”

The eyeglass dispenser, which is recessed into the wall and allows children to collect their new glasses, is a highlight of the interior. It’s framed by a red plaid fabric that coordinates with the upholstery of the surrounding stools and benches.

“It’s always an experience for small eyeglass wearers when the machine comes to life and ‘spits out’ the new glasses,” said the designer. “Who would want to go home? “

Brightly colored tiles and rugs cover the walls and floors of the Leidmann eyewear
A glasses dispenser surrounded by a red checkered print is recessed into the wall

Rookies was shortlisted for Small Retail Interior of the Year at the 2021 Dezeen Awards.

Other nominated projects in the category are Flamingo Estate’s Harvest Shop, which is anchored by an adobe counter carved into the brand’s own garden.

The photograph is by Günther Egger.



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