Geer Pouls first lived in Berlin in the 1970s - the days of David Bowie and Iggy Pop - and after 20 years back in his native Holland he felt "homesick" enough to pack up and move back, bringing along his successful, 20 year old flower business. Brutto Gusto opened it's doors in thriving Mitte on January 1, 2008. Pouls' commitment to selling flowers in season is clear when you walk into his shop, which is full but not overflowing with a healthy, colorful mix of what he calls "passionate" species of flora, including tulips, amaryllises, hydrangeas, sunflowers, and dahlias - big and bright, just like the ones he planted in his parents' garden as a child growing up in Rotterdam. Such beauties deserve honest materials, according to Pouls - you won't find any plastic buckets or pesticides here. His desire to treat his flowers well led him to source better quality vases, and he found himself looking for them in artists' studios. Now, the store is half flower shop, half art gallery, exemplifying what Pouls considers a natural relationship between flowers and the art world. Ceramic, glass and metal vases by known artists, including Massimo Micheluzzi and Ritsue Mishima, are displayed on sturdy shelves opposite the beautiful flowers that he is dedicated to treating with the same sentiments he offers his customers - "love and respect."Show lessRead morePolly
Torstrasse 175 , Berlin
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