Once an industrial center and later a city divided, Berlin has been dealt more than its fair share of a difficult past. But the walls fell years ago, and Berlin’s gates have since remained open for experimentation. The city attracts artists and designers from around the world to its former factory buildings, transformed into studios and galleries. Perhaps they converged in Berlin purely by chance, and it was all a happy accident. Either way, Berlin’s streets foster potential for what is new, perhaps more than any other place today. It has become an avant-garde capital for design in an unlikely locale, inviting international talent in the overlapping disciplines of art, architecture, industrial and product design.