Thank you so much to those who showed up and made the Cee Cee Berlin book launch last Friday extraordinary and unforgettable! Check out our Facebook page to see some of the great photos taken by Rachel Israela, Sasha Kharchenko and Andreas Bohlender. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
If you have cravings for cosmopolitan inspirations, visit Bohazel, a store by Desiree Bühler and Chris Oesterle. This little shop located in Schillerkiez offers colorful, hand-woven rugs and coverlets, hammam towels, Berlin-made pillows, and jackets made from oriental fabrics. Though the main focus is on textiles, items such as sophisticated braided shoes for men and women (for your travel to the southern hemisphere this winter) can also be found. Everything was selected by Desiree and Chris during their travel to Morocco – which brings me to the store concept: traveling the world and bringing the most beautiful items found back to Berlin. So what will be in store next? Vietnamese souvenirs or Portuguese treasures? Macramé hanging baskets for flowers handmade by Desiree, a trained fashion designer, and hand-knitted hats complete the selection. This Saturday (18.10.2014), Bohazel will be celebrating their grand opening with homemade delicacies catered by Hamburg-based restaurantHarbeck’s Henkelmann. (Text: Nina Trippel / Photos: Sakura Fischer & Saena Chun)
The popular neighborhood bar and restaurant on Torstrasse serving French cheese and cold cut platters along with drinks in the evenings has a new face. Brut has now become the new lunch spot on the block, serving beautiful French and German mix dishes like Eisbein sandwich and quiche with a salad. Their daily soups are vegan and all produce used is local and organic, except for the cheese which is delivered directly from France once a week. But local network is just as important to owners Maud Cassagne and bar manager Bénédicte Berna: bread is delivered from Zeit für Brot and their original blend coffee is from Bonanza. No longer a night owl, it looks like this place going to be the new daytime hangout for many. (Text: Rei Matsuoka)
When Nicola and Alessandro saw the shuttered stamp store “Briefmarken” on Karl-Marx-Allee, they knew they’d found the spot. For a year, the two friends had been searching for a place to open a cozy wine bar introducing Berliners to their favorite things from Italy, with small plates and hand-picked bottles from traditional vintners. The storefront, with its original East German neon sign, wallpaper and cabinetry, appealed to their sense of nostalgia and Nicola’s love of stamps. So this spring, Briefmarken Weine opened its doors, blending the store’s philatelic past with the owners’ flea market treasures. Its motto: “Grandi Vini, Piccola Cucina.” It’s a lovely place to while away the evening under the allee’s tall lindens. Pick a wine at whim from the handwritten menu, from a place you dream of visiting — Liguria? Sicily? — plus some incredibly fresh mozzarella or the pasta of the day. Time slows as one of the owners gently pours your wine, noting that it contains a whole season of Italian sun. You can feel its warmth in your glass as twilight falls over the Stalinbauten.
Ostkreuzchule’s graduation exhibition will be showcasing works by 28 aspiring photographers this year. You’ll encounter images ranging from documentary pieces to fine art photography. You’ll also travel around the globe through the eyes of the graduates who have captured lives in Finland, Romania and Brazil. If you’re curious to see and meet the talents, tomorrow (17.10.2014) is the opening and party. (Text: Nina Trippel / Photos: Julia Luka Lila Nitzschke (top), Sarah Walzer (right), Sarah Swantje Fischer (bottom))