A bike is more than just a mode of transportation. Whether you’re gliding over Berlin streets or breezing down a country highway, they shape your vision of the world. None of this significance is lost on the cycle store, Steel Vintage. Inspired by the bicycle ride “L’erocia”, an uncompetitive event that embodies the spirit of cycling, Steel Vintage is a beautiful articulation of it’s culture, history, and technology. Inside, vintage bikes from the likes of Rossin, Bianchi, and F. Moser line the walls. Each one has been hand picked in Italy before being brought back to the Friedrichshain store, where it is restored to an immaculate finish. There’s also clothing by De Marchi and German brand Orwi — perfect attire to go with your retro cycling look. Besides being a shop and base for bikes, Steel Vintage is also a café that happens to sell F. Moser’s wine, Italian coffee, sandwiches, and a selection of antipasti. All these aspects come together in a lively environment, creating a space for bicycle enthusiasts of all kinds. (Text: Ben Barlow)
Ever had a toastie from the supermarket? A “tigelle” is similar, but a more delicious, fresh, and authentic version. Italy is home to thousands of variations of sandwiches. “A friend of mine from Bologna showed me these” explains Richard Anders, the owner of café Tigelleria di Caprio. Since then he’s produced the flat bread rolls on his own. Made out of wholemeal flour, yeast, oil, salt, and water, the dough is baked with a special iron in round ramekins for 15 minutes. Afterwards, it is traditionally covered with salami, cheese or yam; though Richard is flexible with toppings, letting the customers decide for themselves. Upon request, he cuts avocados and other vegetables for the sandwich, salts it, and squeezes just a little bit of lemon on top. The cream cheese and quince jelly version also makes for a perfect breakfast and tastes just right with Italian coffee. The best time for a visit is at breakfast or lunch. Sit outside in the sun, enjoy the tiglettes, and watch pedestrians rush by. (Text & Photo: Marianne Rennella)
Thanks to Christian Wilke and Markus Bongardt, the rather young Berlin phenomenon of the “pop-up dinner” is experiencing a revival. These two men are well known in the city’s gastronomic scene. After joining forces in February, exciting ideas have been brewing and baking in their kitchen, culminating in the monthly pop-up dinner Wild & Wiese. Originally located at Stattbad in Wedding, the event has now moved to Silent Green. When I attended their second function, the menu starred delicacies like consommé with mushroom ravioli, a praline of codfish, and quail with pureed Brussels sprouts. The experience impressed not only in terms of taste, but visually as well – if I were to give points, the interior design would receive a full score. Music was also served: classical for the apéro, electro for dessert, and a performance by the surprise guest Aérea Negrot, the former voice of Hercules & Love Affair. I’m curious to see what the next edition has in store. Since the concept is quite successful, I highly recommend booking early. (Text: Jessica Joyce Sidon)
Silent Green Kulturquartier, Gerichtsstr.35, 13347 Berlin – Wedding; map
Sat, 3.7.2015, from 19.30h
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After leaving her home in Hamburg and her second home in Paris, Jessica-Joyce Sidon settled in Berlin in 2011. She worked as a PR consultant before taking maternity leave in May 2015.
Basel, Bern, Berlin. The makers of Swiss eyewear brand Viu are heading to Germany’s capital in order to inaugurate their new store. With the unprecedented heat wave and fashion week coming up, it’s perfect timing. Viu’s concept is all about providing high quality glasses with a reasonable price tag. Their shatterproof and anti-glare glasses are made by Optiswiss. The design was conceived at their Zurich headquarters by two of the five brand owners, Fabrice Aeberhard and Christian Kaegi, who also run a design studio called Aekae. Through the 80 step process in an Italian factory, cotton acetate is manipulated to produce their prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses. We can’t wait to join the opening to try on “The Obvious” or “The Bold”, and check out the impressive green marble backdrop in the store, designed by Aekae. The young German artist Felix Kiessling will be there too; rumor has it that he will showcase an “experiment” before our eyes. Fashion enthusiasts and art fanatics unite! (Text: Nina Trippel)
Gallery C/O Berlin is currently exhibiting three works from artist Viktoria Binschtok. “Globes”, “World of Details”, and “Cluster” demonstrate the Russian photographer’s unique ability to strip reality of its material façade. In “Globes” for instance, Ebay images of world globes accompany sealed boxes that contain the real, hidden product. We only get to see what was originally uploaded by the Ebay seller, and the final step of revealing the product is consciously avoided. The work illustrates how our modern world is experienced through the internet, and that what we take in is often virtually produced. (Text: Anna-Lena Charbonnier / Photo: Viktoria Binschtok)
C/O Berlin, Amerika Haus, Hardenbergstr.22–24, 10623 Berlin-Charlottenburg; map
Daily 10-20h until 16.8.2015