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The latest doors to open on Mitte’s Linienstraße give way not to a gallery, but to a bakery that fits the contemporary art vibes of the neighborhood. Coming to Berlin by way of London, owner and baker Ruth Barry left her career in contemporary art publishing and started Black Isle Bakery in 2012 — naming it after the peninsula in the Scottish Highlands where she grew up. Over the past few years you may have tasted some of her cakes at cafés like Isla Coffee and Companion Coffee, but Barry always wanted to open her own shop. And that’s exactly what she’s just accomplished. The sleek gallery-like space features custom steel furniture finished with copper, silver and gold, allowing the bakery to literally shine. You’ll find classic sweet favorites like rich chocolate brownies sprinkled with flaky sea salt and Florentine cookies, but it’s the savory goods that will keep us coming back — from plump mushroom buns tinged with tarragon to eye-catching tomato short crust galettes. Expect the counter to change often, as Barry pays mind to both origin and season of her ingredients, making each baked treasure by hand in the open kitchen that she long dreamed of, and brought to life. (Text & Photos: Devan Grimsrud)
Berlin Art Week is upon us! Newsletter #323 delivered you a bouquet of our top program picks. And now it’s in full swing, we can’t help but share a few more. Opening tonight (14.9.17) is the 2nd edition of the Festival of Future Nows 2017 → ∞ — a collaboration between Olafur Eliasson and his Institut für Raumexperimente e.V. and the Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Until the 17.9.17, over 100 artists will take over Hamburger Bahnhof — Museum für Gegenwart with a dynamic program of performance, dance and music, all in exploration of James A. Baldwin’s call to action, “The challenge is in the moment, the time is always now.” Over at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, take an afternoon to browse Willem de Rooij’s survey show, “Whiteout“, which features a broad selection of the Dutch artist’s work over the past 20 years, providing a fascinating insight into the artist’s preoccupation with collecting and recontextualizing artefacts of the Zeitgeist. Need a moment to process it all? Nip over the road to the bar at Pauly Saal (from 18h) to deconstruct your impressions over a cocktail. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos(clockwise, from top left): Fabian Knecht / Willem de Rooij c/o Sammlung Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam / Jeroen de Rijke / Willem de Rooij c/o Galerie Buchholz)
The best Sundays often involve escaping the city for a dose of nature. Journeys into the green don’t have to be long, however — only a few S-Bahn stations outside “the ring” lies Schöneweide, a name chosen to describe the landscape there in the late 20th century, when it was already a popular excursion destination for wealthy city dwellers. But when AEG moved its operations to these beautiful pastures in 1897, this changed dramatically. Within few years, Emil Rathenau had built the world’s largest electrical industrial location. Factory halls as large as cathedrals, the world’s first three-phase power plant, a crane serving as a promenade — much of it still stands today, and can be visited on a guided tour on Sundays. During the 2.5-hour talk along the imposing industrial facades from the Wilhelminenhofstraße to the historic AEG cant, the modern university campus in the former cable plant to the Peter Behrens tower, the tour immerses you in the multifaceted industrial history of Berlin. By the way, Olafur Eliasson and Bryan Adams have recently purchased one of the gigantic halls. What they’ll do with it remains yet to be seen. Here’s hoping that art and culture will prevail and bring more beauty back to the pastures of Schöneweide. (Text: Stefanie Rothenhöfer / Photos: Devan Grimsrud, Industriesalon Schöneweide)
Stefanie Rothenhöfer is the founder of the Food Entrepreneurs Club (FEC), a cutting-edge networking platform and hub for young chefs, innovative restaurateurs and ambitious food entrepreneurs committed to the values of the food trade.
Clean lines and contemporary color palettes aren’t the standard when it comes labels on beer bottles, but for a young Berlin craft brewer, it is. With no fixed address — hence the befitting name — the team behind Motel Beer is brewing flavor simply, evident in the first, thirst-quenching sip of their “White Sands” pale ale — citrus punched and brewed with American and Slovenian hops. From the biting, fruity “Shady Pines” IPA to the special “Lago Dorado”, a British golden ale finished with Guatemalan coffee for sweetness and depth, Motel has been hitting the pavement hard since January 2017, and making themselves available on tap and in bottles all around the city — from Neukölln’s Lager Lager and Kreuzberg’s Lode & Stijn to Prenzlauer Berg’s Birra. Founded by an American, a Kiwi, a Canadian, and a Helvetian, this newcomer is one we’re hot on the trail of — as you should be too. (Text: Devan Grimsrud / Photos: Motel Beer)
From his industrial workshop in Lichtenberg, Australian-born Stacey Kent and his small team of carpenters have been transforming reclaimed timber into timeless pieces of furniture since 2014. From a rustic version of the modernist String Shelves to elegant hairpin tables, each Kentholzpiece is a one-off. Constructed by hand to honour the natural character of the wood it’s made from, Kentholz furniture is fairly priced and built sustainably — no piece of wood that comes through the workshop’s doors goes to waste. Browse the catalog or contact Stacey directly for a custom order. We’ve got our eye on “The Kitchen Kent“: finished with hairpin legs that are sleek yet industrial, and ready to be the centrepiece of your apartment for years to come. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Kentholz & Woodboom)