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Arriving at this restaurant is all about the approach. I recommend coming by bike from Gleisdreieck, as at its top end lies Lok6. This way is the most rewarding for all the senses: the eye can revel in the urban landscape of railroad tracks and residential buildings, which form a pleasantly calm backdrop. Time your arrival for sunset if you can. In the warm, rusty-red interior of the restaurant, taste buds are spoiled. Chef Julia Heifer combines seasonal ingredients to create exceptional small plates, which straddle the line between appetizer and main course. Formerly in the kitchen at Dóttir, today Heifer implements her New York-inspired pre-dinner concept as Lok6’s owner — which she runs together with manager Tobias Wallenstein. Those in the mood for a classic apéro can order olives or hummus, or for a summery pre-dinner snack, the burrata salad with fresh tomatoes and peaches. Craving more? Hearty dishes also make an appearance. We loved the grilled aubergine with capers and orange yoghurt sauce. Currently Lok6 closes at 9pm, which is actually ideal, as at that point the evening is still young, and the senses are already satisfied. Testing the weekend brunch here is still on our to-do list, combined with a stroll in the park for the perfect lazy Saturday afternoon. (Text: Nina Trippel / Photos (clockwise): Marlen Mueller / LOK6 / Doro Zinn)
Berlin’s about to heat up fast — and we’re talking style, not sunshine. As this summer’s Fashion Week descends upon the city, the trade fashion show for contemporary fashion, Seek, is curating its first pop-up shop to help you stay cool with hand-picked fashion, food and lifestyle accessories. From next Tuesday to Saturday (4-8.7), the “All White Everything”-themed pop-up will take over Fechtner Delikatessen. Keen to be amongst the first to check it out? Join us next Monday (3.7) at the launch event for issue six of Seek’s magazine, exploring all things “Super Natural”. Brought to you by Cee Cee Creative, this edition delves into Simon Denny’s view on the future of finance, contemporary wisdom conjured up by Durga Chew-Bose, spellbinding cocktail recipes from around the world and a whole lot more. Join us for a drink, browse the alabaster shop surrounds and get your hands on a copy — plus, if you’re lucky — a fortune cookie for the road. See you there! (Text: Devan Grimsrud / Photos: Luke Johnson / GIF: Devan Grimsrud)
One of my favorite escapes on a sunny day is a bike trip to Köpenick. From where I live in Kreuzberg, the route offers a nice sequence of diversity — my favorite stops being the abandoned buildings. A bike trip on the northern side of the Spree towards Köpenick is an exciting journey into the eastern history of Berlin where plants are now taking over. The enormous Heizkraftwerk is made entirely of brownstone and the workers’ houses behind it are the first highlights of the journey. Next is the entrance to Funkhaus. If you take a closer look at the large red brick building on the right hand side you realize it’s only a thin façade — behind the glass is a forest. Once in Köpenick, my goal is the abandoned Kabelwerk in Friedrichshagener Straße north of Müggelspree. Many lush plants are taking over the former production halls, and trees are growing through the roof. Creating strips of nature, they match the long openings in the ceiling and create a fantastic self-grown indoor park. Usually the gates are open and people walk quietly around inside, as it somehow feels impolite to disturb the silence. (Text & Photos: Sigurd Larsen)
Sigurd Larsen is a Danish architect and furniture designer. A selection of his creations can be found at Formel A. Since 2016, he has held a Professorship at Berlin’s BAU International University.
You’ll find us enjoying the calm before the tropical storm that is Fashion Week — and stocking up on new season inspiration — at Konk next Monday (3.7), where fashion brand Franzius will be launching its FW 17/18 “Memphis” collection. Come by the store to browse the range, which includes a scarf collaboration with designer Sara Bento de Castro, check out an exclusive in-store installation and raise a glass of crémant while enjoying the tunes of DJ Bdonis (Jeans Team). Full disclosure: Cee Cee Creativedesigned Franzius’ lookbook. Which makes the event the the perfect pre- or postlude to another Fashion Week overture nearby: the Seek pop-up store opening and magazine launch, featured above. Have your best sneakers at the ready for next Monday to get elegant. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos (clockwise): Franzius / Konk)
Long queues have been fronting the entrance to the new star of Potsdam’s twinkling museum scene since its opening in early 2017. Following its inaugural blockbuster exhibition on the Impressionists, Museum Barberini is currently hosting “From Hopper to Rothko: America’s Road to Modern Art”, through 3.10.17. On show is a cross section of North American painting, based around the themes of landscapes, portraits and the city, as well as Abstract Expressionism. The museum has supplemented its own small collection with high-calibre collaborations — on loan for the first time to a German museum are works by Edward Hopper, George Inness, Marsden Hartley, Georgia O’Keeffe and Richard Diebenkorn, sent by Washington’s The Phillips Collection. Take a day to explore the inspiring museum architecture alongside the show, and don’t forget to pack headphones, as the informative audio guide is free as part of Barberini’s well-designed app — for which, of course, there is wifi. (Text: Helen von der Höden / Photos (clockwise): Edward Hopper c/o The Phillips Collection / Museum Barberini)