Although I’ve lived, worked and stayed in Neukölln many times, I tend to visit similar places; nearer to Hermannplatz, or towards the Landwehr canal. However, recently I have been discovering the delights of Rixdorf, and in particular one restaurant on Böhmischer Platz; Hallmann & Klee. Run by Sarah Hallmann and Frizzi Klee, two talented German chefs who decided to branch out and begin their own joint venture; it had been open for less than two weeks when we visited in April. However, the chefs have waited many months to renovate the space they currently inhabit; a large, airy corner with beautiful windows, fresh wooden floors and a view into the magic of the kitchen. The food is original, smart and perfectly prepared, with options such as a vegetarian dish with smoky roasted and pureed potato, marinated radish, roasted rough mustard and wild herbs. The baking is equally as delicious, with some French-inspired desserts such as a coffee, chocolate, cocoa and sesame opera cake, and a rhubarb meringue pie that fell apart in our mouths. If that doesn’t convince you, then try a morning coffee with views onto the cherry blossom trees — not to be missed. (Text: Antonia Harris / Photo: Daniel Farò)
The key to a good party is always good music, but what should you play that good music on? The answer is, of course, great speakers. Jonathan Ranzinger and Wilhelm Steib, the founders of Berlin-based Subessenz, have created and designed their sets of aesthetically gorgeous and technologically impressive speakers to fulfil all of your sonar needs. The impressive Horness speakers use the natural shape of the horn to create an incredibly rich and immersive sound, with hand-pressed aluminium horns increasing the volume of the sound without harming the fine balance of the acoustics. We were lucky enough to try a pair of their speakers for our party last weekend, and the sound quality was unbelievably good, particularly when accompanied by their Bass Horn speaker, cast in high quality concrete to underpin and round out a shifting soundscape. It’s a true product of Berlin wherein unique design meets a love for perfectly crafted sound, and means these speakers are an all-round incredible investment. (Text: Antonia Harris)
Don’t believe the hype, but rather go and taste it for yourself — this is the only advice I can give for the people who were scared away by the huge crowds at the opening of Dandy Diner by Hermannplatz. The guys from Dandy Diary are now the owners of a small restaurant with big plans; the Dandy Diner is supposed to present the veggie alternative to McDonald’s, with every detail perfected, even down to the specially-commissioned salt and juices. The interior, created by Studio Karhard, was also specially commissioned, and lies aesthetically somewhere between an American diner and an old-school butchers — very modern, and very nice to eat in. As for the menu, the only thing that needs to be said is that Carl Jakob Haupt and David Roth have already easily outdone the popular fast-food giants; their Asia burger and Chorizo sandwich taste fantastic, even without meat, and the vegan mayonnaise is so good that I actually wanted to take some home with me. However, it would be boring if they stuck to just food, and the merging of burgers and fashion begins with their aprons, designed by Henrik Vibskov and soon to be sold at Voo Store in Kreuzberg, and continues with a Julian Zigerli pop-up store that will be held from 12-25.5.2016 at the restaurant. (Text: Katherine Spatz / Photo: (above) Stefan Wolf Lucks, (right) Anna Wegelin)
Although the theme of sustainability is omnipresent in fashion, it’s still hard to define correctly. The definition of the term seems to be vague, such as with many trending buzzwords. Magdalena Schaffrin, the founder of the Greenshowroom for sustainable high end fashion, and journalist Ellen Köhrer have dealt for many years with this subject, and in their newest book they explain the goals of sustainability, and present a welcome sharp focus approach to the topic. With “Fashion Made Fair” (Prestel), they present their guide to the world’s most important and ecologically-friendly fashion labels. With a well-designed combination of large-scale images and in-depth, expert discussions of ethical fashion, it’s not only a decorative book but an informative guide to today’s fashion world. (Text: Stephanie Johne / Photo: Daniel Farò)
It was a wild party, our fifth birthday! In the midst of the Botanical Gardens in Pankow, we officially bade farewell to winter and welcomed summer, alongside a new Cee Cee year. There was dancing, laughing, and of course drinking, until we all stumbled home in the dawn of a beautiful May morning. Let the pictures speak for themselves, and finally thank you — to everyone who came, celebrated, and made this night so special for us.
Thanks as well to Rent4Event, Edelmat, Subessenz and our beverage partners Abyme Vodka, Berliner Berg, BRLO, Bulleit, KR/23, Ostmost, Rheinsberger Preussenquelle, Tanqueray, and Eisfabrik. Special thanks to Tante Frizzante and Piñateria for the lovely 5!