Today, childhood friends Robert Zeise, Sebastian Kunath, and Lasse Schnack share not only countless youthful memories, but above all a passion for contemporary design. Since 2007, they’ve been creating functional furniture with names like Lenz, Puk, and Usus. They craft their designs in the former home of Lasse’s grandfather – today, the team’s workshop and showroom. And they keep things familiar: everyone cooks lunch together, and in the afternoons, the families come, kids scurrying around the courtyard. In other words, it’s worth stopping by, and not just for the furniture. Next opportunity? Night Shift 2016 – Berlin Design Night, when the ten-person crew invites everyone over to a courtyard barbecue and a presentation of their latest designs. (Text: Stephanie Johne)
Bartmann Berlin, Hasenheide 12, 10967 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map To get to the online shop click here, to visit the showroom please make appointments via mail or phone.
The plain white tee is an icon of summer fashion – everyone wants one, it looks good on everyone. But where to find it? The British label Sunspel, founded in 1860, offers a solution. In fact, that’s exactly what it’s known for: minimalist classics like T-shirts – whether crew neck, V-neck, or Riviera Polo, donned by the likes of Daniel Craig’s James Bond. So what makes Sunspel basics so special? The company exclusively uses Egyptian and Sea Island cotton, distinguished by their especially soft and silky feel. To this day, the clothes are manufactured in Sunspel’s own factory near Nottingham. Last week (on May 20th, 2016), the company opened its first German location in Berlin Mitte, a store as straightforward as the clothes themselves: the current collection is presented in three-dimensional wood frames made of English ash. In addition to shirts, it also includes pants, jackets, knitwear, and much more, for women and men alike. Anyone who wants to spend summer dressed simply but well should definitely stop by. (Text: Stephanie Johne)
The street food bar is set automatically higher once you’ve bitten into a Simmental Beef Burger or crispy Chicken Lollipop in ginger plum marinade at Beef & Co. The quick snacks by top chef Marc Fischer and his BBB catering team hail from the world of high-end cuisine and always provide that little something extra that tastes so deliciously of culinary luxury. And we’re talking about street food here! But to understand the true breadth of what Beef & Co can do with a grill, you’ll need to book their complete service for a business event, birthday party, or wedding. Think premium steaks, corn-fed poularde with lovage and fried pepper, salmon in banana leaf, and a range of fantastic creations for vegetarians as well – all prepared right before your eyes. Indeed, the live cooking is almost as thrilling as the sensational flavors. It creates a warm, friendly atmosphere and lots of space for communication. And speaking of communication: Marc and his team help clients customize the theme and content of their menus beforehand and sample everything in advance at Beef und Co’s super new, super sleek show kitchen. (Text: Manuel Rademaker / Fotos: Lina Zangers)
The Dutch eyewear company Ace & Tate gets things right: the brand can positively smell trends, then transform them without further ado into elegant classics. Its no-frills production process assures fair prices, which has helped Ace & Tate blossom into a local crowd favorite in no time at all. But until now, one thing has been missing: a long-term home in Berlin. For a while, the Dutch eyewear royalty shuffled restlessly from pop-up store to pop-up store, always on the go. But starting tomorrow (Fri 26.05.2016), Ace & Tate has permanent new digs on the Alte Schönhauser Strasse. Teaming up with New Tendency to create a stunning flagship store, Ace & Tate welcomes curious visitors – with or without visual impairments – in keeping with the brand style: distinctive and striking, a high-contrast interior design snakes across two stories in wood, concrete, and metal. Mirrored ceilings and floors play with light, as do the models of the new SS16 collection, also developed in cooperation with New Tendency. The therefore designed signature Meta table with an exclusive bentõ inspired box holds frames and personal belongings. (Text: Leonie Haenchen / Fotos: Jonas Lindstroem)
The laptop on which you may be reading these very lines, the pen you set aside to do it – all things that surround us every day as a matter of course, all of them designed. The DMY International Design Festival Berlin reveals how these everyday objects are created and who’s behind them. Next week, for the 14th consecutive year, key players from product, industrial, fashion, graphic, and communication design will present their pioneering ideas. The exhibition will be accompanied by a supporting program, which, true to the “Odyssey” theme, will examine design as a global phenomenon. At the opening, Andreas Tölke and representatives from the creative industries will discuss approaches from the design sector that could provide the world’s uprooted people with opportunities and a home. A special perk for parents and their little ones? For the first time ever, the festival will feature supervisedworkshops for kids, allowing grown-ups to explore the festival undisturbed, discovering things like Plexiglas handbags with table lamp functionality, time and space saving furniture push-fit systems made of resin, and jewelry made from silkworm cocoons. (Text: Stephanie Johne)