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You’ve probably never heard of tigernut flour or treated yourself with a deliciously rich black bean brownie, but Rosenthaler Platz’ newest café is here to change that. Through its daily-changing menu and unique event program, Hermann’s is set up to become a hub for holistic, approachable conversations around the global future of food. Airy, spacious, and outfitted with fine Scandinavian furniture, vibrant plants, and plenty of varied seating options for working, meeting, or eating — the menu focuses on sustainable ingredients used in unique ways and the curious will be satiated by not only the food, but the accessible information around said ingredients. Named after Hermann Bahlsen — the grandfather of co-owner Verena Bahlsen — who founded the Bahlsen food company in 1889, Hermann’s has the history that will surely only help them inform the future. This Sunday (22.10.17), the café is playing host to The Sustainable Brunch — Berlin Edition with Abi and Sadbhd, the minds behind London’s supperclub: The Sustainable Food Story. See the menu and get your ticket to enjoy a sustainable English breakfast in conversation and interaction with like-minds, or keep your eyes on their Facebook page for upcoming events that are sure to be as tasty as they are intriguing. (Text & Photos: Devan Grimsrud)
Hermann’s, Torstr.116-118, 10119 Berlin-Mitte; map
Mon-Fri 8:30-20h, Sat 10-20h
Creating a contemporary work of art to display within the oldest church in Berlin is an extreme ask. Even more so when it must commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. However, Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota truly captures the spirit of the occasion in her striking spatial installation, “Lost Words”. Spiralling up the nave of Nikolaikirche is an intricately woven web of black threads intertwined with pages of the Bible — printed in various languages — that catch the light and gleam almost like jewels. The work is inspired by Shiota’s Japanese roots, yet the overarching message of the piece is more global: serving to question the notion of an individual’s ideals and beliefs which, as we migrate, are lost, reclaimed and reinterpreted — just like the scriptures were centuries ago. A powerful installation in a stunning and historic location, whether you’re particularly interested in religion or not, “Lost Words” is an exhibition that will stay with you. (Text: Lucy Thorpe / Photos: Michael Setzpfandt, Leo Seidel)
The newly opened concept shop Isla Berlin, is putting the area between the Heinrich-Heine-Straße and Märkisches Museum U-Bahn stations back on the map. The space, which was created by women for women, boasts an excellent selection of streetwear by brands like Fila and Daily Paper, a premium nail salon, and an exhibition space equipped with brand new DJ equipment where various workshops and events are held. Their talented, multilingual nail artists are able to bring your wildest design ideas to life, and their clothing selection is affordable and perfectly on-trend. However, what really sets Isla apart from most other shops is that it is, first and foremost, a great space to just hang out in. No snobbery here! Whether you’re coming to get your nails done, to hone your skills on the decks or to find your next party outfit, you well might end up with a drink in your hands and a couple of new friends. (Text: Camille Darroux / Photos: Isla Berlin)
When Berlin settles in and turns to the darkness of winter, it’s always the plant lovers that stay positive – surrounding themselves with verdant green leaves in their indoor oases to escape from all that’s cold, wet and gray. Here to help you not only add to your plant collection, but to learn more about how to best take care of your leafy babies, is the new Berlin-based online shop, Plant Circle. With a curated selection of exotic plants — like the lesser known but equally Instagrammable cousin of the ever-popular Monstera delicosa, the Monstera adansonii — founder and fellow plant fanatic Monika Kalinowska is also hosting plenty of events ranging from “How Not To Kill Your Plants” sessions to make-your-own closed terrarium workshops, even community oriented plant swap parties (the next one will take place on 12.11.17, check Facebook for details). Plant Circle’s one of a kind monthly plant subscription box will launch soon, but in the meantime we’ll be browsing their exotic offers and getting to know other Berlin plant parents at events and online in Plant Circle’s “What’s wrong with my plant? Berlin” Facebook group. (Text: Devan Grimsrud / Photos: Plant Circle)
Some say simplicity is the hardest thing to perfect, and a new Berlin-based beauty line for men and women is clean and simple in both design and product. Named after 19th century German traveler and explorer, the Heinrich Barth brand is made up of high-quality products that pay homage to beautiful places around the world. While the base line of creams, lotions and cleansers revitalize without a trace — the Destinations Line was created with the likes of Mykonos and Dakar in mind. Reminiscent of the Greek island with subtle scents of figs, olive trees, rosemary and wild herbs, the Mykonos skin softening body cleanser is endless summer in a bottle — perfect for the unnamed season that will soon be upon us. Paraben, SLES, PEG, and artificial color free, with no animal derivatives — the unisex beauty line has captured our attention with its straightforward invitation to explore new beauty territories. (Text: Devan Grimsrud / Photos: Heji Shin, Heinrich Barth)