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KATRIN PAULINE MÜLLER RECOMMENDS: LIBKEN

KATRIN PAULINE MÜLLER RECOMMENDS: LIBKEN

As if time has stood resolutely still, Libken’s “Plattenbau” (a prefabricated apartment block, typical of East Germany) emerges as a modern monument to thought and creation against the bucolic landscape of the Uckermark. In 2014, Larissa Rosa Lackner, Theresa Pommerenke and Christoph Bartsch initiated their first artist residency here. This year (2018) sees the second round of a special scholarship for culinary arts, which, from July through September, gives recipients the chance to conduct research on the art of cooking while experimenting with regional products. Together with local producers, the artists-in-residence prepare delicacies for a series of al fresco dinners entitled “Lange Tafel”. These events are open to the public, and my experience of participating still evokes vivid memories: An abundance of vegetables had been preserved and prepared with love, sophistication and appreciation. The sweet smell of bread and sizzling meat filled the air; life suddenly seemed simple again. Smiling faces surrounded me, while the fields stretched to the horizon, and a deer frolicked in the still of the evening. (Text: Katrin Pauline Müller / Photos: Larissa Rosa Lackner, Libken e.V.)

Libken e.V., Böckenberg 15-17, 17268 Gerswalde; map
Lange Tafel next takes place on 28.7, 25.8 and 29.9.2018.

Katrin Pauline Müller is an author and an artist. Communication, body language, senses and emotions make up her field of exploration. She has lived in Berlin since 2000 and currently calls Mitte home.

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DORO MÜGGLER RECOMMENDS: SALON BORDEL!

DORO MÜGGLER RECOMMENDS: SALON BORDEL!

“Wow, what a shop!” — That was the thought that crossed my mind when I first entered this hairdressing salon on Luisenstraße, and it’s one I also heard come from the mouths of many other customers that day. After 10 years in Schöneberg, founders Daniela Mezzapesa and Simone Greve opened a second shop in the center of Berlin with a new slogan: “Salon Bordel! Born in Berlin”. Their commitment to dedicated craftsmanship and well as personable yet and professional customer relationships is reflected in the design of their new space — it wouldn’t look out of place in New York, or in Berlin’s golden ‘20s era. Even the quickest of glances through Salon Bordel’s large windows reveals the creativity of this business. The rooms present themselves with playful ease — they’re confident, elegant and quirky all at once. It’s no surprise that Bordel! now also has its own organic product line as well, developed true to the motto: “contains only what it should”. I recommend Salon Bordel! to anyone who values the artistry of Berlin design alongside the highest standards of hairdressing. (Text: Doro Müggler / Photos: Meyer|Ott)

Salon Bordel!, Luisenstr.40, 10117 Berlin-Mitte; map

Mon-Sat 10-19h, appointments online or via +49 30 219 124 80

Doro Müggler lives and works as an actress in Bern, while staying in regular contact with her agency in Berlin. The Swiss native’s latest film, Flitzer, was released in November 2017.

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MIND, BODY, STOMACH: HOLISTIC HEALTH WITH EAT & TREAT

MIND, BODY, STOMACH: HOLISTIC HEALTH WITH EAT & TREAT

Since 2016, trained sports science therapist and passionate chef Gianna Thiess has been helping Berliners find their flow with her holistic three-part concept, Eat & Treat. Comprising weekly Pilates classes held in Olivia Steele’s Mitte studio, personal training sessions, vegetarian catering and supper club pop-ups around the city, Eat & Treat is dedicated to helping you feel your best, inside and out. Gianna’s dishes centre around fresh and seasonal and plant-based ingredients which embrace simplicity without compromising on flavor and texture, like the creamy pumpkin polenta with roasted beetroot, topped off with toasted pumpkin seeds and crumbled goat’s cheese. Your next chance to taste her culinary offerings is on 17.3.2018, when she’ll co-host ”Platfrm”: A five-course vegetarian dining experience concepted together with Ostudio‘s Siobhán O’Callaghan. Get the details here. (Text & Photos: Emilie Wade)

Eat & Treat’s websiteFacebook & Instagram
Eat & Treat goes Platfrm, 17.3.2018, 19.30h; Facebook event

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MDC CURE — EXQUISITE COSMETIC TREATMENTS TAILORED TO YOU

MDC CURE — EXQUISITE COSMETIC TREATMENTS TAILORED TO YOU

Melanie dal Canton of MDC Cosmetic has been supplying Berliners with the finest skincare and beauty products since 2012. The increasing demand for a wider, more personalized range of cosmetic treatments amongst her customer base led her to open MDC Cure in late 2017: A space for skincare and holistic wellness treatments to nourish the skin and body from head to toe. Located a mere few steps away from the store, MDC Cure was fitted out by architects AAS Gonzalez Haase. A minimal, pink-toned interior centres around a custom-designed geometric mirror, which transforms the souterrain into a feel-good oasis. I was welcomed with a glass of herbal tea before reclining on a heated treatment chair and submitting to the expertise of my therapist, who struck an ideal balance between warmth and professionalism. The microdermabrasion and ultrasound facial that followed left my skin feeling smooth, supple and deeply nourished. I’m already plotting my return, this time for one of the product-specific treatments — like the therapeutic massage with Tuscan herbs à la Santa Maria Novella (as the exclusive German stockist) or a Susanne Kaufmann facial. All treatments can be mixed, matched and personalized to ensure you glow as beautifully as MDC Cure’s blushing pink interior. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: MDC Cure)

MDC Cure, Diedenhofer Str.5, 10405 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg; map

By appointment only, book via email or online

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THE REED — A NEW CULTURAL SPACE FOR DINING, COMMUNITY AND CREATIVITY

THE REED — A NEW CULTURAL SPACE FOR DINING, COMMUNITY AND CREATIVITY

From the institution that’s been keeping Berliners toned and motivated since 2016 comes a brand new space dedicated to community, music and art and food — comprising a restaurant, deli and bar. Following the recent launch of John Reed Women’s ClubsJohn Reed Fitness Music Clubs has ventured into the lifestyle realm with a manifestation of the brand’s heart and soul: The Reed. The space opened on 2.2.2018 with A$AP Rocky gracing the stage in front of a 20m curved LED wall. This unique digital platform will see emerging and established musicians and visual artists show their works in a program of events, including restaurant and bar nights. The Reed is open to all by day, with its kitchens preparing fresh food from dawn to dusk. Designed with health and sustainability in mind, menus include a range of low carb, paleo and vegan options — like baked sweet potato with fresh greens, hummus and avocado cream. Should a toast be in order, the modern take on the classic Champagne bar offers fresh fruit cocktails and homemade lemonade alongside several varieties of sparkling wine. Keep that in mind next time you’re planning a leisurely Sunday brunch amongst friends, by the way — bottomless Prosecco and coffee accompany a brunch buffet for a flat rate from 10-16h on Sundays. Check the program for updates on that, and much more. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: The Reed)

The Reed, Karl-Liebknecht-Str.13, 10178 Berlin-Mitte; map

Opening hours vary. Check the websiteFacebook and Instagram for details.

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