Ever feel overwhelmed or disenchanted with the offerings of Netflix? Allow us to point you in the direction of Behind The Tree — a streamlined, independent film streaming provider founded by film buffs and co-curated by industry insiders such as Jessica Schwarz and Frederick Lau. The newly-redesigned website is a pleasure to navigate — the “Playground” hosts the full selection of options, which can be filtered by categories including “The Hard Stuff”, “Kitsch” and “Real Life.” Scrolling through, I settled on an excerpt that caught my eye — for “Love Steaks” — and rented the film for 48 hours. Behind The Tree is more art house than blockbuster, more festival than cineplex. But even lovers of the occasional trashy flick are well catered for — refer to the “Cheap” section, which includes “Sharknado 3 & 4″. And for those who want to delve deeper into the world of independent film, the project also encompasses an in-house podcast, “Behind The Tresen.” (Text: Jennifer Prietzel / Photos: Behind The Tree)
I consider myself a tactile person: before I buy anything – be it clothing, furniture or an accessory – I have a need to touch it. I can always remember the feeling of a particular surface. Perhaps that is why I immediately noticed something different about the Kaffeeform coffee cup I was drinking from at Isla Coffee. This is not your average ceramic mug: what looks like a corrugated cardboard surface is actually a material made from recycled coffee grounds. The cup is surprisingly light, soft to the touch and pleasantly warm when filled with a hot drink. The product concept lies in coffee itself — after three years of trial and error, product designer Julian Lechner was able to develop a solid object made from coffee grounds. The raw material is collected in Berlin, prepared and then manufactured into unique objects at production facilities around Germany. Since its release late last year, I’ve been carrying Kaffeeform’s reusable takeaway cup, the “Weducer”, with me wherever I go. It’s just as dishwasher safe and BPA-free as a conventional cup. Kaffeeform manages to combine sustainability with simplicity and elegance: These mugs were made for design-minded coffee lovers who are doing their bit for the environment. (Text: Kristina Hellhake / Photos: Kaffeeform)
Kristina Hellhake has a passion for good ideas and the stories behind them — which she shares via her PR agency, Compose. She moved to Berlin after graduating from high school in 2004 and has remained loyal to Friedrichshain ever since.
Discovering a new café is easy: an aimless neighborhood stroll can lead you to the discovery of your new favorite flat white. Finding a new hairdresser, on the other hand, is more complicated: You actually need to book an appointment, and a bit of research doesn’t hurt either. Luckily, in this day and age you can take care of all of that online — thanks to Treatwell. Take, for example, a sleepless night during a full moon, during which I might find myself spending hours on the Treatwell website, marvelling at its offerings and making room for some much-needed “me time” in my calendar. Most recently I discovered Tilia Organic Hair, a small, manager-owned salon tucked away in a residential part of Schöneberg – somewhere I wouldn’t otherwise pass by. It was also through Treatwell’s newsletter that I learned that Wheadon, one of my favorite beauty spots in Mitte, now offers women’s haircuts. Next appointment sorted! I could even book the eyebrow package as an add-on directly on the site for an all-round hair pampering experience. Treatwell’s options don’t stop there, though. From body sugaring to pedicures, your next relaxing spa treatment is only a click away. To help see you through the rest of winter, we’re giving new customers 10€ off bookings over 25€ with the code CEECEE10. Valid through 28.2.2018.(Text: Nina Trippel / Photos: Treatwell)
The second publication of Berlin based independent publisher The Gentle Temper is out, and inside the beautifully designed pages of their Take Me to the Lakes — Weekender Edition Berlin, we’ve found fabulous places to stay near our favorite bodies of water around Berlin. Renovated farms to stylish apartments, idyllic hotels to architectural beauties — all the information you need to book a short holiday away from the city is found in this book. North, south, east or west Karolina Rosina and Nils Kraiczy have stolen our water bound hearts again and we can’t wait to get out there and discover these special stays. While the swimming might not be in season, it’s never a bad idea to book yourself a holiday out in the country — so get your copy of Take Me to the Lakes — Weekender Edition Berlin, and get inspired for your next getaway. Added bonus? Our favorite escape on the Ost See, Newhaus, is also included. (Text: Devan Grimsrud / Photos: Emilie Wade, Take Me to the Lakes)
Picking up a copy of Berlin-based magazine Panta — published by Book a Street Artist, a quick flip through the pages gives views of visuals from photography to illustration, street art to rows of written words — the usual suspects. However, once you investigate further and read the stories that lie folded between the pages, you’ll see that it’s not like other publications. Panta is a tri-annual magazine that covers emerging artists around the globe, providing a specific platform for creative projects that shine light on issues that otherwise might be hard to talk about. For example, their latest issue (#12 Autumn 2017-Winter 2018, which you can pick up Do You Read Me?, Westberlin and Soda) features: a portrait photography book concentrating on the dark reality of visually-impaired children living in an orphanage in Beijing, a painter’s impressively detailed works that reflect the power relations of authoritarian archetypes, and more. Covering a wide variety of artistic disciplines which touch on issues all around the globe, Panta is a magazine for artists, and lovers of art, who aim to make a change in the world. (Text: Massimo Hartmann / Photos: Panta Magazine)