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FERIDE YALAV-HECKEROTH RECOMMENDS: PHILOLOGICAL LIBRARY

FERIDE YALAV-HECKEROTH RECOMMENDS: PHILOLOGICAL LIBRARY

Rising like an extraterrestrial sphere from the usual gridline construction of a university campus, the Philological Library of the Free University of Berlin is an entity of welcomed visual deviance. Completed in 2005 by Foster + Partners (an architecture firm founded by Lord Norman Foster) the library is another addition to a portfolio known for its proclivity for the high tech (they are also the firm behind the otherworldly Reichstag dome). Open to the public, the only thing mandatory is the placement of all possessions in one of the lockers locked, befittingly, electronically. From the top floor of the core structure, the bright yellow entrance and the undulating curve of each floor below is an astounding sight for a building that houses books about the, mesmerizing in its own right, history of language. Said to be one of the firm’s most ecologically advanced projects, decades of research and experimentation were conducted to maximize energy efficiency while equally minimizing the environmental impact. Endearingly referred to as the “Berlin Brain” due to its form being reminiscent of a cranium, the library is awash in natural light and the unmistakable silence of students in a daze of academic concentration. (Text: Feride Yalav-Heckeroth / Photos: Bernd Wannenmacher, David Ausserhofer, Reinhard Gorner)

Philological Library — Free University of Berlin, Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195 Berlin-Dahlem; map

Mon-Fri 9-22, Sat-Sun 10-20h

Feride Yalav-Heckeroth is a freelance writer who has written for Brownbook, The Carton, and The Guide Istanbul. She’s been living in Kreuzberg for six months and is working as a freelance writer for Gestalten.

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LOMI LOMI NUI — HAWAIIAN MASSAGE FOR BODY AND SOUL

LOMI LOMI NUI — HAWAIIAN MASSAGE FOR BODY AND SOUL

When you’re lying facedown on a bench in Mitte receiving a traditional Hawaiian massage from a Polish woman speaking to you in English – well, you just might start to question the word “authenticity” before realizing that this is just a part of living in a globalized world. But, all thoughts are quickly let go of at Lomi Lomi Nui, because it’s all about experience and relaxation here. After you’ve undressed (completely!), you’ll lie down and cover yourself with a soft blanket. Then, massage therapist Joanna will start softly chanting and massaging your body. Lomi Lomi – the name of this Hawaiian technique – is not just about working on your muscles, it’s a spiritual concept that takes care of both body and soul. Other massage techniques might be all about the right movements, but this massage is more of a sensual, soft experience. In the end you will feel completely relaxed and I at least, was relieved of the weight of any stress – finding myself escaping to a place of peace and leaving the world and my past problems behind me. Lomi Lomi with Joanna is a true feel good moment to relax all your senses. (Text: Nina Trippel / Photos: Joanna Polkowska)

Lomi Lomi Nui, Anklamerstr.51, 10115 Berlin-Mitte; map
Mon-Sun by appointment

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MOTEL BEER — NOMADIC, DESIGN-FORWARD CRAFT BEER

MOTEL BEER — NOMADIC, DESIGN-FORWARD CRAFT BEER

Clean lines and contemporary color palettes aren’t the standard when it comes labels on beer bottles, but for a young Berlin craft brewer, it is. With no fixed address — hence the befitting name — the team behind Motel Beer is brewing flavor simply, evident in the first, thirst-quenching sip of their “White Sands” pale ale — citrus punched and brewed with American and Slovenian hops. From the biting, fruity “Shady Pines” IPA to the special “Lago Dorado”, a British golden ale finished with Guatemalan coffee for sweetness and depth, Motel has been hitting the pavement hard since January 2017, and making themselves available on tap and in bottles all around the city — from Neukölln’s Lager Lager and Kreuzberg’s Lode & Stijn to Prenzlauer Berg’s Birra. Founded by an American, a Kiwi, a Canadian, and a Helvetian, this newcomer is one we’re hot on the trail of — as you should be too. (Text: Devan Grimsrud / Photos: Motel Beer)

Motel Beer on Facebook and Instagram

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B BAG — LIEBESKIND BERLIN’S HOMAGE TO THE CITY

B BAG — LIEBESKIND BERLIN’S HOMAGE TO THE CITY

Fashion label Liebeskind Berlin has paid a wonderful tribute to the city we live in with its latest release: the “B Bag”. The leather bag and its bold clasp is inspired by Berlin’s casual-cool atmosphere. We here at Cee Cee had the pleasure of ensuring the B Bag’s launch party reflected that. Together with the Liebeskind Berlin team, we put on a dinner in the impressive rooms of a former bunker, which today houses the Feuerle Collection. Guests were treated to a three-course dinner and drink pairing by Berlin chef Kristof Mulack and his business partner, Martin Müller. If you’d like to see the B Bag for yourself, it’s now available at selected stores such as KaDeWe and Galeries Lafayette. If you’d like to experience the Feuerle Collection, register for your visit here. And if you’d like to book us — Cee Cee Creative, that is — to create a tailor-made concept for your next event, send us an email… (Text: Nina Trippel / Fotos: Toni Passig)

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MERME — ONE-INGREDIENT NATURAL OILS FOR FACE & HAIR

MERME — ONE-INGREDIENT NATURAL OILS FOR FACE & HAIR

As Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was purported to say, “Less is more.” While he applied this idea within the sphere of minimalist architecture and design, the philosophy has spread to influence countless industries. With their line of one-ingredient skin and hair care products, Berlin-based beauty company, Merme embraces the “less is more” mentality. Founded by Australian native and model, Claire Ralston, as an answer to the lack of pure, certified organic products in the beauty industry, these all-natural, organic elixirs and remedies pay homage to her grandmother by name. From prickly pear and rosehip to sweet almond and argan, Merme’s range is full of antioxidants and other nutrients that help hair and skin stay soft and supple. We’re huge fans of the Facial Beauty Elixir — a lightweight, cold-pressed rosehip oil that smells lightly of the earth, contains age-fighting vitamins, and is the perfect foundation for an everyday skincare routine. (Text: Devan Grimsrud / Photos: Merme)

Merme’s websiteFacebook & Instagram

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