Sleek curves, sharp floral elements, gold-plated brass, and sterling silver come together in the jewelry of Berlin and Northern Italy-based Anne Manns. A fashion designer by trade, Manns launched her first jewelry collection in 2016, focusing in on clearly defined modern shapes and simplicity. Her love of sculptural details combined with the knowledgeable craftsmanship of Berlin goldsmiths results in jewelry that is almost too fine to wear — emphasis on the almost. The pieces are stunning works of art that effortlessly elevate even the simplest outfit of a t-shirt and jeans, adding a contemporary shine that draws eyes from across the room. We’re lying in wait for more from this emerging jewelry designer, and can only hope that her next collection is right around the corner. (Text: Devan Grimsrud / Photos: Paul Aidan Perry c/o Anne Manns)
From his industrial workshop in Lichtenberg, Australian-born Stacey Kent and his small team of carpenters have been transforming reclaimed timber into timeless pieces of furniture since 2014. From a rustic version of the modernist String Shelves to elegant hairpin tables, each Kentholz piece is a one-off. Constructed by hand to honour the natural character of the wood it’s made from, Kentholz furniture is fairly priced and built sustainably — no piece of wood that comes through the workshop’s doors goes to waste. Browse the catalog or contact Stacey directly for a custom order. We’ve got our eye on “The Kitchen Kent“: finished with hairpin legs that are sleek yet industrial, and ready to be the centrepiece of your apartment for years to come. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Kentholz & Woodboom)
Shio is a small clothing shop that has been flying under the Neukölln radar for about six years now, providing a welcome contrast to the local topography. The shop’s owner, Kate Pinkstone, has run the place by herself since the beginning, which shows in the considered, warm details to be found throughout. Kate’s approach initially spoke to me because of her heavy use of upcycling — where she takes clothes found at flea markets, alters them in ways that are almost alien to their original form, and gives them new life by combining them with unique fabrics. The results are fresh pieces with a timeless quality and simple silhouettes that allow the fabrics to speak for themselves. I became such a big fan of her approach, and am sure that at least half of my shirts are from Shio. Since 2012, the shop has grown to include a studio space and workshop housing four local designers and makers. (Text: Peter Duran / Photos: Kate Pinkstone)
Peter Duran is the co-owner and operator of Isla Coffee Berlin and hails from near Detroit (Michigan). Peter has lived in Berlin since 2014.
Everyone seems to be cultivating their very own urban jungles these days. However, while on the prowl for house plants of all shapes, sizes, and varieties, your ideal lush oasis can be a struggle if supplemented solely from your corner Pflanzenshop. Here to fix this with plenty of plants, personality, and modern design, is Hanni Schermaul and her online shop, The Botanical Room. Hanni’s hand-selected plants range from exotic violet Gynura’s with velvety leaves to sleek Echeveria pulvinata succulents boasting vibrant ruby flowers, and of course trendy Monstera deliciosas – with the continuously changing inventory sure to introduce even the most avid plant lover to new favorites. But, the plants aren’t the only draw at The Botanical Room. Contemporary pots (many designed and made right here in Berlin), kokedamas – Japanese balls of soil on which ornamental plants grow, botanical literature, and modern watering cans are also present among the shop’s offerings. So the next time you’re dreaming of turning your apartment into a contemporary jungle, don’t scour the streets – browse The Botanical Room. (Text: Devan Grimsrud / Photos: Hanni Schermaul – The Botanical Room)
Perfectly timed for fashion week, Poplin Project is bringing its sustainable collection of casual wear for men, women, and children to Berlin with their pop-up store this weekend. Each wax-print garment is hand-cut and processed in Abidjan and Grand Bassam on the Ivory Coast with locally sourced, handmade traditional African textiles displaying intricate patterns and vivid colors — ranging from deep reds to pretty pinks, ocean blues to show stopping oranges. One third of Poplin Project’s profits support social efforts in and around the Ivory Coast, focused this year on the women’s cooperative Sissi Barra – an organization supporting independent women coal workers in the port area of San Pedro. For the perfect pop of color for your summer wardrobe, get to Poplin Project’s pop-up, tomorrow and Friday (7-8.7.17) only. (Text: Devan Grimsrud / Photos: Poplin Project)