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ANIKA PAULUS RECOMMENDS: SCHWESTERHERZ & KÜCHENLIEBE

ANIKA PAULUS RECOMMENDS: SCHWESTERHERZ & KÜCHENLIEBE

I love beautiful things. I don’t mean trinkets, but rather good quality, long-lasting products that make everyday work and life easier and more beautiful. Those who share this passion should pay a visit to Schwesterherz und Küchenliebe: two of Berlin’s finest stores for paper and gifts, as well as cooking utensils. Owner Ellen Teschendorf founded the pint-sized shops at Boxhagener Platz, following her heart’s desire to create a space for beautiful objects and gifts in Friedrichshain. Further outposts have since followed across town. To this day, love, passion and attention to detail characterize the selection, which includes classics as well as emerging brands and designers. Both shops allow you to browse in peace, but don’t hesitate to request a recommendation for to the perfect gift for your loved one — or even just for yourself. (Text & Photos: Anika Paulus)

Schwesterherz & Küchenliebe
Gärtnerstr.28, 10245 Berlin-Friedrichshain; map
Mon–Fri 11–20h, Sat 10.30–19h

Anika Paulus works as a freelance PR & brand consultant for fashion and lifestyle in Berlin. She has lived in Berlin-Friedrichshain since March 2010.

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TREAT COLLECTION BEAUTY LOFT: AN OASIS OF WELL-BEING

TREAT COLLECTION BEAUTY LOFT: AN OASIS OF WELL-BEING

As the days stretch out longer and we shed our heavy winter coats for lighter layers, faces raised towards the pale spring sunshine, it’s the perfect time to treat our skin to a bit of TLC ahead of summer. Here to turn that task into a total pleasure is a brand new salon that single-handedly raises the Berlin skincare service bar: the Treat Collection Beauty Loft. Opened in March 2017 by Daniela and Dirk Mellis, natural skincare entrepreneurs and founders of Treat Collection makeup and nail polish, the loft is a veritable oasis of skincare serenity. A two-story, light-filled apartment, impeccably fitted out with Midcentury design pieces, sets the scene for a range of luxurious yet fairly priced beauty treatments. On offer are mani- and pedicures, facials and massages which can be mixed, matched and tailored to your body’s needs. This is a space you’ll step out of feeling all brand new both inside and out – not that you’ll want to leave. (Text & Photos: Anna Dorothea Ker)

Treat Collection Beauty Loft, Schönhauser Allee 55, 10437 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg, map

Tue-Sun 10-21h

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CHO’JAC — STYLISH BACKPACKS WITH A SOCIAL CONSCIENCE

CHO’JAC — STYLISH BACKPACKS WITH A SOCIAL CONSCIENCE

“Hardcore handcraft in its purest form” promises Berlin backpack brand, Cho’jac (pronounced “tscho-chac”), and to that we would add good looks and plenty of soul. The small Berlin business with a big heart is reviving the traditional “cho’jac” net bags of Mexico’s indigenous Tzotzil Maya, which are created from agave leaf fibres in the high Mexican mountains. The woven nets are then brought to Germany and crafted into sleek, practical backpacks with linen lining and thick leather straps, by people with disabilities in traditional workshops around Berlin. Take a closer look at the bags — available in “asphalt black” or “natural coffee” — on Cho’jac’s online shop, and while you’re there, don’t miss the short film that provides a heartwarming insight into the work and lives of some of the Tzotzil Maya artisans the brand works with. It offers a fascinating insight into a humble partnership that’s paving the way for the future of sustainable, fair and conscious production — all whilst in style. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker)

Cho’jac — backpacks by tms*, online storeInstagram.

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NOMAD BARBER — AN ELEVATED GLOBAL GROOMING CONCEPT

NOMAD BARBER — AN ELEVATED GLOBAL GROOMING CONCEPT

Gentlemen, time for a trim? The Nomad Barber not only offers professional grooming services – plus Five Elephant coffee and Quartiermeister beer – but is also backed by an incredible story. In 2013, founder Miguel Gutierrez, aka “The Nomad Barber” himself, embarked on a year-long pilgrimage to discover the global history of male grooming. Travelling from Greece through Turkey and into the Middle East, Gutierrez set up his barber stool to offer locals cuts wherever he went, documenting his adventures in a web series. After establishing his first permanent location in London in 2014, his second permanent outpost landed in Graefekiez in late 2016. Haircut appointments are booked in 45-minute slots, allowing ample time for a complimentary wash, hot towel treatment, neck massage and – best of all – a “hot lather neck shave”. This makes The Nomad Barber feel more like day spa than a hairdresser – a place that transforms a regular necessity into a rejuvenating experience. (Text: Jónbjörn Finnbogason)

Nomad Barber, Schönleinstraße 4, 10967 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map

Tue-Fri 9-20h, Sat 10-18h

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SIGURD LARSEN POP-UP: SLEEK DANISH FURNITURE DESIGN

SIGURD LARSEN POP-UP: SLEEK DANISH FURNITURE DESIGN

A slice of hygge in Berlin: Until March, Danish furniture designer and architect Sigurd Larsen is hosting a pop-up store in collaboration with Formel A and Fantastic Frank. The concept allows design fans to experience and purchase their favorite pieces on-site, such as Larsen’s minimal “A Sofa”, spacious and floating on thin legs made of either oak or copper. Larsen’s furniture range also includes “The Shrine”: a box-like hub of drawers, perfect for a record player and smaller key-locked valuables. (Text: Victoria Pease)

Sigurd Larsen Pop-Up, Torstr.138, 10119 Berlin-Mitte; map

Mon-Sat 12-19h, ongoing until March

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