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It is as simple as it is special: Haus Hedwig. Somewhere between Prenzlau and Szczecin, at a small crossroads in the village of Hedwigshof, surrounded by solitary buildings and wide fields, the charming dark wooden house with a pointed roof has been standing since 2022. With Hedwig, Diana has created her own personal hideaway – her version of a dream cottage in the countryside. And she’s kind enough to share it with us – when she’s not there herself. Once you’ve made your way to Hedwigshof (about an hour and a half by car from Berlin-Mitte), you’ll feel like you’ve left the city far behind. And once you’ve entered, peace and quiet sets in. The house, designed by Danish-born Berliner Sigurd Larsen, strikes a balance between minimalist, cool and yet somehow sweet. The ground-floor living space with stone flooring has a striking design with views up to the pointed roof. The dark façade continues on the walls inside, illuminating everything. The green leaves of the banana palm, the woven tapestry, the light wooden kitchen, the bright blue lamp by the armchair. Just as bright as the carefully chosen color accents, the outside also appears through the large windows and offers that expansive view that you often miss in the urban jungle.
And the room layout is as simple as the house itself: the living room with kitchenette is a space for cooking, eating, reading on the large sofa by Flos or looking out from the armchair in front of the “sunset window”. If you want to immerse yourself even more in peace and quiet, take a bath in front of the floor-to-ceiling window – and don’t worry, the nearest neighbor is far away and short-sighted, I’ve been told. But the concept of openness is part of the package: there are no blinds, so you can go with the flow of the day, as every hour casts the house in a different light. Of course, you can also create the cozy light of your choice here with the many small scattered lamps, such as the ones in the bathroom by Louis Poulsen or the hanging lamps by &Tradition. And in the bedroom you have the choice: do you want to watch the sunrise from bed or do you prefer to slumber longer behind the linen curtains? Incidentally, the bed has room for two – so it’s perfect both for some quality me-time and a cozy trip for two. The key is a plan is to gain new perspectives, because not only are the views special, they also offer space for insights into yourself, because as we all know, you need some distance for that. Text: Nina Trippel / Photos: Christoph Musiol & Jan Kopetzky
Haus Hedwig, Hedwigshof 10a, 17291 Hedwigshof Carmzow; map
Instead of shrink-wrapped new electronics or brand new cashmere scarves, there is an alternative this Christmas: true to the motto “It doesn’t always have to be new”, the eBay Pre-Loved Pop-up (01.-03.12.2023) on Ku’damm offers gifts that combine sustainability and uniqueness. The selection ranges from great toys and special souvenirs with a Berlin touch to refurbished electronics from top brands, all of which can be purchased via QR code on eBay.de – some can be collected right there, others can be conveniently delivered to your home. In addition, eBay dealers explain how different products are refurbished, cleaned and checked before they go back on sale. With the eBay Pre-Loved Pop-Up, eBay promotes a more thoughtful approach to (holiday) purchases and illustrates the extent to which gift-givers have their finger on the pulse. Sarah Anna Hartmann, known for her unique DIY and upcycling interior projects, and twins Julian and Marian, who will be offering tips and tricks on DIY, will also be appearing at the pop-up.
Text: Alison Musch / Credit: eBay
eBay Pre-Loved Pop-Up, Kurfürstendamm 229, 10719 Berlin–Charlottenburg; map
Loumi is all about spectacular flavors, wow-worthy ingredients, and a stunningly relaxed atmosphere. Mical and Karl-Louis, the two friends and makers behind Loumi, were famous for their iconic private dining events. Now (lucky us) they just opened their first ever restaurant! The beautifully designed space boasts only 14 seats with the chefs dishing out a single 7-course tasting menu. If you manage to nab a spot, you’ll discover intriguing bites such as tiny razor clam tacos, and menu stunners made with zesty yuzu, amazake, and sauces and broths meticulously cooked. Expect a seafood-heavy line-up, and indulge in hand-dived scallops from Norway, and fish coming straight from Brittany. Or get ready to sink your teeth in marbled dairy cow filet, and locally farmed produce shifting with the season. I don’t want to ruin the surprise, but let’s just say it’s not your typical fine dining experience. It’s all about unpretentious vibes, a cool playlist, and food that makes your head spin. Their kitchen counter is a prime spot for drinks with a view of the chefs. Walk in, grab a Negroni, and soak up the ambiance and buzz! PS No one leaves hungry! There’s also a delightful bar snack menu.
Sandra (Berlin.Gal.Eats) loves exploring eateries, chatting with chefs, farmers & makers. Before Berlin she lived a culinary nomad’s life, eating her way through Europe, the US and Asia.
Text: Sandra (Berlin.Gal.Eats) / Photos: Steffen Sinziger & Alexander Gnädinger
Loumi, Ritterstr.2, 10969 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
TONIGHT: THE FIRST CONSCIOUS P&C STORE INVITES YOU TO EXCLUSIVE SHOPPING AFTER WORK — WITH BEATS & DRINKS!
There is still a lot to do when it comes to sustainability in fashion – but progress is being made. A very concrete example that makes it easier for you to buy sustainable fashion can be found at Potsdamer Platz. Peek & Cloppenburg, a long-established company that is now over 100 years old, has opened a point of contact for conscious fashion here in The Playce – its first store of its kind in Germany – and it’s time to celebrate. Ideally with you! Looking for a little fashion inspiration tonight (30.11.2023)? Then register now for the exclusive after-work event (the store will be closed especially for this) and come to The Playce – there will be drinks, music and mingling to warm you up. Maybe you’ll be inspired by other people’s styles and looks – or simply by the idea of getting a 20% discount on your first purchase. Here you can discover highlights from sustainable German labels such as Armedangels and Lanius as well as international fashion brands such as Colorful Standard. Studio services (sewing, embroidery and printing), such as the repair of your old favorite piece, are even free. So whether you want to make something new out of something old or need something new in your wardrobe, either as a present for yourself, an Advent surprise or a Christmas present for your loved ones: tonight has plenty to offer.
Text: Alina Herbel / Credit: Peek & Cloppenburg KG, Düsseldorf
The Playce, Alte Potsdamer Str.7, 10785 Berlin–Tiergarten; map
30.11.2023 18–22h. Register here.
Thinking of switching up your routines at the end of the year? Here’s a fun little idea: testing new coffee beans for your morning brew. The Coffee Week Berlin team is bringing the idea of a coffee “Secret Santa” to Berlin. You might remember the concept from school: you wrap a present and pass it around – and get one from someone else. In this case, coffee – in all its forms, or rather flavors. So you “donate” a nicely wrapped bag of coffee beans and get another one in exchange, and with it a new taste. The idea is also celebrated by coffee fans in many other countries. If you want to take part, you can find the nearest drop-off point near you. Your gift will not be handed over directly, but a little later as part of a small event (15.12.2023) at Communal Coffee, where you can talk shop about your new find. Because one thing is for sure: this is where the city’s coffee lovers gather. And by the way: Coffee Week 2024 will take place from 30.09. to 06.10.2024 – if you would like to be there as a sponsor, exhibitor or volunteer, please get in touch with us via DM.
Text: Nina Trippel / Photos: Robyn Steffen & Zacharias Kaffeebar
Coffee Week Berlin
Communal Coffee, Naumburger Str.4, 12057 Berlin–Neukölln; map
Secret Santa Event 15.12.2023