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CAFÉ, COMMUNITY HUB, PRODUCTION SITE & STORE ALL IN ONE: WELCOME TO OPEN HOUSE

CAFÉ, COMMUNITY HUB, PRODUCTION SITE & STORE ALL IN ONE: WELCOME TO OPEN HOUSE

What originally began as a search for a workshop and production kitchen became Open House in November 2023, nestled in the Winsviertel district. John Darcy, founder of Sincerely Coffee and astrophysicist, sits down with us on a sunny Friday morning to tell us the story of how the affectionately titled ‘community hub’ came to be. Anyone entering Open House for the first time might feel like they’re in Copenhagen: sourdough bread with whipped butter, cheese from Alte Milch, and, depending on your preference, a poached or boiled egg — a classic Danish breakfast. And then there are the slightly heartier options, such as Aussie-style pies from Nice Pies. I particularly like the vegan version with mushrooms in truffle ragout. For those with a morning sweet tooth, the Head of Kitchen, aka Jon Cox, offers homemade granola with almonds, walnuts, and honey, served with yogurt from the Brodowin eco-village and seasonal fruit. Not to mention various baked goods from Albatross (where they also source their bread): double-baked almond croissants, pain au chocolate, and one of my favorites, the Breton butter cake called Kouign-amann.

The floor and round tables are oxblood red, contrasting with warm wood-tone chairs that complement the ceiling. An open kitchen counter made of stainless steel forms the centerpiece and metal shelves stocked with products from Berlin completes the room. (The founding team consists of a total of four parties. Including familiar faces, such as Lucien from Café Luc.) The café also has a production kitchen in the basement, which is used by nut butter producer Twisted Nut, among others. These are available to buy on-site, as are other local brands such as Matchasome and Companian Tea. Of course, a café would be nothing without good coffee and this is where John Darcy comes into play with Sincerely Coffee: the chocolatey, nutty Brazil roast is used for the espresso, while the filter coffee beans vary daily. For those who can’t resist coffee’s deliciousness but are staying away from caffeine, there’s the caramel-lemon Columbia Decaf. When asked what else we can expect in the future, John smiles. A bottle shop is in the works, which will mean extended opening hours so punters can sit together in the evening with a bottle of wine and round off the day. We have our fingers crossed there’ll be outdoor seating too, because Spring is just around the corner and there’s nothing Berliners enjoy more than soaking up the sunshine.

Text: Sophie Doering / Fotos: Savannah van der Niet

Open House, Christburger Str.13, 10405 Berlin–Prenzlauer Berg; map
Mon–Sat 8–18h. Working on your laptop is possible.

@openhouse.berlin

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FROM BASIC SEWING SKILLS TO PATTERN MAKING — DESIGN YOUR OWN PIECES WITH BERLIN-BASED FASHION LABEL AND ART COLLECTIVE UY

FROM BASIC SEWING SKILLS TO PATTERN MAKING — DESIGN YOUR OWN PIECES WITH BERLIN-BASED FASHION LABEL AND ART COLLECTIVE UY

When I bought my first sewing machine at 18, I was firmly convinced that I would one day follow in the footsteps of iconic fashion designers such as Margiela or Saint Laurent. I can no longer make sense of what I was thinking — at that age, no star was too high to reach for and so I began, unselfconsciously and naively, to try my hand at creating my first piece. After a few rather unsuccessful attempts, parties, boys and lots of drama followed, and so my sewing machine disappeared for ten years, dusty and unused on my infamous “I tried (but failed)” shelf. But I could never quite let go of the idea. I regained some hope when I found by chance, in November last year (2023), that UY offers a monthly sewing workshop. UY is a Berlin fashion label and art collective founded in 2013. They have made it their mission to help people listen to their bodies and break free from conventions — no matter what gender, sexuality, ethnicity, place of origin, size or age. A hybrid place has been created here over the years, where global meets local and clothing can be cozy and edgy at the same time, but above all, it is a place for liberation and expression of raw beauty.

At their in-house studio, you can take part in a four-week workshop where you will learn the basics of sewing — by machine and by hand — and design your own piece to take home at the end of the four sessions. From using different types of fabric, measuring correctly, and understanding the machines to basic pattern making and designing your own piece, Sarah and Lani will guide you through all the important first steps you need to feel confident enough to unpack your own sewing machine at home. All materials for the exercises are provided, and you’ll of course be allowed to choose the perfect fabric for your own piece. As the groups are limited to four people, even a sewing novice like me will get enough support and attention to succeed. If you still want more after the beginner’s course, or you’re already above a basic sewing level, then take the intermediate course: here you will work on expanding your knowledge and developing your designs, with a focus on pattern-making. At the end of the workshop, I left the studio with two pieces — my 18-year-old self would be proud of me, and my dusty sewing machine is also looking forward to seeing the light of day.

Text & Photos: Robyn Steffen

UY Studio, Pflügerstr.11, 12047 Berlin–Neukölln; map
Find upcoming workshops here.

@uy.studio

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DISCOVER BEAUTY ESSENTIALS FROM BERLIN AT THE KESS POP-UP STORE

DISCOVER BEAUTY ESSENTIALS FROM BERLIN AT THE KESS POP-UP STORE

Standing in the bathroom for an hour, carefully laying out my make-up collection, prepping my skin diligently, and guiding myself step-by-step through a make-up routine I picked up from Vogue the day before — that’s how I love to start my day. The problem? I also like to stay in bed for an extra hour — admittedly, the latter happens much more often. And since I have my Blush & Glow Duo Stick from Kess, I know that even if I let my alarm clock snooze one too many times, I don’t have to start my day stressed out, because I only need as much time to apply it as my Bialetti needs to make my coffee. The stick consists of two different shades that you can choose yourself. Mine consists of the soft Coral and the darker Tan Blush, which I use not only to define my contours but also to subtly coordinate my eyelids and cheeks and create highlights. You can layer it for a stronger make-up look or simply apply it to your freshly moisturized skin. Because this wonderful stick has saved me so much stress, I had to get more products from Kess: each one can be applied without much effort, is super intuitive and fits inside even my tiniest handbag. And, by the way, they also have impressive values: they are all 100% vegan and cruelty-free.

And now for the exciting news: in addition to the online store, Kess is also currently moving around the real world. Right now they’re located in the middle of Potsdamer Straße next to Andreas Murkudis and Fiona Bennett. The physical pop-up allows you to try out products and shades that are otherwise only available online and get advice from beauty experts. The pop-up is running until 20.04.2024. And we have to mention the beautiful interior of the store which is designed beautifully minimal, as you would expect from Kess. If you’re looking for the perfect opportunity to visit the store, on 02.03. Kess is hosting an exclusive pre-launch of a new product and you can be one of the first to try it out with some hot matcha and selected goodies! But even if you can’t make it to the event — before you put the Duo Stick in your digital shopping cart and aren’t sure which is the perfect color choice for you, or can’t decide which lip oil suits you best — why not come along and take the opportunity to match your new beauty essentials perfectly to your skin? Because once you’ve found the right one, it will be hard to part with it – I know what I’m talking about!

Text: Robyn Steffen / Photos: Christian Hasselbusch, Claudia Professione

Kess, Potsdamer Str.83, 10785 Berlin–Tiergarten; map
​Pop-up store until 20.04.2024 Tue–Sat 11–18h

@kessberlin

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PHOENIX ON THE ROOF: HANS UHLMANN AT THE BERLIN GALLERY

PHOENIX ON THE ROOF: HANS UHLMANN AT THE BERLIN GALLERY

One of Berlin’s most curious sculptures can be found on the roof of the Philharmonie. The sculptor Hans Uhlmann installed his Phoenix — a stylized bird with two broad metal wings — here in 1964. While artwork on buildings usually catches the eye, Uhlmann’s sculpture almost entirely eludes it. His Phoenix nestles so closely to the architecture that it’s nearly unnoticeable, symbolizing the artist’s work. Uhlmann’s works blend seamlessly into the Berlin cityscape. His steel spirals and columns wind towards the sky in the Hansaviertel, in front of the Deutsche Oper, and at the University of the Arts. Yet his name is unknown to most people today. The Berlinische Galerie aims to change that with the first comprehensive retrospective in 50 years. With around 80 sculptures and graphic works, the museum traces Uhlmann’s life and work from his artistic beginnings in the 1930s to his death in the 1970s. After studying mechanical engineering, the Berlin-born artist repeatedly tried his hand at sculpting, discovering wire early on as the main material for his works. When he was arrested in 1933 during an anti-fascist leaflet campaign and sentenced to one and a half years in prison, he filled his time in custody with the only activity left to him: drawing.

His artist friend Jeanne Mammen smuggled pencils and notepads into prison. After his release, he exhibited the ideas of the time. He created heads made of metal and iron wire. Uhlmann described his imprisonment as the “most important period” in his artistic development. Even if the fine wire figures later gave way to massive metal sculptures, the linear aspect always remained part of his formal language. While teaching at the Berlin University of the Arts in the 1950s, Uhlmann developed his own style further. Figurative explorations receded into the background; instead, Uhlmann was interested in how he could depict movement in space with reduced forms. His abstract formal arrangements made him one of the most sought-after artists in the young Federal Republic of Germany. Invitations to the Venice Biennale and documenta followed. In addition to elaborate art-in-building projects, he returned to drawing in his old age. In black chalk, he traced the permeability of his structures on paper and discovered the dynamism and spontaneity that were so important to him throughout his life. Uhlmann achieved what many are denied. His works emit a quiet power. Even if, like the Phoenix on the roof of the Philharmonie, they sink in the background at first glace.

Text: Laura Storfner / Photos: Anja Elisabeth Witte & Clemens Poloczek / Credit: Legal successors Ewald Gnilka/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023; Margot Schmidt, Hamburg, for the work by Hans Uhlmann: VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2024

Berlinische Galerie, Museum of Modern Art, Alte Jakobstr.124–128, 10969 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Hans Uhlmann: Experimental Forming until 13.05.2024 Wed–Mon 10–18h.

@berlinischegalerie

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ONE STUDIO, TWO PROFESSIONALS AND LOTS OF EXERCISE: FEEL THE BARRE STUDIO IN THE BÖTZOW DISTRICT

ONE STUDIO, TWO PROFESSIONALS AND LOTS OF EXERCISE: FEEL THE BARRE STUDIO IN THE BÖTZOW DISTRICT

“Are you ready to feel the barre?” — These are the words that greet you as you enter the doors of the new loft-like Barre Studio. Wondering what barre is? The term describes the horizontal bar that ballet dancers train with. This barre is used in many classes at the Feel the Barre studio. The classes are designed as full-body and muscle endurance training and are intended to strengthen the body in a way that few workouts can. Benefits include muscle strengthening, core stability, increased flexibility and endurance, improved posture, and much more. And though the association with ballet may sound demanding, barre is quite beginner-friendly and can be adapted to different ability levels. If you’re still not sure whether barre is for you, then I can only advise you to give it a try at this studio. It was founded by Michael Byrne, originally from London, and his partner Fabian, from Berlin.

Michael is a trained dancer and has worked in show business for many years, including ten years as dance captain for Starlight Express and as a choreographer for Helene Fischer. He then decided to study again and is now an ICF-accredited business coach. Fabian is also a trained dancer and worked as a coach at Flying Steps for ten years. Together, the two have built a community of almost 12,000 members worldwide during the pandemic with online HIIT and barre classes. With the end of the pandemic, the desire to offer a real place to find community became even greater, and this became possible in November 2023 with Feel the Barre Studio. I tried out the Signature Class, which combines all courses into one, and it was an excellent experience. Michael and Fabian take what they do very seriously, without taking themselves too seriously! In other words, you can expect to be challenged and encouraged, but at the same time made to feel welcome and hopefully, like me, have a lot of fun! If you’d like to take part in a barre class, you can take advantage of the 2-for-1 welcome offer. On to the barre!

Text & Photos: Luna Schaffron

Feel the Barre, Bötzowstr.26, 10407 Berlin–Prenzlauer Berg; map

@feelthebarre

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