Seafood and live minimal synth as a starter and a dessert of coconut pancake with performative movement on the side. At a Soydivision event, experimental mixing of food and performance is a given. Developed by Indonesian-born artist and activist Ariel William Orah, these are pop-up dinners with a difference, creating experiences not just for your tastebuds but for your eyes and ears too. The series comes in two varieties: Soy & Synth, which combines relaxed cuisine with experimental music, and the longer Empathy Supper, which blends a full five-course dinner with both performance and visual art. In both cases, the Soydivision team’s Indonesian heritage informs both the food and performance curation. And like the art, the cuisine is radical: a vegan Tongseng curry with jackfruit sums it up well, while wines from Motif Wein complete an atmosphere that feels homely yet inquisitive. With this daring mix of contemporary cuisine and performance, the Soydivision collective experiment on two fronts, leaving your hunger satisfied and your mind inspired. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Johanna Rademacher-Flesland)
Long considered an insider tip, architect Eileen Gray is celebrated today as a pioneer of modern art. At the Akademie der Künste you can testify to just how timeless her very first house feels, even 90 years after it was first devised. Together with students from the Austin School of Architecture, Professor Wilfried Wang reconstructed one of her bedrooms and offers one-hour tours to visitors through the tiny space in which not a single centimeter has been wasted. Gray herself conceptualized the furniture, a series of custom-made designs that are perfectly adapted to their context. Modernism has seldom proven to be so functional and captivating. (Text: Hanna Komornitzyk / Photos: © Andreas FranzXaver Süß, Akademie der Künste, 2019 & © WikiCommons 1910)
Walking along bustling Weserstrasse, you might easily overlook Jungbusch. But once you’ve discovered this gem, hidden behind two knocked-down windows and a graffiti-tagged wall, you’ll never miss it again. The bar, which Mertol Akinci and Alfonso D’Angelo opened in 2013, scores points with its seasonal cocktail menu that currently features the “Cardamom Collins”, a creation of Darjeeling cordial, honey, Amaro, blood orange and lime juice. In addition to classics such as Boston Sour and Sazarac, you can also enjoy a selection of Amaro and red vermouth, as well as port-based long drinks topped with soda, tonic water or bitters. Beyond the drinks, the atmosphere in Jungbusch is just plain fun, with friendly bartenders playing consistently good playlists and a backdrop of exposed walls, minimalist wooden furniture, and plants. What’s more the owners often give a platform to new artists and their work, so it’s always well worth a visit. (Text: Karin Zweidler / Photos: Johanna Rademacher-Flesland)
Growing up in a small town in Switzerland, author Karin Zweidler now lives in Berlin. Here she does what she’s been doing since her journalism studies: writing for various print and digital outlets.
You’ve done your spring cleaning: now’s the time to give your home a new look. If you’re looking for inspiration or better yet the right homewares, this week is your chance: Urbanara, purveyor of high-quality textiles and hand-picked home accessories has teamed up with online seller Monoqi for their latest big sale, featuring a wide selection of design pieces. From today (23.05.2019) until next Tuesday (28.05.2019) you’ll have the chance to browse their range in person right at the Urbanara showroom in Mitte. Your delivery man will be grateful, and so will your wallet: wherever you see a Sale tag you can expect a special price. And with over 10,000 items for all apartments and lifestyles on offer, you’ll be spoilt for choice: cosy wool blankets for those chilly spring nights, accessories for your balcony, Instagrammable rugs, eye-catching lamps, not to mention the stylish bed linen of your dreams. The time for a home refresh is now. And if you miss the start, not to worry: the ranges are replenished daily. (Text: Rosa Künzler / Photos: Urbanara)
One of the nicest ways to spend a Sunday is strolling around the flea market on Arkonaplatz, looking for priceless one-offs with some friends. Staying local, you might follow this with some handmade cake at Du Bonheur or an exquisite espresso at Bonanza Coffee by Mauerpark. But perhaps you don’t just want to wander round here on Sundays – perhaps you want to make this area, between Arkonaplatz and Zionskirche, your home? If so, you should take a look at these lofts. The building, previously used as a brewery and textile factory – and, until the construction of the Berlin Wall the home of the Delta Filmtheater – now houses residential and commercial spaces. Under the leadership of Berlin-based architect Frank Schiffer and with inspiration drawn from the building’s history, new design elements have been gracefully integrated into these living spaces. The rooms have been created with floor-to-ceiling windows, letting in enough light so you can truly envision a beautiful life here. Moreover, if you are still looking for your dream roof terrace, it’s still available. (Text: Nina Trippel / Photos: Christian Rudat, Joachim Wagner & Ivo Gretener)
If you are interested in viewing the apartments, there is an open house event on 29.05.2019 at 16-19h.
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