Some green spaces in Berlin get a lot of attention, but there’s one that’s definitely worth (re)discovering: Volkspark Schöneberg-Wilmersdorf. The elongated 20-hectare park consists of Volkspark Wilmersdorf and the Rudolph-Wilde Park in Schöneberg, spanning the two districts in three parts. And whether you want to chill or get a sweat on, the park is the perfect match. There’s space for jogging, strolling and relaxing, with playgrounds, fountains, table tennis and ponds at your disposal. A highlight in spring and summer is the beautiful flower beds – something unique in Berlin. But the park also has its charms in autumn too. When we were there at the beginning of this week, some of the flowers were still in bloom, even as the leaves rustled under our feet… (Text: Katie Burton / Photos: Johanna Rademacher Flesland & Sophie Döring)
Have you ever had a Taiwanese breakfast? For those who are curious and up for culinary expeditions, I would highly recommend Daheim Manufaktur, the eco-friendly cuisine and event space where you really feel at home. Founder Julia Hammond, who used to work in design and product development, discovered that there are hardly any small, affordable production facilities for food startups in Berlin. So in 2016 she opened her own kitchen which smaller food manufacturers and caterers can rent out and where international chefs can share their dishes and family recipes through classes and workshops. I recently found myself in the Daheim Manufaktur kitchen myself and learned how to prepare Taiwanese Scallion Pancakes with RitaKahn Chen from Rice Studio Berlin. Kneading, folding and rolling the dough proved a challenge, but the result was worth it: a hearty, incredibly delicious spring onion pancake, reminiscent of puff pastry. It was immediately devoured in the sun alongside other Taiwanese treats. (Text: Katie Burton / Photos: Johanna Rademacher-Flesland)
TROEDELMARKT ARKONAPLATZ: THE OUTDOOR CONCEPT STORE — RECOMMENDED BY ANNIKA ROGGE
The second-hand market at Arkonaplatz is neither an over-crowded, piled up flea market nor an overrated Kreuzberg cliché. On the contrary, it has grown in recent years into an increasingly superior treasure-trove for all kinds of vintage designs, be it interior, fashion or crafts. I have my grandmother to thank for my love of flea markets. When I was a child, she brought me along to numerous markets and taught me the three golden rules: Always go in the mornings, keep expanding your design expertise so you can find the pearls, and always keep in touch with the sellers to discover their sources. The market at Arkonaplatz is perfect for a relaxing Sunday walk. Before my visit I buy a cup of coffee and a croissant at Hermann Eicke on Brunnenstraße, before walking the three minutes to the flea market. Most of my furniture comes from Arkona and has gradually replaced all of my Ikea furniture. I often stream my visits to show my Instagram followers my “hand-picked” finds. And most of the time I just have to bring the goods home. (Text: Annika Rogge / Photos: Johanna Rademacher-Flesland)
Annika Rogge is a social media manager with a great love for interior design. She shares her Arkona finds here. Her best score? A white Bertoia Side Chair.
Troedelmarkt Arkonaplatz, 10435 Berlin–Mitte; map
Have you ever dyed fabrics or made your own drinks using plants? Well, I tried out the former at one of the workshops from Primitivkollektiv run by artist, herbalist and co-founder of Avant Garden Life, Tash, and designer and permaculture expert Siobhán. Together they have developed a series of workshops on the topics of sustainability, circularity and herbalism, in which you can discover traditional botany within a small group. I took part in the Healing Cloth workshop and learned about the numerous medicinal properties of plants and how they can also be used to dye fabrics, which we tried out for ourselves on cushion covers. Next week (17.09.2019, 19–21h) the series continues with Medicinal Microbrew, where you will produce your own micro-batch Mead (an ancient alcoholic honey drink) and Shrubs (sour, alcohol-free fruit syrup) yourself. The fun continues in October with the Compost Colours workshop (22.10.2019, 19–21h), where you will learn how to extract colour from plant waste and use it on different materials. After my session I spent the most relaxing night in a long time on my soothing self-dyed pillowcase. (Text: Katie Burton / Photos: Barbara Cilliers-Pistorius)
Small town flair, idyllic gardens and bright colors: it is not without reason that Gartenstadt Falkenberg in Bohnsdorf is also known as the “Tuschkastensiedlung” (paint-box estate). As one of six similar Berlin housing estates, it was conceived at the beginning of the 20th century by architect Bruno Taut to provide people with affordable living space in green surroundings. The houses are compactly built on an area of 60 square metres, including garden. Despite this color-by-numbers policy, no two houses are the same, because the streets bloom with numerous different plants and flowers, while the color palette of the houses themselves ranges from sunny yellow and pastel pink to azure blue. During the hour-long architectural tour with Ticket B, I discovered not only Berlin’s city history, but how historical planning concepts can be instructive today. That’s precisely the idea behind Ticket B, and they offer many more tours too: whether modern designs, classic guided tours through the government district, or Bauhaus trips away. It’s a chance to learn not just about bricks and mortar, but how cities function and change. (Text: Hanna Komornitzyk / Photos: Hanna Komornitzyk, Strelka Insitut of Media and Design, Ticket B)