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FURNITURE MEETS ART AT FOUL PLAY — RECOMMENDED BY YOSA PEIT

FURNITURE MEETS ART AT FOUL PLAY — RECOMMENDED BY YOSA PEIT

In recent years, Berlin has become a hotspot for young furniture designers, with small companies and solo designers all setting up shop. Furniture galleries, meanwhile, are harder to come by. Starting tomorrow (02.12.2022), this is changing – at least temporarily – with the opening of the first Foul Play. Half exhibition, half concept store, this event from photographer Frank Wang, FluxGeist and Plusminus Studio is set to take place every six months. Each temporary show brings together five different objects that blur the lines between sculpture, performance and design. They question material and form in new ways, shunning categories and terms like “classic”. Just in time for the indoor season, the sale includes new objects that you can view and bring home – or at least dream of doing so. The transparent “Megapašcale” shelving unit, for instance, was created by the duo Cainelliklaska in collaboration with graphic designer and artist Mark Bohle and combines lightness and mass in an unusual (and excellent) way. Or there’s the futuristic, iridescent “topo-4” lounge chairs by Studio Kern, inspired by aerospace technology and computer design. Other designers/artists on show include Aleksandr DelevFrederik Fialin and Nazara Lázaro. Glamorous and unusual, the objects are not just intended to be seen but to be lived with, touched and discussed – providing aesthetic, sensual enjoyment and prompting new ways of living.

Text: Yosa Peit / Photos: Studio Kern, Fausto Paz & Fanette Guilloud

Yosa Peit is a music producer, singer and founder of Error Music – don’t delete, a series of experimental sound workshops for girls and non-binary children in Berlin. Her debut album “Phyton” has just been released on Fire Records.

Foul Play, FW22 at FunkRaum, Pflügerstr.70/71, 12047 Berlin–Neukölln, map

2–11.12.2022, Mon–Sat, 13–18h. Opening: 02.12.2022, 19–22h.

@foulplay.eu

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FIVE PLACES FOR THOUGHTFUL GIFTS — POP-UP SHOPPING PICKS FOR THE WEEKEND

FIVE PLACES FOR THOUGHTFUL GIFTS — POP-UP SHOPPING PICKS FOR THE WEEKEND

December is here, which reminds us: there’s only 24 days to go. Already found all your Christmas presents? No? Well, here are five pop-ups that are sure to help you find the perfect gift for your loved ones and maybe even something special for yourself. If, for example, you still don’t have a good pair of pajamas after two years of the pandemic, or if you’ve already worn them all out, look no further than Cruba’s “Sanctuary of Comfort” on Auguststraße tomorrow (02.12.2022). There you can find the limited Tom Àdam X Monocle collection offering comfort and stripes as far as the eye can see. You’ll also find Cruba’s new collection, ceramics by Jeremy Bellina and natural wine by Sips. Meanwhile, over at Backhaus Projects on Weserstraße you’ll find Haekelig with “gaudy-good-weird” bags for your Gen-Z siblings, lovingly handmade by artist Janina Michalski. If you prefer knitwear, head to Leipziger Straße where Nella Beljan is opening her doors to Austrian designer Christina Seewald. A few of her pieces were (briefly) on sale at Voo Store this summer, so you’ll want to come early this time.

After picking up another perfect dress for yourself (oops!) it’s time to get back to the gift search and to Silent Green in Wedding where the winter festival offers lots of inspiration. Here you can find graphics, jewelry, print and textile products of all kinds, vinyls, merch and sundries from tenants of the cultural center. Particularly beautiful are the ceramics by Medi Terra Mica. Smaller, everyday objects are also celebrated at online store Normal Normal, lovingly curated by the artist Hi Yo To. Their first analog pop-up is in Prenzlauer Berg’s Christburgerstraße, run with the furniture and lighting design studio Yuue. Here you’ll find Vietnamese coffee makers next to leather bags, chair cushions and, of course, matching chairs. After so much pop-up, you’ll probably sink into them from exhaustion.

Text: Hilka Dirks / Photos: Chihiro Lia Ottsu, Giulia Maretti Studio, Iulia Circei Studio & Sarah Butt

Sanctuary of Comfort bei Cruba, Auguststr.28, 10117 Berlin–Mitte; map
02.12.2022 from 17h30

Haekelig bei Backhaus Projects, Weserstr.168, 12045 Berlin–Neukölln; map
01–04.12.2022 from Fri 17h

Christina Seewald bei Nella Beljan Gallery, Leipziger Str.60, 10117 Berlin–Mitte; map
02.12.2022 14–20h & 03.12.2022 10–18h

Normal Normal x Yuue, Christburger Str.19, 10405 Berlin–Prenzlauer Berg; map
03–04.12.2022 12–19h

@tomadam_official
@crubaberlin
@haekelig_
@backhaus_projects
@christina_seewald
@nellabeljan_gallery
@normalnormal.berlin
@yuuedesign

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GIFTS FROM LOCAL HEROES — SHOP BERLIN BRANDS ON THE LABELS APP OR IRL AT THE CHRISTMAS MARKET

GIFTS FROM LOCAL HEROES — SHOP BERLIN BRANDS ON THE LABELS APP OR IRL AT THE CHRISTMAS MARKET

Want to shop local this holiday season? Here’s an address to note: Charlottenstraße 2. This pop-up space is where Labels will be hosting a five-week-long locals Christmas Market that includes fashion, home goods, tasty treats and other gift ideas all made by Berlin brands. The market is hybrid, meaning you can shop for your gifts in person or, if you don’t fancy leaving the house, on the Labels app. Home delivery is by eco-friendly e-bike. The festive sale includes dozens of local favorites: jewelry by Sabrina Dehoff, daring fashion by Ukrainian designer Alexandra Piskun, handmade mugs by Helka Ceramicsand chocolate from Walter Confiserie. For the winter months, there’s candles from Garden State, cozy, high-impact socks from Popeia and games to connect with friends and family from Kindred People. The bamboo jewelry from Atelier Elle Pé is well worth a look, too. The Christmas market collection is going live on the app today (24.11.2022) ahead of the IRL market, which starts this Saturday (26.11 15–20h). Join for a nice glass of Glühwein, some music and a stroll around the stands. A leisurely browse through local brands, drink in hand? This is Christmas shopping we can get behind…

Text: Romy Lagodka / Photos: Savannah van der Niet, Sabrina Dehoff & Isobel Grace Photography / Credit: Kindred People

Labels Christmas Market (26.11–22.12.2022), Charlottenstr.2, 10969 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map

Market open every Sat & Sun, 15–20h. You can register to attend here. The collection is available 24/7 on the app.

@labelsapp

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TIPS AND INSPIRATION FROM PRO TRAVELERS — A HALL FULL OF WANDERLUST AT BERLIN TRAVEL FESTIVAL

TIPS AND INSPIRATION FROM PRO TRAVELERS — A HALL FULL OF WANDERLUST AT BERLIN TRAVEL FESTIVAL

Brandenburg or Bulgaria? Hammock or houseboat? Weekend getaway or wellness retreat? If you fancy being somewhere else but aren’t sure where to head, it’s time to visit Messe Berlin for an exotic escape. It’s there that the Berlin Travel Festival is taking place (25–27.11.2022), inviting globetrotting travelers and cultural ambassadors from places ranging from Georgia to Jerusalem. If you want to stay closer, that’s good too: regional districts like Spreewald and Mecklenburg are also represented. Hopping from one stand to the next, you’ll soon discover your new number one travel destination. The fair has it all, from tiny house accommodation to capsule hotels and wonderful Wayks backpacks for adventurous trips. There’s also travel reading material aplenty. Organized by Bernd Neff and his team and returning after a pandemic pause, the festival is very much about the experience. The location has switched from Arena Berlin to the Messe, and while it might be a bit further away, it’s really a stone’s throw given how much there is to discover. Time to cure that wanderlust and temper that travel fever.

Text: Nina Trippel / Photos: Tina Linster

Berlin Travel Festival at Messe Berlin, Messedamm 22, 14055 Berlin–Westend; map
25–27.11.2022 10–18h. You can buy tickets here

@berlintravelfestival

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SOUND YOU CAN FEEL — SPATIAL FESTIVAL BRINGS IMMERSIVE MUSIC TO MONOM’S 4D SOUND SYSTEM

SOUND YOU CAN FEEL — SPATIAL FESTIVAL BRINGS IMMERSIVE MUSIC TO MONOM’S 4D SOUND SYSTEM

An extraordinary program of extraordinary art with extraordinary sound: this weekend (25–27.11.2022) a very special festival is taking place at Monom, the studio and listening space located at the Funkhaus complex. Running for three days, Spatial Festival combines sound, art, music and technology. Alongside live concerts by Berlin-based artists like Tobias Freund, William Russel and Robert Henke, the line-up features sound installations by international artists. Among them is the world premiere of Soundwalk Collective and Patti Smith, who will present their joint album “The Perfect Vision” (released tomorrow, 25.11). But this is by no means the only world-class name: the program also features James Blake, Suzanne Ciani, Willem Dafoe, Alex Ebert, Charlotte Gainsbourg…the list goes on and on. Then there are the surprise acts, such as a sound installation by Paul B. Preciado, who is usually associated with philosophy and queer theory. The performances are reproduced using 4D sound, a spatial sound system consisting of 48 omnidirectional loudspeakers and nine subwoofers. The result is an immersive sound experience that makes you feel, fantasize, interact and maybe even get lost – in a good way, of course…

Text: Hilka Dirks / Photos: Sophie Klock & Becca Crawford

Monom at Funkhaus Berlin, Nalepastr.18, 12459 Berlin–Oberschöneweide; map

Spatial Festival (25–27.11.2022) – you can find the line-up and tickets online.

@monomstudios

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