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HANDMADE CERAMICS FROM PORTUGAL: STUDIO OLIVEIRA IN KREUZBERG — RECOMMENDED BY ANNIKA HILLIG

HANDMADE CERAMICS FROM PORTUGAL: STUDIO OLIVEIRA IN KREUZBERG — RECOMMENDED BY ANNIKA HILLIG

Discover lovingly curated ceramics from Portugal at Studio Oliveira, next to Viktoriapark. Even as a child, Isabel, the store’s owner, spent many hours trawling through ceramic markets in Portugal, marveling at the beautifully handmade pieces. Last year, the art historian and half-Portuguese realized her dream and has been selling traditional ceramic plates, cups and vases in her boutique ever since. In her search for special pieces, she visits the latest ceramics studios in Lisbon and hidden workshops in small, little-known villages. Many people know Portugal as a coastal country, but artisans and craftspeople are usually tucked away in the hinterland. Depending on the region, you will find different designs and techniques, and most ceramics are still made and painted by hand. That’s why Studio Oliveira has a wide variety of collections: traditional cabbage leaves, ceramics in the shape of fruit and flowers, woven baskets, folkloristic plates, but also simple stone handicrafts in pastel colors. Isabel knows all the makers personally — you can find more information about the individual collections and artists on the website. Or simply pop into the store and Isabel will tell you the story behind each piece.

Text: Annika Hillig / Photos: Stadtgören & Sophie Doering

Annika herself was part of the Cee Cee team for a while and wrote regularly for our newsletter, among other things. Now, she is pursuing her creative passion and working as an aspiring goldsmith in the south of Germany.

Studio Oliveira, Katzbachstr.25, 10965 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map

@studio_oliveira.de

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MANI CREATIVE SPACE: A REVIVAL OF FASHION AND DESIGN ON KARL-MARX-ALLEE — RECOMMENDED BY KRISTINA HELLHAKE

MANI CREATIVE SPACE: A REVIVAL OF FASHION AND DESIGN ON KARL-MARX-ALLEE — RECOMMENDED BY KRISTINA HELLHAKE

Anyone who lives in Friedrichshain knows it’s difficult to convince friends to visit the neighborhood. Designer Malaika Raiss provides several good reasons to venture this way. With her Mani Creative Space, a store for encounters and inspiration has moved into one of the listed buildings on Karl-Marx-Allee. The large south-facing window front with its iconic red frame has allowed Berlin’s bohemians to let the sun shine on their faces. Artists such as Kandinsky came and went. So it’s no wonder fashion and design feel at home here today. In Malaikaraiss’ light-flooded showroom, you can try on the new summer collection, find selected vintage furniture from Another June, and pop into the studio of artist Anna Zimmermann next door. Her art prints have been immortalized in many of Malaikaraiss’ designs. If you want to become part of the new Friedrichshain bohemia, you can rent the Mani Creative Space, including the forecourt and terrace, for events, pop-ups and dinners. Kandinsky would have loved this creative collaboration.

Text & photos: Kristina Hellhake

Kristina Hellhake loves good ideas and the stories behind them, especially in the fashion industry. She writes “Things I Didn’t Buy This Week” about all the beautiful things she resists.

Mani Creative Space, Proskauer Str. 38, 10247 Berlin–Friedrichshain; map

@compose__pr
@malaikaraiss

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SMALL PLATES TO SHARE AT THE RESTAURANT GLASEREI — RECOMMENDED BY FRIEDERIKE SCHILBACH

SMALL PLATES TO SHARE AT THE RESTAURANT GLASEREI — RECOMMENDED BY FRIEDERIKE SCHILBACH

With the sun setting on our faces, we stroll along Mehringdamm, the wide connecting axis between the city center and Tempelhof Airport. The large windows of Glaserei reflect the last glimpses of sunlight. When you walk into a new restaurant and it immediately feels like it’s always been there, you know it’s going to be a wonderful evening. Markus Schädel, from Schädels in Oderbergerstraße, and Albrecht Sprenger have opened their new restaurant with a bar and grill concept in the former glazier’s store. In the middle of the room stands a large zinc counter, bar stools and a few tables. They serve a variety of grilled dishes such as merguez with Provençal ketchup, sea bream fillet with lemon butter, grilled vegetables with pecorino, grilled pulpo, green asparagus, or rillette of smoked trout, fish soup with saffron, cannellini beans with baked garlic. We ordered lots of small plates to share, the table so full there was only room left for drinks. Simple dishes, accompanied by a glass of crémant, Chardonnay and potato chips — all served as though we had landed in a bar in Marseille rather than Mehringdamm. Next to us were a few locals and a table of teenagers: All generations coming together. “Just come in for a small plate or two. We cook what we like to eat ourselves,” says Markus Schädel and laughs. The naturalness with which his restaurant comes across is undeniable — unpretentious, delicious, to the point. We’ll be back here soon.

Friederike Schilbach is Editorial Director at Aufbau & Blumenbar. She works with authors such as Cemile Sahin, Rita Bullwinkel and Hengameh Yaghoobifarah. She likes peonies, and her favorite dish at Glaserei is the Sea Bream fillet with lemon butter. She lives with her family in Mitte.

Text: Friederike Schilbach, Milena Kalojanov / Photos: Robyn Steffen

Glaserei, Mehringdamm 49, 10961 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map

@glaserei_bar_grill

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TINKER AND BORROW: COMMUNITY-ORIENTED VINTAGE SHOP IN GESUNDBRUNNEN — RECOMMENDED BY LUKE JOHNSON

TINKER AND BORROW: COMMUNITY-ORIENTED VINTAGE SHOP IN GESUNDBRUNNEN — RECOMMENDED BY LUKE JOHNSON

If you appreciate Berlin’s vintage scene but need a break from digging through endless boxes, then you might be interested in Tinker and Borrow, a vintage shop (and more) that opened last summer in Gesundbrunnen. I stopped in one day to browse and ended up chatting with the friendly owner, Sabrina. Maybe we just have shared taste, but I like the way the store feels: an aesthetic curation of vintage, handmade, and upcycled; a cozy ambiance that doesn’t feel pretentious or exclusive. Also cool: Tinker and Borrow is more than just a nice-looking store where you can buy pretty things. Sabrina places a big focus on community and knowledge sharing, and the store regularly hosts open events ranging from upcycling workshops to literary readings to knitting club meetups. It’s an eclectic mix, and that’s a good thing. It means there’s likely something perfect for you.

Luke Johnson has been living in Wedding since 2017 as a photographer and aspiring naturalist. He recently completed a master’s degree in natural resource management at the Humboldt University of Berlin and is currently seeking a job in nature conservation.

Text & Photos: Luke Johnson

Tinker and Borrow, Martin-Opitz-Str.21, 13357 Berlin–Gesundbrunnen; map

@tinkerandborrow
@luke________johnson

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NO ONE SMELLS LIKE YOU: 15WEST IN CHARLOTTENBURG — RECOMMENDED BY CARSTEN FISCHER

NO ONE SMELLS LIKE YOU: 15WEST IN CHARLOTTENBURG — RECOMMENDED BY CARSTEN FISCHER

When you step into 15West on Giesebrechtstraße in Charlottenburg, you feel as though you’ve been transported to Paris or Milan. The reclaimed oak parquet flooring, earthy tones, floral armchairs, and three display cubes in the center — adorned with pastel tiles fired in a Bavarian workshop — create an ambiance unlike any other. Founder Marc Janssen has curated a space for exclusive niche fragrances at 15West, nestled in Berlin’s west, not far from Kurfürstendamm. Many of the meticulously selected fragrances cannot be found elsewhere in Berlin, and in some cases, in the whole of Germany. Hailing from the Netherlands, Marc Janssen’s deep-rooted passion for perfumes led him to explore perfumeries on his travels. The concept of his own “fragrance boutique” took shape 20 years ago, and in spring 2020, it materialized into reality — a haven for bespoke fragrance consultation from an unparalleled perfume connoisseur. 15West transcends your usual perfumeries; it’s about the immersive experience and the narratives behind each fragrance. Venturing off the beaten path, you’ll discover unique brands like Thomas de Monaco or Eternal Journey, whose perfumes are designed to be worn individually or layered. With Valentine’s Day approaching, 15West presents a distinctive opportunity to celebrate love and individuality. Here, you’re bound to find the perfect fragrance to quicken your heartbeat.

Text: Carsten Fischer / Photos: Robyn Steffen 

Carsten Fischer has lived in Berlin since 1990 and is a buyer for several fashion stores in Berlin and Hamburg.

15West, Giesebrechtstr.15, 10629 Berlin–Charlottenburg; map
Tue–Fri 11–18h, Sat 11–17h

@15_west_berlin

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