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PRACTICAL DESIGNS FOR THE HOME: NŌS STORE IN SCHÖNEBERG — RECOMMENDED BY ANTJE ROSSTEUSCHER

PRACTICAL DESIGNS FOR THE HOME: NŌS STORE IN SCHÖNEBERG — RECOMMENDED BY ANTJE ROSSTEUSCHER

Located on a corner in Schöneberg’s Akazienkiez, the beautiful Nōs Store is full of practical, well-designed goods for the home. Owner Emily Pelich has brought together a wonderful mix of timelessly beautiful objects that aren’t just decorative: if you’ve always wanted a good lemon squeezer, classic drinking glasses or knives that stay sharp for an eternity, you’ll find what you need at this shop. Most of the products are made in Europe: the ceramics come from Portugal, the wool blankets from Finland and Ireland and the porcelain from Franconia, Bavaria. Emily also has a selection of cookbooks and fun reads for children. Every time I visit, I find something that’s missing from my home and am always able to find the right gifts (my go-to: Mondinobitters). I’ve known Emily for almost ten years and I’ve always shared her enthusiasm for beautiful things with interesting origins. Besides visiting the shop you can also order the range online.

Text: Antje Roßteuscher / Photos: Paula G. Vidal

Antje Roßteuscher works in the product team at language learning app Babbel. She spends her free time wandering through Berlin’s beautiful (analog) shops.

Nōs store, Belziger Str.53a, 10823 Berlin–Schöneberg; map
Tue–Fri 11–18h30, Sat 11–16h

@nos_store_berlin

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MAKE YOUR OWN CUSTOM FRAMES AT FRAMEWORKS — RECOMMENDED BY BIANCA KENNEDY

MAKE YOUR OWN CUSTOM FRAMES AT FRAMEWORKS — RECOMMENDED BY BIANCA KENNEDY

As an artist, I find framing to be one of the most expensive and unsatisfying parts of my work. So I was all the more pleased to discover Frameworks via the Saloon Berlin artist network. This year, the Kreuzberg framing provider has launched the Neukölln Britz-based “The Open Studio“, letting you learn to frame pictures yourself with no previous experience required. Located in a charming Industriehof, the space offers work stations for rent with instructions and staff on hand to advise the best frame for a given piece. Once you decide, the materials are prepared for you by the studio team: all you have to do is assemble them at your work station. Managers Claire and Barbara are also available for more in-depth tuition: besides renting work stations, the duo offer intensive four-hour DIY courses that explain the basics of frame making. If, on the other hand, you don’t want to get hands-on, you can head to the Frameworks shop in Kreuzberg where you can order custom-made frames or buy one of the ready-made recycled wood options.

Text: Bianca Kennedy / Photos: Mareike Strelitz, Frameworks & Patricia Haas

Bianca Kennedy is a Berlin-based artist working with video, virtual reality and drawing.

The Open Studio from Frameworks Berlin, Marientaler Str.40 (Hinterhof), 12359 Berlin–Britz; map
10–17h and by appointment

@frameworksberlin

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DISCOVER YOURSELF THROUGH INTUITIVE PAINTING WITH THULI WOLF — RECOMMENDED BY ANNA FALCK-YTTER

DISCOVER YOURSELF THROUGH INTUITIVE PAINTING WITH THULI WOLF — RECOMMENDED BY ANNA FALCK-YTTER

As grown-ups, we often neglect those deeply anchored, fundamental things that do us good. One of them is painting – an activity we all do as children and which helps us establish a more sensual connection to our inner being. As the year draws to a close and a new cycle begins, it’s the ideal moment – not least given all the uncertainties in today’s world – to take time for ourselves and rediscover the power of our instincts. At Thuli Wolf’s Intuitive Painting workshop you will learn how to use your intuition to perceive yourself in new ways, thus gaining a better understanding of your mind. You join Thuli at Stillpoint Spaces Berlin, where alongside an intimate circle of 15 participants you are told how to listen to your subconscious so you can enter into a dialog with yourself. Then it’s time to express it: through paint. The three principles that guide Thuli’s work are empathy, trust and a value-free space that allows you to open up. After the painting is over, Thuli invites group members to think about the dynamic between the art and themselves – a sort of therapy session to conclude this meditative, fun experience.

Text: Anna Falck-Ytter / Photos: Pauline Bossdorf

Anna Falck-Ytter is responsible for all things digital media at C/O Berlin. In her free time she likes to explore Berlin’s cultural and music scene.

Stillpoint Spaces Berlin, Hobrechtstr.66, 12047 Berlin–Neukölln; map

Intuitive Painting workshop with Thuli Wolf, 04.12.2021 16h–19h30

@stillpointspacesberlin

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WILDHOOD STORE: THE SHOP FOR VAN LIFE DREAMERS — RECOMMENDED BY EMILY PELICH

WILDHOOD STORE: THE SHOP FOR VAN LIFE DREAMERS — RECOMMENDED BY EMILY PELICH

Driving out and spending a weekend in nature has always been a desire of many a city dweller – even before the pandemic began. Whether you have a camper van or not, if you want to go on an adventure be sure to head to Neukölln to get equipped with everything you need. Wildhood Store has been offering great gear for wild exploration since 2015. Whether it’s motorhome trips, camping, cycling, hiking or even picnicking in the park, you’ll find outdoor gear, backpacks, games, books and of course practical tips from founders Antje and Rike. Everything the pair have in their shop has been road tested in their own VW bus, and there’s nothing showy or superfluous. The duo’s focus is sustainable, ethically-made goods, and they pay special attention to quality and practicality of the items they offer. Top tip: if you ask nicely, the pair will clue you in on their favorite camping spots off the beaten path. You can also find the entire collection online, which also offers click and collect.

Text: Emily Pelich / Photos: Marcus Nyberg

Emily Pelich runs Nōs store in Schöneberg. She loves all the small, unique stores that give each Kiez its own personality. She’s a born and raised Berliner and lives in Kreuzberg.

Wildhood Store, Weichselstr.22, 12045 Berlin–Neukölln; map 
Fri 10–19h & Sat 12–16h and by appointment

@wildhoodstore
@nos_store_berlin

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WEN CHENG: CHINESE NOODLES HAND-PULLED IN PRENZLAUER BERG — RECOMMENDED BY MAGDALENA KOMAR

WEN CHENG: CHINESE NOODLES HAND-PULLED IN PRENZLAUER BERG — RECOMMENDED BY MAGDALENA KOMAR

I have a soft spot for noodles. So when I tried the chunky, delicious variety offered at Wen Cheng, I was completely bewitched. The trick at this in-demand Prenzlauer Berg restaurant is to eat correctly: specifically, you have to mix your noodles with the oil before eating them. In fact, owner Rui Gao checked our table several times to check whether we had blended our dishes well enough to get the best taste. Only then do the flavors of chilli, Sichuan pepper, cinnamon, cumin, garlic and spring onion combine to make an explosion in your mouth. That’s the magic of hot oil! On the menu you’ll find two kinds of noodles: Biang Biang – served with either beef, tofu and shitake, or lamb and cumin – and Wen Cheng, a less oily option with additional pickles to bring freshness. Meanwhile, for smaller appetites there’s tofu or chicken Bao buns served with Szechuan pepper aioli. Incidentally, the name “Biang Biang” is inspired by the sound created when the noodles are slapped and stretched out in the kitchen (you can witness this yourself behind the restaurant’s counter!). The place is owned by brothers Rui and Peng Gao, who shared the story behind the name with us: Wen Cheng is a dying dialect spoken by their mother in the province of Zhejiang in China. By naming their restaurant Wen Cheng, they are keeping the memory of the family’s heritage alive.

Text: Magdalena Komar / Photos: Savannah van der Niet

Magdalena Komar is a chef and food stylist based in Berlin. You’ll find her doing plant-based pop-ups around town.

Wen Cheng, Schönhauser Allee 65, 10437 Berlin–Prenzlauer Berg; map 
Tue–Fri 17–21h, Sat & Sun: 12–15h & 17–21h (top tip: go early to avoid the crowds)

@wencheng_handpullednoodles

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