Who says you have to wait till the 24th to share gifts? After all, the lead up to Christmas is half the fun. Making it easy for your favorite coffee lover this year is Tres Cabezas, who have put together the kind of calendar you want to check every morning. The 2002-established Berlin roastery — which recently opened its third 19grams café in a surprisingly peaceful corner of Alexanderplatz — has put together a coffee advent calendar which showcases the diversity of the roasters’ sourcing, from Costa Rica and Guatemala to Sumatra and India. Each day the lucky recipient will find one 50g tin containing a top notch Tres Cabezas single origin (choose between whole beans or pre-ground), accompanied by information on the coffee’s processing and cupping notes. It’s a particularly smart gift if you happen to live with the person you’re giving it to — after all, enjoyment shared is enjoyment doubled, right? P.S. Cee Cee readers get 5€ off with the code “Coffee3333″ — right this way. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Tres Cabezas)
You might have spotted his smooth white porcelain creations for sale at Nowkoelln Flowmarkt. Or cupped one of his finely-textured bowls in your hands at Shiori or Ernst. From his humble studio in an industrial corner of Britz, Yasuhiro Cúze applies his expert craftsmanship to spinning and hand-forming bowls, cups, vases and sculptural art pieces. Many of them bear his unique take on the traditional Japanese “tobikanna” technique — using the back of a knife to create fine, irregular patterns in the blink of an eyelid. If, like us, you’re too impatient to stumble across his small stand on a Sunday, get in touch for one-of-a-kind creations that make for excellent gifts — as hard as they are to part with. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn)
Weimar, 1919: Shortly after the end of World War I, architect Walter Gropius founded the renowned art school whose philosophy continues to resonate throughout the ages: the Bauhaus. What began as an educational institution soon became the epitome of a style that broke with the formal language of the time to create a new aesthetic geared towards functionality. Even today, almost a century later, the epoch-making ideas of that time continue to live on the world over. In his coffee table book “Modernism Around the Globe” (Hatje Cantz, 2018), Berlin photographer Jean Molitor presents an impressive overview of this phenomenon. Since 2009, Molitor has been traveling around the world to document Bauhaus-inspired architecture. Its legacy is not only found in Berlin or Dessau but also in Havana, Casablanca and Tel Aviv. In this way, the book conveys both the far-reaching influence of Bauhaus and the timeless aesthetics of a movement that will soon turn 100 years old. (Text: Lisa Staub / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn).
Jean Molitor: Bau1haus — Modernism Around the Globe (Hatje Cantz, 2018), purchase here.
At first, I was sceptical; now I’m a convert. Rarely have I been as convinced by a product as I am by Fine Deodorant. My initial hesitation stemmed from the fact that the small, individually designed jars and tubes don’t contain aluminium salts (though they do contain harmless aluminium silicates; read more on that here) and also have fewer of the other unpronounceable words usually found on ingredients lists. I’ve tested several types while undertaking a range of everyday activities and am happy to confirm that Fine keeps you body odor-free, thanks to ingredients like coconut oil. For use at home, I recommend the glass jar format, out of which you scoop out the paste with a tiny spatula, while the tube format is very practical for traveling. The neutral type is great for sensitive skin, or there’s a range of essential oil versions to suit your scent. I first came across this deodorant brand at Andreas Murkudis, but it’s also available through Fine Deodorant’s website, along with samples — so you can find your favorite. (Text: Nina Trippel / Photos: Emilie Wade)
There are flowers that delight, and there are flowers that stop you in your tracks and prompt you to reconsider notions of romance. The latter variety is what Amandine Cheveau and Jean-Christian Pullin, the duo behind Anatomiefleur, deal in. From bespoke bouquets for private clients to high fashion editorials, the pair furthers a “poetic dialogue between flowers, art, and space”, transforming floral arrangements into sculptures infused with symbolism. It’s likely you’ve encountered Anatomiefleur’s work around town — Amandine and Jean-Christian work with Ernst, created Gallery Weekend installations at the likes of Boros Collection and König Gallery and have collaborated with performance artist Bendik Giske at KW, amongst many other projects. From their light-flooded, minimal showroom at Strausberger Platz’s historic Haus des Kindes, Anatomiefleur continues to go from strength to strength. Keep an eye out for more of their subversive floral romanticism, soon to be seen in Gruppe and Nuda Paper. And when you’re in the market for a next-level bouquet, you know who to call. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Anatomiefleur, Alex de Brabant)
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