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APPROACHABLE EMPLOYMENT LAW ADVICE IN ENGLISH FROM LEONIE THUM

APPROACHABLE EMPLOYMENT LAW ADVICE IN ENGLISH FROM LEONIE THUM

Qualified, competent and friendly legal advice – too good to be true? Leonie Thum, solicitor and employment law specialist with over six years’ experience, proves it is possible. Founded in April 2020, her Neukölln practice advises employees both as individuals and collectively. Since graduating in 2011, Leonie has gained a range of experience including legal traineeships in Mainz, Tallinn and for a renowned Berlin law firm. Her services are available in English, with pro-bono advice for victims of discrimination and clients whose employment has been terminated. Housed in a former shop, Leonie’s practice is an attractive space in which sustainability plays a major role, with paper-free operations across the board and environmentally-friendly cleaning. As a client you are well looked after, with fresh juices from Bttr and Berlin-made kombucha plus a planned small gallery featuring local artworks. And with Leonie’s workshops (Corona-permitting) women lawyers will soon be able to come together and learn how to progress in a male-dominated industry. (Text: Sophie Döring / Photos: Delia Baum)

Thum Rechtsanwaltskanzlei I Law Office, Friedelstr.56, 12047 Berlin–Neukölln; map
@____thum____

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PRIVATE ACCESS: DISCOVERING EUROPE’S EXCLUSIVE ART COLLECTIONS

PRIVATE ACCESS: DISCOVERING EUROPE’S EXCLUSIVE ART COLLECTIONS

Ever wondered about the countless privately-owned art collections that exist all over Europe? All is revealed in Skadi Heckmüller’s book Private Access, which presents 90 places housing private art across Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Short, informative texts give an introduction to well-known exhibition venues such as the Museum Barberini in Potsdam or the Fondation Beyeler near Basel. But there are also insider tips well off the beaten track: for photography lovers the village of Kummerow in Mecklenburg is well worth a stop, with works by Ute and Werner Mahler, Thomas Demand and Wolfgang Tillmans displayed on the walls of a baroque castle. Meanwhile in the extensive grounds of the former studio of Georg Baselitz at Schloss Derneburg near Hildesheim, an American collector couple present top-class contemporary art. Down by Chiemsee lake is the village of Traunreut, where art dealer Heiner Friedrich – who co-initiated the renowned Dia Art Foundation in New York – runs an exhibition of light art by Dan Flavin. The guide provides useful navigation advice as well as local restaurant recommendations. Time to get planning your next art adventure! (Text: Laura Storfner / Photos: Bui Luu Quynh Nguyen, Sophie Döring & Mark Niedermann für Fondation Beyeler)

Private Access – Private Art Collections in Germany, Austria and Switzerland (Distanz, 2019, 336 pages)

@distanzverlag

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SUPERSMASH PING PONG PADDLES: BEAT YOUR OPPONENT IN STYLE

SUPERSMASH PING PONG PADDLES: BEAT YOUR OPPONENT IN STYLE

Like any good idea, Supersmash paddles started with a beer. Graphic designers and friends Frédéric Savioz and Ramon Valle would often play ping pong after work when they decided to put their skills together and create designer paddles. Three years after that beer, Supersmash was born. Designed between their Berlin and Switzerland homes, each Supersmash paddle design has a concept: from Black Hole (to draw in the ping pong ball), Dazzle (animalistic camouflage to go undetected by your opponent), and the marbled Alabaster. Their new collection features seven new paddles including Woman and the Sea illustrated by Carmi Grau. These ping pong paddles are made with Spruce and Rosewood and are as enjoyable to use as they are to look at. Using this interactive ping pong map you can find your nearest spot for a serious tournament, a friendly game with friends, or simply flaunt your stylish Supersmash paddle. (Text: Scarlett Peeters / Photos: Savannah van der Niet, Supersmash)

Shop online or at a Berlin stocklist. We are also giving away a Supersmash paddle: details here.
@supersmash.cool

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SHIFT — SCHÖNEBERG HAIR SALON FOR TAILORED CUTS AND CUTTING–EDGE COLORS

SHIFT — SCHÖNEBERG HAIR SALON FOR TAILORED CUTS AND CUTTING–EDGE COLORS

This is the time of year when the sun and salt water have taken their toll on your hair, calling for some much needed tlc. Shift, hidden within an old post building in Schöneberg, is my current salon of choice for hair-based rejuvenation. Since opening in November 2018, the salon has been focused on sustainable hair services, from simple cuts right through to cutting-edge color treatments using the latest Aveda products. The stylist who cut my hair, co-founder Jörg Winkelmann, really took the time to discuss my needs and recommended a glossing to revitalize my hair’s natural color. But it isn’t just your hair that benefits here: the spacious interior featuring regularly-changing artworks combined with Jörg’s delightful head massages make the salon good for the soul too. The space is also high tech, with a state-of-the-art ventilation system which cycles the air twice an hour (handy in Corona times!) and creates power from waste heat. For a relaxing, tailored hair care experience, Shift is a cut above. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Ramona Razaghmanesh & Shift)

Shift, Hauptstr.27, Hof 1, 10827 Berlin–Schöneberg; map
Tue–Fri 10–19h, Sat 09–18h
@shift_haircare

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COMMUNITY-BASED AND SUSTAINABLE — LIVING THE FUTURE AT THE BUCKOWER FELDER

COMMUNITY-BASED AND SUSTAINABLE — LIVING THE FUTURE AT THE BUCKOWER FELDER

For many it’s a dream: a permanent place that you can truly call home. Head south to the Buckower Felder, where housing co-op Urban Coop Berlin eG has its latest building project, and you can make it real. Due to finish in 2023, the 70 apartments in three blocks can already be reserved, letting you actively shape your living space before you move in. Monthly information events let you meet your new neighbors and discover the site’s architecture and sustainable features, with the chance to influence decisions over common spaces and landscaping. On 24.9 there is a session on eco-construction with wood, a material used widely in the development. Behind the sustainable idea is architect Robert Ostmann, who was inspired by innovative cooperative projects in Zürich. The result is a community-oriented concept, with floor plans suited to young families as well as WG spaces for up to three residents featuring all en-suite bathrooms and common room access. As well as private balconies there are also spacious shared patios outside – the perfect place for barbecues with the neighbors. Sign us up! (Text: Hanna Komornitzyk / Photos: Diana Kuch, NOKU Studio)

Urban Coop Berlin eG: Leipziger Str.61, 10117 Berlin–Mitte; map
You can find more information about the Buckower Felder project online.

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