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OUT NOW: THE BERLIN DECKS X CEE CEE NEIGHBORHOOD MAP FOR MOABIT AND WEDDING

OUT NOW: THE BERLIN DECKS X CEE CEE NEIGHBORHOOD MAP FOR MOABIT AND WEDDING

The season for urban exploring is upon us, and we’ve been working on the perfect little companion for discovering Berlin’s northwest. Yes, it’s the latest edition in our Neighborhood Map series, and this time we’ve teamed up with Berlin Decks to bring you some of the best of Moabit and Wedding. This free printed guide-cum-city map is packed full of tips, with 100 restaurants, cafes, shops and cultural venues to discover. With picks ranging from backstreet bookshops and old-school Kneipen to Syrian bakeries and ceramics studios, you’ll find an option to match every mood and moment. Now summer has arrived and with distant destinations out of reach, there’s never been a better time to go local – and the Neighborhood Map is your pocket passport for discovering new favorites nearby. So go and pick up your copy at selected spots around the city, grab a friend or two and head northwest. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Sophie Döring)

P.S. If you are looking for an event venue, Berlin Decks is a temporary location offering more than enough space for your ideas and distancing requirements – 7000 sqm to be precise.

Cee Cee x Berlin Decks Neighborhood Map: Moabit & Wedding.
The map is free to pick up at selected spots across Mitte, Kreuzberg and City West and here you can download the PDF version of the map.
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WHY ART MATTERS — FUNNY WEATHER BY OLIVIA LAING

WHY ART MATTERS — FUNNY WEATHER BY OLIVIA LAING

“Can art do anything, especially during periods of crisis?” Olivia Laing asks in the foreword to her new collection of essays, Funny Weather: Art in an Emergency. Now this question is all the more topical since Laing first asked it in reference to existing threats of war, climate change, social inequality, and nationalism. As a Frieze Magazine columnist, Laing has been searching for the answers since 2015 by looking at the work of artists such as David Wojnarowicz and Philip Guston. In the book she describes how she posed for the painter Chantal Joffe and writes love letters to art critic John Berger, Wolfgang Tillmans and Freddie Mercury. In this collection, which brings together a career of writing for the first time, art criticism is combined with deeply personal observations. Whether the essays are autobiographical or fictional, Laing always takes a political stance, as she does in her novel “Crudo” and memoir “The Lonely City”. She writes intimately about artists, thinkers and writers of our time, even if she has yet to meet some of them personally. If art is a survival strategy, then so are Laing’s texts, offering both comfort and a call for resistance. (Text: Laura Storfner / Photos: Savannah van der Niet)

Funny Weather: Art in an Emergency (Picador, 2020, 368 pp.) 
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KLARA GRÜN: ECOLOGICAL CLEANING SERVICE FOR A CLEAN SWEEP

KLARA GRÜN: ECOLOGICAL CLEANING SERVICE FOR A CLEAN SWEEP

To clean or get a cleaner? That’s the question – if you have the funds of course. If you do decide to leave it to the pros, thanks to Klara Grün you can get things clean with a conscience. Founded in 2019 by Luise Zaluski and Julia Seeliger, this cleaning service is described as “eco-social”, meaning all staff are treated fairly and wages paid above board. As for the “eco” part, Klara Grün use planet-friendly cleaning products where possible and they even produce their own detergents in-house, using old Solimate bottles as containers. In addition to conscious cleaning, the team can also guide you in becoming more sustainable in your waste management and recycling, something particularly valuable to companies, though of course all services can be booked for private households. We at Cee Cee are customers and look forward to our cleaner Chris coming to our office every Monday. (Text: Nina Trippel / Photos: Klara Grün)

Klara Grün; for enquiries, contact the team on the website.

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RE-NT FACE MASKS — COVER UP SUSTAINABLY WITH HELP FROM BERLIN DESIGNERS

RE-NT FACE MASKS — COVER UP SUSTAINABLY WITH HELP FROM BERLIN DESIGNERS

As we enter a time when wearing a face mask is highly recommended, if not legally required in some places, you’re probably wondering what the best solution is. With medical masks in limited supply and the DIY variety requiring textile know-how, the cloth masks from Re-nt are a convenient and fun alternative. On a mission to cut clothing waste, the Berlin platform has been offering upcycled and vintage garments online since 2018. Now, in response to the current public health crisis, Re-nt are collaborating with up-and-coming fashion designers and students to create a range of mouth and nose coverings that are made from existing fabric and washable at high temperatures. With a range of colors, shapes and patterns – from the elegant “Karl” in white to the relaxed “Greenscarf” wrap-around mask – you are bound to find a style that fits. And because getting a correct fit is so important, the team have posted some guidelines on how to wear your mask. A functional, comfortable and best of all sew-free solution. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Cherie Birkner)

For something more plain, check out Stoffbruch’s white masks made in Poland or the black silk covers from Schmidttakahashi. Still want to go homemade? Check out this handy guide for making a mask yourself.

Re-nt face masks can be ordered online.
€5 from every purchase will be donated to Médecins Sans Frontières.
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D.L. ROELEN: EXPRESS YOURSELF WITH BERLIN-BORN FRAGRANCES — RECOMMENDED BY CHRISTIAN NÄTHLER

D.L. ROELEN: EXPRESS YOURSELF WITH BERLIN-BORN FRAGRANCES — RECOMMENDED BY CHRISTIAN NÄTHLER

I was sun-lounging at Heideglühen one endless summer afternoon when a stranger asked for my name and my nose. “Flower Boy,” said the pheromonal communicator, real name David Lucas Roelen. He was referring to one of his handcrafted signature scents. Aachen–born David is the founder of the eponymous fragrance house D.L. Roelen, for which he ditched a successful advertising career in London. Made from Turkish perfume oils and concocted in southern Germany, each of his five fragrances is wonderfully ambivalent – moss and cannabis, mint and smoke, citrus and cedar. My favorite, “The Door”, is an homage to Berghain: animal musk at the base with a latex heart and berries on top. Berlin’s club culture is only part of a recipe which also includes a spritz of soft masculinity and a dash of post-pretty femininity. Were he still in advertising, he might use the term “unisex” but ultimately, the interpretation is yours. “D.L. Roelen is about individual expression,” he tells me. “There is no brand story. I want to start conversations.” This is not just an empty mission statement – every bottle comes with David’s personal phone number. (Text: Christian Näthler / Photos: Louise L. Lindgren & D.L. Roelen)

Christian Näthler is a writer, editor and translator who explores chance encounters and the way we live.

D.L. Roelen fragrances are available online.
Use the code “CEECEE” for free shipping.

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