Balmy summer nights call for a bottle of something cool to enjoy with friends and we’ve found just the tipple with Oui-Schorle, a wine spritzer that combines German wines from the Palatinate with light bright sparkling water. The Kreuzberg-based company was founded in 2019 by Lukas von Rantzau, who after years travelling the world as a photographer and management consultant decided to give the drinks world some fizz. The spritzers he’s created – available in rosé and riesling varieties – are refreshingly dry and bubbly, with just the right ratio of wine to water. Both the pink and white varieties are in fact green: their manufacture is compensated to cut the climate impact. Another reason to say “Oui” to these summer bottles. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Ramona Razaghmanesh)
Always find yourself hustling to prepare a nice, fresh meal for the office team lunch? We’ve got just the solution with Marktkost, who deliver a weekly-changing lunch menu directly to your office, making last minute dashes to the supermarket a thing of the past. The Potsdam start-up was founded by Berliner Laura-Maria Horn who had a simple goal: offer a Next Level Lunch. The varied and healthy dishes can be kept in the fridge for up to five days and only need warming up. Awaiting you are 80 delightful recipes like the “Fernweh” stew with sweet potatoes, peanuts and a fresh coriander soy yoghurt topping, a Zucchini Bowl with grilled cheese, and Grandma’s special fusilli with green beans and fried onions. Much of the food is seasonal and regionally sourced, and delivered in handy reusable jars with screw caps. Your weekly delivery comes as a personalized subscription letting you look forward to a delicious team lunch, no cooking stress necessary! (Text: Ramona Razaghmanesh / Photos: Savannah van der Niet & Ramona Razaghmanesh)
It’s ten years since Tempelhofer Feld opened as a public park, and so an ideal time to reflect on how the 355 hectare site has become one of the city’s most treasured green spaces. Berlin photographer Anna Thiele has been taking her camera to the Field throughout that time, culminating in the 2020 book Tempelhof: metamorphosis. Thiele, who studied under Arno Fischer at the Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie, mixes landscapes and close ups, color with black and white, and the human with the inanimate, giving you an impression of a place that is, by turns, lively and vibrant and moody and desolate. We see unicyclists and kite-flying kids in the peak of summer, but also ghostly views of the old terminal enveloped in winter fog and rusting signage that hint at the Feld’s aviation past. This history is explored in an accompanying essay by historian Christine Bartlitz documenting Tempelhof’s transition from wartime base to commercial airport. Thiele’s visual homage to the Field reminds us just why it should be treasured. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Ramona Razaghmanesh)
Tempelhof: metamorphosis von Anna Thiele (2020, Distanz, 112 Seiten)
With endless matchas, kombuchas and CBD-teas all vying to quench your thirst this summer, now’s the time to revisit the undisputed king of soft drinks: cola. Giving you classic taste with a social twist is Community Cola, which has created a tasty caramel fizz that also helps worthwhile non-profit initiatives. Founded in 2016 by Hamburger Jan van Schwamen, the start up has since teamed up with Berlin charities Be An Angel, which helps refugees with integration, and Tadel verpflichtet, which campaigns for an open society free of racism. Every time you buy a bottle of mildly-caffeinated goodness – available in classic and light varieties – a small donation is made to these and other projects. Social engagement, one sip at a time (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Savannah van der Niet)
Community Cola can be ordered from suppliers Flaschenteufel and Berliner Flaschengeister and can be found in selected bars and cafes across town.
Artist Bettina Krieg’s latest catalog Stream is a monograph that does justice to her work – a beautiful collection that not only documents seven years of her drawings, but also gives an account of the artist herself in texts by Julia Voss and an interview with culture scholar Philipp Felsch. For Krieg, drawing has always been meditation: her monochrome flowing lines wind and interweave to form endless shapes that, by turns, resemble hair and wide hilly landscapes. Occasional gaps add another dimension to the patterns, and your gaze becomes calm as you scan these reproductions of her delicate, often room-high drawings – examples of which adorn the walls of our office at Cee Cee. From Würzburg but based in Berlin for the last 20 years, Krieg gives out the same harmonious quietness as her paintings. It’s a quality also shared by this catalog, which incidentally was co-produced by our sister agency Cee Cee Creative. It makes an ideal gift for all those who love drawings. (Text: Hanna Komornitzyk / Photos: Ramona Razaghmanesh & Esra Rotthoff)