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PRECISE, UNUSUAL AND WELCOMING — PFEIFER

PRECISE, UNUSUAL AND WELCOMING — PFEIFER

The salon is impressive, even from the sidewalk. The pink salon chairs provide just the right balance between the simple wooden drawers and the ceiling-high mirrors. Pfeifer has been located on Zionskirchstraße, near Teutoburger Platz, since April 2022. It’s obvious as you look through the window how much passion Fee, Irina and Steffen inject into their craft. They take the time to work with you to bring out the best in your hair. Thanks to their experience, they can create effortlessly natural results that are individually tailored to you. Whether it’s a cut, color or foil highlights, their clients always leave with a smile on their faces. And, no matter your gender, everyone pays the same for their haircut or color. Since I’ve been a customer at Pfeifer, my hair has become a means of personal expression — from a short bob to tapered bangs, from a pixie cut to a buzz cut — I wouldn’t have dared to be so bold before going to Pfeifer. And since then, I no longer trust anyone else with my hair.

Text: Robyn Steffen / Photos: JF & Robyn Steffen

Pfeifer, Zionskirchstr.68, 10119 Berlin–Prenzlauer Berg; map
Tues–Sat

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TIME OUT IN ITALY — YOGA AND ARTIST RETREATS AT VILLA PRAVERNARA

TIME OUT IN ITALY — YOGA AND ARTIST RETREATS AT VILLA PRAVERNARA

Slow, conscious, connected living. While it may sound simple, I often find it challenging to let go and make room for downtime. If you resonate with this struggle, a week at Villa Pravernara could be just what you need. Discovered by Sheila, along with her parents Be and Andreas, and her partner Yona, in northern Italy during the summer of 2022, the villa offered a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of city life in Berlin. Sheila recognized its potential to provide an escape, not only for herself but for others as well. Dating back to the 1600s, Villa Pravernara sits halfway up a hill, overlooking the valley south of the small town of Valenza, an hour from Milan and Turin. Despite being unfamiliar territory for the family, they managed to restore the villa while preserving its timeless charm.

Starting August 2024, week-long yoga and meditation retreats will be available at Villa Pravernara, catering to various levels, languages, and budgets. Skilled instructors will be invited to lead sessions in Ashtanga, Jivamukti, Vinyasa, Yin Yoga, and Somatic Movement — allowing guests to choose the practice that resonates most with them. Additionally, the villa provides ample space and freedom for artist retreats — welcoming artists, music producers, authors, and anyone seeking a haven to focus on their creative processes within the 1400-square-meter grounds. With two large terraces, multiple living rooms, and a professional kitchen, guests have plenty of room for relaxation and downtime. Yona Whale ensures that guests are well-fed with full catering services, offering vegetarian and vegan dishes prepared with fresh, regional and seasonal ingredients. Start your day with yoga in the former orangery, explore the serene surroundings during the afternoon, and wind down with warm summer evenings on the terrace. Villa Pravernara serves as a gentle reminder of the beauty of taking time for oneself.

Text: Robyn Steffen / Photos: Hannes Maria Meier & Eva Tuerbl

Villa Pravernara, Strada Pratovernara, 15048 Italien–Valenza, Alessandria; map

Information about the next yoga retreats can be found here.

@villa_pravernara

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DRILLER QUEENS: THE INCLUSIVE HANDYMAN PLATFORM FOR YOUR HOME

DRILLER QUEENS: THE INCLUSIVE HANDYMAN PLATFORM FOR YOUR HOME

In theory, you can do it yourself. At the very least, you can watch a “how to” YouTube video and figure it out. But putting that theory into practice is a different story. What do you do when the hole is too big, the dowel doesn’t hold and you don’t know for sure where the power lines run? Then you need to hire a professional craftsman for the job, right? Not necessarily! Sometimes all you need is someone handy who has taught themselves and mastered the trade. Someone who wants to lend a hand and share their knowledge (and tools) without the mansplaining. It’s a good thing the Driller Queensexist: the first inclusive handyperson platform that’s open to all genders and consists of a team in which over 80% identify as female, trans or non-binary. But that doesn’t mean cis men aren’t welcome, on the contrary. The Driller Queens’ mission is to uphold inclusion because excluding people based on their gender is a huge problem in the industry and one of the reasons they started in the first place. Driller Queens are here to help you so that mirror hangs straight, the lamp lights up, the curtains stay in place and the chest of drawers remains safely screwed to the wall.

In other words, the people who come to your home via Driller Queens have know-how and tools, but also soft skills such as communication and respect. So you can feel comfortable and safe in your home. This platform does all that and they do it with a sense of humor. I recommend following them directly on Instagram so you never forget this wonderful service exists if you ever need it. Special services are also offered, such as cat solutions (cat nets in front of your windows). And of course, there are things the Driller Queens don’t offer, such as removing floor coverings. On the website, you can get an overview by reading their service list. Now you can finally fix things in your home that have been wonky or broken for far too long. At least that’s what I’m doing, and I’m already looking forward to ticking off the boxes one by one.

Text: Nina Trippel, Photos: Arte, Driller Queens

Driller Queens

@drillerqueens

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LIFE IS BETTER LIVE — VISIT HUNDREDS OF EVENTS WITH AN ABUNDO SUBSCRIPTION

LIFE IS BETTER LIVE — VISIT HUNDREDS OF EVENTS WITH AN ABUNDO SUBSCRIPTION

What do Fritz Kalkbrenner, Angélique Kidjo and Reinhard Goebel all have in common? 1. They’ve all played in Berlin in the last month. 2. You probably missed their concerts. 3. You could have been front row if you’d had an Abundosubscription. Abundo is still considered an insider tip amongst Berliners, but we doubt it’ll stay that way for long. There’s no other way to experience so much culture for so little money. Not to mention, you’ll never miss out on a cultural event again. Whether it’s chamber music at the Philharmonie, Così van Tutte at the Komische Oper or Poor Things at the Hackesche Höfe cinema (that’s right, cinema is also included!), there are no limits to locations, genres and events. Concerts, dance, art, stand-up, film and theater, everything is included, sometimes in the city’s most renowned venues. So, how does it all work? Simply download the app, start your subscription (just 29€ a month) and you can attend one event each day. You can find the event program and book your tickets in the app. And since the cultural offerings in Berlin are limitless, new events are added every day. Best of all, the first month is free for all our readers. Not even a name on the guest list is this good.

Text: Hilka Dirks / Photos: Berliner Philharmonie, Ute Langkafel

Abundo
Here you can start your one month free trial.

@abundoberlin

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SHOW ME YOUR (BOOKIE) BOOKSHELF AND I’LL TELL YOU WHO YOU ARE

SHOW ME YOUR (BOOKIE) BOOKSHELF AND I’LL TELL YOU WHO YOU ARE

Allegedly, fewer and fewer people are reading these days. But Lukas and Marie Hoffmann tend to disagree. That’s why they started an Instagram account in 2021 and launched the first version of the Bookie app in August 2022. Bookie is an app that makes reading more social, facilitates book exchanges and offers an online alternative to traditional in-person book clubs. Bookie was established after Lukas and Marie asked themselves: what is the book market missing? Why do so many people believe literature isn’t for them? And, how can we change this way of thinking? The answer was Bookie — an accessible and inclusive reading community. It’s a virtual space where authors, creators, publishers and book lovers can come together. A space where it’s possible to exchange ideas, inspire each other to read (more) and discover excellent books that are impossible to put down. This is all thanks to the Bookie reading lists compiled from the recommendations of readers who are no strangers to the literary world. From Anne Sauer to Christoph Amend (a journalist), many share their favorite books on Bookie.

Coco Meurer opened her bookstore, literaturensohn, on Brunnenstraße in Berlin Mitte, in September 2023. The art director and marketing specialist designs CIs, communication strategies and campaigns for publishers and other companies.

Text: Coco Meurer / Photos: Bookie, Cottonbro

Bookie

@bookie.theapp
@literaturensohn  

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