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ENDEL — CUSTOMIZED DIGITAL SOUNDSCAPES FOR FOCUS AND RELAXATION

ENDEL — CUSTOMIZED DIGITAL SOUNDSCAPES FOR FOCUS AND RELAXATION

In times where chaos is the order of the day, here’s something to bring you much-needed peace: Endel, an interactive wellness app that creates personalized soundscapes to boost physical and mental wellbeing. Using data on movement, time of day, weather, location and (if you have a smart watch) heart rate, the app creates sounds that help you relax, work and sleep. The result: improved mood and concentration at work, on your commute or lying in the bath. You really feel the benefit after a few minutes using the app, which was developed by a Berlin-based group of developers and creative artists. To begin, you select one of several soundscapes such as “Focus”, which is designed to improve problem solving for work and study, or “Rainy Outside”, which features soothing raindrops and ocean waves to aid sleep. As you interact with the app, the sound and visuals change, with mesmerizing results. The functionality of the app is set to expand; Endel has already teamed up with the likes of Grimes, Richie Hawtin and James Blake for their sounds. As winter closes in, this soothing, comforting app is becoming a firm fixture on our home screens.

Text: Dave Alcantara / Photos: Polina Zimmerman & Ketut Subiyanto / Key Art: Endel

Endel

@endelsound

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RELAXING TREATMENTS INSPIRED BY EASTERN PHILOSOPHY — ZENTRUM FÜR CHINESISCHE MASSAGEN

RELAXING TREATMENTS INSPIRED BY EASTERN PHILOSOPHY — ZENTRUM FÜR CHINESISCHE MASSAGEN

“Massage” comes from the Greek word “to knead”. Often seen as a way to relieve discomfort and pain, massages in Chinese medicine are used to relax and increase wellbeing. That’s how I discovered the Zentrum für Chinesische Massagen (Center for Chinese Massage) and Tuina Anmo, the traditional Chinese massage form. According to Chinese medicine, the massages activate acupuncture points and stimulate meridians. Done regularly, these treatments loosen muscles and prevent pain, improve metabolism and benefit the nervous system and organs. Regular massages of this type have helped me get rid of stubborn headaches and sleeping disorders. My recommendation is the intensive back and neck massage, which after 45 minutes leaves you feeling utterly relaxed, stretched out and in perfect alignment. The foot reflexology massage was a particularly pleasant surprise: afterwards you felt like you were walking on air.

Text: Milena Kalojanov / Photos: Zentrum für Chinesische Massagen, Elina Fairytale & Tima Miroshnichenko

Zentrum Für Chinesische Massagen (Centre for Chinese Massage), Kantstr.26, 10623 Berlin–Charlottenburg; map
Tue–Sat 10–20h

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FROM SHELLS TO CORNETTOS — SUSTAINABLY MADE UNISEX JEWELRY FROM ONI STUDIO

FROM SHELLS TO CORNETTOS — SUSTAINABLY MADE UNISEX JEWELRY FROM ONI STUDIO

Looking for some understated jewelry with a certain something? You’re sure to find it at Oni Studio, the sustainable jewelry label founded by former fashion and costume designer Antonia Bernhardt. Working in her adopted hometown of Vienna, Antonia set out to experiment with new materials, leading her to create jewelry that is all about light, soft shapes inspired by nature. In July 2022 she brought Oni to Berlin, opening a studio and showroom on Alexanderplatz. There you’ll find limited edition unisex jewellery made from recycled and fairly sourced silver and gold. Mix and match is the motto: whether it’s filigree earrings like the Mini Shell Hoops, statement pieces like the Cornetto Ring, the coral-inspired Aqua Necklace or the Verdura “Vegetable” glass and silver hoops, Antonia’s pieces can be endlessly combined, letting you make the perfect combo.

Text: Nicole Meckel / Photos: Oni Studio

Oni Studio – order online for pickup at the Mitte studio, which can also be visited by appointment

@_oni_studio

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ODE — LEMONY BITTER APERITIF MADE IN WEDDING

ODE — LEMONY BITTER APERITIF MADE IN WEDDING

For many, a summer weekend means an ice cold spritzer containing a certain wildly-popular red-orange apéritif. But there’s another mixer that has also been giving cocktails a kick: Ode. Created by Wedding-based duo Stefan Becker and Thorsten and brought to market in 2021, this lemony, sunny yellow apéritif brings a shot of sour and sweet to mixed drinks. The Berlin-made bitters comes in a nice brown glass bottle with a wooden ball lid and includes bergamot, Amalfi, Cedro and Verna lemons plus apricot, peach, cinchona bark, gentian root, wild thyme, artichoke, jasmine flowers and a touch of sea salt. Combined with the premium Rheinhessen riesling – created especially for Ode by star winemaker Nico Espenschied – the blend makes for a summer tipple par excellence. It’s made to be served on ice, with tonic or with sparkling wine – its combination of lemon, sweet stone fruits and Mediterranean herbs giving it a touch of the sun-drenched south. Berlin meets Bergamo – sounds like our kind of blend.

Text: Alison Musch / Photos: Arundhati Shenoy

Ode

@odeaperitif

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WILMINA HOTEL AND LOVIS RESTAURANT — HISTORIC ARCHITECTURE, SEASONAL VEGETABLES AND A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP

WILMINA HOTEL AND LOVIS RESTAURANT — HISTORIC ARCHITECTURE, SEASONAL VEGETABLES AND A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP

As soon as you enter the second courtyard on Kantstraße 79, it suddenly gets quiet, cool and almost…sacred. From the entrance, a path winds its way towards a building: on the left is a planted wild garden, on the right a patch of abandoned land that has been completely reclaimed by nature. At the end is the entrance to what is now the Wilmina Hotel. It was once the Charlottenburg women’s prison whose 19th century site remains as a listed building. The first courtyard leads to the prison entrance which now serves as the main hall of Lovis Restaurant. The building facing the street is the former district court which has twice served as the venue for Amtsalon, a popup-slash-art-fair bringing together Berlin galleries. The concept, along with the transformation of the site itself, is the work of architects Grüntuch Ernst, who have managed to create a unique place without concealing the buildings’ occasionally dark history (during the Second World War, women resistance fighters were imprisoned there). Instead, the past is ever-present but never overwhelmingly so. The hotel rooms are encased ;in appropriately thick walls where you can sleep under dried flower arrangements in beds so comfortable that it’s no surprise that the hotel tested dozens of mattresses before choosing the perfect one. Everything is tasteful and reverent, unostentatious yet full of soul – something hotels free of the burden of history rarely achieve.

The hotel restaurant, for instance, feels like a restaurant that happens to be by a hotel. Its location allows you to dine without going through the hotel itself, giving you a feeling of absolute privacy. When you enter the bedrooms, your body feels ready to relax: after a shower you’ll want to go to bed with a book and never get up again – unless it’s to pay a visit to the sauna or get some food, that is. If it’s the latter, you’ll be well catered for at Lovis. Chef Sophia Rudolph (who you might know from Panama) serves consistent contemporary German cuisine. The focus here is on seasonal and regional vegetables – and that includes the breakfast, which is served in a special little nook exclusive to hotel guests. You’ll be served the likes of cheese from the Blomeyer’s Käse shop around the corner. Just another reason for a staycation out west – a place that lends itself perfectly to a break from big city life.

Text: Hilka Dirks / Photos: Robert Rieger / Credit: Wilmina

Wilmina Hotel and Lovis Restaurant, Kantstr.79, 10627 Berlin–Charlottenburg; map

Amtsalon takes place 16–18.09.2022. You can reserve a table at Lovis. Hotel bookings can be made online.

@wilmina
@lovisrestaurant
@amtsalon
@gruentuchernst

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