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A HIDDEN GEM IN THE URBAN JUNGLE — STAY AT HAUS MITTE

A HIDDEN GEM IN THE URBAN JUNGLE — STAY AT HAUS MITTE

Hidden in Berlin’s urban jungle you’ll discover Haus Mitte. The modern building was built and designed by WWSTUDIO in 2005. The upcycled window panes of the former Palace of the Republic are an eye-catcher from the exterior. Haus Mitte was used as a Tiny House for a long time but has since served as an exhibition venue for over 50 exhibitions. And, for two years, the location served as an office for WWSTUDIO itself. But now Lukiki, a friend of the house, wants to make Haus Mitte more accessible to the public again. In addition to tours for those interested in architecture, the house will also be available to guests as a temporary residence or vacation home. The house will nevertheless remain an exhibition venue. In June 2024, for example, there will be an exhibition with Thomas Rauscher. Haus Mitte is an important pioneer in the era of upcycling and reusing materials. In addition to the exterior façade, materials were also recycled inside — an old motorhome door now serves as a bathroom door. As soon as I enter the slightly angled Haus Mitte, sit down at the entranceway table, and look at the large mirrored cabinet, which makes the room appear spacious, I feel far away from the busy Mauerpark, which is a mere stone’s throw away.

A kitchenette and a small bathroom in striking pink are hidden behind the mirrored cabinet. On the opposite side of the room, there is a bed for resting and a desk for working. The interior is versatile thanks to the mirror cabinet, which can be folded both inwards and outwards. In combination with the minimalist interior design, which is adapted slightly from time to time, the house offers many possibilities for individual design. The art changes regularly, with works by Frederick Busch and the famous Bechers, for example, as well as a mirror and tables by Sebastian Scherer from NEO/CRAFTcurrently adorning the space. Haus Mitte has been around for 20 years and, as before, will remain an insider tip for design enthusiasts. That’s why we won’t reveal the address here — you can ask Lukiki for yourself directly via Instagram for more information about the house! 

Text & Photos: Luna Schaffron

Haus Mitte, 10435 Berlin–Mitte

@hausmitte

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PIECE OF ME — EYEBROW AND EYELASH LIFTS WITH SWING

PIECE OF ME — EYEBROW AND EYELASH LIFTS WITH SWING

In an age of fluffy brows and long lashes, brow and lash lifts have become game changers. Mascara and eyelash curlers are a thing of the past for many of us. If you don’t have naturally long, curled lashes, Caro can help at Piece of me. The trained master hairdresser and make-up artist with over 20 years of experience has been sharing her expertise and passion for perfect brows and lashes for two and a half years. With both techniques, the hair structure is opened up using an emulsion and gently lifted before setting into place — similar to a perm. The result? Curved and defined brows and lashes that last for several weeks. To enhance the effect, brows can also be tinted. With a focus on naturalness and individuality, Caro ensures everyone receives a tailor-made experience — whether it’s a brow lift that defines the face, eyelash curling to open up the eyes, or both. Comparing my before and after, I notice the hairs lay beautifully but can also be shaped easily with a little eyebrow gel and hold all day. So if you’re looking for a natural look with minimum daily effort, “Piece of me” is here to complete your beauty routine.

Text: Alison Musch / Photos: Robyn Steffen

Piece of me, Kastanienallee 84, 10435 Berlin–Prenzlauer Berg; map

@pieceofme

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A SLICE OF COUNTRYSIDE FOR CITY DWELLERS: THE ZARCHLIN MANOR HOUSE INVITES YOU ON A SHORT TRIP

A SLICE OF COUNTRYSIDE FOR CITY DWELLERS: THE ZARCHLIN MANOR HOUSE INVITES YOU ON A SHORT TRIP

Sometimes all it takes is three little words and you want to get away. Away from Berlin and to the countryside. Just saying the words: peaceful, idyllic and charming can take your mind to a quiet spot beneath a shady tree. But it doesn’t have to remain a daydream. Situated in a secluded green meadow (two hectares, to be precise), the “Gutshaus Zarchlin“, built in 1879, is a rather stately property. The apartments and suites are designed for two to six people, offering space for up to 18 people in total. Every room looks out onto the greenery and at night when you look up at the stars it feels like whole galaxies are opening up before your eyes. If that’s not enough natural lighting for you, there is also a fire bowl. When you scurry barefoot across the old wooden floorboards, you’ll hear a familiar creaking sound. The manor house has been lovingly and, above all, ecologically renovated! It’s where monument meets zeitgeist — a place where you don’t need to compromise modern facilities yet the patina of the building is preserved. Be greeted with nature everywhere you look, good conversation and vegetables from the garden (raised beds where you can garden and harvest).

Speaking of vegetables: each apartment and suite is equipped with its own kitchen, plus there is a communal kitchen with an induction hob, large dining table and range cooker for all guests. Cooking is the ideal pastime if you want to let off steam. The Gutshaus Zarchlin, located in the southern part of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, not far from Lake Plauen, combines magnificent greenery outside and the best facilities inside. Sunset on the Mecklenburg Lake District is already on my bucket list and the manor house makes it a very realistic goal. And if that’s not enough, the “Nossentiner/Schwinzer Heide Nature Park” with its dense forests, moors and outstanding bird of prey populations is also nearby. You can enjoy all this quietly for yourself or with your loved ones because the Zarchin manor house is designed with the spirit of togetherness and sharing in mind. Through the communal kitchen, enter the large garden and enjoy an aperitivo on the deckchairs. There is also a rehearsal room with a piano, which you can book separately, and common rooms suitable for team building and groups. As you might have realized, the creators Marianne and Daniel Krüger have taken care of the smallest details. Let off steam creatively or relax — alone, with your partner, or as a group, you decide.

Text: Maria Mayer / Photos: Gutshaus Zarchlin

Gutshaus Zarchlin, Dorfstr.4, 19395 Zarchlin–Mecklenburg-Vorpommern; map

@gutshauszarchlin

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FLOWER WORKSHOP AND BROWSING FOR A NEW HOME: KOKONI ONE INVITES YOU TO AN OPEN HOUSE IN FRANZÖSISCH BUCHHOLZ

FLOWER WORKSHOP AND BROWSING FOR A NEW HOME: KOKONI ONE INVITES YOU TO AN OPEN HOUSE IN FRANZÖSISCH BUCHHOLZ

If you find yourself unable to unwind on your inner-city balcony and the flowers from your allotment don’t make for a beautiful summer wreath, head to Französisch Buchholz. Not only is the northern Pankow district a delightful escape from the city’s hustle and bustle, but this Saturday’s program (27.04.2024) promises a tranquil experience. As part of the Kokoni One spring festival, a laid-back agenda awaits. Attendees participate in a flower-arranging workshop, and feast on hot dogs and ice cream from Woop Woop Ice Cream. It’s an opportunity for both young and old to spend the day together and explore the neighborhood. And if you find the atmosphere appealing, nestled in the quiet outskirts of the city just before the Brandenburg border, you might decide to stay. The Kokoni One housing estate, with its focus on community and sustainable living close to nature, is actively seeking new residents for its climate-neutral timber homes. Wondering how it feels to trade an inner-city apartment for a semi-detached house? You won’t know until you’ve experienced it for yourself.

And while it might seem like a one-size-fits-all design, there are three house sizes available to accommodate different budgets and family situations. Plus, if you fall in love with the project, you’ll receive an exciting discount on-site (details provided in the address section). Should you decide to make Französisch Buchholz your new home, growing an abundance of garden flowers won’t be a problem. After all, each house comes equipped with a terrace and green space, offering ample opportunity for gardening enthusiasts.

Text: Maria Mayer / Photos: Ziegert Immobilien

Kokoni One Frühlingsfest with free flower arranging workshop: 27.04.2024 12–16h
Musterhaus Str.76, 13127 Berlin–Französisch Buchholz; map

Registration is requested. A discount of up to €75,000 is offered for on-site reservations.

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LOBB X BOTUCAL: TROPICAL FROZEN DAIQUIRIS WITH SHAVED ICE FROM THE KAKIGORI MACHINE

LOBB X BOTUCAL: TROPICAL FROZEN DAIQUIRIS WITH SHAVED ICE FROM THE KAKIGORI MACHINE

In August 2023, Arash Ghassemi invited us to his intimate home dinner series in Kreuzberg to present his then-new concept Lobb. It was a special evening that I look back on fondly: shared comfort food, unusual cocktails, great conversation and, to top it all off, spaghetti ice cream and daiquiris on the rooftop terrace. One thing is clear: hosting runs in Arash’s blood. And that’s exactly what makes Lobb Lobb — it’s not (only) about what’s on the plate, but how it got there and by whom. It’s about interacting with guests, bringing people together and creating a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere where everyone feels comfortable. Arash cares about guest feedback, so much so that after six months he can still remember my favorite drink: that night, I was particularly taken with his cherry daiquiri over shaved ice. You’ll find daiquiris on the menu at almost every Lobb pop-up, so it’s no surprise it’s Arash’s go-to drink. He likes to experiment with the classic version and try out new ones for his dinners and parties, such as his “Tropical Frozen Daiquiri”. Like every daiquiri, it’s based on a classic rum sour, but Arash gives it an additional fruity, Caribbean note with pineapple liqueur. Lime juice provides the acidity and the orange sugar, which he makes himself using Woodford Reserve rye, provides the sweetness. There’s also a shot of Botucal‘s “Reserva Exclusiva” rum, which is a must. What other ingredient makes this a drink to dream about? The shaved ice with grapefruit juice and apple cider vinegar, which Arash grates directly into the cocktail glass with his Kakigori machine!

Lobb has plenty of surprises in store — whether it’s new drinks, the location, the small details of the table decorations or a classic dessert from your childhood, just à la Arash. Lobb is like a traveling circus moving from one location to the next. All around Berlin and, after this summer, further afield. In October, Arash is heading to New York, where he will take over a kitchen for “Lobb for Schmock” for several weeks. We are excited to see what comes after the spaghetti and sandwich ice cream and can hardly wait to sip the next frozen daiquiri. And if you want to know what Lobb tastes like before the next pop-up: Arash shares many of his recipes on Instagram for you to recreate at home.

Text & Photos: Robyn Steffen

Lobb 

Please drink responsibly. Botucal is a registered trademark. ©2024 Diplomático Branding, Unipessoal LDA. All rights reserved.

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