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THE CONSCIOUS CLUB — A GETAWAY FOR THE SENSES

THE CONSCIOUS CLUB — A GETAWAY FOR THE SENSES

A brief warning: If you like surprises, then you will love this concept! Tucked away in a side street just off the hustle and bustle of Neukölln’s Sonnenallee, there is a wonderful little hideout for anyone looking to get away from it all. At first, The Conscious Clublooks like a small boutique dedicated to beautifully handcrafted products. Nothing unusual for Berlin. But take a second look, and the boundaries between shop, studio and workshop slowly begin to disappear, revealing something totally unique for lovers of locally-made home accessories, hand embroidery on fabrics and garments, and illustrations brought to paper by delicate watercolor. TCC is the brainchild of Stefanija Pejchinovka (Damaja), Denise Zimmer (Kunstzimmer Berlin), Larissa Reuter (Hetti) and Kristina Hellhake (Compose Relations). More than just a workspace and storefront, TCC also serves as a platform to connect with kindred spirits in the trade and to find out about similar sustainable projects. Check out the TCC event calendarregularly – it’s worth it! (Text: Jasmin Tomschi / Photos: Jenny Peñas)

The Conscious Club, Reuterstr.62, 12047 Berlin-Neukölln; map

Tue–Fri 12–19h, Sat 12–17h

@theconsciousclub_berlin

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IT’S HERE: THE PERFECT GLUTEN-FREE SOURDOUGH THANKS TO AERA BREAD

IT’S HERE: THE PERFECT GLUTEN-FREE SOURDOUGH THANKS TO AERA BREAD

Always eating standard bread made from wheat or rye? Try again! Thanks to Aera Bread, you can fill your breakfast plate with a nourishing blend of flours from teff, brown millet, rice and corn. In 2014, Ava Celik discovered that she had celiac disease causing gluten intolerance, and a life without bread was simply unimaginable. The actress quickly left the film industry and devoted herself to baking bread with the daring goal to create a gluten-free alternative that tastes just like the real deal. After two years of trial and error, Ava finally found the perfect recipe, and in December 2018, opened her own (breathtakingly beautiful) café on Charlottenburg’s Fasanenstraße. There, she bakes and sells fresh, homemade loaves that have everything you want: light and fluffy on the inside, but with that crispy outer crust. Come see it yourself and be convinced by her stunning bakery – maybe even catch her baking in the back. The café also serves delectable pastries, and their brand new granola with amaranth, turmeric and apricot is simply delicious. (Text: Lisa Strube / Photos: Mina Aichhorn)

Aera Bread, Fasanenstr.74, 10719 Berlin–Charlottenburg; map
Tue–Fri 12–20h, Sat–Sun 10–18h
@aera_bread

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FINDING EVERYDAY ESSENTIALS THAT SPARK JOY AT MUJI

FINDING EVERYDAY ESSENTIALS THAT SPARK JOY AT MUJI

If you’re preparing to do some spring cleaning, try taking inspiration from the Japanese approach to functionalism. There’s one brand that’s long mastered this methodology: Muji. Much more than pens and paper (what they first became famous for in the early days of exporting from Japan), Muji has been continuously expanding their collection of “Everyday Essentials.” You’ll find unornamented tea cups and svelte glasses to curate a simple kitchen or discreet organizers and unobtrusive boxes to clean up your home and office. You don’t have to stick to storage either – opt for the Muji beauty items such as the moisturizing milk to soothe your skin. Lucky for Berliners, Muji realized they could offer the same beloved products at a lower price. Stop by to find what sparks joy and kickoff a homelife refresh. (Text: Michael Rice / Photos: Muji)

Muji, Mall of Berlin, Leipziger Platz 12, 10117 Berlin–Mitte; map
Mon–Sat 10–21h
Muji, Hackescher Markt 1, 10178 Berlin–Mitte; map
Mon–Sat 10–20h
@mujigermany

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HUNTING FOR YOUR NEXT DESIGNER SPLURGE AT COMPACT MARKET, VOO STORE’S NEW SISTER SHOP

HUNTING FOR YOUR NEXT DESIGNER SPLURGE AT COMPACT MARKET, VOO STORE’S NEW SISTER SHOP

Hypebeasts of Berlin rejoice – Voo Store has opened a new outpost across the street from their original iconic shop. After operating the second space as an outlet for the past two years, the shop has been completely redesigned by Turkish architect Bilge Kalfa. With the new look comes a new strategy. Manager Toni Khotsombath explains that as Voo Store increasingly focuses on luxury apparel, they aim to offer a more accessible alternative. Compact Marketwill sell archive designer pieces at lower prices alongside smaller, emerging brands. Stop in for a sampling of luxury: eccentric flame-laden Prada pieces, sublimely soft sweaters from Acne Studios, phosphorescent faux furs by Miu Miu, pastiche jewelry by Marni and hype classics like Raf Simons Ozweegos. In keeping with the Kreuzberg scene, the shop plans to remain more visible (quite literally) with their streetfront alternative to Voo Store’s hideaway ambiance. Stay on the lookout for pop-up events and more elusive brands to come. (Text: Michael Rice / Photos: Michael Rice, Compact Market)

Compact Market, Oranienstr.181, 10999 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Mon–Sat 11–19h
@compactmarket

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HANNA KOMORNITZYK RECOMMENDS: DIE BÜCHERHALLE

HANNA KOMORNITZYK RECOMMENDS: DIE BÜCHERHALLE

Since 1986, Walter Grömling, Peter Schwarz and Ute Volz have been running this reliable supplier of used books right by David Bowie’s old Schöneberg flat near Kleistpark station. At the door, a sign urges “Thou shalt read more,” luring you inside where, in dignified surroundings, thousands of books stand: old editions by Goethe and Brecht, bizarre penny novels from the 1960s, Japanese Bauhaus illustrated volumes and Taschen photo books, alongside more recent works. It’s possible to find real treasures, and new books are added daily. If, like me, you like browsing bookshops in peace, Die Bücherhalle is definitely for you. Curiously, The Berlin Oriental Quartet has even recorded songs right in front of the shelves. If that’s not enough, there are also theme windows on rotation every two weeks where books on unusual topics like evil and water are curated. Reading among like-minded people – what could be more beautiful? (Text: Hanna Komornitzyk / Photos: Ute Volz [Bucherhalle])

In 2016 Hanna moved from Cologne to Berlin to study, making her home on the border between Kreuzberg and Schöneberg. She works as a copywriter, translator and editor.

Bücherhalle, Hauptstr.154, 10827 Berlin–Schöneberg; map

Mon–Fri 10.30–19h, Sat 10.30–15h

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