Looking to get your dog ready for the cold months ahead? Well we’ve found the perfect canine winter warmer: Cloud7‘s chic Alaska dog coat, featuring extra-warm down made from recycled plastic bottles. Our office dog Zula has tried and tested it and can confirm its coziness. Founded in 2010 by fashion designer Petra Jungebluth, Cloud7 isn’t your average online pet shop. Their range of collars, beds, leads and coats are designed for the most discerning of dogs, with stylish, minimalist designs and the best in high quality materials. Jungebluth believes strongly in sustainable and fair trade production, designing the range in her own studio and working in collaboration with specialized textile, leather and ceramic manufacturers (all the collars are handmade in Italy). The use of untreated and organic raw materials where possible is good news for both your dog and the environment. And with Christmas around the corner, it’s a great time to pamper your pooch – if he or she has been good this year, that is. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Savannah van der Niet)
What is design? It’s a fundamental question, but for the Antwerp-based design label Valerie_Objects, the answer is simply “all things good and beautiful”. The brand was founded by Serax owner Axel Van Den Bossche and Valerie Traan Gallery owner Veerle Wenes as a way to give a platform for individual artists and creatives to design and sell their work. Fitting then that as part of Berlin Design Week, Valerie_Objects has teamed up with Danish kitchen experts Reform for a week-long collaboration. Reform, winners of the Danish Design Award, draws on contemporary design, interiors and architecture to challenge the idea of what kitchens should be. The colab pop-up at their Berlin-Mitte space will feature rare and sought-after design pieces curated from the Valerie_Objects collection, including examples of artist-designed cutlery, furniture, and home furnishings. So if you’re looking for good and beautiful things to upgrade your kitchen and beyond, this is the place to go. (Text: Emily Miotke / Photos: Reform, Andreas Omvik)
Without question, Berlin is one of the largest hubs of the international electronic music scene. As well as the many clubs and DJs that call Berlin home, there are countless indie labels here whose tracks get heard around the world. One of the most influential record labels in the past decade and a half has been Innervisions, run by Dixon and Âme (their Ambient compilation, which features tracks by Klaus Schulze, Terre Thaemlitz and Mark Pritchard, is still among my favorite records of all time.) Every Thursday, their shop Muting the Noise opens its backyard doors in Kreuzberg, and you can come in and find vinyl records from about 30 house and techno labels, as well as t-shirts, headphones from Japanese manufacturer Phonon, prints, and books like Tobias Rapp’s “Lost and Sound”. Co-owner Kristian Beyer (DJ moniker: Âme) offers record selections from the crates that he uses in his own sets. (Text: Heiko Hoffmann / Photos: Tobias Basel)
TROEDELMARKT ARKONAPLATZ: THE OUTDOOR CONCEPT STORE — RECOMMENDED BY ANNIKA ROGGE
The second-hand market at Arkonaplatz is neither an over-crowded, piled up flea market nor an overrated Kreuzberg cliché. On the contrary, it has grown in recent years into an increasingly superior treasure-trove for all kinds of vintage designs, be it interior, fashion or crafts. I have my grandmother to thank for my love of flea markets. When I was a child, she brought me along to numerous markets and taught me the three golden rules: Always go in the mornings, keep expanding your design expertise so you can find the pearls, and always keep in touch with the sellers to discover their sources. The market at Arkonaplatz is perfect for a relaxing Sunday walk. Before my visit I buy a cup of coffee and a croissant at Hermann Eicke on Brunnenstraße, before walking the three minutes to the flea market. Most of my furniture comes from Arkona and has gradually replaced all of my Ikea furniture. I often stream my visits to show my Instagram followers my “hand-picked” finds. And most of the time I just have to bring the goods home. (Text: Annika Rogge / Photos: Johanna Rademacher-Flesland)
Annika Rogge is a social media manager with a great love for interior design. She shares her Arkona finds here. Her best score? A white Bertoia Side Chair.
Troedelmarkt Arkonaplatz, 10435 Berlin–Mitte; map
If there’s one thing you can never get enough of it’s a good bookshop. Geistesblüten in Charlottenburg is just this kind of place. The store, tucked away in a side street off Kurfürstendam, has more to offer than just an excellent selection of books. As its name suggests (Geistesblüten means “blossoms of the mind” in German) literature and culture are at the heart of its concept. Founders Christian Dunker and Marc Iven have been active in the literary and cultural sector for a number of years, their vision being to create a place where both fields could meet. This is literally the case at their new space on Walter-Benjamin-Platz: it’s a bookstore during the day, venue for frequently sold-out readings, film screenings and matinees in the evenings. And the arts don’t come up short either: graphic artist and illustrator Christoph Niemann is showing his “Hopes and Dreams” series at Geistesblüten until 01.03.2020. So whether you are just picking up a good read or want to stay for the rest of the evening, Geistesblüten is sure to delight anyone who loves books. There’s more: Geistesblüten also releases a biannual Magazine that brings together texts on different cultural topics. The Autumn 2019 edition’s theme is “Emanzipation”. (Text: Hanna Komornitzyk / Photos: Johanna Rademacher-Flesland)