Created with “existentialists, humanists, eccentrics and philosophers of living” in mind, Complicated Needs could have what you need for a fresh start this year. Masterminded by Berlin-based designer Helge Simon, the online shop carries a range of tongue-in-cheek items ready to poke and prod at our idiosyncratic desires, from the digital detox “phone” to illustrator Roz Chast’s memoir “Can’t We Talk About Something Pleasant?” The shop even allows you to filter potential products according to your own needs: calm, escapism, growth, and reassurance. Speaking of which, Complicated Needs is kindly offering Cee Cee readers a 15% discount on their purchase: simply enter the code “CEECEENWSLTTR” at checkout. (Text: Michael Rice / Photos: Complicated Needs)
Until recently, whenever it came down to who made the flakiest croissants and the most delicious baguettes in town, Albatross was the name that kept coming up. The only catch was that you couldn’t actually buy their products anywhere: the famous sourdough pastries could only be found on the menus of select restaurants and cafés. In mid-2018, Albatross opened its own shop in Graefekiez, complete with a steadily growing assortment of pastries and a small seating area. Behind the business are Anders Alkaersig from Denmark, Geoff Stewart from Australia and Englishman Luke Smetham. The international trio’s recipes are French-inspired and traditional, but never without a twist. It is their interpretation of the classics that has made Albatross a favorite among lovers of baked goods. Naturally, the concept endeavors to be organic and sustainable: the flours and butter are sourced locally and delivered to the ever-increasing number of customers by freight bicycle. On your next visit, be prepared to face a difficult question: to choose the lemon curd brioche, the quince danish or the grandiose pain au chocolat? I’ll have all three please! (Text: Sascha Rimkus / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn)
Sascha Rimkus is a food retailer, wine connoisseur and co-founder of Goldhahn & Sampson. He has lived in Berlin since 2002, and currently resides in Kreuzberg.
A recent stroll around Südstern led me past a small interior design shop. One glance into its window was it all it took to get me hooked for the next hour. I lost myself in a world of European design with elegant French lamps by Bertrand Balas and Bernard Schottlander, vases and ceramic tableware from Portugal, handmade cushions sewn from fabrics by Loro Piana and de Le Cuona, as well as unique pieces from the Berlin art scene. My absolute favorite is the “Shelf Library” by Frama. The creative minds behind Valuc15 are Valentin and Lucas, who joined forces not too long ago to curate an exhibition of hand-picked interior design jewels. The space stands out with its striking pastel shades – both in the ubiquitous textiles on offer, and also on the walls. The color concept stems from Lucas, who bought his own mixing machine a few years ago and has been experimenting with pigments ever since. For those who want a sneak preview from home, the beautifully selected collection is now available in the online shop. (Text: Simone Donecker / Photos: Valuc15)
Simone Donecker has lived in Berlin-Wilmersdorf since 2001 and works in the field of international education and culture as a project manager.
Have you ever walked into a wine shop and felt an instant sense of intimidation? You scan the aisles for a familiar label, walking aimlessly, trying to hide the fact that you know nothing about wine. You grab a bottle for its nice label and get the hell out of there. A quiet corner within the Umspannwerk, however, holds the answer: Ladidadi. Every Friday, this natural wine shop transforms into a tasting room, to which owner Florian Tonello invites winemakers, importers and connoisseurs to share their passion with enthusiasts and drink some awesome natural vino. These intimate events offer the opportunity not only to try a variety of wines, but also to learn more about the funky grape juice direct from the producers themselves. Let these wines guide your journey, maybe even through the rolling hills of Tuscany or Rheinhessen. Follow Ladidadi on Facebook to stay in the loop with who’s up next. (Text: Alanna LaGamba / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn)
Originally hailing from Toronto, Canada, Alanna LaGamba fell in love with Berlin four years ago and has been lucky enough to call Neukölln her home for the last year and a half.
For your next movie night, desk snack drawer, stocking filler — or any point at which you need a delicious pick-me-up, note the name Knalle, a gourmet “Popkornditorei.” Founded by culinary mavericks Lucie Krautien and André Göbel — who are also behind the café Zuckerstück — Knalle’s popcorn is handmade in Berlin. With flavors ranging from Malabar pepper and sea salt to Thai curry roasted peanut, butter caramel-tahiti-vanilla or even the vegan tonka bean-coconut, it’s hard to settle on just one type. Good thing, then, that a taster pack of all seven varieties is available. Pop by their Friedrichshain store or order online. P.S. We’re offering a €5 discount on all orders over €30 with the code KNUSPERCEECEE at checkout. Happy crunching! (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Knalle)