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SKIN MATTER: BERLIN-BASED ONLINE SHOP FOR SKINCARE PRODUCTS FROM SMALL, SUSTAINABLE BRANDS

SKIN MATTER: BERLIN-BASED ONLINE SHOP FOR SKINCARE PRODUCTS FROM SMALL, SUSTAINABLE BRANDS

There are so many innovative beauty brands out there, it can be difficult to know where to start. For some help navigating, Berlin-based online shop Skin Matter has curated a selection of skincare products from dozens of smaller and independent brands from across the world all in one place. From face toners and cleansers to lip scrubs and body oils, the range includes all you need to look after your skin. The project was started in July 2020 by entertainment industry professional Olga Zilinska, whose goal is not just to bring together small beauty brands, but to promote sustainable and environmentally responsible skincare. This means lots of plant-based products that come in recycled or recyclable packaging, like the Vitamin C Serum from Copenhagen’s Nuori, which is an intensive facial treatment that uses no harsh chemicals.

The products from Codex Beauty in Ireland are also natural, making use of the revitalizing effects of calendula and hyaluronic acid in a range of facial and cleansing oils which are particularly suitable for sensitive and dry skin. If you still aren’t sure of the product for you, the site allows you to search according to skin type and needs, ensuring you get a perfectly-matched product. And whilst you’re online, check out the natural aromatherapy oils and bath salts – perfect for springtime self-care sessions at home. Your body will thank you!

Text: Lisa Schelling / Photos: Lisa Schelling, Polina Kovaleva, Sora Shimazaki & Skin Matter

Skin Matter

@thisisskinmatter

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FISH KLUB: FRESHLY CAUGHT FRENCH SEAFOOD SPECIALITIES —PICK UP READY-TO-EAT DISHES OR ORDER ONLINE TO COOK AT HOME

FISH KLUB: FRESHLY CAUGHT FRENCH SEAFOOD SPECIALITIES —PICK UP READY-TO-EAT DISHES OR ORDER ONLINE TO COOK AT HOME

Fresh fish is often hard to come by in landlocked Berlin, but that’s something seafood vendor Fish Klub is on a mission to change. Now with two outlets in Kreuzberg and Charlottenburg, the project began at Markthalle Neun in October 2019, serving up fresh produce that prioritizes sustainability and traceability. The diverse catch is all sourced from France, with much of the supply coming from Bretagne and Vendée on the French Atlantic coast. Behind the operation is Parisian-born Margaux Friocourt, who lived in nine different countries before settling in Berlin in 2016 to import oysters from the renowned area of Marennes-Oléron. The oysters are a favorite amongst restaurateurs and foodies across town, but the range also includes the likes of white, sweet zebra sea bream, cuckoo wrasse (great for soups and stews), royal sea bream plus classic salmon, hake and pollock.

These delicacies can now be picked up out west at the Fish Klub and Wine stand that opened in January 2021 at the Wilma market hall in Charlottenburg. The outlet is set up as a bar and besides fresh fish also offers beautifully presented ready-to-eat dishes and matching natural and biodynamic wines. Highlights include signature Japanese-style “tataki” tuna, mackerel sandwiches on handmade brioche buns and a range of homemade sauces. Whether you’re east or west, Fish Klub is a go-to purveyor of quality catches – and not just on a Friday! 

Text: Emily Collins / Photos: Fish Klub & Zoe Spawton

Fish Klub orders can be placed online for collection. New catches are listed regularly on Instagram.

Markthalle Neun, Eisenbahnstr.42/43, 10997 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Pickup: Mon–Fri, 12–18h & Sat 10–18h

Fish Klub and Wine at the Wilma market hall
Wilmersdorfer Str.46, 10627 Berlin–Charlottenburg; map
Pickup: Wed–Sat 12–18h

@fishklub_berlin

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GETTING THE JUNGLE LOOK AT PILEA LIVING — HOUSEPLANT SHOP FOR TROPICAL SPECIES AND HANDMADE POTS

GETTING THE JUNGLE LOOK AT PILEA LIVING — HOUSEPLANT SHOP FOR TROPICAL SPECIES AND HANDMADE POTS

Just five minutes’ walk from Wedding S-Bahn station is a place that will whisk you away from inner-city Berlin and bring you to the tropical jungle. The name? Pilea Living. This packed plant shop is the product of founders Jue and Dingding’s upbringing in southern China, where newborn babies are named after plant species and ancient trees are worshiped as gods. The pair remember spending their childhoods playing among the giant air roots of Banyan trees and using banana leaves as umbrellas, memories that inspired them to open their greenery-filled store in November 2019.

Walking into the shop, you are greeted with the calming pleasure that only a room full of plants can bring. Vegetation covers the walls and floors and hangs above your head, providing you with instant inspiration to turn your own home into a tranquil oasis. Once you have found the perfect potted friend, Jue and Dingding will gladly provide advice on things like light levels and watering, so even beginners can ensure their plants thrive. The species offered include classics like monsteras and calatheas plus a selection of bonsai trees that make perfect desktop companions. But not to be forgotten is the pilea, which is native to south China and produces flying saucer leaves that give it a unique, otherworldly appearance. Besides greenery, the store also stocks 100 different plant pots, many of which are handmade in small ceramic studios throughout Europe and China, as well as handmade Chinese tea sets with incense sticks and holders. Let the relaxation begin…

Text: Lottie Mac / Photos: Luke Marshall Johnson

Pilea Living, Ravenestr.4, 13347 Berlin–Wedding; map
Currently open: Tue–Sat, 12h30–19h

@pilea.living

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A.P. BOOKSHOP — A WELCOMING SPACE FOR ART AND DESIGN FANS IN WEDDING

A.P. BOOKSHOP — A WELCOMING SPACE FOR ART AND DESIGN FANS IN WEDDING

Books are windows to the world, which in times of restrictions and closed spaces makes them all the more valuable. If you are looking to escape with a new read, you can do worse than head to Wedding S-Bahn station, where you will find the a.p. bookshop that opened in autumn 2020. The store’s wide window front offers a view into a bright interior home to sofas, high wooden shelves and display cabinets. Head inside and you are greeted with a well-curated selection of picture books, poetry collections and catalogs sorted not alphabetically, but by theme: “Road Trip”, “Mourning” and “Protest” are just some of categories ready to explore.

Launched in collaboration with Callie’s, a non-profit art institution that runs multidisciplinary residency programs in the same complex, the bookshop has a strong focus on multilingual art titles. In addition to the latest monographs, you will also find novels by the likes of French writer Annie Ernaux and poetry by Harryette Mullen. Manager Elijah Jackson and his team strive to maintain a balance between international releases and works from Berlin publishers such as Zero sharp. Their enthusiasm for books and design is felt with every title you browse through: instead of the usual suspects, you come across clever finds like Kapsel, a magazine which presents a Chinese science fiction short story (in German) in every issue. The selection of literature is complemented by artworks and accessories, including Byzantine necklaces by Georgian designer Sopho Gongliashvili and hammocks by Mexican artist Don Agustín Caamal Chimal. The shop is intended as much for inspiration and exchange as for consumption, with regular readings, workshops and lectures planned for when conditions allow. With all this coming up, a.p. will be the one to watch on the Wedding lit scene.

Text: Laura Storfner / Photos: Luke Marshall Johnson

a.p., Lindower Str.20, 13347 Berlin–Wedding; map
Thu–Fri 13–19h, Sat 12–19h (to be extended soon)
 
@a.p.berlin

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MYCONBINI: BERLIN-BASED ONLINE SHOP FOR HIGH-QUALITY JAPANESE GROCERIES, DRINKS AND MORE DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR

MYCONBINI: BERLIN-BASED ONLINE SHOP FOR HIGH-QUALITY JAPANESE GROCERIES, DRINKS AND MORE DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR

Ramen is the perfect lockdown food: culinarily far removed from Berlin and yet warming, hearty and (if you like) vegan. And while the city offers countless killer ramen dishes to take away, if you do fancy trying your hand at making it yourself you’ll find everything you need at MyConbini, the online shop for all things Japanese. Founder and self-described Japan fan Fabian Weingart modelled the Berlin-based website on the country’s all-hours convenience stores (konbini) that bring together a variety of everyday groceries in one place. Fabian’s thoughtfully-curated selection includes staples like Kewpie mayonnaise and bonito flakes as well as tofu, soy sauce and umeboshi, with sake and Japanese whisky for liquid accompaniment. Stylish ceramics and high-quality chopsticks complete the experience. Amongst this huge range of products are high-quality ingredients for homemade ramen: organic vegan or meat-based broth, roasted sesame seeds, seaweed, miso paste and, yes, noodles. The latter come frozen directly from Japan – perfect for a special ramen night in.

Text: Eva Biringer / Photos: Luka Marshall Johnson

MyConbini delivers throughout Germany.

@myconbinishop

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