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FOTO MEYER — PERSONAL ADVICE ON ALL THINGS PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO

FOTO MEYER — PERSONAL ADVICE ON ALL THINGS PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO

Have you been wanting to get into photography but are unsure where to start? Now is a good time to finally go for it with the help of the team at Foto Meyer, who can find you the equipment that suits your needs. Under the management of Vincent Meyer, this Schöneberg family business has been specializing in cameras and lenses for 50 years, and there is even a photo lab onsite. They’re a great resource not just for professional photographers but for hobbyists and video enthusiasts too. The expert team are familiar with all the major manufacturers and are happy to guide absolute beginners, answering any camera questions you might have be it film or digital! And if you want to take your shooter for a test drive you can also hire photo equipment, with the rental fees deducted from the purchase price if you decide to buy. With on-site technical specialists, professional cleaning and repairs, owners can get peace of mind too. If you can’t make it to the physical store – a photographer’s treasure trove located on Viktoria-Luise-Platz – you can also find all the equipment and advice you need online. You’ll be supporting a local company – and if you’re eager to get snapping, you can even get orders delivered the same day in Berlin and Potsdam and overnight in the rest of Germany! (Text: Bui Luu Quynh Nguyen / Photos: Foto Meyer)

Foto Meyer GmbH, Welserstr.1, 10777 Berlin–Schöneberg; map
Mon–Sat 10–19h, on Sun 20.12. 13–18h

@fotomeyer

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DISCOEAT — SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL WITH DINNER APP FEATURING FOOD FROM 150 BERLIN RESTAURANTS FOR DELIVERY AND PICKUP

DISCOEAT — SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL WITH DINNER APP FEATURING FOOD FROM 150 BERLIN RESTAURANTS FOR DELIVERY AND PICKUP

It sounds too good to be true: free delivery fee and discounted meals from some of Berlin’s top restaurants. But that’s just what Discoeat lets you do. The restaurant app offers up to 30 percent off lunch and dinner collections from 150 of the city’s eateries during off-peak times, be it early or late. It’s a win-win: you save money on meals while local businesses gain much-needed customers during quieter times. Started in 2018 by Berlin foodies Moritz Heininger and Nicoló Luti, the platform’s city-wide selection has it all, from just-opened joints ripe for discovery to established eateries for the perfect pickup, including the likes of 1961 for eye-catching sushi and fusion cuisine plus poké bowls from Ma’loa. Moreover, during lockdown the Discoeat team are making a special effort to boost restaurant businesses: the site will not charge commission on any pickups or deliveries during the rest of 2020, and you can spread some extra love yourself by making a donation when ordering from your favorite eatery. What better way to support your local? (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Ma’Loa Poké Bowl, Unser Café Berlin & Mina Aichhorn)

Discoeat: you can book pickup and delivery via the app.

@discoeat.de

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ATELIER OBLIQUE — LUXURY SCENTED CANDLES AND UNISEX FRAGRANCES

ATELIER OBLIQUE — LUXURY SCENTED CANDLES AND UNISEX FRAGRANCES

The town of Grasse in southern France is the setting for Patrick Süskind’s book Perfume and is known as the world capital of fragrance – it’s also where Berlin-based Atelier Oblique’s perfumes are developed. Bohemian Woods, Marble Sea and Voodoo Flowers are the dreamy titles of the scents created by label founder Mario Lombardo in collaboration with up and coming Parisian perfumer Serge de Oliveira. Each perfume combines aromas for base-, middle- and top notes: the Bohemian Woods for example features red pepper, saffron and incense, while White Light blends fig, orange blossom and jasmine. Fragrances have a very special meaning for Mario, bringing back memories of his native Argentina, which he had to leave when he was five. This experience led him to develop another product called the Alphabet Collection, a range of 27 scented candles, each combining a letter of the alphabet with a unique olfactory bouquet. A wonderful gift idea, these high quality candles are as easy on the eye as on the nose with their beautiful hand-painted glasses and elegant type. Time to treat yourself! (Text: Annika Hillig / Photos: Savannah van der Niet)

Order online before 20.12.20 and you can get a 20 percent discount on the Alphabet Collection with the code getcozy2020.

Atelier Oblique, Almstadtstr.5,10119 Berlin–Mitte; map
Mon–Fri 10–18h, Sat 12–18h

@atelier_oblique

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CHANGING THE WORLD ONE HOUSEPLANT AT A TIME — A LONG READ BY SIDNEY VOLLMER

CHANGING THE WORLD ONE HOUSEPLANT AT A TIME — A LONG READ BY SIDNEY VOLLMER

When Sidney Vollmer and his daughter water their houseplants, they greet them with a “hello”. The Amsterdam-based writer has used the time at home this year to transform himself – and his daughter – into green-fingered plant advocates, as he explains in his long read How we are going to save the world with houseplants. For Vollmer, caring for the plants in our homes is a first step towards living a more ecological life, and this led him to turn his lockdown hobby into an initiative for global change. His goal is simple: use the power of plants to improve the environment beyond your front door, whether by sowing flower beds on your local street or handing out cuttings and seeds to people in need of some green. The benefits of spreading nature are countless, from improved air quality inside to calmer, more livable cities outside. The result: a cleaner planet and happier people. Vollmer’s plan for change started with mini pots of sweet peas and avocados watered by his daughter. What little plant will inspire you to make a big change? (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Pflanzenfreude.de & Cassidy Phillips)

Sidney Vollmer’s long read can be found on Thejoyofplants.co.uk, a partnership with Flowercouncil of Holland
 

@thejoyofplants

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AFORA: BERLIN FASHION LABEL FOR SUSTAINABLE BASICS FOR EVERYONE

AFORA: BERLIN FASHION LABEL FOR SUSTAINABLE BASICS FOR EVERYONE

Looking for good quality basics that you can combine with anything? Then Afora is for you! The Berlin fashion label came into being in 2019 as the dream of fashion designer Tine, who after thirteen years in the industry knew exactly what her brand would be about: fair and honest products, good manufacturing techniques and high-quality fabrics. The range features well-done basics – hoodies, simple T-shirts, oversized shirts and casual trousers – with relaxed fits and unisex styles. All for All: that’s what the name Afora means. The brand’s sustainable, fair production methods are fully disclosed on the website, which explains the design, sourcing and costs of each garment. Their Turkish-Dutch partner guarantees production standards throughout the supply chain, with cotton sourced directly from nearby fields in Turkey. The resulting products show that it is possible to have sustainability at a manageable price point, and the garments’ longevity is itself resource-saving. Even more good news: from Monday you can order a new range of knitwear too! (Text: Annika Hillig / Photos: Afora.World, Lexi Sun & Benjamin Heinrich)

Afora basics can be ordered online for delivery or pickup at their Friedrichshain studio.

@afora.world

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