Buying your first kitchen is a daunting process. It involves a lot of planning and you can end up spending more than you expect. The all-important question of design is where Reform comes in. Reform works alongside the world’s most talented architects and designers, including Berlin-based Dane Sigurd Larsen, Cecilie Manz, Bjarke Ingels Group, Afteroom, Norm Architects and more. They design everything you see, including the fronts and countertops, while the nuts and bolts of the kitchens come from Ikea. Reform offers a middle ground between mass-production and costly custom design, and this shows when you visit their elegant showroom at Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz. Founders Michael Andersen and Jeppe Christensen cite the “simple and clean design language” of Scandinavia as their guide, and this simplicity extends to creating your Reform kitchen. Just come to their showroom with your Ikea plans or a sketch and choose from the multitude of finishes, including solid wood, stainless steel and concrete, to create a kitchen that’s truly your own. Today Reform has showrooms in Denmark, New York and Berlin, with new branches in Cologne, Hamburg and Los Angeles to follow in autumn. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Reform)
HOUSE OF VANS BERLIN POP–UP: A WEEKEND CELEBRATION OF LOCAL ART, SKATING, MUSIC AND STREET CULTURE
Grab your skateboard and brush up on your technique this weekend; we’re headed to Berlin’s newest pop-up skatepark to compete in the best trick competition. But maybe your skate skills are a little too rusty, and you’d rather watch from the sidelines alongside street art, local skate brands, and free concerts. This weekend, House of Vans, Mecca for skate culture stalwarts, will host their biggest event to date in Berlin: a three-day celebration of our boundless creative scene. Hear live music from alt rock to rap to indie from Octavian and Nothing But Thieves amongst the eleven musicians and DJs performing. Go under the gun for a flash tattoo by Max Ludwig or browse the community market for labels like Shanghai Tofu and Champagne Towers. Art on display ranges from contemporary graffitists to vintage rave posters from the ’90s, chronicling skate culture in Germany. The festivities this weekend are all free, so check the program to join in on the fun. (Text: Michael Rice / Photos: House of Vans)
30 HOURS OF MUSIC: THE MAERZMUSIK FESTIVAL SAYS GOODBYE FOR THIS YEAR WITH THE LONG NOW
What better place to forget about the passing of time than an old disused power plant? For the MaerzMusik – Festival for Time Issues, Kraftwerk fits perfectly as a venue. For the fifth year in a row, the series concludes its program amongst Mitte’s monumental industrial architecture: The Long Now, a 30-hour concert and performance marathon, transforms sweeping factory halls into a mix of temporary autonomous zone and time capsules. What sets the event apart from other Berlin club nights is the incomparable musical variety brought to the stage by the curators Berno Odo Polzer, Laurens von Oswald and Harry Glass: while wandering through the halls, visitors can immerse themselves in the microtonal melodies of Berlin-based group Tonaliens, listen to the experimental turntable compositions of British-born Shiva Feshareki and experience the legendary composition “The People United Will Never Be Defeated” by the pianist Frederic Rzewski. If you want to succumb to The Long Now without interruption, then you’re in luck: the organizers even provide beds for your comfort. (Text: Laura Storfner / Photos: Camille Blake)
SPRING BEAUTY UPDATE AND WELLNESS MOMENTS: OUR FAVORITE SALONS ON TREATWELL
When it’s time to bid farewell to winter skin, leave it to the professionals. And because the world of beauty oases is so vast, the Treatwell app can help you discover new salons 24/7. To make it even easier, we’ve compiled some of our current favorites. A new discovery is Emma, whose minimalist interior relaxes you from the moment you walk in. With their “Augen-Treatment” they’ll shape and tint your eyebrows or eyelashes and even offer an ultrasound facial with hyaluronic acid. One of Cee Cee’s all time favorites is MDC Cosmetics where the facials are approached holistically and always include valuable nutritional tips. Mühle has a different focus: shaving culture. Whether bearded of clean-shaven, all trims are given the royal treatment at this barber. And when it comes to haircuts, we like to go to Wheadon where scalp scrubs and oil therapy are only the start to luxurious self-care. Last but not least, you can’t forget a little primping! At Isla (also a Cee Cee favorite), you can get fresh nail art to polish it all off. Look, book, and go out and enjoy – all on Treatwell!
Music can help us make sense of today’s topsy-turvy world, so it’s fitting that MaerzMusikby the Berliner Festspieleis returning on 22.03.2019 with another ten-day program of musical investigation. The festival has always sought to address the concept of time, and this year, artistic director Berno Odo Polzer has taken the bold step of looking back in time – exploring history to help process the present. The opening concert, featuring Frederic Rzewski and Horațiu Rădulescu, is accompanied by the tagline “The People United Will Never Be Defeated,” borrowed from the Chilean nueva canción unity movement of the 1970s. As ever, the festival embraces diversity in presentation, such as Elaine Mitchener who brings history into the present with performance combining music, improvisation and movement. Besides music, events include films, installations, discussions, readings, and even an overnight stay – Useless Land– where festival-goers spend the night listening to readings of literature recounting pre-industrial humanity. While most MaerzMusik events are free to attend, tickets for paid events are available online. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Berliner Festspiele, Guido Mencari & Burkhard Peter)