“Your post has been removed as it doesn’t follow our community guidelines.” The controversial, arbitrary and often discriminatory rules governing which body parts can and can’t be shared on Instagram goes directly against the platform’s own mission to be “an authentic and safe place for inspiration and self-expression.” Rallying against this problematic digital reality with a showcase of images that would all transgress these censorship policies is the exhibition Uncensored Berlin (7.-10.12.2018) hosted by I Heart Berlin. The event features the work of artists such as Aja Jane, Cochon de Cauchemar, Ema Discordant, Spyros Rennt, Tea Marta and many more. Come by and indulge your voyeurism in celebration of the body positivity, gender inclusivity and sexual liberation this city, its artists and its muses have become renowned for. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos (clockwise): Mischa Badasyan, Spyros Rennt, Eylül Aslan)
Long-time readers of the newsletter may recall Cee Cee Lessons, our 2016-launched “hands-on” format featuring workshops and lectures. From concrete pouring to letterpress printing and tea brewing, each lesson sees a small group connect, learn and make, guided by an expert in their field. Ahead of 2019, we’ll be hosting the relaunched lessons series in collaboration with Roe & Co.llective by Dublin-based brand Roe & Co, which is dedicated to celebrating the strength in community and how the best out of togetherness by also reimagining the ordinary. To this end, we’ve partnered with an exciting lineup of hosts: first up, this Saturday (1.12.2018), furniture maker Alex Valder of Maison Maria Odelga will teach us how to build a bespoke sideboard. We’ve got a few tickets to give away: to be in to win, email us with why you should be there. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Maison Maria Odelga, Cee Cee Creative)
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Since Glass closed in early 2018, food critics have been waiting with bated breath for Gault Millau-awarded Israeli chef Gal Ben-Mosche’s next move. The answer is Prism, and the concept consists of the same trademark quality and creativity made a notch more accessible. Don’t be fooled by the dramatic interior and theatrical lighting — the service here is friendly. One of Germany’s top 50 sommelières, Jacqueline Lorenz is as affable as she is knowledgeable; particularly impressive is her range of Middle Eastern wines. The smoky Château Ksara Chardonnay Cuvée du Pape 2015 from Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley superbly balances with the first round of the (fairly priced) “social menu” (all eight dishes presented as sharing plates over three courses): Armenian cucumber with sesame, labneh and sumac, chopped liver with foie gras, apple and onion and yellowfin tuna with okra, purslane and jameed. And to finish? The evocative “olive oil, mandarin, almond” dessert embodies the finesse and vision of this talented young chef. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Ben Fuchs)
What if decorating your apartment for the festive season could double as investing in practical, beautiful objects you can use all year around? This is the idea at Granit this December. The considered homeware brand — which has slowly but steadily been expanding south since being founded in Stockholm in 1997 — abides by the principle of aesthetic function. In the words of Granit’s Europe and Franchise Manager, Katarina Grapengiesser, “we always strive to see the functionality in something and are super happy if we find a dual purpose. Our range should not only be super practical, but add aesthetic value. We are neutral in both our materials and our colors, which makes allows objects fit in all kinds of homes.” Following locations in Mitte, Charlottenburg, and recently, the new East Side Mall, Schönebergers are the latest Berlin denizens to be graced with a convenient Granit outpost. With a product range encompassing kitchenware, gardening, storage, textiles and even clothing and body care, it’s hard to come away empty-handed. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Granit)
Ever had the chance to play host in a grand six-room Berlin Altbau? Your opportunity to do so — whatever the occasion may be — presents itself at Gebrüder Fritz (“Brothers Fritz”, named after the architects who built it in 1899). In a prime location just off Kurfürstendamm, a stylish, spacious (330 sqm) and adaptable apartment has been transformed into a premium event space. Stucco, parquet and wing doors set a sophisticated tone throughout the six rooms, which have been designed to convey a distinctive mood with carefully-chosen furniture and floral arrangements. We’re particularly partial to the peaceful “Grünothek” library, not to mention the generous kitchen, which is fully equipped for catering purposes. Available for rent exclusively in its entirety to corporate customers, Gebrüder Fritz also offers customized event consultation and design for company gatherings, workshops, photo shoots and dinners (the list goes on). If, as they say, location is everything, this address is one to etch into your little black book. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Gebrüder Fritz)