Design from Berlin at the Hallesches Haus Holiday Market

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Hevan

If there is one Christmas Market in Berlin that will satisfy all those enthusiasts of contemporary design than it’s the one at Hallesches Haus at Tempelhofer Ufer. This place is going to become a new concept store and restaurant in the Spring of 2015, but in the meantime they use the space to do markets and events where they already present some of the brands they will be selling. What is quite remarkable about their curation is the fact that they sell a lot of products from local designers and labels. We salute this support of Berlin creativity and sure hope it’s going to be a success for all of them.

At their holiday market that will be open again this weekend they have  Berlin-based brands and product designers such as Urbanara, Juniqe, P&T Paper and Tea, Wednesday Paper Works, Assembly Line, Rag And Bone Man, Marc Schulthess, Tom Herz, Haenska Bags, HEVAN, LJ Lamps, Fundamental Berlin, and NUTSANDWOODS. But their selection goes far beyond Berlin. On the international front they have Iris Hantwerk, Normann Copehagen, The Future Mapping Company, Umbra/Shift, Broste, Mens Society, Nick Fraser, GPOD, CLAASSEN & PARTNER, FREUD, Pepe Heykoop, and Boskke. Of course there is also something to eat and drink at food booths by The Future Breakfast, Hirsch & Eber, Samurai Spoon, Matürlich, BRLO Craft Beer!, Blooming Juice, Berliner Winter, and Our/Berlin Vodka. Have a look after the jump to see some impressions from their first round last weekend and some of the local brands they carry.

Frank by Frank
on December 19th, 2014
in Kreuzberg, Market, Products

Berlin Art: An Interview with Pola Sieverding

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Some might call her art grotesque, others will call it majestic. In any case the artworks of the Berlin-based artist Pola Sieverding is one of a kind. Reflecting multiple aspects of masculinity her videos and photographs called our attention and made us curious for more. Therefore we connected with her to learn more about her vision and her artistic approach. Read the full interview and enjoy her sexual and sometimes revolting artwork.

Claudio by Claudio
on December 19th, 2014
in Art, People

A Berlin Christmas Gift Guide

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Fundamental Berlin

Christmas is only one week away and FUCK you didn’t get any presents yet for your loved ones :( We are here to help you and have collected some of the nicest gift ideas that we have come across in the last couple of months. The great thing in our list: A lot of things are less than 25 EUR so you will definately be able to afford a good chunk of it. And we have something for everyone: traditional gifts like socks (but unusual ones of course), typical friends gifts like picture frames, some jewellery for the girlfriend, t-shirts for the boyfriend, laptop bag for the brother, cookbook for the mother, leggings for the little sister and so much more. Enjoy our suggestions after the jump!

Frank by Frank
on December 18th, 2014
in Books, Products

A Winter Food Market & Christmas Lounge

A Winter Food Market & Christmas Lounge

This year is absolutely crazy in terms of Christmas, design and foodmarkets. Never were there so many new and alternative concepts out there like this months and we think the variety is just great. We tried to go to a couple of those markets, but to be perfectly honest in a lot of cases the Christmas spirit didn’t really kick in as we hoped it would. Long lines, booths running out of food too soon, lack of Christmas decoration and some other obsticles came in our way. But there is one little market that seems to have done it all right. Thanks to the fact it’s mostly known to insiders it is not as crowded as the other so you can actually enjoy your Chrismas punch in piece and don’t have to squeeze into the last little corner of the hut.

The Winter Food Market at the Audi quattro lounge is probably one of the nicest and most carefully decorated Christmas markets I have seen this year. The round tent makes the lounge seem like a snow globe full of Christmas spirit and cosyness and there is actually a real big snowglobe inside. The lounge inside the globe tent has a lot of warm and comfortable seating to enjoy your food and drinks and outside you have some of the best street food vendors in town includng Mogg&Melzer with their delicious pastrami sandwhiches, MariaMaria Arepas with some South American flavors, Cicciolina bringing you some Italian delicacies, Suppkultur with some Holiday soups, as well as roasted almonds and chestnuts and of course lots of Glühwein, freshly prepared with spices and fruits.

And on top of that every automobile lover will get to see some of the latest Audi quattro four wheel drive technology and some of their new car models in the cleverly designed exhibition lounge. Be assured, the four wheel drive will come in handy in the German winter.

The Winter Food Market and the Audi quattro lounge will be open daily until this coming Sunday at the free space next to Tacheles in Mitte. Enjoy some impressions and the details after the jump.

Frank by Frank
on December 17th, 2014
in Market

Dancing over Berlin – Fashion Shoot with the Staatballett Berlin

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Ballet dancing is one of the finest expressions of European culture. It created the creative base for today’s contemporary dance all over the world, and it’s also an art form with the perfect balance between lightness and power. Watching a ballet dancer perform is one of the most visually compelling experiences, and I am so glad that we have one of the most talented ballet companies here in Berlin: Staatsballett Berlin.

Combining their unique beauty with the rough urbanity of Berlin’s architectural landscape, we had a unique vision: shooting a fashion story showcasing a dance rehearsal on the rooftops of Berlin. Bringing new attention to the city’s rich cultural heritage, fashion photographer Olga Khristolyubova portrayed two of the most skilled dancers from Staatsballet: Sarah Mestrovic and Kevin Pouzou. Sarah is a native Berliner who has been enrolled in the company for ten years. She combines her artistic experience with a creative spark, making her move with lightness and passion over the roof of our shoot. Kevin is a french dancer who has been living and dancing in Berlin for 8 years now. His majestic beauty is nothing compared to his bravery and strength. Neither were afraid to move and bend over the abyss of the streets surrounding them; creating incredible images for us.

Since we shot on the last weekend of November, the air was already cold as ice, though the sun was fortunately shining. On top of their rehearsal gear, they wore Goose Feel down jackets and knits from We are Knitters: the perfect combination of warmth to help the dancers extend over the top of Berlin’s skyline, while also staying super-light and incredibly flexible so as to allow them to bend, leap and soar unimpeded while performing their magic. Enjoy the whole shoot after the jump, and stay tuned for the animated pictures soon to come.

Claudio by Claudio
on December 16th, 2014
in Fashion, People, Photos, Theater

Cinéma de Mode: Viktoria Modesta – Prototype

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At first glance, what captured my attention about Viktoria Modesta was the look in her eyes—they’re alluring, burning with ambition and sex appeal—and then, as the camera pans down in the music video for her single Prototype, I noticed something strange.  A needle held by surgical-gloved hands rose into the air, as did a gleaming knife marked in red, while she sat there in her thrown, surrounded by red-robed characters. We go on to discover that she sports a prosthetic left leg, seen as a source of power and revolution throughout the music video, which was made for Channel 4’s Born Risky campaign set to challenge society’s stereotypes.  And she does exactly that, strutting and dancing with a with a Swarovski leg and a bionic leg that gives Lady Gaga a run for her money, as the story raises her to a higher power, worshipped by the younger generation in secrecy. Many girls grow up dreaming of becoming pop stars, complete with a media-generated idea of the perfect body image. And now British singer, songwriter and model Viktoria Modesta is here to stomp all over that. Check out this rising star and fashion muse with her iconic leg, as well as the music video for Prototype after the jump.

Skylar by Skylar
on December 15th, 2014
in Art, Fashion

PANSY Presents Disney Darlings – Photo Retrospective

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Foto: Dima Povernov

We love to publish party pictures because it’s a way of showing the diversity of Berlins nightlife. Sometimes hip, rarely posh, trashy, glamorous and often underground, we tried to show you the multitude of the club and party scene.  Just before the weekend starts, we have some special eye candy for you showcasing the creativity of the drag scene of Berlin. Dima Povernov is a freelance photographer who took some pictures at Pansy Presents: Disney Darlings at Südblock a couple of weeks ago. If you want to see how the drag version of the Little Mermaid, the Queen of Hearts, Shir Kahn and all the other lovely disney characters looked, you should definitely check out the pictures after the jump.

Claudio by Claudio
on December 12th, 2014
in Fashion, Party, Photos

A Street Art Giant saying fuck off to Berlin?

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Photo: Marc Honninger

Last night the giant street art mural near Schlesisches Tor got painted over in pitch black. There are various speculations behind who did it and for which reasons. What I found most plausible was a statement found in a Polysingularity article, claiming that it was the italian artist Blu who commissioned the cancelation of his own artwork.

“(…)the artists decided to paint them all black, so that nobody can take advantage of the original work… A “fuck you” gesture towards the city, towards the real estate company, but most of all – to all the people who love this artwork and everything that it’s come to represent. The argument of the people who are doing that is that Berlin is not the same anymore, that the real estate company will just use the artwork to sell apartments more expensive, that a new statement needs to be made at this new moment of time… In a way, they are doing exactly what the artwork says: “reclaim your city”.”

The rest of the article goes on about how pessimistic the destruction of the artwork is. That it is not the right message the city needs right now in this turbulent time of turbo-capitalism & neoliberalism, remodelling Berlin into a Lego-Gotham.  Even if I can relate to the arguments, in regards to the artwork, I don’t agree 100%. I share my thoughts on the repainting, along with some videos showing the artist at work, after the jump.

Claudio by Claudio
on December 12th, 2014
in Art, Kreuzberg

Dance & Sensuality – The Pal Frenak Compagnie in Berlin

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The Hungarian Contemporary Dance Festival, that is happening here in Berlin at Dock11 from December 15th – 21st 2014, is bringing a very special dance company to our city. When I reviewed the program of the festival the Pal Frenak Compagnie really stood out as the highlight among all the participants. The Budapest and Paris-based company that has a long-standing history in both cities since 1998 is bringing something to our stages that we get to see quite rarely in contemporary dance here: sensuality. Whenever I see a dance piece here in Berlin I would describe the style as bizarre, destructive, conceptual and sometimes humorous – but never sensual. This seems to be some kind of taboo. With the performances of Pal Frenak this rule does not apply because he brings out the gracefulness and beauty of the human body and its movements in all of its glory and without coyness. His dancers create images full of sensuality bringing together impeccable choreographies with revealing physicalness. Get a taste of their work with some images of their current productions and don’t miss two opportunities to see them here in Berlin on December 12th at .CHB and on December 15th at Dock11. Check out the program of the Hungarian Contemporary Dance Festival here.

Frank by Frank
on December 11th, 2014
in Photos, Theater

Friends with Books – A Different Kind of Book Fair

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Doppell Edition – Eosmin

Are you friends with books? Do you have friends with books? By books I don’t mean Kafka, Harry Potter or Steven King. I’m talking about really special books with artsy content to contemplate about and wonder. Books that look really cool in any place inside of your apartment. Books that will inspire you to create collages. Books that will make you chuckle but you don’t know why. Books that will make your imagination go bananas, like in a Wes Anderson film. Books that when you by one only you and maybe 3-4 other really cool people will own. Welcome to the world of art book publishing.

Friends with Books is a new book fair dedicated to exactly these wonderful types of books. It will happen for the first time this weekend a Cafe Moskau. Not only will you be able to flip through and purchase the art books of over 100 artists and publishers from all over the world, you will also be able to join discussions, readings, book signings and performances, one of them being the live creation of the next edition of Messy Sky Magazine happening during the time of the book fair. After the jump we have selected some of the most interesting looking books from the Berlin-based participating publishers, along with the details about the fair.

Frank by Frank
on December 10th, 2014
in Art, Books