The Best Coffee Places in Friedrichshain

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photo: Aunt Benny

One of Berlin’s hottest neighborhoods, home to the longest surviving part of the Berlin Wall turned into the East Side Gallery, as well as some of the best clubs and bars, Friedrichshain couldn’t be missing from our coffee guide: little spots, great coffee. Some very dedicated coffee enthusiasts make sure each coffee experience we have in this neighborhood is an amazing one. Make sure you try these places out when you find yourself around this part of the city.

Stella by Stella
on September 19th, 2017
in Cafés, Friedrichshain, Misc.

Blogfabrik’s Content Creation Week 2017 Closing Party Photos

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Last week the co-working and project space Blogfabrik that we are a proud member of, hosted its very first content conference – the Content Creation Week – full of insightful workshops, inspiring speeches and panel talks with some of the most talented creative content creators of Berlin. It was an exciting week for us at Blogfabrik and we were thrilled to invite so many visitors into our space who were eager to learn from us. The week was a big success for us and I can confidently say this is probably going to happen again soon.

Of course every great event has to come to an end, and it should be celebrated accordingly. We took over our downstairs bar Feger at Oranienstraße and invited everyone involved and our guests to have a drink with us. I took some impressions of the party that I would like to share with you today. There are going to be more features about the Content Creation Week coming up at our Blogfabrik website, so stay tuned!

Frank by Frank
on September 18th, 2017
in Party, Photos

Berlin’s Iconic Subway Design as a foldable Chair & Table Set

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When product designer Stefanie Grau asked me if I would like to design a piece of furniture and become part of her newly formed grey collective I was more than thrilled to say yes. She had developed a set of chairs and a table that are fully foldable thanks to a high-tech fiber that connects all the parts. The idea is that when you fold the chairs or the table into its flat form they become canvases. So they are not only practical and easily stored, they can also become decorative items on your walls.

With a design so universal and minimal it really felt like the sky is the limit. Fellow collective members 44flavors created a quite colorful pattern, while Sara Parsons decided to go for a minimal design with lines and curves. Stefanie herself also designed a few sets going for subtle color surfaces and gradients.

For my own surface design I decided to do something very Berlin, giving a reference to one of the most iconic things we have here: Our yellow subway. I picked up the color palette and also created a version of the iconic blue and red seat pattern that incorporates yet another famous Berlin symbol (I detail which I dare you to find yourself!).

Frank by Frank
on September 15th, 2017
in Design, Products

A Preview of the Urban Nation Street Art Museum

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After a year of suspension and anticipation it’s finally the time: Germany’s first street art and urban art museum Urban Nation is celebrating its big opening this coming Saturday (September 16th 2017, at 19h) and we had the chance to take a sneak peek and snap some pictures in advance!

Urban Nation has a really compelling history here in Berlin. Founder Yasha Young started the project in 2013 by organizing exhibitions on the many empty facades of Berlin’s building. We owe many of Berlin’s cool street art murals to her. Before that she used to run an urban art gallery in Berlin and New York, but the few walls of a gallery space were simply not big enough for what she envisioned. With Urban Nation of course there was a masterplan behind it. Funded by the Berliner Leben foundation and designed by prestigious architecture bureau Graft she created the first museum for street art and urban art in Germany – right in the heart of Schöneberg. Thanks to the ever changing murals in the neighborhood the whole area around Bülowstraße has now been transformed into a hot spot for urban art. Whole building facades are covered with artworks there which is quite the contrast to the many grey residential buildings in Berlin.

Urban Nation aims to become not only an exhibition space for artists who used to present their work on the streets, but also an archive for urban art like it never existed before anywhere. It’s an exciting edition to the art and museum scene of Berlin and we are excited to see what the future holds for this place.

Make sure to join the grand opening reception on Saturday at 19h and the neighborhood fest that will happen on Bülowstraße surrounded by a lot of new artworks on the buildings and streets.

Frank by Frank
on September 15th, 2017
in Art, Galleries, Museums, Schöneberg

How Playgrounds Color Berlin’s Club Culture

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illustrations: Nicola Napoli

As far as I can tell, there is no greater threat to a child’s physical health than Berlin’s playgrounds. Don’t be fooled by their cute themes, like Underwater World (Kreuzberg), Dragonland (Friedrichshain), and Indiana Jones (Kurfürstendamm). Strewn about these playgrounds are sharp nuts and bolts, rough rope bridges, and slides of heat-inducting aluminum. But do Berliners seem to mind? Not one bit.

I’m convinced that Berlin’s playgrounds teach impressionable young Berliners to associate good times with the rusted nails, exposed wiring, and holes in the dirt. That’s why the most popular nightclubs among adult Berliners resemble decrepit playgrounds. Berliners have become masters of recreating the Lord of the Flies landscapes of their youths.
What’s interesting, however, is that this reenactment of childhood playtime doesn’t stop at shoddy construction. Here are a few other similarities I’ve noticed between playground and club fun.

by Guest Author
on September 14th, 2017
in Party, Stories

15 Highlights of the Berlin Art Week 2017

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Katja Novitskova at Sammlung Boros, photo: NOSHE

It might feel like in a such a creative city like Berlin every week is an art week, and that’s partly true. However, the amount of exhibitions, events, and fairs that start taking place today and last till the end of the week is simply astounding and it would be a shame to miss out. I know that the whole program might be a bit overwhelming, but that’s what we’re here for – just browse through our brief listing of the highlights and you’ll definitely find something that fits your interests, no matter if you’re into dance performances in the urban surroundings or photography documenting the civil rights movement.

Michalina by Michalina
on September 13th, 2017
in Art

Lollapalooza goes Berlin Horse Race – Festival Impressions

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After last year’s visit at the Treptower Park the joyful music carnival that is the Lollapalooza Festival unfolded its tent at the unusual location of the Hoppegarten horse race course. Embedded into the normally unused inner circle of the race course the festival had a much more straight-forward set-up than in recent years at the park and and the former Tempelhof Airport which made orientation much more efficient. It felt like it was also easier to locate and reach all the special areas of the festival such as the Fun Fair that was once again hosted by Absolut, the Kidzapalooza grounds and the Urban Nation exhibition cube.

Like last year we had the pleasure to visit the Lollapalooza with our partner Absolut. It was hard to miss their involvement in the festival thanks to their big bottle-shaped gate to the fun fair that also acted as a viewing platform, as well as multiple big glittering bottles. At the Absolut bar they served their newly revised Absolut Lolla cocktail made of Absolut Lime, wild berry soda and fresh berries. There was also a couple of other fun activities such as the photo booth, a flower crown workshop à la Midsommar and a little performance inspired by the Swedish tradition of Saint Lucy’s Day with illuminated creatures and a glowing unicorn. Some impressions of the visually stunning festival below…

Frank by Frank
on September 12th, 2017
in Music, Party, Photos

Soul Searching Done Right: How to Actually Find Yourself in Berlin

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I’m not really the quarrelsome type. I stand by what I believe in, but I’d never try forcing my spin on things upon you and I don’t mind exchanging thoughts with people that have different turns of mind. However, there’s this one declaration that invariably has the ‘’red rag to a bull’’ effect on me even on a small talk level.

I usually kind of feel it coming, because my interlocutor’s eyes inadvertently betray exactly what mood has just crept into the conversation. It can start inconspicuously with them admitting they actually did not go out last weekend, to which I can often relate. They usually mistake this for an invitation, and the first thing I know is them intimately leaning down in my direction and letting me in on the gist of their self-taught philosophy: ‘’Well, because, you know, Berlin is no place to settle down anyway, right?’’

Michalina by Michalina
on September 11th, 2017
in Stories

Everybody Dreams – A Dreamy Exhibition by JUNIQE & Casper in Berlin

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In a city of freelancers that take their home office very seriously and party people that are way too busy to squeeze in an appointment with their bed in their tight weekend schedule, sleep is a scarce, but very highly regarded commodity. If you’re like me, and you regard the time spent in bed as key to keep your creative juices flowing, you have to check out the upcoming Berlin Art Week events hosted by the lifestyle brand JUNIQE and Internet’s favorite mattress manufacturer Casper.

Michalina by Michalina
on September 7th, 2017
in Art

Apply for Grover’s Creators Program & Get Support for your Project

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Creating something entirely new and exciting is often just this one fabulous ideas away from you. An idea that might take you and others to new and uncharted places. But, without access to the right equipment many ideas end up being nothing but that thought in your head. But, technology is complicated, hard to access and unaffordable, right?

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Andy by Andy
on September 7th, 2017
in Products