The Granit Stores in Berlin: Simplify Your Life with Swedish Design

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Because Berlin is proud to be a city popular among expats, it never ceases to display a wide range of international approaches to things. The same goes for design and today we’d like to introduce Granit – a unique Swedish lifestyle brand that aims to help you organize your life so that you have more time to enjoy it.

This simple yet ingenious idea dates back to the spring of 1996, when Anett Jorméus and Susanne Liljenberg decided to open up a store specializing in functionality and storage. Their offer quickly expanded from interior decoration to products like bags, accessories, stationery, and even deli items. Read on to find out what makes their products stand out and where can you find them in Berlin.

Michalina by Michalina
on August 18th, 2017
in Shops

The Festival of Style and Culture: Bread & Butter by Zalando 2017

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Less than a month is left to what might be one of the most exciting weekends for Berlin. I know the stakes are high in this competition, but that’s no joke – there’s the highly anticipated Bread & Butter by Zalando (B&&B) – a fashion/music/food extravaganza happening Friday 1st through Sunday 3rd of September in the Arena Berlin, and if you care at all for any component of the aforementioned trifecta, you better save the date. Why? We have all the highlights and some tickets for you to win listed for you.

Michalina by Michalina
on August 18th, 2017
in Fashion, Party, People

This New Festival Brings Partying to a WHOLE New Level

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Aja Jane, photo: Walid Ghanem

Berlin’s queer nightlife is vibrant, diverse and yet divided, full of holes and ruptures. If you want your own little party island, you will find it but finding that one common ground seems almost utopian. But now, WHOLE United Queer Festival wants to prove that there can be a queer common ground where we put all differences aside and dance together – at Europe’s first queer electronic music festival! Anyone familiar with what’s hot and what’s not after sun set might rub their eyes looking at the festival collaborators  Pornceptual, Members, Riot, G Day, Female:Pressure, Liber Null Berlin, and TrashEra. It’s literally like your favorite Saturday nights went on a date and made a baby.

Andy by Andy
on August 16th, 2017
in Music, Party

The Pleasures of Berlin’s Abundance of Green

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Berlin’s green spaces are probably one of its most cherished assets – and rightly so. They are as diversified as the city itself and will easily transform according to your daily agenda, no matter if you need a sunny picnic spot, a peaceful field for your yoga session, or a chilled location to drink up your recent Späti purchases.

Indeed, 59% of Berlin’s whole surface has some vegetation going, and although this does not place our capital anywhere close to the top ten of Germany’s greenest cities (and 12% shy of Hamburg’s score), I like to think we’re doing our best. Just take a look at all the random plants people put on their balconies (or sometimes windowsills) in no particular order, giving a whole new meaning to the term ‘’urban jungle’’.

Michalina by Michalina
on August 15th, 2017
in Stories

Lipsticks & Attitude against Right-Wing Populism

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photos: Steven P. Carnarius

All this right-wing movement going on in the world right now, you got to be kidding me! These people need to get it together already. It’s 2017 for crying out loud, you would think by now we have all moved beyond being whiny-ass bitches scared of everything and everyone that is different than them. But apparently not, I guess it takes a couple more centuries to realize that we’re all different kinds of people living side by side and no-one’s taking anything away from anyone just by being there and being different and it’s all gonna be okay if we just stop waiving those torches and hayforks in the air like some mad medieval faire.

Given Germany’s shady history it’s all a bit more hush hush here with the right-wing shenanigans. But it’s there: the racism, the homophobia and transphobia, discrimination, assault; you name it – we got it! But sometimes we forget about it because the media is relatively calm about it. But talk to anyone who is not white and straight and they will be able to tell you stories that will make your toes curl.

Frank by Frank
on August 15th, 2017
in People

The Mysterious New Street Art Characters in Berlin

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Have you noticed anything new on the city’s walls recently? While strolling around Berlin, we keep bumping into these mysterious, eyeless ladies and gentlemen, giving us the sense of being spied on and maybe judged at the same time, for not looking as cool as them.

We couldn’t help but wonder who scatters these stylish figures around different corners of the city. Doing our little research, we found the art duo who spreads the acrylic love around, Kam and Laurene, who live between Paris and Berlin. Other than their street art, the duo paints on canvas and takes part in  exhibitions with their work, as well as collaborations with brands like the Pioc and Akasha. For more of these pretty figures, follow their work through their Instagram account.

Stella by Stella
on August 14th, 2017
in Art

The Unexpected Beauty of Berlin Captured by Konaction

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Konrad alias Konaction is one of the most important and influential Berlin Instagrammers, over 130 thousand followers speak for themselves. He is a master in capturing Berlin’s unusual, nonconformist beauty, in grey skies, concrete walls and geometrical shapes. Like hardly any other Instagrammer he has managed to keep a level of originality in his stream of photos that always makes you look forward to the next one, always makes surprised to see a side of the city that you never noticed before.

We met up with Konaction and talked about the usefulness of hashtags, photogenic hotspots and how he makes all of Berlin desire a Plattenbau apartment.

Andy by Andy
on August 11th, 2017
in People, Photos

The Party that Changed the Game of Berlin’s Nightlife

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Pornceptual is the unchallenged, sexiest Party in town: 4 years of conceptual porn, sensual photography, experimental videos, wild parties, and daily inspiration to live out our kinky side. Deeply rooted on Berlin’s underground scene, it’s hard to imagine the city without their bi-monthly, naked gathering. The one event that makes you think outside your normal party closet, or finally lets you dress according to your phantasies: In nothing or nothing more than fishnet. Although, Berlin has always been a place for sex-positivity, Pornceptual is a singular phenomenon. Despite hitting party mainstream, it has maintained its reputation as one of Berlin’s most revealing nights. It’s hundreds of naked bodies dancing, sweating, fucking, living. After all,  It’s just skin, it’s all human and it’s all beautiful! We collected some sexy, nude, extravagant memories of their fabulous first 4 years.

Andy by Andy
on August 10th, 2017
in Party, Photos

Berlin Biting you in the Ass

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photos: Tania Strauss

My story is not different from anyone who has moved to Berlin and got stung by its venom. The venom is strong enough to infect you and leave you alive with its side effects, happily suffering. My friend describes it as “Berlin biting you in the ass”. This is quite accurate. You see a bite in the ass leaves a mark, a literal mark and a feeling. So does Berlin.

I moved to Berlin exactly 300 days ago. Just writing this is making it even harder to believe. 300 days. That is the longest I have ever been away from home. Well, I am kind of confused now as to where home is, but Berlin seems the most appropriate next to this word. I have found a home in the coldest, greyest, probably cruelest city in Germany. It is also the coolest, most liberal, accepting and very different from the rest of Germany.

by Guest Author
on August 9th, 2017
in Photos, Stories

The Best Coffee Places in Kreuzberg

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photo: Auste Skrupskyte

Setting out to discover the best places one can enjoy their cup of specialty coffee, always-busy Kreuzberg was a stop we enjoyed making, full of cute little cafes, offering coffee that blew us away. Once you find yourself around there, make sure you don’t miss out on these places.

Stella by Stella
on August 7th, 2017
in Cafés, Kreuzberg