Immerse Yourself in the Fun Interactive Exhibition at the Magnum House of Play

Immerse Yourself in the Fun Interactive Exhibition at the Magnum House of Play

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The Magnum House of Play is the gift that keeps on giving! When you enter the place that was set-up in a former church you can discover one interactive installation after the other that invites you to play around, take photos and just enjoy the lighter things in life. From a huge golden swing in the center, over a pool of balls, a rocking horse, hula hoops, a doodle wall, and several games and fun photo backgrounds you will never run out of opportunities to feel like a kid again and just play. All of the installations have been done with so much love for details that you just don’t want to leave them at all.

The center of the House of Play is the DIY Magnum bar with a big chocolate fountain where you can customize your own Magnum with different chocolate coats and toppings. Finally, a Magnum made just for your desires.

You can visit the House of Play at the Elisabethkirche in Invalidenstraße every day until Sunday, June 23rd from 13-20h. And the best thing is: it’s totally free of charge. Of course, the place is quite kid-friendly, so bring the little ones for some good old fun.

To give you a bit of a preview here are some impressions from the opening on Wednesday that also saw some famous Berliners including Palina Rojinski, Marina Hoermannseder, Dawid Tomaszewski, Nikeata Thompson, Ricardo Simonetti, and Jack Strify.

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A Berlin Guide to Urban Industrial Vintage Design

A Berlin Guide to Urban Industrial Vintage Design

One of the many facets of Berlin that people really love and cherish is the rough, urban and industrial style of the city. It’s something that Berlin has in common with places like Brooklyn or South East London. But combined with Berlin’s history, the division, the Soviet influence of the East, it developed a quite particular style that sets it apart from the other cities. Raw brick walls and concrete, factory lamps and Edison light bulbs, this is pretty much an aesthetic you will see all over the world. But Berlin adds old GDR relics, remains of the Soviet military, and remnants of old industries that were specific to Germany. The outcome is a unique mix of history, design, and patina that feels specific to Berlin.

In our newest guide, we want to introduce you to 3 shops that have specialized in industrial vintage design, all of which combine common aesthetics with more particular ones. We love all three of these shops as they capture so much an essential part of the style of Berlin. Enjoy!

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Kinky Fine Dining Deluxe: Culinary Climaxing at The Noname

Kinky Fine Dining Deluxe: Culinary Climaxing at The Noname

With its mysterious name, the Berghain-esque “no” at the door, and the fully curtain-covered windows the new fine dining restaurant “The Noname” in Mitte certainly sets out to provoke some curiosity. When entering through its ceiling-high white curtains it feels a lot like unveiling a well-kept secret – one that is sitting right in front of your eyes on the busy Oranienburger Straße at the front of the Heckmannhöfe.

The plissee-covered walls, luxurious crown molding, antique bar, and chandeliers set the stage for a highlight that juxtaposes the aforementioned interior: A mural of a woman tied up in bondage ropes that extend into the room in an installation of actual ropes. It’s a daring image for a fine dining restaurant with an expected upscale audience – but one that is quite fitting both for the neighborhood and Berlin’s general tendency for kinkiness.

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A Guide to Public Pools in Berlin

A Guide to Public Pools in Berlin

When it’s really hot in Berlin and the time is to short to go outside of the city to the lakes the only other option to cool down a bit is hitting the pools! Luckily, Berlin has a whole bunch of them from traditional public swimming pools, to cool urban pools and spas with open-air pools – there is something for every taste.

So it’s time for you to pack up your swimsuit, smack on some sunscreen and head out to the public swimming pools of Berlin for a refreshment!

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Experience a Visit at Berghain in Virtual Reality

Experience a Visit at Berghain in Virtual Reality

I honestly feel a bit guilty for posting yet another thing capitalizing on the fame of Berghain, but on the other hand, I know people are just gonna love it. And I don’t want to be in the way of that fun.

So, Berghain as made its way into the virtual world: Someone recreated it in Minecraft and Mixmag published a walk-through on Facebook yesterday. It’s quite rich in detail which is really impressive. It’s fun to trace your own steps through the infamous club and even walk corners you haven’t been before. My personal highlight is the little bat flying around in the place. Cute.

.Enjoy the experience and visit the empty virtual techno temple in the video below. Spoiler alert: It’s not really the same as going there IRL… 😉 Kudos to whoever created this…

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How Berlin Creatives Became My Endless Source of Inspiration

How Berlin Creatives Became My Endless Source of Inspiration

Before starting iHeartBerlin my life was not remotely as colorful and filled with creative minds as it is now. Without ever planning to, the blog enriched my life with so many encounters with wonderful people that became my endless source of inspiration. I met designers, that inspired me to start organizing fashion shows. I met store owners that made me create my own products, DJs that led me to run my own parties, dancers that got me involved into the theater scene, artists that became part of my exhibitions.

Up until that point, inspiration was mostly something I had to figure out by myself. And I was ok with that. I don’t remember having role models, or people that I aspired to. It took the perspective of a publication like iHeartBerlin that taught me to open my mind to what other people do, to appreciate their influence and let their creativity color my own. While writing about their work some aspects of their mindset seeped into mine, drop by drop. I was pulled into their worlds that were often so far from my own. But these foreign contexts shaped me like hardly anything else in my life.

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A Berlin Guide to Breakfast & Coffee in the Sun

A Berlin Guide to Breakfast & Coffee in the Sun

Berlin offers a plethora of wonderful places with amazing coffee, breakfast and brunch options. But especially now in the sunny months of the year what we are really craving for is enjoy all of this outside in the sun. And here it becomes tricky because not every cafe has a great outdoor area. Sometimes they are a little too cramped at the side of the sidewalk, totally in the shade or not very big. We’ve gone around to some of our favorite places to test their outdoor areas for optimal sunshine and present you here our pickings in our new sunny breakfast guide. Enjoy!

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Reference Berlin: A Creative Festival Challenging the Standards of the Fashion World

Reference Berlin: A Creative Festival Challenging the Standards of the Fashion World

With Reference Berlin the fashion scene got a new highlight that we have long been waiting for. While the regular Fashion Week is performing a dying swan dance for the last couple of seasons, it is independent events like this that give us life.

Reference Berlin has certainly decided to go a different path. That becomes obvious when you notice how little “actual fashion” was presented at what was dubbed a 24h festival for creativity. It was a bold statement in itself and also a refreshing effort to create something different that feels more in line with our current mindset during a time of so many changes in the industry.

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Berlin is… European

Berlin is… European

photo: Neil H / CC

When I travel to foreign continents and get asked where I am from, my answer is often: “I am from Europe”. I never really thought about what this means until the Brexit vote. It’s not that I don’t want to say that I am from Germany (because whoever asks is probably going to demand a more precise answer anyway and I will give it). It’s not a lack of national pride; it’s more a sense of international unity within my own continent. I am happy to be German, but I am proud to be from Europe. Being born and raised in an isolated country like the GDR, the sense of freedom after the reunification was amazing.

I grew into an adult benefiting from the bond that the European countries had formed with one another after being in conflict for centuries. For me this became the status quo. I could travel, study, live and work in all of the other countries without problems, which many of my class mates actually did, going to France or the UK after school. When many of the countries even started to share one currency it became even more united. Going to Madrid or to Rome over the weekend to visit friends or just have a good time, this no longer felt like taking a vacation in a foreign country. It felt like something else…

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Brexit in Berlin: These British Expats Weigh in on the Effects of Britain Leaving the EU

Brexit in Berlin: These British Expats Weigh in on the Effects of Britain Leaving the EU

photos: Andrea Lavezzaro. 

One thing we can easily agree on: Brexit fucking sucks. The idea to separate from a union like the EU in times of global uncertainty is just… well: a bad one! Especially considering the way it went. Of all the things that have gone wrong in the EU, this is certainly the most tragic one to date.

We are still not sure if anything is going to happen. With all the delays it feels like a bit of an irony that Brits can vote for European Parlament this week, not even sure if they will be part of it much longer. But what is also uncertain, and this is the biggest sting for us as such a multicultural platform, is the future of all these non-British people living in Britain and all the British ones living in other EU countries. When Brexit goes through, it seems like the days of free movement within Europe are over when it comes to Britain. It feels like a massive set-back.

Andrea Lavezzaro is a Brasilian photographer specialized in street and documentary photography who lives and works in Berlin, but often also in London. For her Brexit means traveling and working in London will become more complicated. This circumstance prompted the idea to talk with other people who will be affected by Britain leaving the European Union. For her new portrait series “Brexit in Berlin” she talked to Brits living in Berlin who voted to remain in the EU about how the change will affect their lives. To bring the whole political debacle into a more personal perspective we want to share their stories with you here.

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