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Wrap Your Presents in the Art of Zebu at Bikini Berlin

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The Bikini Berlin is never short of a lovely surprise when it comes to using their amazing space for beautiful creative projects. Just like last year they have teamed up with an artist duo to transform the center of the concept shopping mall into a wonderland for the senses. Combining a fun photo wall, a greeting card station, a present wrapping service and a cute little winter punch booth the colorful illustrations of the lovely guys from Zebu magically materialized as a little playground full of curious animals and creatures.

The heart of the installation is the free Christmas wrapping service in the middle where you can bring all your Christmas presents to be masterfully wrapped in the exclusive paper designed by Zebu for Bikini Berlin. Or if you are crafty you can also swing the scissors and ribbons yourself at the big self-service tables. The paper comes with three artworks that represent different aspects of Christmas and embody the style of the two artists perfectly. The fact that they love to work with animals makes so much sense given you are looking straight into the monkey house of the Zoo right next to the mall through its big panorama window. In fact the sheets look so cool that you could as well frame them and hang them in your house as art prints.

The postcard station offers your the possibility to either send Christmas greetings to your loved ones (Bikini Berlin will cover the postage) or cut out and fold the animals to start your own little zoo. It’s all too cute!

Frank by Frank
on December 8th, 2017
in Misc.

So What? It’s Berlin!

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It’s Monday, guys and you’re just rolling out the club heading straight to work not having changed or showered in 3 days. So what? It’s Berlin!

This video by comedian Daniel-Ryan Spaulding hilariously mocks some of the biggest cliches of our outrages Berlin lifestyle. It’s so painfully true sometimes the only thing you can do is laugh at the absurdity. Probably the funniest Berlin video ever! But see for yourself.

Frank by Frank
on December 4th, 2017
in Videos

Angela Merkel’s Eye Roll Problem

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With this year’s election results and the failing coalition negotiations you would think that Angela Merkel has more reasons than ever to roll her eyes. All that on top of all the megalomaniac male presidents she has to deal with on a daily basis. I think the occasional eye roll is totally understandable. However, it’s not so practical when in fact you want to maintain a serene pokerface…

Frank by Frank
on November 29th, 2017
in Videos

A Monument made of Buses at Brandenburger Tor

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A couple of days ago a quite unusual sight came into being at Brandenburger Tor. Three disused busses where erected like poles right by the backside of the gate. What is the meaning of that you might wonder? The installation was made by the artist Manaf Halbouni and it was already on display in Dresden earlier this year. It caused a bit of protests from the right wing, but generally people were quite stunned by it.

But what is the meaning of these mysterious busses? The installation is a reference to a photo that was taken in 2015 in war-ridden Aleppo. It showed busses that were put up just like that as shields against the gunfire. Titled “Monument” the piece is calling for awareness of this horrible war that is still going on today.

Frank by Frank
on November 15th, 2017
in Art

The Tanqueray Drinks Club: Creating Your Own Gin & Tonic

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It’s the Berliners’ favorite long drink: the Gin & Tonic. It’s so simply and pure. But after being the number one for so long, isn’t it time to mix it up a bit?

That’s pretty much what the Tanqueray Drinks Club hosted by the boys from Salt & Silver at the lovely Infarm space was all about – finding ways to bring your own special flavor to this classic drink. Mixing a Gin & Tonic certainly doesn’t have to end with the gin and the tonic water. The possibilities to create a more refined version by adding more ingredients while maintaining the freshness of the classic long drink are basically endless.

As we learned from award-winning mixologist Atalay Aktas a whole range of herbs, berries and exotic fruits offer themselves as natural components. It does make sense because gin is already infused by herbs, why not add fresh ones? And the fruits create the perfect counterpart for the strong herbal flavors to bring a bit of sweetness to the mix.

What really made a difference to me in the end was the addition of liquors or bitters. They really bring an originality of taste to the Gin & Tonic that almost elevates the long drink to a cocktail while still being fairly easy to mix. It was certainly an experience that gave us a better understanding of the versatility of the Tanqueray & Tonic. To wet your appetite we have some impressions of the evening for you!

Frank by Frank
on November 13th, 2017
in Events, Photos

Street Art Intervention: Demonic Beauties from Berlin in the Paris Metro

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Berlin’s iconic subway has gotten its fair share of street art interventions, such as the train filled with leaves or the one equipped with extra surveillance cameras. Our subway stations also got temporarily adorned with some bold graffitis like the big smiley or the two hands.

Berlin-based artist and street art interventionist Vermibus also once used the Berlin subway stations as a gallery. For his bizarrely obscured advertising posters of fashion and beauty products he changes the perfect models into demonic creatures by painting over the prints with dissolvent. His work also made its way through Europe in the following years. His latest series brought him to the Metro in Paris. What a perfect match these fashion demons are for Paris!

If you want to see his work up-close and personal you should come to his new solo exhibition In Absentia that will open this Thursday on November 9th 2017 at Open Walls Gallery and run through November 25. Enjoy a making of video of his Paris intervention below.

Frank by Frank
on November 8th, 2017
in Art

The Vivid Colors & Striking Textures of Berlin

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photos: Robert Kleinfeld

Of all the things that people say about Berlin, one thing that I can hardly argue with is the fact that it’s not exactly the prettiest city I’ve ever seen. There are obvious historic reasons for that, but it doesn’t excuse that Berlin lacks a certain amount of color, expressiveness and playfulness when it comes to its appearance. It’s a shame really, there would be so much potential for it. But the architecture and city designs stays quite tame, plain and low-key.

There are a few examples that bring a bit of excitement into the cityscapes such as the many street art murals, some hidden architectural gems, a few iconic sights and a couple more interesting buildings. I’m glad we have those. But they are surrounded by so much grey it’s sometimes just hard to see them. The beauty of Berlin really often lies in the details. And for those we have to look more closely.

Photographer Robert Kleinfeld did just that for his new photo series Minimalist Architecture. With his photographs he brings out some vivid colors, fascinating textures and strong contrasts that might get lost in the bigger picture, but totally stand out when you put all your attention to them. I especially enjoy the contrasts of the bright buildings with their sharp lines and the almost stylized blue skies. It’s a pleasure for the eyes to see Berlin with such majestic blue skies after we’ve seen mostly grey in the last few weeks.

Frank by Frank
on November 6th, 2017
in Photos

12 Awesome Berlin Food Innovations you need to know

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Berlin is our culinary wonderland with so many interesting new places, products and projects popping up all the time that bring pleasure to our tastebuds. We teamed up with the Berlin Foodie Guide – the new culinary platform from our partner Priceless® Berlin – to discover the latest food trends and novelties for you guys. Earlier this month we visited the Berlin Food Week which was pretty much an explosion of culinary inspiration for us. Alicia got a taste of the latest gastronomy trends in Berlin at the Food Clash Canteen event. You can see her review over at the Berlin Foodie Guide. And I took a closer look at food projects that were presented at the House of Food.

The House of Food brought together some of the most innovative and exciting food entrepreneurs under one roof who presented their projects at little booths and during a series of workshops on stage. There was really a lot to discover and especially the projects from Berlin were interesting to us. There were food apps, gourmet stores, innovative new products and online shops

Frank by Frank
on October 27th, 2017
in Food, Products, Shops

The Watching Eyes at Kottbusser Tor

Eyes on Kreuzberg Zentrum Kottbusser Tor Berlin

For a few weeks now a quite special installation has been gracing the Kreuzberger Zentrum at Kottbusser Tor. Hanging from the balconies of the apartments you can see black and white close-ups of the eyes from the residents of the building. The installation wants to give a face and a voice to the people who live there and who are under threat to be pushed out of their homes due to the usual real-estate nightmare that’s going on in the city. I think it’s a good idea to protest the developments in this way because for those real estate investors often the people are just numbers on paper, their lives and their stories don’t matter to them, mostly because they are invisible to them. But they are real people and it’s about time that all the real estate sharks are faced with the reality of them. They are watching you now!

Frank by Frank
on October 10th, 2017
in Art, People, Stories

An Antidote for the Missing Summer in Berlin

Summer Break by Niv Shank

Heading into the colder season I find myself oddly disappointed with what is normally the highlight of the year: Summer in Berlin.

I know, what is the point of lamenting it any further. It is what it is, and there were a couple of nice days. So we shall not complain too much. But you can’t take the summer away from the Berliner and at the same time also his right to complain. You need to leave him at least one!

I don’t see myself as someone who complains much about the weather. I try to keep an optimistic spin on things. But hell, this year really stretched my limits. I wasn’t at the lakes once this year, because on those 3 days where it would have been possible I had to work. This is not ok. We Berliners have to suffer through so many grey months and cold weathers the short but intense summers are completely necessary for us to recharge our batteries (and good will). I looked at those last couple of months pass by us without giving us much of a summer with great frustration. The temperatures were so skewed I think I have never felt cold and sweaty at the same time this often (maybe it’s also my progressing age?). And on top of that I even missed the train to book a end-of-season short trip South to get my summer fix and now it feels a little too late for that.

Frank by Frank
on September 20th, 2017
in Videos