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Berlin Goods: Shoes by VELT

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There is an unbelievably high amount of fashion designers here in Berlin, but when it comes to shoes it’s quite a different story. Being a shoe designer seems to be a rare calling here in Berlin which is really disappointing for me because I really love shoes. However, the few local shoe labels have all the more attention and that is a good thing.

One of them is the Berlin-based label VELT that is currently hosting a pop-up shop at The WYE at Skalitzer Str. 86. Their menswear line of shoes is really the perfect mix of classic shapes and subtle colors with enough unusual and playful details to make this an interesting shoe while still being wearable and not too crazy looking for the less fashionably daring gender. I particularily like their new summer collection that features a few models with cut-outs. They’re not sandals, but still quite airy and perfect for warmer temperatures of the season. Have a closer look after the jump and make sure to try them on at the pop-up shop.

Frank by Frank
on April 16th, 2014
in Fashion, Kreuzberg, Places, Shops
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Exploring Berlin – Soviet Monument of Honor

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With longer daylight hours comes more time for nice walks in town. Most of the people living in Berlin have probably already taken plenty of walks through Mitte, visited the Museum Island or strolled through Mauerpark. But just a few have ventured out to Treptower Park to discover this impressive historical gem from the former GDR: The Soviet Monument of Honor. This monument was built in 1949 and is one out of three monuments built to remember the fallen soldiers from the red army.

What makes this monument so impressive is not only the giant statue of the child-saving soldier with the massive sword resembling more a knight from a fairy tale than of a Sowjet soldier. The gates to the monument are crystal-shaped pyramides that look like they were constructed for a space station from an alien nation. I guess the fascination for space and the idea of a Soviet world imperium already existed back then, continuing in the Cold War in the following decades.

I recommend to visit this place inside Treptower Park on a cloud free day to enjoy the view. The whole area and especially the soldier statues can give you goosebumps. I think getting in touch with this part of Berlin’s history is a stimulating experience not to be missed. More pictures after the jump.

Claudio by Claudio
on April 14th, 2014
in Places
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Nostalgia for Paradise – Kate Bellm & Edgar Lopez Exhibition

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Some people search for paradise in Berlin, some prefer to travel the world to find it. Like the artist couple Kate Bellm and Edgar Lopez. For two years they were “kidnapping moments” of beauty, passion, life and excitement around the world. Kate by taking photographs and Edgar by collecting objects and creating drawings. Now they came back to their home base and are ready to share with us their inspiring findings. Far from being traditional travel photos or documentation, they present a series of colorful fantastical, surreal and with highly tension charged imagery at the gallery space Pavlovs Dog. More impressions, the address and time after the jump.

Claudio by Claudio
on April 9th, 2014
in Art, Galleries
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Shop different at Bikini Berlin

Shop different at Bikini Berlin

On Thursday the highly anticipated Bikini Berlin opened its doors to the public after years of rennovations. What was once an old building with terrible shops is now a fancy, hipster shopping mall. Their slogan “Shop different” is really taken quite literal because this is surely not another Alexa. Instead of highstreet fashion you will find boutiques of local designers such as adddress, Umasan and Mykita, as well as concept stores with a mixed offering of international and local brands such as Acne, Stella McCartney and Esther Perbandt. You will find not only fashion but also exceptional interior design products for example in the amazing new Gestalten Gallery as well as books and selected design consumer electronics. Get a first impression with my photo set after the jump and than head over there, it’s also open on Sunday this weekend.

Frank by Frank
on April 5th, 2014
in Charlottenburg, Places, Shops, Tiergarten
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Visiting the Wemhöner Collection

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photo: Helmut Newton

I love it when I have to venture out of my comfort-zone districts to discover a new gallery, theater or art space. To visit the Wemhöner Collection that is open to public until May 18, you have to leave Mitte, Prenzlauber Berg and Kreuzberg behind and take a ride to far away Wedding. But the trip is definitely worth the effort. The exclusive insights into the collection will show works from Marina Abramovic, Helmut Newton, Andreas Mühe and many more. Avant-garde photography, light sculptures and impressive video installations curated by Philipp Bollmann will give you a little excerpt into the exclusive taste of the art collector Heiner Wemhöner. But the artworks alone are not the only reason for spending an afternoon in Wedding. The gallery space inside the Osram Höfe will make you gasp because of its sophisticated but rough Berlin style architecture. More impressions and information after the jump.

Claudio by Claudio
on April 2nd, 2014
in Art, Galleries, Wedding
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The Urban Greenhouse

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The Urban Greenhouse is a wonderful project from Denmark invinted by Line Grüner and produced by Anton Balle that is making its Berlin debut this Sunday at Urban Spree gallery. The 2sqm mobile greenhouse fits two chairs and a coffee table and about 1sqm of ground to grow whatever you like. It’s like a little green garden paradise in a box, on wheels.

Those wheels will make a little tour through Friedrichshain on Sunday and than at 15h will arrive at Urban Spree where it will remain until the end of June. Everyone who is curious about this cool invention is invited to drop by during the tour or at the opening reception at Urban Spree for a chat and some tea. Some more impressions and the details after the jump.


Frank by Frank
on March 28th, 2014
in Friedrichshain
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Bixels is back – Only this Week!

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The delicious baked potatoes of Bixels are dearly missed since the cute little restaurant at Mulackstraße had to close a few years ago. Luckily the Bixels potatoes pop back up every once in a while and we are always glad to get another chance to taste them. This week they have another one of those pop-ups at the Club der Polnischen Versager in Mitte. More details about after the jump.

Frank by Frank
on March 26th, 2014
in Mitte, Restaurants
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Closing of Peristal Singum – The End of the Magical Labyrinth

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photo: Karmanoia

Defining Berlin as a magic wonderland we are actually quite sad that one of our favorite playgrounds and Berlin’s most special experiences will close its doors this week. The magic labyrinth called Peristal Singum created by art collective and community Karmanoia inside the club Salon zur wilden Renate is a supernatural adventure into a psychedelic, artificial and very elaborate fantasy world. From tremendously funny to excitingly scary – entering the Labyrinth was always a roller coaster ride of emotions. This week is the last week of this famous location. And as usual in Berlin there will be a 4 days closing party to commemorate this wonderful place. I wish you will get a chance to experience it before it closes its doors. Opening times and the address after the jump.

Claudio by Claudio
on March 24th, 2014
in Art, Friedrichshain
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CLASHWALL – Be Part of the coolest Streetart Mural of Berlin

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Murals are one my favorite forms of art in public. I just love it when artists turn buildings into giant canvases. Not only do these artworks stand out by their size, they also change the city landscape into something creative that is much more than just concrete, steal and glass.

As part of Converse‘ SNEAKER CLASH series of artistic installations in 16 cities in Europe, the Middle East and Africa the three Berlin-based street artists and illustrators Wurstbande, Gogoplata and Rylsee will create the CLASHWALL here in Berlin. The CLASHWALL is a big mural covering the entire front of a house on Torstraße in Mitte with drawings that have been especially created based on the suggestions and sketches of street art and sneaker fans. Find out more about the artists, how to be part of the mural and the big live event here in Berlin after the jump.

Frank by Frank
on March 18th, 2014
in Art, Mitte
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Narrative Urban Poland

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Fans of street art should check out the opening of Narrative Urban Poland tomorrow at the Urban Spree gallery in Friedrichshain. It will showcase the artworks and a mural by four prominent street artists and painters from Poland: M-City, Magda Drobcyzk, Otecki and Zbiok. After the jump you can get a preview of the show, but you should definately enjoy it in the amazing space of the gallery.

Frank by Frank
on March 14th, 2014
in Art, Friedrichshain, Galleries
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