I love it when a new place near your home brings a lot of creative energy into the neighborhood. The sweet Serigraffeur Gallery is one of them. It is a new gallery/shop in Friedrichshain that opened in Spring and that offers a large collection of art prints like posters and handcrafted books. Thanks to a really simple way of showing the whole range of artists in poster displays, the small but pretty place changes its look almost every two weeks, and invites to events called “Accrochages” on Saturdays, with performances and/or concerts. The core of the collection mostly consists of the work of silkscreeners from Berlin. It’s already grown into a huge collective that gets bigger every single week with new local and international artists. This Saturday they will have a really spectacular art event called Japarade that sounds like real blast. Check out some images of the shop and the address after the jump.
What do we love about our city? What makes us wander around in search for adventure, fun, love or even happiness? Is it the expectation that we share with others about a better living? Is it the sparkle of unexpected beauty that we see through the cracks of the walls and the dirt on the street. When I arrived and settled in Berlin- Friedrichshain seven years ago it felt like coming home from a long journey. And this feeling never left my side.
One of the most amazing experience I made a couple of weeks ago when I had the chance to share all my favourite places in my neighborhood with my a slightly snobby, but very lovely Mitte-friends. And seeing my home kiez through their eye’s made me even prouder of where and how I live. We passed by all my favourite spots and documented it with the iPhone for the new Amble with Louis Vuitton App.
With Amble it is easily possible to create urban tours and share it with your friends. You can also follow the footsteps of other Amblers like Sofia Coppola, Anna de la Russo, Rachel Weisz and many more. After the jump you can see the lovely tour we made through Friedrichshain. Download the Amble with Louis Vuitton App to follow our tour or create your own Amble.
The Kurhaus Kursakow was the second place on my journey through Berlin’s most interesting restaurants with German cuisine. Located directly at Boxhagener Platz in Friedrichshain I was surprised that I never came across it although I have been living right around the corner not too long ago. But hey, better late then never!
My first visit to the Kurhaus a few weeks ago was absolutely pleasant. On the menu you’ll find very traditional German specialties for reasonable prices. My plate of Rouladen, which is one of my favorite German dishes, looked a lot like you would expect it from your loving German granny. Very yummie! With the traditional kitchy interior of the place you quickly feel at home here. For more impressions and details look after the schnaps.
The first open air of the season was a sysiphos – hit. While for some of us to stay on top of the facebook feed is a giant sisyphos work, for others it is to find the right place to dance the Sunday afternoon away. My good friends informed me soon enough that the Light and Love – Party was more of a Full and Mainstream – thing. So we decided to take a train to the land of Sisyphos. And while giant titans danced on the walls, chicken, dogs, kids and humans moved to the beat in the sand. A sisyphos – dreamland of pleasure, giving the impression of possibly becoming the next Bar 25. Or is this blasphemy? More beautiful pictures of sisyphos berlin after the jump.
Some People may think that flipbooks are totally outdated and may as well stay hidden in the nostalgic area of a bookshop. Not so much Sabine Klar, owner of the small shop called Fingerwerk und Augenweide. There you can buy a variety of 200 different flipbooks. And not just that. As an eye-popping present for a special purpose you can even get a special manufactured flipbook of your own. I am not so sure why I am having strange naughty fantasies about adult porn flipbooks right now. Less pornographic pictures of the shop and the address after the jump.
You always had naughty fantasies about a certain dress you would like to wear, but you never found it in a store? The do-it-yourself movement has brought up a magic hotspot that can make your dress dreams come true. The Kinkibox situated in Friedrichshain offers you a workspace and sewing machines for your sewing projects. And if you are still in the process of learning you can do it directly in this sweet little sewing cafe. A selection of different sewing courses is offered. Your way to your own Project Runway Experience should bring you to Friedrichshain and if not perhaps you like to get things at the boutique inside. More pictures of the little café shop and the address after the jump.
Untitled, Yoshimoto Nara
Before thinking about Berlin fashion next week I will definitely point your attention to this art book. Created in partnership with the Asia Society Museum Nobody’s Fool represents the work of Japanese art superstar Yoshitomo Nara. It assembles 20 years worth of paintings, sculptures, and drawings that map the evolution of one of the most influential and internationally renowned artists working today. The book and exhibition will draw connections between Nara’s work and the sensibilities of youth subcultures worldwide, focusing on themes of alienation and rebellion, particularly in relation to rock and punk music, the inspiration and subject of many of Nara’s works. In a way his art has something which makes me think of Berlin. Perhaps you can figure out why. More pictures and details after the jump.
Artistic discrimination is a very special kind of evil. For sure Hr. v. Bias’ approachs on disrespecting the Bavarian people in Berlin is not exactly political correct – but it is funny as hell. Hr.v. Bias is one of the coolest street artist we have here in Berlin and even if his blue monsters are not everyone’s cup of tea, I have always a lot of fun discovering something new from him around the city. More street art from him after the jump.
On Saturday we went to a beautiful picnic on the peninsula Alt Stralau. There we got ourselves acquainted with the new Lands’ End Canvas collection. We could even take two pieces from the collection in exchange for old stuff and mispurchases. I myself have never been so far to the peninsula Altstralau and can recommend the place for beautiful shore walks and a visit to the park. For the more romantic boys and girls there are also small rowing boats for hire. More photographic impressions, information on how to reach the peninsula and how you can win pieces of the canvas collection after the jump.
Oh, I do miss my old neighborhood around the Boxhagener Platz from time to time. I hardly ever come by there anymore. Many friends who still live or work there I haven’t seen in a while. Many restaurants and shops that I miss, the possibility to get Ben&Jerry’s icecream to every time of the day (which is close to impossible in Mitte!).
This coming Saturday many shops will be open until midnight with drinks and fun and a little bit of party on the street. They did this already last year in the summer. My friends of Visby will be open too. They are especially interesting for the girls with labels such as Modstöm, Twist & Tango, Sessun, Motel, Mimic, Insight, Rules by Mary, Insight & Nümph and Aschön. Look after the jump for details and a list of participating stores.