Achteinhalb has been around now for quite a few years with numerous pop-up stores and events in Berlin and other German cities. In the fall of 2010 they opened their first long-term store at Kollwitzstraße in Prenzlauer Berg. For one year they sold the best of Berlin fashion including labels we love such as Esther Perbandt, JULIAANDBEN, Franzius, Blame, Reality Studio and many more.
Earlier this year the shop changed their concept back to their original time of 8 1/2 weeks with their new Living Concept. Instead of fashion they are now selling a well curated selection of furniture and home accessories. The 8 1/2 weeks are coming to an end this week, so it’s time to take your chance to pay the store that has been host to a series of iHeartBerlin and Designer Scouts events in the past year a final visit.
We will surely miss the cosy place at Prenzlauer Berg and are already anticipating future projects of the makers of Achteinhalb. More photos and details after the jump.
You are standing right in the middle of the supermarket, wondering about what to cook for the evening. There are hundreds of ingredients around you, the possibilities are endless, but as you did not bring your cooking book, you just don’t know what to do – and finally, you end up with another pasta dish.
If that situation is familiar to you, then you might want to check out the Kochhaus. It is is a new kind of grocery store with one place in Prenzlauer Berg and one in Schöneberg that has become quite popular in the last weeks. Get more information and your chance to win a test subscription after the jump.
I always liked cemeteries. Don’t get me wrong. I have never been into Gothic, and I always hated Patchouli. But I just like cemeteries for the romantic, beautiful and quite atmosphere. Every time I go to Paris I visit the Père Lachaise. Not only to pay my respect to Jim, but also to see all the other beautiful graves. However, you don’t have to go to Paris to see romantic mausoleums or melancholic angels. Berlin has some remarkable cemeteries as well. More ofter the jump.
With all the great Asian, Italian, Arabic, French and other international restaurants in town it hardly ever happens that I get a German dish on my table. Why is that? I love traditional German food, but for some reason most of my favorite restaurants are Asian. So on the quest to mix things up a little in my dinner routine I asked around to find the best restaurants with German cuisine in town. I guess especially for all of you foreigners in the city it will be interesting to try out some German specialties that are not sausages or beer… With the help of food expert Helmuth I assembled a list of more than 10 places that I will be checking out in the following weeks. Today I will start with the restaurant Zum Dritten Mann. More about it after the jump.
I love Arabs. Ha, how would anyone dare saying this in times like these. I do. After the opening of a new Arab restaurant/diner the Kastanienallee has become a triangle of yummie Arab food. Count the two further down the street and it actually is a fiveangle, but let me introduce these three. More after the jump:
Clarissa Labin SS11
You probably thought after two big fashion shows and one swap market we would be through with Designer Scouts for this year. Well, think again! This Friday our latest collaboration will see the day of light. Gina, my partner and better half of Designer Scouts, has teamed up with the guys from 8 1/2 Wochen to build up a new concept store in Prenzlauer Berg. Achteinhalb will open its doors this Friday giving you the best in avantgarde fashion from Berlin. Many of the designers that we have worked with this year will be available in the store, amongst them Esther Perbandt, JULIAANDBEN, Paula Immich, Liebig and Carni, as well as many other new pearls like Clarissa Labin that Gina and I have discovered together in London at the On/Off showroom. Come by on Friday to the grand opening, there will be drinks, snacks and music. Details after the jump.
Comeback, André Wagner
A while ago one of our Designer Scouts photographers sent me an invite to a group exhibition at photo edition berlin that he is part of. When I took a look at the sample photos from all the participating photographers this moody night scene in a forest was my instant favorite. It reminded me a lot of my all time favorite TV show The X Files. And what a coincident: it is the work of the photographer who invited me: André Wagner. After the jump a few other great photos of the exhibition and the details.
For people who are either lactose intollerent or vegan such treats as cakes and cookies are mostly a forbidden pleasure. But help is on his way. For those of you who like good vegan food and sweet treats I can recommend a small Prenzlauer Berg establishment ironically called Hans Wurst. The food looks great and tastes quite fantastic. The address and a few photos after the jump.
Weeks ago Suz and I were invited to work one day for the German newspaper Welt Kompakt togeter with Marcel, Hanna and Caro , Mahret and Julia and a lot more . I wrote about one of my favorite theaters: the Ballhaus Ost. To read it you have to continue in German.
There is theater that can be like a conversation. Intimate, mature, interesting and quite impossible without the dialogue partner. The piece I am going to recommend to you is all about that. A friend of mine who had the chance to visit the rehearsels told me: „It’s incredible! There is a pink human ball sitting in a bunch of ikeaballs, talking about love! You have to see. it“. Well I am sure that one or two of you might want to get a peek of it. Take your chance this weekend. Dates after the jump.