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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.

Our First Interactive Game: The Flat Roulette

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Hello stranger! So you really want to live in Berlin? Getting a room here is such an uphill struggle with high rent, mould, and German bureaucracy that finding the right flatmate is usually left to the workings of fate. Our Flat Roulette game – being a simplified version of this real life scenario – introduces you to some of the most characteristic Berlin personalities and gives you a sneak peak into what you sharing a roof with them will really mean.

The game is a collaboration with illustrator Sophia Halamoda that many of you will know from the Berghain, Real Berliner and Bürgeramt comics. It’s part of our upcoming book “Like A Berliner” that comes out in 2018. Stay tuned for more games!

Click here to play the game!

Michalina by Michalina
on November 28th, 2017
in Misc.

Exclusive Video-Premiere of MissinCat’s new video

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In Berlin, people often seem to be in search of something, never wanting to rest or settle down, as if something was pushing them from inside. Sometimes, it is only when we leave a city or someone behind, that we begin to understand it and furthermore notice how precious life was with it. In fact, one of our guest authors just wrote a text about it. If a person doesn’t leave voluntarily, but has to, it changes the whole perspective of course. MissinCat‘s, aka Caterina Barbieri’s, first song „Made Of Stone” of her new album „Forces” captures that harsh feeling.

Alicia by Alicia
on February 24th, 2017
in Misc.

Konditorei Damaskus – a Syrian pastry shop on Sonnenallee

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Photo: Ellen Munro / cc

You know us at iHeartBerlin – we love discovering all kinds of delicious food in Berlin and then sharing the locations with you in our guides. The only thing we enjoy more than that is sharing our common vision of Berlin as a safe space for everyone, regardless of their religious beliefs, skin colour, or gender. So we couldn’t be more stoked to present you the story of yet another shop selling delicious sweets and at the same time run by Syrian refugees.

Michalina by Michalina
on February 23rd, 2017
in Cafés, Misc.

City of Singles – Portraits of Tinder Exhibition

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The new exhibition of the painter Jiyeon Kim that will have its vernissage on the 25th of February is probably one of the most interesting art events I’ve seen around. The concept is simple but quite ingenious at the same time. The artist invites us to actually take a closer look at the images that all of us have been dealing with a lot at some time in our lives – the Tinder profile pictures! Find out more and see a preview of the paintings after the jump.

Michalina by Michalina
on February 23rd, 2017
in Art, Events, Misc.

Berlin Goods: Wooden Furniture from Kentholz

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During my Art Direction and Design Studies I read a lot about timeless design. Is this a real phenomenon or is minimal design for instance just a passing fad and we only consider it today as kind of timeless? It’s definitely not as easy to define as one might think in the beginning. When reading more about „timelessness” and sustainable materials you cannot get around the most obvious one of all: Wood. There is a reason why it is one of the oldest and most commonly used, still beloved materials. It is even said that surrounding yourself with a lot of (mostly untreated) wood is good for your health and lowers blood pressure.

Alicia by Alicia
on February 20th, 2017
in Design, Misc., Products

Holding Out – A short story about a hopeless date

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photo: Eylül Aslan

Dating in Berlin isn’t always easy, but certainly can be a dilemma, as you might have already read here on iheartberlin.de. The cautious approach to each another and one person feeling or interpreting more into the encounter than the other is part of those first acquaintances globally, though. Matthew David Morris wrote a short story about those different expectations when getting to know someone.

by Guest Author
on February 18th, 2017
in Misc., People, Stories

Kids-friendly Places in Berlin

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Photo: Labyrinth Kindermuseum

Although we usually share with articles tips and recommendations on places and events of a slightly different nature, here comes one for those among our readers who have kids as well as for all these occasions when your little cousin comes to visit and you have simply no idea where to take them if you don’t want to cause a lasting damage to their mentality. Ranging from popular tourist attractions to some little-known coffee places that are aimed at welcoming kids, we’ve come up with a list including spots for all age groups.

Michalina by Michalina
on February 17th, 2017
in Misc.

Art Installations you can actually eat in Berlin

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As the days slowly begin to be just a tiny bit warmer and blessed for another hour of sunlight, we start to think of the imminent spring. While we sure know how spring feels like, walking outside, seeing sprouting greens and flowers, hearing birds, smelling blossoms and fresh air, we are not a 100% sure about what it tastes like. Kristiane Kegelmann, a Berlin food artist, lets you discover that yourself in one of her upcoming workshops.

Alicia by Alicia
on February 16th, 2017
in Design, Food, Misc.

Berlin – A Portrait in Words

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Dreams are made of magic, timeless, faraway places, faceless people, and sometimes clouds, beer, and music. Having lived in Berlin for a few months, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to briefly run my fingers over its cloudy grey skin, and dive into the depths of its rainbow colored soul.

About a year ago I moved to Berlin to finish my final semester in university, and it took me on a most overwhelming journey. It felt like being reunited with an old lover after so many years. Only, we hadn’t really met before. And though I was a stranger to this place, it felt strangely familiar from the moment I arrived. It had an air of nostalgia and mystery to it, like most surreal things do. And I wondered if I’d ever get to understand it, and see what lies beneath its many faces.

by Guest Author
on February 15th, 2017
in Misc., Stories