photo: Patrick Mettraux
If you walk around in Berlin with open eyes and with a bit of attention towards the male sex you might have noticed: People love beards here. And it’s not just a hipster thing like in many other big cities. Here in Berlin a man needs a beard, the bigger the better. Girls love, boys love it and can’t have enough of it.
I personally think that every man looks better with a beard. Certainly there are men who look amazing without it too, but surely will look even better with some facial hair. I guess it’s no coincedent that the core I HEART BERLIN team of Claudio, Devid and myself sport a beard as well. And it’s no coincedent either, that one of our favorite series on the blog is the Beard Monologues by our guest contributor Alicia Kassebohm.
So with all this beard loving it was about time that someone wrote a book about it. Apparently this is what a good friend and work mate of mine thought. Together with author Kevin Clarke he compiled a great compendium of manly beards with lots of photos and texts about the history of facial hair, the styles in different cultures and it’s meaning and appearance in pop culture and fashion. The book was released by Berlin-based publisher Bruno Gmünder and has the spot-on title BEARDS – An Unshaved History. You can win a copy now on our Lucky Thursday! They also have their own dedicated beard lover Facebook page – make sure to follow.
Every year the Berlinale presents cinematic masterpieces from a variety of artists. But instead of hoping those geniuses of film will fall from the sky the Berlinale also does something for the education of those on their way to stardom. The Berlinale Talents is a discussion forum for filmmakers from around the world and those simply interested in listening and learning. We are giving away 2 tickets to a couple of great panels this week! More after the jump.
A while ago we already introcuded you to James and Zoe from überlin in our Berlin Experts series. We love their blog and their beautiful photos and were pretty sure that they are meant to succeed and aim for more. And in the meantime this has actually become a reality: The released their first book. What I know about Germans is a compilation of over 101 tongue-in-cheek observation about Germans and their quirky habits written by Liv Hambrett with illustrations by Josh Bauman. And I can tell you that much, these are not only funny to expats who live here among us Germans, but also for us. Yupp, we do have a sense of self-irony. We are raffeling off one of these awesome books because it’s your lucky Thursday. Take a look inside the book after the jump and find out how to win!
We wish you a happy Christmas. And some of our friends and people we like do too Some merry greetings after the jump.
photo: Harald Hauswald
The next story of our Strange Magic series is about the wonderful and surreal magical island that is Berlin. This contribution comes from talented young author David Bramhoff. David lives in Berlin since ten years and writes stories since roughly five years. Some dreamy, some dark, some funny, some brutal. Before that he studied at the University of the Arts and pretends that he learned a few things there. With what he learned, he works as a communication conceptioner next to his writing. Beyond that, David likes to travel to Southeast Asia, likes espresso that’s slightly too strong and music that’s slightly too loud. Enjoy his story in the German section.
For some reason me an my fellow five co-authors never managed to be in one place at one time with someone to take a photo of the whole team. Shame! But with today’s delivery in the mail I was finally able to do an iHeartBerlin group photo – reenacted with customized Coke cans. So this is a little shout-out to my colleagues and a thank you for all your great work over the years. I appreciate you being a part of this!
By the way, there are only 3 days left to customize your own Coke bottle with your own or your friends’ name. The idea is so simple, but sweet. Enjoy!
In Germany, Haruki Murakami’s novel South of the Border, West of the Sun was only available in a bad translation from the English version, not from the Japanese original. If you only know a little bit about translating, you know how absurd that is. Now, finally, the book was translated from Japanese – and it was definitely worth waiting for. More in the German version of this article after the jump.
Berlin is mainly known for its club culture, easy lifestyle and cheap rents. What people rarely appreciate are all the amazing ideas and products that are being designed and invented here. With our new series Berlin Goods we want to introduce you to some of them.
We’ll start with something that couldn’t be more relevant during these hot summer days: Popsicles. But not just any ordinary popsicles, we’re talking molecular icecream that has the look of an avant-garde accessory. Kyl is organic, fair trade, comes in vegan and yogurt versions and many different flavors. It’s probably the most interesting icecream I have seen in… well, forever?
You can try it out yourself: Since July the founder of Kyl, David Marx, hosts a pop-up sale at the Platoon Kunsthalle at Schönhauser Allee 9. Some more impressions after the jump. Follow Kyl on Facebook to be updated about their amazing popsicles.
One of the major perks of running a blog such as this is the opportunity to travel to different places and meet interesting new people. I feel it’s such a privilege and I am so blessed everytime I have the chance to enjoy it. Earlier this year I took some short trips to the beautiful city of love – Paris – courtesy of French label Paco Rabanne. I was invited to experience the launch of their new menswear fragrance Invictus that will be released next month. As the campaign was pretty much a big secret I couldn’t really reveal anything about my trips other than a few Instagram shots. But now the lid has been lifted…
Read more about the elaborate campaign of Invictus by Paco Rabanne, its involvement with 7 different athletes from all over the world, how I created my own perfume and what my and Berlin’s role in this is going to be, after the jump.
Those of you who follow me on Instagram might have noticed that I was in Madrid recently visiting friends of mine and maybe you even saw a couple of the shots I took in their beautiful apartment. When I stepped into their new living room I felt like I entered a special kind of wonderland – a grown-up’s playhouse, full of treasures and magical creatures. I was instantly in love with this place. My friends have a very, let’s say, playful taste in interior design and decoration.
Seeing this place made me once again realize how much a living room reflects on the character of a person, their tastes, their sense of humor, their meticulousness (or the opposite of it). We create an urban space around us as an extension of ourselves. It’s almost like a different kind of arrangement of the same things that make up our personalities. We take a big box – a room – and customize it to our own standard and comfort.
My urban living room, the new Facebook photo contest by mobility brand smart, tries to capture exactly that: How do we design and shape the urban space around us, how does our urban living room look like? With their recent collaboration with Danish brand BoConcept smart has already successfully ventured into the field of interior design bringing out a collection of furniture and home accessories that combine the style and expertise of both companies. More about the contest and a few more shots from my new favorite living room after the jump.