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.
It frequently happens that friends tell me about movies that I’ve heard of numerously, but haven’t ever watched. Some of them are reoccurring (i.e. Apocalypse Now / Easy Rider / Avatar) and each time they are mentioned I’m a little bit more embarrassed, I do hold a diploma in film studies after all.
As I was tied to the bed because of another illness I decided to take it as an educational break and scoured the internet for a “Must-have-seen” list. I found one by The German Federal Agency for Civic Education. filmcritics, -scholars and –makers created the film canon from what they found good and important. I watched three of the films they list in the last couple of days and must say I can’t wait for the others, as those were pretty great…
Tiefer is another poetic lo-fi film in our Short Sunday section in the spirit of Greed earlier this month. It shows intimate portraits of a girl mixed with random images from the streets and subways of Berlin. What makes this film strong I think is the tension that is building up toward the end through the music, it gives me goosebumps everytime I watch it. Enjoy the film by Megan Cullen after the jump.
We considered this interesting documentary by Petra Tschörtner about the district Prenzlauer Berg in the year of the reunification of Germany for our Berlin Film Night, but ended up not screening it as it was way to long and was missing English subtitles. I still think this film is a must-see for anyone interested in the recent history of the city. I like it because you can see a lot of parallels in today’s subculture and I also think it’s interesting to see how difficult the change of the reunification was for a lot of people in East Berlin. And take a look at the long-haired bearded photographer at the travesty show at 29 min. Could be the 90′s version of me
I know this is one of the most polarizing fashion films that has come out lately. But I have to admit: I LOVE it! The world would be a sad and boring place without people like Anna Dello Russo. Enjoy her fashion shower after the jump.