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Berlin’s Iconic Subway Design as a foldable Chair & Table Set

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When product designer Stefanie Grau asked me if I would like to design a piece of furniture and become part of her newly formed grey collective I was more than thrilled to say yes. She had developed a set of chairs and a table that are fully foldable thanks to a high-tech fiber that connects all the parts. The idea is that when you fold the chairs or the table into its flat form they become canvases. So they are not only practical and easily stored, they can also become decorative items on your walls.

With a design so universal and minimal it really felt like the sky is the limit. Fellow collective members 44flavors created a quite colorful pattern, while Sara Parsons decided to go for a minimal design with lines and curves. Stefanie herself also designed a few sets going for subtle color surfaces and gradients.

For my own surface design I decided to do something very Berlin, giving a reference to one of the most iconic things we have here: Our yellow subway. I picked up the color palette and also created a version of the iconic blue and red seat pattern that incorporates yet another famous Berlin symbol (I detail which I dare you to find yourself!).

Frank by Frank
on September 15th, 2017
in Design, Products

Apply for Grover’s Creators Program & Get Support for your Project

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Creating something entirely new and exciting is often just this one fabulous ideas away from you. An idea that might take you and others to new and uncharted places. But, without access to the right equipment many ideas end up being nothing but that thought in your head. But, technology is complicated, hard to access and unaffordable, right?

The Creators program powered by our partner Grover proves the contrary. This new program removes the limitations to your ideas and equips you with the technology and gadgets you need. So, your fabulous ideas can finally come to life. Does that sound too good to be true? It kinda does, but we aren’t telling lies here…

Andy by Andy
on September 7th, 2017
in Products

Berlin Goods: Empowering Vaginal Jewelry by Liebelei

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This one goes out to all the girls out there. Females that choose Berlin as their home base usually tend to be brazen lionesses who realize just how important it is to schedule your life according to your own priorities and find your inner balance. Still, they’re playful wildcats who don’t shy away from the subject of their sexuality and grant their vaginas exactly the importance they deserve. If you’re one of those gals – and want the best for your Muschi – you’ll love the new vaginal jewelry from Berlin-based label Liebelei. Read on!

Michalina by Michalina
on August 29th, 2017
in Products

Imagine Berlin By The Sea

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map: Carlos Borrell

I know, there’s only so much you can ask for from a place right? And considering that already Berlin is giving us SO much, it feels ungrateful to be asking for more. It is sexy, it is affordable, it is tolerant, it is fun. But still, there’s certain things Berliners crave for, these few things missing that would truly make it paradise, and us unable to ever leave it.

Like, for instance, I think, I don’t know if you agree, um, maybe we could use nicer weather? I don’t mean to sound unthankful for all the blessings this city gracefully bestows upon us, but we could do without these forever-winters. Of course once the frost spell is broken it gets to be really beautiful, it’s just not enough of that. Berliners show their fascination with the good weather, right when the first sign of it appears: ready to get naked and run to a lake, wearing smiles we definitely need to see more of.

Stella by Stella
on July 13th, 2017
in Art, Design, Products, Stories

The Notebooks for the Next Generation

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Huawei MateBook X, photo: Katja Hentschel

A few weeks ago we were lucky to witness something quite special during a presentation at the Blogfabrik. Our partner Huawei who we’ve collaborated with recently for our smartphone vs. DSLR camera test invited us and a couple of blogger colleagues to introduce us to a brand new product that they had been working on. But it was not another edition of their high-end smartphone lines as we expected, this time it was something completely different that will expand the spectrum of the company into an entirely new market: notebooks. With the new Huawei MateBook X the brand revealed the long-awaited Windows operated alternative to the Macbook. Of course there have been other products on the market before, but to be honest so far I have seen nothing that comes close to these levels of design perfection and performance.

Frank by Frank
on June 12th, 2017
in Products

Berlin Illustrations That Will Melt Your Heart

Berlin Illustrations That Will Melt Your Heart

The internet’s just great, isn’t it? Giving you access to the coolest blogs (like iHeartBerlin!! 8-) ), and also to discovering artists you wouldn’t otherwise: Jenny O’Boyle is one of them, and her illustrations will make you want to hug them. Jenny is a professional illustrator, running both a physical store at Wissmannstr. 21 and an online shop, both called bär von pappe (meaning bear of cardboard), selling her work as well as a line of sustainable stationery. Everything she designs is super cute, and we’d suggest  once you find yourself near Hermannplatz, looking for a cute notebook in which to write about all your Berlin adventures, that you go and check out her stuff.

Lovers of all things Berlin as we are, what caught our eye is one of the artist’s city-themed projects, where she sets out to explore an object for each street of Berlin, and in this way, guide us around every neighborhood by means of illustration. Massive undertaking as it sounds, she’s done, however, a beautiful job so far, taking us from one massive monument, building, subway station or fountain to the next all the way from Mitte, over Kreuzberg, down to Neukölln. Here are some of her Berlin-themed artworks.

Stella by Stella
on May 18th, 2017
in Art, Design, Products

How to Re-organize & Style your Apartment the Berlin Way

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It’s Spring and you know what is one of the favorite rituals for Germans to do in Spring? Bringing everything back in order in the house. We also call it “Frühjahrsputz” meaning Spring Cleaning. Of course in Berlin this means finally bringing all the beer and Club Mate bottles that have piled up in the corner back to the Späti to receive some Pfand, changing out some Automaten photos from some ex lovers with new ones and bringing that stack of vintage clothes that become unfashionable back to the vintage shops.

But if you really want to be a pro about the Frühjahrsputz you also have to consider some re-styling and re-decorating. Because every year is different in Berlin and this should also reflect in your own four walls.

We teamed up with the interior experts of Granit who recently opened their first store in Berlin on Rosenthaler Straße in Mitte to come up with some interior ideas that reflect the spirit of Berlin. Granit hails all the way from Sweden and naturally the Berliners are eating it up as they love everything from Scandinavia. They offer interior products as well as household and office accessories with a very minimal, timeless and iconic design. It’s a total match made in heaven with the style of Berlin that has a quite raw, industrial aesthetic.

Frank by Frank
on May 12th, 2017
in Design, Products

Blackout Berlin: An Abstract Interpretation of the City

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illustrations: Marie M. Benaboud

Apart from a refuge, Berlin has served as a muse to artists in search for inspiration; both by its welcoming and freeing atmosphere, as well as its exciting subject matter. And it is Berlin that inspired Marie M. Benaboud with her artistic project, Blackout Cities. The Moroccan/Swiss/Belgian architect chooses the city’s most recognizable landmarks as a theme for her project’s first series, reintroducing them to us in an imposing, yet minimal manner.

She combines architecture, photography, and illustration to imprint her unique vision on the urban landscape. Her tools to creating the enigmatic atmosphere that characterizes her work are her strong compositions, the exclusive use of black, as well as the absence of human presence. All her pieces have a personal touch as they are all handmade, silkscreen printed in her atelier in Wedding, in limited editions.

Recently, the artist announced her collaboration with of/Berlin, a store  that hosts unique Berlin designs, making it easier for us to check out her work, either through the store’s website, their physical store in Kreuzberg, or through the blog dedicated solely to the project.

Stella by Stella
on May 2nd, 2017
in Art, Products

In Bed with Berliners

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There are some days in this city we call Berlin when you JUST WANT TO STAY IN BED. Simply forever. When you are with somebody special that you simply cannot separate from. Or when you are just happy with yourself, being lazy with a book, your diary or your laptop in front of you with your favorite TV series. And the best part? You can be naked as much as you want because there are cushions and blankets serving as your shield against the cold and hostile world out there.

I know in fact many Berliners who can lead quite bed-centric lives here completely ignoring all social activities, cool events or rays of sunlight outside becaue they prefer to just stay in and cuddle naked with their pillow, their loved ones or their loved ONS. The Berlin-based bed makers of Hochflieger came up with an incredibly intimate photo series of Berliners in their homes in their bed all naked. Enjoy the cosy photographs, preferably from the comfort of your own bed…

Claudio by Claudio
on March 14th, 2017
in Products

eBay Stages Installation of Most Successful Products at Bikini Berlin

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This weekend online market place eBay staged a large installation of a selection of some of their most successful products in the high-concept shopping mall Bikini Berlin offering visitors a chance to win their favorite product. With the event eBay once again showed how diverse their product range is and that there really is the perfect product for everyone.

We live in a world surrounded by purely digital products: online shops, smartphone apps, social media platforms. We spend so much time with these virtual entities that we somehow completely loose touch with the companies behind them. An event like this is a great opportunity for users to connect a “face” with something we otherwise only use as a tool. I see the events that we’ve done with iHeartBerlin over the last 10 years as the same thing. It’s a way for us to manifest the blog in the real world, get to know our readers, and showcase that we do more than just writing about things, we can also create them and take part in the cultural ongoings of Berlin.

Frank by Frank
on March 13th, 2017
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