ElektroCouture: 6 Stunning Futuristic Fashion Projects you need to know

ElektroCouture: 6 Stunning Futuristic Fashion Projects you need to know

Innovation in fashion has always been a designer’s pursuit; mixing the primitive purpose of clothing with new materials and techniques, to combine functionality with unique design. On the outset of this Berlin Fashion Week, concept shopping mall Bikini Berlin opened its doors to an innovative exhibition by ElektroCouture,  the Berlin-based fashion technology powerhouse, representing the future of self-expression and style.

ElektroCouture, a leading institution in fashion technology, works with companies in both consulting them, as well as offering active technological support to designers to realize their visions. Natasha from ElektroCouture was there to explain to us all that we were seeing: 15 elaborate fashion concepts, each of which incorporated technology – from glow in the dark designs, to 3D printed materials, the creations were  all astonishing and inspired.

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Science Meets Art: The Animal Anatomy Theater

Science Meets Art: The Animal Anatomy Theater

Our fascination never stops for this city which just keeps on giving when it comes to amazing locations, and here we are, presenting you one more: the Animal Anatomy Theater. Constructed in 1789 by the same architect who designed the Brandenburg Gate (!), the building is actually the oldest (and definitely the loveliest) academic one still existing in Berlin, having hosted decades of animal dissections. Since 2013, however, it has seen a new life as an experimental exhibition space, under the Hermann von Helmholtz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik.

This neoclassical gem, conceived by Teatro Anatomico in Padua, had served as an anatomy theater for veterinary students. After extensive restoration, and maintaining the character of a laboratory, it is now a cultural institution hosting students’ research findings, art exhibitions and events, while its great acoustics has been the reason for concerts to take place there as well! Read on…

Content Creation Week: The Digital Content Conference at Blogfabrik

Content Creation Week: The Digital Content Conference at Blogfabrik

Always wanted to become an Instagram sensation but didn’t quite know what it takes, except tag each pic like crazy? Do you have no idea how to optimize the performance of your project’s Facebook page with concrete strategies, rather than random posts and hope for the best? Is being a writer your secret dream, but only your diary knows about it? MARK YOUR CALENDAR for the 18th to 21th of June 2018. We have something to suggest that will change your digital life!

As some of you know iHeartBerlin is part of a community of digital content creators that all work together at a coworking and project space called Blogfabrik. For the past months we have all been cooking up something quite exciting: The second edition of the Content Creation Week, Blogfabrik’s concentrated effort to provide access to its network’s competence, concerns itself with questions like, how is good content created, and what makes it successful? In 24 workshops, lectures and panels, the members of Blogfabrik will teach us all about the creation, marketing, and distribution of all kinds of digital content that will help you attract attention to your project or business. You will be able to gain knowledge and useful tips from media makers like the amazing Im Gegenteil, Tonspion, Notes of Berlin, Fuck Lucky Go Happy and of course iHeartBerlin! In the evenings we’ll host several parties and an exciting panel talk that are public and for free, so come join us!

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Refinery High End Coffee Bar & Retail Store in Berlin

Refinery High End Coffee Bar & Retail Store in Berlin

photos: Thomas Kakareko

Refinery High End Coffee, the international, multi-roaster specialty coffee bar that we love for a ton of reasons (also featured in our coffee guide), gave us one more by opening a retail store as well.

Tansel and Bora opened Refinery in Berlin in 2015, and with it they introduced us to an excellent coffee experience; since then, their cafe near Friedrichstrasse has become a locals and visitors’ favourite. Focused on the highest quality coffee from all over the world (currently serving Norway’s beloved Tim Wendelboe), it also offers amazing seasonal dishes, savory and sweet.

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Your Berghain-style Black Ice Cream

Your Berghain-style Black Ice Cream

If you were asked to imagine Berlin as an ice cream, what image would you have for it? Exactly. Full-on hardcore, All-black-everything, seemingly unapproachable, but actually tasting the sweetest. This idea of putting Berghain-friendly ice cream into a cone was realized by Black Poodle Ice Cream Club on Schlesische Straße back in 2017, and we couldn’t contain ourselves – we actually can’t wait to match it with our outfit while waiting in that long queue.

Now in 2018, we had to notice that the Black Poodle had disappeared and the place was suddenly Vanille & Marille – a beloved local ice cream chain. Our fear that this amazing black ice cream had vanished was luckily not confirmed as Vanille & Marille still offer this flavor, yeay!

If you stroll around Schlesi, do NOT miss out on trying this super tasty AND stylish ice cream. I guarantee it’ll become your favorite!

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Berlin Spree – A Millennial Parody

Berlin Spree – A Millennial Parody

In the last few years, Berlin has given refuge to creative souls from all around the world who were in search of a cool yet affordable place to call home. Berlin offered them that, and so much more, with its distinct, unique lifestyle becoming every young person’s fantasy. That fantasy, and its disillusionment is being captured and satirized by musician Joel Montagud and writer Hayley Bracken in their video “Berlin Spree”, and we think it’s hilarious!

The video follows a female protagonist as she muses over the appeal of life in Berlin, and what this generation gets (or fails to get) out of it: and it’s so funny because it’s so true. The video itself is a testament to Berlin’s inclusive, pro expression expatriate community and ‘hipsters’ willingness to satirize themselves.

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Imagine Berlin as a Vivid Holiday Paradise

Imagine Berlin as a Vivid Holiday Paradise

illustrations: Bruno Pinto da Cruz

In our ceaseless hunt for cool Berlin art, we stumbled upon a project we loved and thought we’d share with you:  Berlin-based digital illustrator Bruno Pinto da Cruz’s ISOMATIC. ISOMATIC is a sequence of architectural drawings, transformed by Bruno into illustrations, unveiling the scenery in different colors and shapes. Among other projects, our eye was caught by his awesome Kotti illustration, the beginning of a series that is going to focus on Berlin’s iconic neighborhoods. Kotti, through Bruno’s eyes, becomes playful and flooded with color; a little Sailor Moon-y looking, which made me love it extra much. Of course, it’s not the first time Kotti becomes an artist’s muse: In the past, among others, Kotti has served as an inspiration to illustrator Nicola Napoli, in his creation of various illustration series, as well as a toy carpet by Muschi Kreuzberg.

In his latest artwork he totally remodeled the Ku’damm area around Bikini Berlin, the zoo and the Memorial Church including water slides and zeppelin. How fun!

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The Berlin Fine Coffee Guide: The Best Coffee Places in Mitte

The Berlin Fine Coffee Guide: The Best Coffee Places in Mitte

photo: Tai Lückerath

In an attempt to help you eliminate all basic coffee from your lives, we have gathered the finest speciality coffee shops located in the heart of Berlin, waiting for you to try them! Whether you’re strolling around Mitte, sightseeing with visitors, or shopping, these coffee places are the break and boost you need to continue your day.

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A Dreamy Boat Ride in Berlin

A Dreamy Boat Ride in Berlin

One of the ways  in which Berlin is truly incomparable, is that it’s a big city you can escape without really leaving it; no long hour driving to get to an oasis of green, for they are all around the city! And the best way to enjoy nature, relax, and let all stress go? A boat ride.

For those who don’t have a way out of the city due to work, Berlin’s parks offer the perfect little escape on a daily basis: it’s the place we can cool off,  forget about the city’s busyness and let nature have us as its kids again. And when these parks have a lake we can take a boat ride in, all the better! One of our options is right in the center of Berlin, with Tiergarten offering boat rides in Cafe am Neuen See! A cute little lake you can paddle your way around, wave hello to your co-paddlers, and lose yourself in the serenity of the scenery.

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From Blog to Language School: An Interview with Berlino Magazine

From Blog to Language School: An Interview with Berlino Magazine

The Berlino Team

Despite your motivation or ability, learning a new language can be a drag: Until words start making sense, what you experience is constant confusion. The need of a language becomes even more imposing when you’ve moved to the country in which it is spoken: no matter how willing people are to speak in English to accommodate you, awkward situations where you don’t know what is happening in daily life are inevitable: the lady talking to you on the street, the cashier at the supermarket, the signs all around the city.

Berlino Schule, the newly created language school by the team behind Berlino Magazine, is ready to meet the challenges that make learning German unattractive, while keeping their price very very attractive: only 4 Euro/hr. They are devoted to providing a friendly atmosphere for their students, where they can feel as adults learning and not school kids. The groups are small in each class, and the staff keeps exploring new, innovative ways in order to make learning more effective and fun. We had the chance to speak with one of the Berlino founders, Andrea D’Addio, about how he came from running a blog about Berlin to running a language school and how to improve your German learning experience.

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