The Berlin Monsterkabinett fuses machine art and performance. A tour of the amazing work of the Dead Chickens Artist Group, the permanent evolving exhibition is housed in underground galleries at Haus Schwarzenberg: one of the few un-renovated courtyards surviving in the Hackescher Markt district. Allow a trusted guide to lead you into the bizarre and labyrinthine world of the Monsterkabinett, where monstrous yet loveble creatures — in turn terrifying, tragic and comical — dance and sing to a compelling rhythm.
Say you’re wandering the streets of Berlin and you happen upon a vintage milk and cheese truck that has a long line of people queued up outside it. What would you expect them to be waiting to buy: Frankfurters? Sauerkraut? A flotilla’s worth of German beer?
‘Acoustic techno’ sounds like an oxymoron. Yet this is exactly what German trio Brandt Brauer Frick produce. Those familiar with the pops and clicks of Berlin’s minimal sound will find their sound strangely familiar. For the rest, just sit back and enjoy the poker-faced musicality, it all its faux electro glory.
The Lewis Carroll classic has already inspired foodies from LA to London to Tokyo. This time around, the magic has turned up in Berlin, in the form of the Mad Potter ceramic exhibition — a Wonderland design-fest worthy of the trippiest tea party.
Fancy being part of an art installation while staying in a funky albeit minimally furnished room in the heart of Berlin? Hotel Minimal, is a pop-up one-room hotel from the Linie project that explores the concept of public and private space. Guests just have to be comfortable being on view in a large shop front on one of the main thoroughfares of the trendy Mitte district.
The Buchstabenmuseum is definitely one of the more interesting museums I’ve been to in Berlin. It’s a small museum dedicated to the preservation of typefaces that are used in signage.
James Bullough is a painter, illustrator, and muralist originally from America but now living in Berlin. I first saw Bullough’s work at MMX Gallery in Berlin. His work is awesome: from large scale graph pieces, to these beautiful illustrations, which you can also spot posted up around Berlin.
Here’s a little something you may not know about me: I love a good pair of socks. A well designed set of socks is the ultimate luxury. It adds a small touch of colour and personality under a standard work attire. And a good set of socks can be a real mood lifter. It’s your little secret. So I was delighted to check out the awesome range from MINGA BERLIN. Now, these aren’t ordinary socks. They’re beautifully designed using the finest organic cotton. But it’s the colour palette and quality of MINGA BERLIN’s socks that really lifts you.
If you come to Berlin, then I recommend this little shop, Dederon Design, specializing in stuff manufactured in, or inspired by, the former GDR (East Germany). Everything from ice cream cups to LP racks and toys. The woman running the shop even designs bags in some weird GDR-invented plastic material.
Blek Le Rat did what Banksy did twenty years before Banksy did. And that’s according to Banksy himself. Now creatives around the world have the chance to be flown to Berlin to take part in a live stencil art session with him. Upload a JPEG of your own stencil art to Hugo Create to take part.
Creating collections in their Berlin-based studio since 2007, designers Britta Knüppel and Verena Kern find gems in unexpected, humdrum places. From plastic toys, to fruit and veg, the pair have excavated Australia, stripped down Italy, and ventured through the Netherlands, turning everyday items into 24-carat gold masterpieces.
Indie rock band Chamberlin have just released their debut album, Bitter Blood (Roll Call/EMI). The album was produced by Scott Tournet of Grace Potter And The Nocturnals. Check out the a track off it, Fools, below.
This is the story of Ignatz Nacher. In 1905, Nacher invented the pasteurization of beer, which was followed by the opening up of his own brewery in Berlin. And not just any brewery; here, the first production of the now famous Pilsner beer was celebrated. But, being German and Jewish, the Nazis claimed it for the regime and Nacher eventually died poor in Switzerland, while the brewery helped fund the war. It’s not a real happy story.
We’ve just been sent the excellent new book, Style Diaries: World Fashion from Berlin to Tokyo, recently released by Prestel. Style Diaries is a photo book which profiles 44 young and hip fashionistas who keep online diaries of their outfit du jour.