183 days, 28 visitors, 130 glasses of beer, 23 vegetarian burgers, 41 walks in Volkspark Friedrichshain, 1,040 kilometres on my bike and a temperature difference of 44 degrees. I’ve been in Berlin for half a year now and that means the inevitable question is starting to pop up – in my head, but also from the mouths of my friends: ‘Are you going to stay after the next half year?’ And when I tell them I most probably will, they want to know: ‘What’s it like to live in Berlin?’ It appears that ‘great’ doesn’t always satisfy their curiosity.
Kino International leads a double life: a cinema moonlighting as a popular party location. Café Moskau across the road does too, hosting corporate events aboveground and a club in the basement.
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This week it’s exactly 26 years since the Berlin Wall came down on the 9th of November 1989. From that day on, Coca Cola, McDonald’s and Mars bars started flooding the former GDR – or from a more positive point of view: from that day on, East Germans finally had the chance to taste the West.
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Almost independently of each other, distinct design languages emerged in both parts of Germany. While the Federal Republic produced superstars such as Dieter Rams, the East German style was driven by anonymous collectives that developed original ideas as well as imitations. For those who have never heard of Dieter Rams: he was a pioneer of the functionalist “less is more” approach to industrial design. From 1961 to 1995, he worked as Chief Design officer at Braun, once literally a household name in consumer electronics that has since disappeared off our radar.