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CULTURE
Inside Berlin's Sleek Magazine
There are plenty of reasons to pick up a print magazine: visually stunning pages, thoughtful long-form reporting, that transformative experience of dedicating yourself to something that's become a less common experience for most nowadays. Berlin...
DESIGN
German Precision in A. Lange & Söhne's 2015 Timepieces
At this year's Concorso d'Eleganza, we had the opportunity to get hands-on with luxury watch brand A. Lange & Söhne's latest pieces. Over a year ago, we were taken by their 1815 Tourbillon and this year's crop is just as impressive. From the ultra...
DESIGN
Future Mapping Company Berlin
Though maps began as utility-minded reference tools, they've always had artistic elements. From elaborate compass roses and sea monsters that lurk near remote coastlines to carefully selected color palettes, the aesthetics of maps sometimes even trump...
FOOD-DRINK
Three Exceptional Berlin Bars Offering the Unexpected
People from all over the globe venture to Berlin for the excitement its diverse nightlife scene has to offer. Famed nightclub Berghain commands one of the best global reputations for a wild night out—and its acclaimed Panorama Bar features a Long Island...
DESIGN
Schindelhauer Viktor Red Race Edition
For cycling purists, simplicity of design is king. Any changes to a bike's parts or design—especially when it comes to a single speed commuter—must come with some serious functional benefits. Berlin-based bike company Schindelhauer predicates its...
FOOD-DRINK
Three New Juice Spots in Berlin
by Shawn Thomson With the juicing craze already in full swing around the world in cities like New York, Sydney and London, Berlin was a little slow to the game. The German capital has stepped up however with the arrival of three new cold-press juice...
TRAVEL
Word of Mouth: St. Pauli, Hamburg
With Berlin as an alluring, ever-active capital city, other destinations in Germany are often an after-thought. But that shouldn't be the case, as each region offers different insight, different experiences and an opportunity to further explore the...
TECH
Speed Dating Hamburg's Start-Up Community
Trailers line a side street in the St. Pauli district of Hamburg. Sitting inside each are representatives from emerging companies in the city's start-up scene, ready to present to investors and journalists alike for a quick five minutes. This is...
CULTURE
Hamburg's Reeperbahn Music Festival
The northern European port city of Hamburg, Germany has long been a hub for musicians. While it played host to The Beatles for two important developmental years in the early '60s, that was neither the beginning nor the end of the city's musical impact...
CULTURE
OKOLO Offline Two
Czech creative collective OKOLO (which includes CH contributor Adam Štěch) has hosted exhibitions like "Open & Drink!" (showcasing 24 design-forward bottle openers from around the world) and even designed a limited edition book on Italian furniture...
DESIGN
True Blue NOMOS Glashütte Zurich Worldtimer
At Baselworld earlier this year, we noted the power of brilliant blue dials appearing across many of our favorite brands. One of the most eye-catching came by way of NOMOS, makers of personality-filled luxury watches from Glashütte, Germany. Their...
DESIGN
Esbit: Elegant Cookware for the Outdoors
Longtime backpackers will no doubt recognize the name Esbit. The German company's fuel tablets and pocket stoves have been an outdoor, survival and military mainstay since its first iteration in 1936. While the brand's fuel blocks and compact stoves...
STYLE
Temporary Ink with TATTOOTATTAA
The permanence of a bonafide tattoo isn't for everyone, but when the weather heats up it's hard to deny how fun it can be to express yourself with a little artwork on some bare skin. Tattly's serious rise in popularity over the years speaks to this...
CULTURE
Kate Steciw's Manipulated Stock Images
In her first solo exhibition in Germany, artist Kate Steciw manipulates a very limited number of stock images into unique layered compositions, blurring the line between representation and abstraction. Bethlehem, Pennsylvania-born and now Brooklyn...
TECH
rOtring 800+ Mechanical Pencil and Stylus
Founded amidst the Bauhuas design school era in 1928, Germany's rOtring is known for precision-made writing devices and creative tools, designed and built with the highest sense of form and function. To bring the brand into the modern era, rOtring...
DESIGN
Charged: Ingo Maurer Interview
Few industrial designers have earned a foothold in the greater creative culture like Ingo Maurer, the German-born, New York-based designer of lighting and lighting installations. In the decades since founding his own design practice, Ingo Maurer...
CULTURE
Studio Visit: Ai Weiwei
The upcoming exhibition (opening 3 April 2014 at Berlin's Martin-Gropius-Bau) by the multi-talented and outspoken Ai Weiwei promises to be his biggest solo show yet. Spanning over 3,000 square meters in 18 rooms, a huge variety of the Chinese artist...
DESIGN
FvF Apartment, Berlin
International interview-based magazine Freunde Von Freunden (FvF), which chronicles creatives across all fields in their home and work environments, has made a leap from the digital world to the tactile. Only, this isn't a new print edition—it's...
CULTURE
Verdi and/or Wagner
Giuseppe Verdi was born in Italy on 10 October 1813. Richard Wagner was born in Germany just a few months prior that same year. Although their work and approach to creation, substance and audience veered drastically, no one can deny their impact...
STYLE
Wemoto Clothing: Rap Idols Series
Skateboard decks have almost become as much about artwork as skateboarding itself. Sometimes that's just fine, especially in the case of German brand Wemoto Clothing's newly released Rap Idols Series. The decks feature three of the genre's most influential...
CULTURE
Rats Pop-Up Shop, Berlin
by Jen Miller Last summer, art director Gabriel Kuo was at a party in Berlin when he noticed a German guy wearing a Patrick Ewing Knicks Jersey. Encountering this celebration of American culture—and one so seemingly out of context—was inspiring...
TRAVEL
The Berlin Design Guide
Being bored in Berlin is really difficult. After playing a major role in German (and indeed world) history, the city is now home to thriving creative industries. A cultural and political capital with an international, cosmopolitan vibe, Berlin can...
DESIGN
Pick a Porsche
by Katharine Erwin "I never understood someone who says, I want the blue car with the beige interior and buys the black car with a grey interior. I never get that, but it happens all the time." These are the words of Sascha Glaeser, the US manager...
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