Life is a „Ponyhof“


Well alright, the neighbourhood around the S-Bahn station Greifswalder Strasse has not exactly been known as the place to be in the past. Hot spots in terms of design, fashion, trends and going out are normally found elsewhere. Until now! Because the greatest market of the city, the „Berlin Design Market“ (designed for and with us) is moving exactly there, into the concourse of the former freight depot in Greifswalderstrasse 80 , to be precise. From March 2017, small and larger labels from Berlin and other places will be displaying their products on Sundays while food stands and a pop-up restaurant raise the culinary bar to new heights. All this accompanied by changing installations and activities. Have we mentioned the play area with child care? With this new, own location the market is also getting a new name: The „Berlin Design Market“ is turning into „White Pony“. Before the official opening in Spring 2017, the organisers want to introduce the new location to the Berliners. That’s why the first Sunday market is taking place this Sunday, October 16th, 2016. In a kind of best-of Berlin Design Market, over 50 labels from Germany, Poland and Italy will be presenting their favourite products which can be bought on site and taken home. The culinary joy of the visitors lies in the skilled hands of street food caterers j.kinski and Fuego & Co. Both will be on board as permanent partners in 2017 as well.
„White Pony – Sonntags-Markt an der Greifswalder“ | Greifswalder Strasse 80, 10409 Berlin | Kick-Off Su., 16.10.2016, 11 am – 7 pm | From March 2017 every Sunday |

Kategorien: Events | Autor: | Datum: 13. Oktober 2016 | Tags: , , , , Keine Kommentare

Tell me about yourself!


The prettiest knickers of the world come from Berlin. Okay, the prettiest Bikinis, too. And that’s not just our opinion, it’s a fact – because we discovered Anekdot. That’s the name of the label owned by Sofie, a Swedish designer and Berliner by choice. The unique part: her charming, flattering under and swim wear creations are exclusively hand-made from surplus material from Berlin’s luxury fashion industry. Upcycling at it’s best and also the perfect set-up for the brand name. Because each piece of material has its very own story – seeing as it was once chosen to be turned into a designer gown, a wedding dress, a negligee or whatever and end up as a left-over, going the way all earthly things go. Anecdotes that turn into favourite undies and bikinis. That’s about as sweet as it gets. Each piece of the collection is limited and made for women who want to please. Themselves. Or in other words: „Anekdot collections are made to empower conscious women.“ We have nothing to add to that and are proud to be giving away the ‚Cherry Blossom Set‘, comprised of hipster pants and an adjustable triangle bra made of silky, floral feel-good material to the particularly talkative amongst you. Send an email headlining ‚HOW BEAUTIFUL YOU ARE!‘ to
ANEKDOT | | Instagram | Photo: Ankedot / The Motel Collection

Kategorien: Products | Autor: | Datum: 22. Juni 2016 | Tags: , , , , , , Keine Kommentare

Claudia Fischer-Appelt


The 2 Minute Interview

When Claudia Fischer-Appelt has a creative black out and needs fresh ideas, she has a cold shower and plays a round of skat. No hang on, she goes for a run along the Schlei, fights off giant ducks with a piece of chocolate and then goes and has a drink with them. God help us! We’re lost and highly recommend you read for yourself what one of Germany’s most creative women has in store and to say – to her 18-year old self, about perfect parents and about Karl Anders. That’s the name of her new agency, her “circle of power”, with which she indulges in only taking on meaningful projects that are, above all, fun! „The Brain Runs on Fun“ is her motto and you really can tell. Last weekend, we finally met in person. She was one of the jurors at our Berlin fashion Film Festival. And we promised her that we would in no way whatsoever mention her bank apprenticeship.

Name: Claudia Fischer-Appelt
Age: 39 for ever
Home: Hamburg
Profession: Designer
Show size: 36
Favourite brand: Henrik Vibskov

Why is Karl different?
Karl says what he thinks, takes a risk here and there and always has a clear opinion. And he wants to keep on doing things for the first time.

The best advert of the last 12 months:
Can we agree on the best design? Then there is one clear favourite for me: The corporate identity for the NRW Forum by Kessels Kramer from Amsterdam. Brave appearance, excellent graphic design, good humour. An awesome implementation of the idea of the imperfect, fluid, variable… simply great!

Are there perfect parents?
In my opinion, there are always parents who want to be perfect. That’s why I used to encourage those kind of parents to be a little more relaxed. Nowadays I answer with
Nam June Paik: „When too perfect lieber Gott böse“.

You meet your 18-year-old self. Which advice would you give yourself?
Take your pleasure more seriously!

Which problem would you like to solve?
I get so annoyed when the old go on and on nagging about the young, I’d like to solve that!

Your missing a bright idea – what do you do?
A run. Some Chocolate. A drink. In that order.

Who do you admire?
People who form something incredibly creative and keep on re-inventing themselves, like Marina Abramovic, for example.

Tell us a magical place, anywhere in the world:
There’s a running track alongside the River Schlei by Riesby: Through the forest along the water. It feels like running through a fairy tale.

What are you no good at?
I’m really bad at remembering names. Horrible. But I can remember a face for the rest of my life!

Which piece of art would you like to own?
A light box from Thomas Hirschhorn, the one with the taped-on shoulders.

Would you rather fight a duck the size of a horse or a hundred horses the size of a duck? Awesome question, I had to give that a good think and check my fighting techniques. I think I would take on the giant horse-duck, piece of cake!

What would you cook for us if we came to visit you?
Oh dear, I can’t cook at all. With the exception of simple children’s meals I have never been able to achieve anything in that area, just the shopping already gets me in knots. But because I really love eating really well, I would order Japanese for us.

What are you afraid of?
Something happening to my kids.

When was last time you tried something new and what was it?
I like trying new things as long as it’s not bungee jumping or something like that. I tried surfing in March. And playing Skat, but that drove me crazy – so I don’t think I’ll be doing that again. I wanted to try having a cold shower every morning, but under the shower I remembered I’d already tried it and it just wasn’t for me.

What should no one know about you?
Somebody already spilled the beans on my bank apprenticeship recently. I’m not telling any more secrets :)

Which question should we have asked?
The one about my favourite band.

Last words:
The brain runs on fun.

Photo: Anders Tellerraas

Kategorien: People | Autor: | Datum: 09. Juni 2016 | Tags: , , , , , Keine Kommentare

Nadja König



Nadja König

The 2 Minute Interview

A wise man once said if you’re good at crafts, you can do anything. And right he was. Nadja König is pretty much the arts and craft champion around here. With a pen, a pair of scissors and paper she invents and creates completely and utterly astounding things. Fashion for example, or stationary concepts for big fish such as Johnny Walker or Häberlein and Mauerer. Nadja immediately won our hearts when she presented her unbelievably awesome illustrations for a PR client – lovely hand drawn shampoo bottles, tubes, jars, drinks and even water processing units (!). We met with the young and wild mummy for some cucumber soup and had a chat about package holidays, crime scenes and the normal day-to-day madness in the life of a paper-crazy person.


Name: Nadja König
Age: still 31
City: Munich
Job: Illustrator, paper lover and fashion designer
Shoe size: 37 – have you got some shoes for me ;-)?
Favourite pen: Rotring ink pen

Please tell us how to make the perfect paper airplane.

Fold left, fold right, from top to bottom, halfway down and off it goes.;-)


What’s the best part about your job?
Creating new things is always exciting – be it as a fashion designer or a person crazy about paper.


And what is really annoying?
Unreliability – be it clients, partners or suppliers – really bothers me.


If you could paint your own perfect world, with what would you start?
The sky.


Who or what inspires you?
Even if it sounds like a cliché, I always try going through life with my eyes open!


What are your three most important tools?
A pen, a pair of scissors, paper.


Which moment changed everything?
It sounds a bit cheesy, but the birth of my daughter changed everything. All of a sudden, you know exactly what you want in life and what’s important – and also what is not!


Share a magical place!
Hmm, that’s a hard one. To be honest I think any place can be magical if you’re with the right people.


Once and never again?
A package holiday on the Canary Islands.


Do you believe in fate?
Definitely. Lately, lots of things in my life kept changing. But every new situation always offered new opportunities as well.

What was your greatest success so far?
In terms of my recent work in the scope of StiftScherePapier it was the collaboration with Johnny Walker and Häberlein und Mauerer. I was able to create a complete stationary concept and the client’s enthusiasm and excitement made me very proud.


What are you afraid of?
Not being able to see and take in new pictures.


Which piece of art would you like possess?
The Young Hare by Dürer.


What would you cook for us if we visited you at home?
An iced cucumber soup as a starter, then something with fish, and tiramisu for desert. When are you coming?


Which super power would you like to have?
Of course I’d need a sensational outfit first and then I’d fly around and do all sorts of good things ;-)


When did you last try something new and what was it?
It’s been a while, but I went water-skiing last summer. It was really amazing and my muscles were so sore I couldn’t move for two weeks.


Which question should we have asked?
Is Sunday night Tatort night?


Last Words:
Because I´m happy.


Kategorien: People | Autor: | Datum: 09. März 2016 | Tags: , , Keine Kommentare

Julia & Judith (Newniq)


Julia & Judith (Newniq)

The 2 Minutes Interview

Julia and Judith have known each other since their childhood. They really like each other and after successfully manoeuvring through the pitfalls of city life, they decided to do business together as well. About one and a half years ago, they founded the crowd buying design platform Newniq. Julia is Masterette of Design and Judith is Masterette of Overview – that’s roughly the distribution of tasks here. They create new and unique designer pieces for their Newniq shop and on their Newniq blog they fill you in on all the latest design gossip. They’re also planning a pop-up store and have got lots more up their sleeve. We hope to find out more about all of that soon! Oh, and here’s some more good news: Julia is having a baby! Congratulations!!!


Name: Julia | Judith
Age: 32 | 32
City: Berlin
Job: Founder of Newniq, Illustrator and Art Director | Founder of Newniq, Key Accountant und Event Manager
Shoe size: 40 | 40
Favourite Designer: changes on a weekly basis | Julia – obviously!


What would you do if you weren’t afraid?
Julia: Fear doesn’t really hold me back from doing anything.
Judith: Bungee Jumping. Just letting myself fall… ha-ha.


What is your advice for young entrepreneurs?
Julia: Take a deep breath and keep going. Never lose joy in what you’re doing. Take a deep breath and keep going. Never lose joy…etc.
Judith: Before founding: Be sure to talk about the idea. Often entrepreneurs tend to keep their idea a secret because they’re afraid of someone stealing it. Rubbish! My advice: Talk about it a lot – get as much input as you can. And don’t forget: you know you’re stuff better than anyone else – nobody will be able to steal it just like that. And let’s be honest: If someone really want’s to pinch your idea, they can still do it when you’ve already launched it :)


You never leave the house without which accessory?
Julia: iPhone (yeah, what a surprise…)
Judith: A single accessory? I have a whole bag of accessories I never leave without! I like to be prepared…


What is your most precious possession?
Julia: My family and friends.
Judith: My family and friends. The simple truth.


What can’t you get enough of?
Julia: Liquorice, Loriot, friends.
Judith: Life! May sound a bit philosophical, but that’s the way it is.


What is your contribution for a better world?
Julia: Green electricity and Tupperware. I’m pretty sure that makes me an incredibly sustainable person.
Judith: Sometimes I pretend to be Superman. Does that count?


Please complete the sentence: I’d like to be … for one day.
Julia: …a whale
Judith: …in space


What do you spend too much money on?
Julia: Travelling (Though I’ve not regretted a single cent).
Judith: Eating out. I haven’t mastered the art of cooking yet.


With which famous person (dead or alive) would you like to have coffee?
Julia: Robbie Williams. I really need to overcome my teenage crush.
Judith: Oh God, I can’t decide … there are just too many.


What would you cook for us if we visited you at home?
Julia: Greek cuisine with several starters and probably far too much. But you can just take home the leftovers in Tupperware containers.
Judith: I’d „cook“ raclette or pasta. Yeah, I’m a real pro. But there would be fancy napkins and everything would be presented really well. I worked in the hotel industry for a long time – some habits just stick.


What are you afraid of?
Julia: That something happens to the people I love.
Judith: It’s such a cliché: I’m afraid of spiders. (If you mean screaming at the top your lungs when afraid…)


When did you last try something new and what was it?
Julia: A Latte with almond milk – a perfect way to make me gag. Ugh, yuck!
Judith: I think it was this cell-phone-camera-selfie-stick-thingy – didn’t work. I got bored and went back to taking pictures the old-school way.


What should no one know about you?
Julia: How often I sit in front of the TV – crying. (Right now, I’m blaming it on the evil pregnancy hormones.)
Judith: That I’m secretly saving up for a house in Tuscany. 4,58€ is what I have so far. I’d say it’s going pretty well!


Which question should we have asked?
Julia: How do I manage to be so incredibly beautiful and well educated at the same time?
Judith: Any – except this one. I just don’t have an answer to it.


Last Words:
Julia: Hmm, I should memorize some famous quotes for the next time. They always go down well…
Judith: I like to have them.

Kategorien: People | Autor: | Datum: 12. August 2015 | Tags: , , , , , Keine Kommentare

Very Schee!

Very Schee!

Anyone who has ever scoured the depths of the world wide web searching for great art to decorate their walls has most certainly come across SCHEE’s online shop ( If not, get a move on! The selection of high-quality prints by well-known and still unknown artists is unique: there are more than 200 magnificent artworks by graphic designers and illustrators from around the world to choose from. Go to and click through the gallery shop. Since September 2014, you can also admire the wonderful pieces at the store in Cologne. A few weeks ago, shop number two opened at Rosenthaler Straße in Berlin. The other day, when were strolling from Rosenthaler Platz headed for „Kauf dich glücklich“, we suddenly found ourselves in front of the huge glass windows staring at walls full of pictures, wonderful furniture and abundance of lovely handmade pieces. The shop has been lovingly decorated and just when you think you’ve seen everything you’ll discover something new. The staff is so incredibly patient, friendly and helpful that you’ll briefly have to consider what city you’re currently in. So, if you’re looking for a gift – no matter the occasion – you’ll be to sure to find it at SCHEE. Good luck to shop and team – we’ll be dropping by more often!
SCHEE – Berlin | Rosenthaler Straße 15, 10119 Berlin | Mon-Fri 11am – 8pm,
Sat 10am – 8pm |

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Kategorien: Places | Autor: | Datum: 22. Juli 2015 | Tags: , , , Keine Kommentare

Let’s go to the beach!

Let’s go to the beach!

At last! The BERLIN DESIGN MARKET – Berlin’s coolest platform for selected design pieces, home accessories, fashion and art – is back and this year’s summer edition will impress with a new venue, plenty of pizzazz and familiar grandeur. Whoohoo! It’s summer time – yes, you better believe it – and the best place to hang out is anywhere along the riverbanks. So pack your bags and head out! On July 19th and August 28th, from 1–10 p.m., the Sage Beach at Köpenicker Straße will open its gates for all high-minded design fans, gem hunters, fashion aficionados, street food connoisseurs, art enthusiasts and interior design lovers. Together with their neighbours – among them Exil-Wohndesign – they’re creating a true outdoor shopping experience that might just have you go on a summer splurge. As always, a potpourri of beautiful things and great surprises awaits. Plus: free entry and a good weather forecast – baddabing, baddaboom. See you Sunday!
BERLIN DESIGN MARKET – Summer Edition 2015 | Sun, 19.07.15 and Sun, 23.08.15, 1–10 p.m. | SAGE Beach, Köpenicker Str. 18-20, 10997 Berlin | free admission | | Facebook



Kategorien: Events | Autor: | Datum: 15. Juli 2015 | Tags: , , , , Keine Kommentare

Très chic!


Très chic!

We need fewer things. We need better things. And we really love the simple and beautiful maritime dufflebags by Marin et Marine. Each individual bag is hand crafted and unique. The upper part is made of natural canvas and complemented by a base either in muted or bright colours. Our current favourites are the Sac Marin Mint (79€) and the Marin Cuir Cognac, made in a little traditional leather manufactury in Berlin. Very simple, very chic! The stylish bags come with adjustable straps and are available in three different sizes. Wear them over your shoulder or even as a rucksack and keep your hands free for cycling, sipping cool drinks in the sun, holding hands etc, etc, etc. They’re perfect for any trip – whether you’re on your way to the office, the beach or your weekend getaway. These bags are super practical and offer plenty of space for all your stuff, they look great, were made to last and created locally with love and dedication. What more could we possibly ask for? Marin et Marine was founded by the twin sisters Valérie and Caroline. They both find inspiration staying with their family in France, and while travelling. What colour does summer have west of Paris, anyway? We’d say yellow! That’s why we’re giving away one beautiful Marin Sac Citron. So, if you’re in need of a new bag for your next trip simply write an email titled ‚AMOUR FOU‘ to Here’s to Franco-German friendship!
MARIN ET MARINE maritime duffle bags | 59 – 210 Euro |


Kategorien: Events, Products | Autor: | Datum: 15. Juli 2015 | Tags: , , , , , Keine Kommentare

Shhhhhh, it’s a secret!

Shhhhhh, it’s a secret!


So, what’s the deal with all these symbols popping up all over lately? Little alien-like trees – actually kind of unsettling but just as promising – either glued, sprayed or hanging in numerous hip and feel-good places. The good news is: we know what it’s all about AND we are going to tell you. (It’s been a well kept secret up until now, but we just can’t help ourselves – it’s too good!) From August 14th–16th, the very first Secrets Festival will take place somewhere secret (duh!) just outside Berlin. It’s going to be unlike anything and better than everything else so far. Surrounded by water, meadows, a beach, woods, hills and clearings, the makers of the festival are creating a parallel universe full of music, art, fashion and design, food, sports and workshops, tipis and houseboats, with cocoons hanging from trees, sculptures, light installations, visuals and performances. For three days, German bands and international singer/songwriters will be playing a mixture of pop, synthpop, indie, jazz-rock-fusion, jazz-funk, neo soul and Britpop. They’ll be performing on wonderfully decorated and converted stages sponsored by partners such as TV NOIR, Neue Heimat, Hackmode and Suol. Minimal electro, electro funk, easy listening, hip-hop and house will be sounding from the decks and there’ll be tons of live performances from chamber orchestras, street musicians or ambience & world music acts, all of them hiding in the midst of the forest while sound and nature intertwine. Among others, Roosevelt, Leslie Clio and The Acid are on board. Headlining acts are … umm, still a secret of course. (You get the theme here?) Ben Bommer (Parker Bowles, Neue Heimat) put together the food concept and also got Schneeweiß to set up a stall with their delicious food. Sip on dapper drinks from the BOOZE BAR (this year’s Mixology Bar Awards winner), dance the night away and then get centred again with some morning yoga and massages. The Secrets Festival wants you to enjoy yourself: let it linger, join the fun, crank it up or just wind down – whatever makes you happy. This idea is so in sync with the spirit of our times you ask yourself why anybody hasn’t thought of this before. So, say goodbye to passed out drunks, yucky smells and shower-time outs. Hello nature, family camping, outdoor art gallery and pop-up dinner on the riverbank! If Utopia existed, this is probably what it would look like. Catch the virtual vibe on (access code: S8MPSK7Z) and pre-order your ticket. Official sales start soon. We’ll see you in the clearing, where – to the rhythm of the music – the sun glistens through the treetops just to put a smile on our faces.
Secrets Festival | 14.­–16.08.2015 | secret location (geographic coordinates: water, meadows, beach, forest, hills) | | Facebook



Kategorien: Places | Autor: | Datum: 06. Mai 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , Keine Kommentare

Everyone matters.

Everyone matters.

What’s been happening off the coasts of the Fortress that is Europe is a tragedy and can’t be surpassed in terms of injustice and suffering. Nowhere else has the fragile imbalance of the world community become more obvious than along the refugee routes of the Mediterranean. Thousands of people are forced to flee due to poverty, hunger and persecution. Countless refugees end up losing their lives. Once the number of victims has reached an amount worth mentioning, as it has most recently, it causes a loud but brief outcry. Solutions hardly ever result from it. But every person matters. Nobody is more important than the other, just because they were born – by chance – on the other side of the ocean. When the CUCULA project started to engage in dialogue with refugees at the Oranienplatz, instead of either loudly demanding them to leave or fighting for their right to stay, it was more than just a step in the right direction: it was an effective and solution-oriented approach. CUCULA is a pilot project that has already supported five refugees in building their own professional future. Making and designing furniture, while incorporating fragments of their journey across the Mediterranean, such as wood planks from shipwrecks, the refugees are able to tell their story and have the opportunity to open up a perspective for a self-determined life. The proceeds from furniture sales are reinvested in educational programmes that will help pave the way for a long-term residence and work permit. This is how integration works. Another project that strives for a pragmatic and solution-oriented approach is Flüchtlinge Willkommen. While federal and state governments are still debating about accommodation costs for asylum seekers and fanatic criminals set fire to asylum homes, the Berlin project places refugees in shared flats or apartments without much ado. Everyone who has enough space can volunteer and accommodate one person or more in their home for a while. Flüchtlinge willkommen will connect you, organize the process and even help you re-finance „lost“ rent. Über den Tellerrand arranges culinary meetings for people with different backgrounds. An Afghan Night, a Nigerian cooking course – engaging in culinary dialogues, people and cultures come to together and help each other to escape stigmata. Involvement is the key – ignorance can often lead to intolerance. Go out and take a step forward. Get to know each other, commit yourself to a good cause and make the world a better place. These are all small projects and initiatives, but there are lots more. And they all have one thing in common: they’re providing solutions and putting things and us in motion.

Cucula | Flüchtlinge Willkommen fluechtlinge-willkommen.deÜber den Tellerrand Credit: Andreas Chudowski