From Place To Space: Design Fun In Berlin

15 December 2013 1


Two weeks ago I set off for an early bird flight from Munich to Berlin to attend a four days design blogger tour in the German capital. This was the second design blogger tour after Copenhagen. I was looking forward to meeting my fellow bloggers and friends and exploring design in the popular city of Berlin. Even though I had a slight cold (which turned into a nasty cold leaving me without voice in the midst of Berlin snowstorms), I was determined to enjoy to the max. And so I did.

We were based in the hip Michelberger Hotel in Eastern Berlin and had a fun-filled agenda. One highlight was a styling challenge for ‘Fashion for Home’, but I will tell you more about it in a later post. Another great part was a ‘Green Design Tour’ guided by GoArt! Berlin, customized for us by our hosts from ‘Visit Berlin’. First they took us out for dinner to a über-cool Berlin-style vegetarian restaurant and club called ‘Cookies Cream’ (hidden in a gloomy backyard). And the next day they guided us to some amazing stores, studios, museums and ateliers with a focus on sustainable, local design. Let me take you along.

We started off in an old brewery that turned into a cultural center and strolled down the street to the art and architecture center AEDES where we enjoyed a special opening of their current exhibition on new architectural project around the globe. This was followed by a fabulous atelier/shop called ‘Heer’, where the founder’s grandchild Daniel Heer continues a family tradition of manufacturing leather mattresses filled with horsehair, leather furniture and bags – the place was a real gem and the story and work of Daniel Heer beyond fascinating. I enjoyed so much the fact that a young man strives for a career in manufacturing high-quality goods and perpetuating a long lasting family tradition.

Absolutely inspired we set off to discover a great shop with a fun name: ‘Noodles, Noodles & Noodles’. The owner introduced us to the philosophy of the sustainably produced furniture pieces and made us regret we came by plane cause we couldn’t buy anything of the great design pieces. The official tour was rounded up by a visit to a fantastic photo studio called ‘Imago’ where you can take 1:1 sized black and white photos of yourself with a retro vibe. Happy and tired we enjoyed lunch with our nice hosts before we decided to check out more stores by ourselves.

We visited the huge Modulor store with all kind of stationery and DIY equipment, the fabulous concept store Voo in Kreuzberg, the Berlin office of the Stockholm-based real estate agency ‘Fantastic Franck’ and the design concept store ‘Supergrau Apartment’ where we were invited to dine with the staff. It’s pretty logic that even a design tour needs to be fed well, so we gladly accepted another lunch invitation by the folks over at the German headquarters of Etsy

After lot of walking, fighting the snowstorm and fierce winds, after gallons of ginger tea with honey and layers and layers of warm clothing, I was happy and tired back in Munich. And I still have more to tell you. But that I will keep for another post. Happy new week, friends!

Photography by Igor Josifovic, photo no. 4 by Riikka Kantinkoski

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  • Reply Elodie Love 16 December 2013 at 16:51

    Dear Igor,
    that looks like so much fun! Berlin is such a great city.
    Your photos are so pretty. Talk to you soon

  • Reply Angelika Leśniak 16 December 2013 at 20:51

    Super Igor! Danke für die tollen Werkstattbilder, ich liebe Einblicke in so etwas!
    Was hat sich wohl das Espressokännchen geleistet, dass es hinter Gittern sitzt 🙂
    Habe viel Freude an Deinem Blog!

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 16 December 2013 at 23:22

      Vielen lieben Dank, Angelika! Ich finde Werkstätten auch faszinierend – ich bin immer begeistert, was Menschen mit ihren Händen schaffen! Davon sollte man viel mehr sehen!

  • Reply Becky - Pretty Dandy 16 December 2013 at 22:53

    Ooh it looks wonderful! I love the pictures (as always) and Daniel Heer’s work sounds wonderful. Looking forward to reading more!


    • Reply Igor Josifovic 16 December 2013 at 23:24

      Thank you Becky! Honestly, the ‘Manufaktur Herr’ was a real highlight. I was first bored when I heard them talking about a ‘mattress place’. Little did I know it is a fascinating family business in third generation with history, passion and great craftsmanship!

  • Reply Maria Matiopoulou 17 December 2013 at 00:43

    I love your photos and that leather armchair in one of them! Oh my 🙂 It looks like such a fun trip! I hope you’re feeling a lot better and warm Igor! Kalimera!


    • Reply Igor Josifovic 17 December 2013 at 09:25

      Thank you, Maria!! All fine again after a rough tour in Berlin – but the design was too good, I just couldn’t stay in the (hotel) bed:-)) Have a fab day!

  • Reply Gerard @WalnutGrey 17 December 2013 at 11:25

    Very cool write up Igor 🙂 Was good being there with you… despite your coughing all over us – joking 😉 And great pics too!

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 17 December 2013 at 11:44

      Thanks Gerard – I was nice to you and slept downstairs:-))

  • Reply tina @ colourliving 17 December 2013 at 11:30

    What a wonderful tour you had.

    I went to see the Michelberger just after they opened and go back there every time I’m in Berlin. Have not stayed there as prefer slightly bigger rooms:-)) but LOVE the concept.

    Eaten at Cookies and Cream many times.. really fab food!

    Isn’t Modular just great?

    I love the places you went to and have bookmarked this post for my next visit in 2014.
    How cool is ‘HEER’? and I know you got my book from Voo Store as the receipt was in it:-)) hope you don’t need it and enjoy Apartamento!

    I’ve also got the Berlin Design Guide and can’t wait to make use of it when I next visit.

    Great photographs and nice to see Gerard:-))

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 17 December 2013 at 11:43

      Oh my!!! That crazy salesperson sneaked the receipt into the book?? Well ok, now you know what I bought there and what I paid LOL. But I don’t need the receipt, so no worries:-) And yes, Apartamento is a favorite read of mine so I had to grab the latest issue. Oh and ‘Manufaktur Heer’ is fantastic – you should definitely visit it, Tina. You will love every bit of it!

  • Reply raina @A Stylist's Life 18 December 2013 at 17:59

    I never had much interest in visiting Berlin until seeing this post- now I’m dying to go.
    The Design Blogger group you have looks amazing- wish we had something like it in the states. Can’t wait to hear more about it from you. Hmm maybe I can be the US blogger 🙂

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