Gallery Weekend Kick-Off

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Made some new friends. Thanks MCM for those pandas!

Even though I couldn’t stay for the entire Gallery Weekend in Berlin (which ends tomorrow), I managed to come for its very kick-off, which happenned at Andreas Murkudis. I’ve written about this store here and there, so I think there’s no need to explain once again why this place is one of the most incredible concept stores in the world. For the occasion, Andreas Murkudis organised an event called Seoul10Soul, which celebrates the leading designers from Seoul. From Blindness and Bourie to Ych and Munn, the magnificent bamboo rack construction placed in the front of the store presented the intricacy and innovative character of Korean brands. Along Céline trench coats and Dries Van Noten dresses, you can also view Murkudis’ personal collection of rare photography books from well-established artists including Larry Sultan, Wolfgang Tillmans or Walker Evans. Plus, every Berliner knows that a party at Andreas Murkudis is a party to be at. And, there’s a large probability that you will meet your Berlin-based Instagram friends, in real life. Nice to meet you, @iampatrickmason!

During Gallery Weekend, nearly every place you visit booms with art. Odeeh, which is just across Andreas Murkudis, had a small party celebrating a Berlin-based artist, Leonhard Hurzlmeier. In the nearby Blain|Southern gallery, which is located in a former warehouse, a private view of Frank Thiel’s Quinceañeras (that examines the tradition of the often lavish coming-of-age celebrations around a young woman’s fifteenth birthday in Cuba) and Liliane Tomasko’s A Dream Of  (paintings that expressively describe the emotions triggered by the artist’s dreams) took place as well. But note: Gallery Weekend spreads across entire Berlin, and I’ve had a chance to see just a bit of it this year. Hope that my next April will be much less hectic and I will be there for all of it!

Photos by Edward Kanarecki.

Odeeh in Berlin

Oh, how I adore Berlin and its stores. With their label called Odeeh, Otto Drögsler and Jörg Ehrlich stand for a now rare atelier tradition since 2008. The German label is the result of the designer duo’s different tempers that brings the complexity to every collection – be it the silhouettes or the range of materials. The vision created by Drögsler and Ehrlich is about a cool, eclectic aesthetic. Whether we’re speaking of a chic knee-lenght tapestry skirt or a baggy coat, Odeeh has you covered for every occasion, really. To truly experience Odeeh, it’s worth discovering their relatively new boutique in Berlin. Located in a well-hidden, old townhouse, the store clashes historical elements and ornaments with contemporary details, like lightbulb lamps or metal shelves. If you’re here, be sure to get your hands on one of those locally sourced homeware pieces!

Potsdamer Str. 81 (Haus J) / Berlin

Berlin: Weekend Places

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Berlin is a perfect city to be checked out on the weekends. And as I am visiting Berlin pretty often, I really know it well! The paper-shops, boutiques, ateliers… all of them seem to be so unique and one-of-a-kind. Here are my new (and old) favourite places I truly enjoy while staying in Berlin.

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Bikini – department stores usually make think of Kadewe, Lafayette etc. So, the huge, mass-friendly buildings with EVERYTHING. But Bikini is a totally new retail experience. With some seriously cool concept stores inside, you can find here great furniture, perfumes and clothes by Berlin-based designers.

Budapester Straße 38-50

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ODEEH – every Berlin fashionista loves ODEEH, the German label. Although the brand calls itself affordable, the price point is similar to Marni… but the dresses and printed tops are eye-catchy with their bold twist.

Located in Bikini 

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Papier in Mitte / R.S.V.P. – my favourite paper-shop in the entire world. Hidden in Mitte district, Papier sells unique “made in Korea” notebooks, sketchbooks, pads, postcards and other ultra necessary articles. In reality, I could stay here for a day, or two.

Mulackstraße 14

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Holly – are you a 60’s & 70’s fashion lover? This place is right for you. At Holly, they are supplied with incredible men’s selection.

Alte Schönhauser Straße 4

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FIona Bennett Atelier – Fiona is a master of hat-making. Her hats are real pieces of art, whether they are more simple or more eccentric. I am in love with them although I always prefer a beanie on my head.

Potsdamer Straße 81

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Andreas Murkudis – Right, I know, I am posting too much about Andreas Murkudis. But my heart belongs to this concept store. I am constantly obsessed with their curated objects, cosmetics, leather goods and of course clothes. And when they have a sale season, it’s really worth a visit.

Potsdamer Straße 81E

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Vivienne Westwood – last but not the least. Vivienne’s store. The punk spirit is addictive. The store itself is like a museum full of art. And, you can’t really take pictures inside. But their outlet space overcompensates everything.

Mulackstraße 26