Studio Aandacht likes to drive to Berlin. All the way from Amsterdam. The journey is just long enough to forget about all ongoing projects.Once arrived at the parking lot of the Michelberger Hotel it almost feels like coming home in the überrelaxed lobby. You notice how big the city is and in fact how far apart the various hot spots are as you discover the neighborhoods by taxi and by foot.
Sitting in the backseat, driving through Berlin you can’t help hearing a David Bowie song in your head.
The city seems to house his characters; from the smooth dandy from ‘Let’s dance’ in the Mitte to Ziggy Stardust in re-emerging areas like Neukölln, still the hang-out of the punk scene.
All this effortlessly mixed together with the melting pot of Vietnamese restaurants, Turkish supermarkets and numerous galleries.
Many walls of the city are covered with the work of creative souls, as in the Kino-alley on the Rosentahlerstrasse where every centimeter is used by graffiti artists.
Drinking Kaffee is an art in Berlin and the tastiest in Louca & Oberholz, a special place with the motto ‘Das Leben ist kein Ponyhof. We prefer to go to the neighborhood surrounding the August strasse, browsing through the bookstore Do you Read where they really have all the magazines you can think of that you normally have to gather from different bookstores. If the weather is nice of course you have to go for a pizza in the garden of the Clärchen Ballhaus, and while you are there try to have a peak inside the mirror room on the first floor.
Because of the cold winter weather we opted for the former Jüdischen Mädchenschule where on the ground floor there are two restaurants; Mogg with bio food and the stately Pauly Saal a world in itself and worth to make a reservation for. Upon entering the Pauly Saal restaurant you seem to go back in time, the interior is classical with a touch of posh and in the cocktail bar beautiful green and styling wood put you in the mood for eating. In the great dining hall a huge missile cannot be missed and the tables all are covered with white starched damask tablecloths. Hanging from the high ceiling you see specially designed Murano glass chandeliers, the green fabric on the sofas is in starck contrast with the red stone brick walls. The young kitchen staff is just as surprising as the interior, so just order the chef’s menu and let everything happen. Not cheap but worth every euro. In the former girl school you will also find several art galleries with constantly changing presentations, but when we were there the installation of John Albers at the Michel Fuchs gallery on the top floor really catched our eye.Just around the corner of the August Strasse interior lovers should pay a visit to Room Capacity and also at 10119 DESIGN both in the Linienstrasse with vintage design and art, remarkable (kristal) glassware as well as accessories that will bring the Berlin touch to your home; if you do not spot what you want right away they also have a webshop.
Normally we do not like the ‘Mitte’, with its tourist traps and glamour shops, but tipped by friends we bravely ventured into the city center to eat at GoGogi, double brave as genuine Korean food virgins. We had no idea what to choose from the menu, but got served a great introduction to Korean cuisine by the team of three artists from Seoul that began here in 2015. They also had their hand in the interior, with lots of dark shades and original furniture coming from Korean homes and schools.Recommended.
Cafés, restaurants and terraces in the Oranienstrasse around the corner from the studio of Hella Jongerius, the Bless apartment and the almost hidden Voo store with fashion and objects of desire, note the Vibkov perfume and unique book collection. Voo Store has a seductive online store. Just some quick shopping at Bikini Berlin which is a convenient mall next to Kürfursterdam with many unexpected (design) brands under one roof adjacent to the zoo and across the Memorial Church; an imposing almost box like building with a breathtaking interior. Just go in and light a candle for love.
This year, Studio Aandacht is running for 15 years and we have been together as a couple for 25 years. To celebrate this we treated ourselves to the newly opened Hide Out apartment in the Michelberger Hotel; The apartment consists of a big white wooden house built inside a huge loft situated in the back of the hotel. In this white house is a bedroom and top of the stairs a smaller bedroom, but we let the children stay at home in order to fully enjoy the sauna, rain shower and bathtub, and o yes on the left we also found a build-in kitchen. So you could actually hide out here if you want. In stead we went on being hero’s in Berlin…
Studio Aandacht is styling director Tatjana Quax, art director Ben Lambers and the people they surrounded themselves with since they started their studio for ‘commercial culture’ back in 2001. Both national and internationally reknowned museums, publishers, magazines, brands, designers and manufacturers choose to hire this creative couple to do their creative work.
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