I am more than willing to make a trip to my personal no-go-area, Friedrichshain, for Sebastian, one of the best dressed men in Berlin. He proves to be equally talented in styling himself and his apartment. His spacious place is furnished around two white, brass decorated cupboards he inherited from his grandparents. The huge flower object next to the sofa is actually a lamp and corresponds with the cupboards. I am pretty sure Sebastian is the only one who can make this rather weird item look contemporary. (We are very interested to find out if this might be a designer’s item – does anyone know?)
Category: At Home
Neetu is living in Neukölln, not in the hipster part just off Maybach Ufer, but in the quiet Rixdorf, just some streets away from the Böhmisches Dorf. Her apartment is furnished only with items from local flea markets and loads of flowers. She shares it with her miniature pinscher Vince, who likes to sing along to the miniature harmonica Neetu wears as a necklace.
I do not need to tell you what the work of artist Carsten Nicolai is like, since most of you know it already.
However, I can tell you that he is speaking the most pleasant Saxon dialect I’ve ever heard. Being born and raised in Saxony myself, I immediately lost the tone when I left aged 18. I’ve always had a troubled relationship with this special dialect, but for some months I am starting to enjoy it again. Carsten says to speak this dialect feels like to willingly fall in a kind of sofa, a very soft one.
When I was finished with the portrait of Cooperative Designs, Dorothee asked me if I would like to meet two shoe designers that had their working space in the same unit. A door behind the knitting machines opened and I met Atalanta (left), the creative behind the label Atalanta Weller and her assistant Holly. Their studio is filled with sculptural heels, designed for Gareth Pugh and House Of Holland. Atalanta’s own collection has been out for the second time this winter and is available at Brown’s Fashion.
Susie Bubble visited her only some days later: Ata-Weller-Weller-oh….