Author: Mary Scherpe

Food in Berlin: Little Otik (closed)

Jeffrey Sfire and Kevin Avery, two charming New Yorkers, came to Berlin two years ago and founded what was then new in town: the “Palisaden Supper Club”. Once a month, the club opened for 10 people, where Jeffrey and Kevin invited them to their home to spoil them with a dainty three course meal made from regional and seasonal products they found at the markets. It was so successful that the couple decided to go for the real deal and when they found an abandoned space on Graefestraße they knew it was the right time to turn their business into full time: “Little Otik” was born.

At home: Dominikus Müller

Sometimes people assume I bring flowers to peoples’ houses or re-arrange the furniture to shoot the “At Home” pictures (I don’t). This is Dominikus’ flowerless office in Mitte, as I found it on that day I arrived to shoot his portrait. Dominikus spends most of his days working here as a writer focussing on contemporary art, just next to the ever-alluring bookstore Pro qm.

Interview: The Green Box

“The end of print” was predicted countless times and with the development of eBook readers this end seems to be irreversible. Can we think beyond the traditional form of the book in the age of web 2.0 and find a new form that stands the test against the endless digital memory capacity? Anja Lutz and Axel Lapp founded “The Green Box” publishing house to accept this challenge and present artist’s books, that are unparalleled in their inticrate bond of design and content. We met them in their offices in Prenzlauer Berg to talk about their program and the future of print. Unfortunately, this interview is as yet only available in German.

At home: Jessica Manthey

They say one of Berlin’s advantages is its cheap rents and abundance of free space. While this might be true for Lichtenberg, Reinickendorf, Niederschönhausen and other areas at the periphery, it is certainly not easy finding the perfect place at an appropriate price in popular areas like Kreuzberg or Mitte. On top of that, it might even be called impossible to find a house on the free market in the neighbourhoods around Paul-Lincke-Ufer or Auguststraße – most of the places are passed between friends and colleagues, and you must be lucky enough to be in the place at the right time. Jessica was fortunate when she found this beautiful and spacious apartment at Lausitzer Platz in the middle of Kreuzberg (through a hint of a colleague) and finally got it after five months of negotiating. She has been following a distinct style inspired by the 1960s for years, compiling a marvelous collection of furniture and accessories at flea markets and auctions, which fit perfectly with the style of the apartment.