Category: At Home

At Home: Mari Lippok

Mari, who wears her favourite Bernhard Wilhelm dress in this picture, lives around the corner from my house and she is my icon for simple delights. When she serves her guests something, one can be sure it is of highest quality, though it takes only little time to prepare. For example, she always has this special kind of soft water at home, and makes the most delicious flat bread with grainy salt and rosemary that goes incredibly well with some red wine on her balcony in late summer nights. I remember one dinner when she announced she would only prepare something very simple, and when we arrived the most mouth-watering scent of a heartwarming and dainty pasta sauce was already filling the room. If Mari invites you over, you can consider yourself lucky.

At home: Yoske Nishiumi

Yoske Nishiumi is wearing a Kitsuné shirt, Raf by Raf Simons sweater, APC trousers and Koiklub x Onitsuka Tiger Lay Up shoes

Berlin is cold, freezing and algid. It’s no fun running through brown slush-covered streets in the hopes of meeting someone who’s opted for aesthetics rather than functional clothing. But don’t get me wrong, I do not suggest you to dress in style and freeze all day. Rather we had the idea to go into the warm homes of our subjects, visit them in their living rooms, and photograph them not with chattering teeth, but relaxed and calm. And besides that, as a way to present the way some Berliners live. Like our Cut! series, this will be in addition to our normal street approach.

Yoske is a friend and my language exchange partner. I teach him German, he teaches me Japanese (if we do not spend our time savouring miso soup or listening to piano tunes). Besides he is the founder of Koiklub, whose latest stroke of genius was the transformation of a Spätkauf at Torstraße, selling original Japanese products and the latest Onitsuka Tiger shoes. The one he is wearing are in store from July. I say they are flesh-colored, he doesn’t like that.