HOST: DAON BRONI
Daon travels to Berlin where billion-dollar infrastructure projects coupled with unbelievably cheap rent are promoting an environment that’s conducive to all things design.
Daon’s first stop is Minilofts, a unique and cool Berlin accommodation option run by partners in business and life, Britt Jurgens and Matthew Griffin. And from the roof top garden of Minilofts one can take in one of Berlin’s most famous icons – the TV tower also known as the Pope’s finger by the locals.
Based in Berlin but plying his trade across the world, Daon meets architect Jürgen Mayer. Jürgen merges art, nature and design to breath life into structures way beyond the mere capabilities of computer rendering. And as well as projects across Germany we also take in his latest and most challenging structure to date, Seville’s city square – the Metropol Parasol.
From architecture to interiors and the world of photography Daon meets Natascha Meuser who is visually documenting the reconstruction of the historical centre of Berlin. Natascha takes Daon on a city walk through her favourite parts of the city, both old and new.
Daon makes a quick visit to the Museum of Things where he meets Christian Mayrock. On his visit Daon discovers first hand some examples of both good and bad design.
Next, Daon meets with fashion duo Doreen Schultz and Clara Leskovar, the highly talented and successful designers behind the C. Neeon label. Bold colours, geometric prints and whimsical flair C. Neeon is one of Berlin and Europes leading fashion houses, showing in both London and Paris Fashion Weeks. The fashion duo’s tips range from the Planetarium to a funky Portuguese karaoke bar, Eka.
From fashion to a quick pit stop at a very funky magazine shop, “Do you Read Me”. The store stocks a comprehensive range of titles ranging in topics from architecture, art, fashion and photography. The store is located in Augustrasse and is surrounded by galleries and café’s.
Christrian Dabbert runs graphics house, GRACO. This bold and colourful design house has a simple yet powerful motto, “Simple and direct, good concepts don’t need an interpreter”. And the visuals of GRACO certainly fit this criteria. Christian’s tip is the Kastanienalee in Prenzlauer Berg, a street where all the young people come to hang out and see and be seen in the array of bars, cafes and clubs.
Daon spends a reflective moment at Peter Eisenmann’s evocative Holocaust Memorial. A series of concrete slabs arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping plane situated alongside the Brandenburg Gates.
Minimalist, sensual, and with a meticulous attention to detail, we meet Susanne Philippson, a lighting and furniture designer. Susanne offers some hot insider tips including a visit to day spa, Olivin and Fleischeri, which literally means Butcher and which used to be an old styled Berlin butchers shop before being converted to a fashionable restaurant.
Brothers Jan and Tim Edler are Realities United, a design house that bridges art with architecture. Working with a mix of old and new technologies they produce progressive and sometimes subversive work on a grand scale. Daon meets with Tim who shows us their range of work in Berlin and to as far afield as Singapore.
And finally, Daon meets with Katja Hentschel a photographer dedicated to capturing and documenting Berlin’s kaleidescope of party’s and clubs. Katja takes us on a walking tour of her Berlin and we take in some shopping at the very funky Starstyling in the fashionable Mitte district. And then its onto Rodeo, a grand old ballroom turned restaurant.
That’s our unique snapshot of Berlin through the eyes of some of the city’s creatives.