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Berlin Tips, Anyone?

[11/13 update: back from berlin, today i'm in the south of germany with family, returning on 11/14. see you tomorrow. xo, holly]

Happy Friday to you! There’s a gadzillion finds today from the Graduation Galleries at Dutch Design Week for you to scroll through below, but due to space (you’ll be scrolling forever), I’m thinking it would be better to wait until Monday to post the rest (I have a dozen or so more). I also have highlights from my travels to Hamburg to post, so I’ll save those for next week, too.

Ich bin ein Berliner! I’m heading off to Berlin for the weekend with friends, praying for decent weather, and looking forward to checking out the East Berlin art scene, hit Ku’ Damm, and of course, the massive retailers (like Galeries Lafayette and the food hall at KaDeWe) and the little indie boutiques, too. Last time I was in Berlin, I was still single and being a bit over-excited about everything (visiting a new city, all the sights, being on a date), I crashed a brand new Mercedes on lease into an SUV of a very heated Berliner, so here’s hoping I’m better behaved this time around.

If you have any Berlin suggestions, please please please (please!) comment below or email me offline – I’d love some tips from readers since you are quite the savvy bunch and honestly, all these travel websites just don’t do it for me like the opinions from friends. Maybe some of the “must-see” areas for fresh, new talent – lots of indie stores and art galleries, for instance… It’s decor8blog[at]yahoo[dot]com.

I hope you like the slew of posts I’ve left you with today, and watch for the Blog of the Week and Book of the Week, appearing soon in the left column. You won’t want to miss ‘em!

Side notes: I’d like to welcome to a few new sponsors to the blog since I forgot to do this last week, Elsewares and Nazmiyal Rug Gallery. Welcome aboard. Your support means a lot. Without it, I may have to actually get a real job.

(image from Sebastian Niedlich, a most interesting flickr find this week.)

Posted in shopping, travel on November 10, 2006

Murs Portables – Hester van Dijk

Another presentation that held my attention was the project “Murs Portables” by Hester van Dijk from Overtreders W. Multi-functional walls that allow the home dweller to not only move them around as they choose (they are free-standing) but these architectural partitions (padded, “x” design, blinds, shades, etc.) can also serve multiple fuctions – to filter light, to insulate for either blocking sound or adding warmth, to frame a space, to block light, create privacy, the list goes on and on… But always to create visual interest. These would be gorgeous in a loft environment or office space, don’t you think?

(images from holly becker for decor8)

Posted in events + markets, workspace on November 10, 2006

Glossy Concrete Moulding – Dax van Son

I love the idea of using materials that are often neglected or not viewed as pretty or desirable to create things that are. Like concrete. Very few think of concrete as a beautiful material. Driveway, foundation, walls – those things come to mind – but hardly the word beautiful. “Glossy Concrete Moulding” is a project from designer Dax van Son who has set out to change the way we look at and use concrete. Here he used a material that few experiment with on this level – transforming it into either bowls or vases that look like satiny, glazed earthenware. Or as moulding that is available in every color imaginable, and because it is extremely dense and dirt repellent, it is suitable for nearly everything from street furniture to wall tiles.

(images from holly becker for decor8)

Posted in events + markets, kitchen on November 10, 2006

Hotknot – Maartje de la Brassine

“Hotknot” designed by Maartje de la Brassine, takes baking forms and accessories in silcone rubber on a new level. Usually, you see silcone mits that are solid, for example – no holes. The goal in this project was to create a more open structure, using less materials without dimishing their protective properties. Experiments with traditional craft techniques resulted in a table runner, overn mit, and few placemats. What do you think?

Email mdelabrassine[at]hotmail[dot]com for more information.

(images by holly becker for decor8)

Posted in events + markets, kitchen on November 10, 2006


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