New Idols Land –
The Beckenbauer Affairs

“I am happy to finally talk again about football in a circle of reasonable people” – Beckenbauer said recently at his first TV appearance in the midst of the ongoing investigation about corruption surrounding the FIFA World Cup held in Germany 2006. Welcome to the language of FIFA and Volkswagen. Institutions or corporations always find themselves mascots and messengers that connect whatever there is to connect with the regular dude. ()

Housekeeping Ladies square

Our Housekeeping

Please meet Beata, Grazyna, Anna, Swieta and Moni. These ladies, led by our head Housekeeper Elena (third from the left) form part of our relatively new in-house housekeeping team. Back in February we decided to stop outsourcing this service, and to create our own team of housekeeping ninjas. At the time, one of the ladies from the external cleaning company was from Poland. When word got out that we were ()


What do they hate
so much about us?

9/11/01. 7am. San Francisco. The phone rings. A friend from NY told me to turn on the television. After a couple of hours in front of the screen, I ended up wandering around lost somewhere downtown. The streets were empty. America came to a sudden halt. And that did not happen very often in the past decades. In a weird way it immediately felt like one of those moments in ()

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The Monkey Loooves
Father Carpenter Coffee Brewers

Krésten Thøgersen relocated from Melbourne to Berlin for one reason – to open a cafe that people left happier than when they arrived. His mission statement: To up the quality of life. Krésten opened Father Carpenter Coffee Brewers in Mitte in January 2015, and so far it looks like his purpose is being achieved. After spending some time in Berlin in 2009, Krésten felt that the city was missing a certain something in relation to ()


Michelberger fancy pants:
The Hideouts

Together with our friend Sigurd Larsen, we built on our architecturally sharp room categories and added some hot shots to the family, something wundervoll: The Hideout rooms. Self-contained suites where you can hideout from the world and do your thing in peace. The rooms have lots of wood, are playful, luxurious, spacious and tactile. They come with sauna, kitchen, bath, rain shower and a bunch of extra sweets. There is second bed ()


Wiener Wunderkinder

A memorable encounter: meet Martin and Andreas, Olympians and manufacturers.  Martin, a 6 time Olympic competitor in both winter and summer Olympics. From chasing Ben Johnson in Seoul ’88 to racing down the ice tunnels in a bobsleigh. And Andreas, still holding the Austrian long jump record at 8,30 meters. Both met at the Olympics in the bobsleigh team. Last Sunday they drove up from Vienna just to present us their ()


The Granata

Here’s one of the seasonal cocktails just added to our bar menu. This is what goes in: ¼ Muddled Beetroot, 1,5 oz Adler Gin, a dash of Cocchi Torino, 1 oz Lemon Juice & 0,5 oz Honey Syrup. Cheers!

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The Monkey Loooves
Let It Be

Berlin is fast becoming known as one of the vegan and vegetarian capitals of the world, often taking top spot on lists compiled by everyone from vegan bloggers to established culinary magazines. There’s a definite momentum surrounding food that comes from plants in this city, and for this installment of The Monkey Loooves, we met with Nina and Red, owners of Let It Be. Their cosy vegan restaurant is in Neukölln and ()

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Mario –
Master Of Hats

This is Mario. He’s from Columbia, he’s one of our chefs, and he really really likes hats.  


Mother Sun
Sweat tops

The Mother Sun is the first release in a series of clothing pieces from this mysterious character… We’re not sure who she is but we like her attitude. The top has a white & gold print on front and back and is made from organic cotton and is printed and sewn locally. There’s also a roomy cotton bag with the same motive, with long and short straps for carrying over shoulder or in hand. ()