Chambers Mag 01 / 2011
We are proud to present the very first issue of the CHAMBERS MAG. Learn more about our properties Lux 11 and The Weinmeister in Berlin-Mitte and Designhotel Elephant in Prague. Get to know the people behind the scenes, our friends and partners.
Mag 2011 // 01 8 12 14 About Lux 11 The Rooms The Penthouse 16 18 20 Facts Restaurant Luchs The Lodge 2 2 24 26 The Aveda HairSpa Made by Originals Streetlife RosaLuxemburg-Strasse WEINM 44 46 50 52 About The Weinmeister The Rooms Meet & Mingle Facts 54 56 58 60 The Rooftop Schwarz Bar The BeautySpa Events 2 6 64 66 The HURTS Chamber Art Berlin Henrik Pfeifer – The eye of Berlin ELEPHA 86 88 Prague – The sleeping beauty The Rooms 90 91 Mimi’s favourite spots in Prague About The Elephant 2 9 95 Facts Imprint 8 2 30 32 Stilrad Fiat 500 Abarth Ante Perry – Last night a DJ saved my life 34 36 38 Adidas Originals Patrick von Strenge – Mitte 24 Hours Dirk Dreyer – There’s something about the music MEISTER 2 7 74 76 Henrik Soller – Fashion baby! Thomas Tänzer – Homes away from home Stefan Trocha – My Berlin 8 7 78 82 ANT Urban Lifestyle Adam Anderson – Interview Around the world with Elmo Hagendorf WELCOME HOME // www.lux-eleven.com LUX 11 Berlin-Mitte: A House that ‘Speaks Berlin’ Like No Other Lux 11 is located in the pulsating heart of Berlin-Mitte. Surrounded by the shops of Berlin’s fashion scene, art galleries, media agencies and countless cafes, bars and restaurants, the essential Berlin is just around the corner. Hackesche Höfe, Alexanderplatz with the landmark television tower, Gendarmenmarkt, Prenzlauer Berg and Museumsinsel are just a little walk away. The property was built in the end of the 19th century as a residential building for officers before it became a military hospital during the First World War. The house also survived the Second World War and was occupied by the Russian secret service from then on. The KGB operated a telephone surveillance station to monitor the phone conversations between East and West Berliners. Some weeks after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the agents left the building overnight, their job was over. From 1990, the neighbourhood became a booming district for arts, underground clubs and galleries, and so the house was a place of subculture and parties for over a decade. In 2005, after two years of refurbishment, Lux 11 opened as a boarding house. It became the favourite of Berlin’s creative scene immediately and is now the most popular designer residence in Berlin, being first choice for DJs, musicians and celebrities. It offers 72 spacious open-plan apartments, ranging in size from 25 – 55 m2, featuring a fully equipped kitchenette, creating a truly cosy and at-home feel. All four-star comforts, such as 24-hour reception and room service, are available. The 160 m2 penthouse can also be used as an exclusive meeting room. Lux 11, named after its location on Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. also houses Luchs Restaurant, serving Italian cuisine, and the bar The Lodge, as well as Aveda HairSpa and the fashion store Ulf Haines. eight Nine Ten Eleven twelve thirteen Fourteen The penthouse is a spectacular apartment of 160 m2 on the top floor of Lux 11. With two bedrooms and two bathrooms, a large living room and an open kitchen, it is the perfect place for living in Mitte. Designer furniture by Brühl, a fireplace and a rooftop terrace directly facing the TV tower complete the experience. No surprise that many celebrities, actors and musicians have lived here. A separate entrance guarantees privacy. The penthouse is also a great place for your event, presentation or photo / film production. With conference equipment it can accommodate meetings for up to 20 people. fifteen 72 apartments and suites // Value Room – up to 30 m2 // Superior Room – up to 30 m2 with balcony // Deluxe Room 35 m2 // Executive Suite 45 m2 // Premier Suite 55 m2 Amenities service meeting Lux 11 // Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 9 – 13 – 10178 Berlin // T. +49 30 936 280-0 // F. +49 30 936 280-80 // email@example.com // www.lux-eleven.com // www.facebook.com/lux11berlin Sixteen ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ Wireless Internet connection Air-conditioning (available for rent upon request) Altec Lansing iPhone Docking Station LCD TVs and DVD player Fax Cordless phone with voice mail Safe Writing desk Fully equipped kitchenette including mini stove, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, water heater, coffee- machine and toaster Apartments cleaned every day Hairdryer Rain shower Complimentary terry cloth flip flops Aveda toiletries Non-smoking rooms Parking garage Luggage storage 24-hour reception service Room service Laundry and ironing service Self-service laundry A 160 m2 penthouse for up to 20 people Audio-visual equipment Wireless Internet Rooftop terrace Daylight Seventeen Luchs is a restaurant with understated elegance, where food, not design, take centre stage. The restaurant’s long rectangular dining room is flanked by floor-to-ceiling windows, allowing massive amounts of natural light to flood the room. It provides a great contrast to warm darker tones, such as the charcoal-grey seat cushions, wooden floor and indirect lighting, creating a serene and cosy environment. Luchs has a capacity of 100 guests plus another 60 seats on the sunny terrace. The cuisine features Italian classics such as homemade pasta and the best of meat and fish. www.luchs-berlin.de Eighteen nineteen your place to RETOX the lodge bar The Lodge, an adjacent lounge made of stone and wood, is a cosy, intimate refuge where to begin or end oneâ€™s night with the perfect libation. Open from 7 p.m. to all wee hours of the night, Lux 11 guests and Berliners can come together to mingle and enjoy classic cocktails, or to discover unusual flavours created by the in-house mixologist. www.the-lodge-berlin.de Twenty Twentyone Twentytwo Beate Kahlcke runs Aveda HairSpa next to the Lux 11 lobby. Her styling, colouring and skin treatment programmes follow ayurvedic principles, specially adapted to your personal needs. But not only the flower-based Aveda products will touch your body and soul – Beate’s laughter that can be heard all over Rosa-Luxemburg-Strasse will do so, too. Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 9 –13 – 10178 Berlin – +49 30 2809 1918 – www.beatekahlcke.de Twentythree If you want to attract the hottest artists, the hippest actors and the coolest creative types to your hotels, do what Thomas Tänzer, Elmo Hagendorf and Dirk Dreyer do in Berlin: ‘ Throw open the doors, invite them all in and let them run wild. ’ ‘Love it or leave it’ – this is the slogan for all of Thomas Tänzer’s, Elmo Hagendorf's and Dirk Dreyer’s hotels. The Weinmeister and The Lux in Berlin take aim at just about every hotel convention left standing. With the opening of The Weinmeister in July of 2010, Tänzer and Hagendorf recruited Dirk Dreyer, a former DJ and record label talent scout, to apply his talents and experience to managing the two popular Berlin hotels. Located in the pulsating heart of Mitte, the h otels are 24-hour playgrounds for adults that exude a seductive draw for film, music and entertainment crowds. The influence of Berlin’s creative scene is felt in many of The Weinmeister’s design details, from floors done by the local street art collective, Paint Club, to the graffitisplattered front door or the HURTS room, designed by the British pop-synth duo. Photographer Henrik Pfeifer’s black and white photographs are exhibited in each of the hotel’s 88 rooms. Well connected in the city’s cultural scenes, Tänzer, Hagendorf and Dreyer have set a new standard in Berlin’s hospitality sector with a set of properties that embody modern comfort and high style. ‘ we don’t do hotels – We’re in the entertainment industry. ’ ‘It’s mainly the mixture when I’m sitting in the lobby,’ says Dreyer, recalling an evening two weeks earlier when Mando Diao and Juliette Lewis were both staying at The Weinmeister. ‘I said, “Hey, this is it”. It’s the band, and they brought their wives and kids, and it’s Juliette Lewis with blue hair eating goulash soup. And there are fashion people around and tourists taking pictures of our graffiti entrance. This is the vibe that we want.’ http://www.madebyoriginals.com/originals/thomastanzer-elmo-hagendorf-dirk-dreyer Twentyfour Twentyfive FĂœNF rosa-luxemburg- Best Of Germany Twentysix -strasse Weekend Club Best Of Germany Weekend club When you are looking for a souvenir with style, you have to visit Best Of Germany, straight opposite Lux 11. The shop owner Thomas Eissler is a very nice guy, offering traditional German pieces and products from all over Germany. Here, you can get books, toys or local drinks. ‘We have a High-End Cuckoo Clock from Thomas in the Lux 11 lobby – and we just love it’. The former ‘Haus des Reisens’ hosts our favourite nightclub. On the top floors of the tower building, the Weekend club has two dance floors with state-of-the-art sound systems for an international party crowd. The rooftop bar has a Balearic vibe and a spectacular view. Weekend’s guest DJs usually stay at Lux 11 and our staff might be able to get your name on the guest list. [Rosa-Luxemburg-Strasse 26, 10178 Berlin] www.bestofgermany.net [Alexanderstr. 7 – 10178 Berlin] www.week-end-berlin.de Susuru Das Reich der Mitte Need to grab a bite? Or fancy a soup? Our neighbours at Susuru offer original Japanese soups and little dishes in a perfectly relaxed atmosphere. And don’t be shy, slurping noisily is considered good form in Asia! Jens Büchner is a true master of flowers and decoration. He supplies all our facilities with flowers, plants and decoration, and he surprises us every week with something new. His store right down the street is a great source of inspiration. [Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 17 – 10178 Berlin – T. +49 30 211 1182] www.susuru.de [Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 22 – 10178 Berlin T. +49 30 2005 9229] www.j-buechner.de Twentyseven Stilrad is not a normal bike shop. The store looks like a gallery with beautiful high-end bicycles as exhibits. Stilrad offers a collection of design bikes, perfect for cruising around the city on with style. Bikes with charisma for people with attitude. Exclusively for guests of Lux 11 and The Weinmeister Stilrad offers a free home delivery (in Europe) if you buy a bike while in Berlin. Stilrad – Rosa-Luxemburg-Str.19 – 10178 Berlin – T. +49 30 2759 1739 – www.stilrad.com Twentyeight Genießen Sie ausgewählte Angebote ganz in Ihrer Nähe oder auf Reisen. Exklusiv für American Express® Mitglieder: www.americanexpress.de/selects We love to cruise around in Mitte with our Abarth 500, the pimped-up version of everybody’s darling the cinquecento. Lux 11 and the Fiat 500 have a lot in common – we both have a classic retro exterior and a funky interior design. We love fashion and italian food. That’s why we always have a parking space reserved for 500’s in front of our door. Thirty [ Fiat Abarth 500 – 1,4l Turbo – 135 HP – 0 –100 km/h 7,9 sec – Top Speed 205 km/h // www.abarth.de] Thirtyone Lux 11 is a favourite of DJs coming to Berlin. On the weekends, you have a high chance of meeting DJs playing at clubs such as Weekend or Berghain. Ante Perry is one of our regular guests. He tells us about his five travel essentials: 1) Credit cards Without a credit card life can be hard to you. You can not even check in to hotels! 2) MacBook When you’re travelling, you want to use your time intelligently. Of course you can work, but I prefer making some beats or watching m ovies in planes or trains. And I love using WLAN in hotels! 3) Mobile phone Sometimes I lose my mobile in Berlin, after having a heavy night. Then I call the reception, sometimes they’ve found it, sometimes not! 4) Basset If you have long hair as I have, you need to brush it after every shower. But if I forgot my basset, I call the reception one more time. 5) Music Life without music is bad life. At Lux 11 you can connect your iPhone with a docking station. The party can begin … Ante Perry is polarising in many ways – with his appearance, his uncompromising rocking DJ sets, his own events, multifunctional productions and his fun with his hedonistic artist’s life that he shares with anyone who has got the same sense of humour. Yes we are talking about the workaholic Ante Perry who is based in Dortmund. Ante loves living in hotels – especially at Lux 11 in Berlin. ‘There is a warm atmosphere, top service and the rooms are well designed and beautiful. It’s always an experience spending time there.’ www.anteperry.com www.facebook.com/anteperry Thirtytwo Thirtythree LUX 11’s Shoes Thirtyfour Lux 11 & adidas Originals Lux 11 and the very first adidas Originals flagship store right around the corner at Münzstrasse have been Mitte neighbours for many years. Being neighbours turned into a partnership, and you will discover many adidas Originals details at Lux 11. The staff wears items of the current season and exclusive custom-made Lux 11 trainers are available at the store. Münzstr. 13 – 10178 Berlin – www.adidas.com/originals Thirtyfive patrick von strenge Thirtysix Patrick von Strenge is one of our most frequent guests. He is the Marketing Director of Columbia / Four Music at Sony Music and always hangs out with cool bands – wearing at least one backstage pass and a VIP wristband. He tells us his favourite spots around the house. Blaues Band The right place to start the day. ‘Blaues Band’ is right around the corner from Lux 11. The breakfast is always good and the staff welcomes you with a great menu card. I recommend scrambled eggs. [Alte Schönhauser Str. 7 – 10119 Berlin – +49 30 2838 5099] www.blauesband.com adidas Original Store You need new sneakers? I guess there’s nothing more to say … A.D.I.D.A.S. old school ’cause it’s the best! [Münzstr. 13 – 10178 Berlin] www.adidas.de Bonfini Right at Alexanderplatz ‘Bonfini’ services fine Italian food. Bruno and his crew are always in pursuit of giving you a proper basis for the rest of the night. [Memhardstr. 3 – 10178 Berlin – +49 30 2472 6670] www.bonfini.de The Lodge My best friend Inga loves the ‘Dark’n’Stormy’ – I always go for a ‘Moscow Mule’. The Lodge is a very stylish bar with an amazing view of Alexanderplatz. It feels like being in the heart of Berlin while having a good drink in your hand and a smile on your face. [Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 9 –13 – 10178 Berlin – +49 30 2478 1658] www.the-lodge-berlin.de Picknick One of the best clubs around. It’s not one of those bling bling clubs, it’s more a real good spot to hang out with your friends. It reminds me of Berlin 10 years ago – it’s great! [Dorotheenstr. 90 – 10117 Berlin] www.picknickberlin.de Mein Haus am See A special place. ‘It’s not a bar, it’s not a club, it’s something sexier in between …’ Basically open 24 hours / 7 days a week! For me it’s the best place to fill the gap between clubbing and going home finally … [Brunnenstr. 197 – 10119 Berlin – +49 30 2388 3561] www.mein-haus-am-see.blogspot.com Thirtyseven FÜNF DIRK DREYER There’s something 1_Joe Smooth / Promised Land 2_Sister Sledge / Thinking Of You 3_Rue de Soleil / In My Heart 4_Hurts / Wonderful Life (Arthur Baker Remix) 5_Visage / Fade To Grey 6_Rah Band / Clouds Across The Moon 7_Daft Punk / Something About Us 8_Adele / Lovesong 9_Fritz Kalkbrenner / Facing The Sun 10_M1 / Electronic Funk The General Manager of Lux 11 and The Weinmeister, Dirk Dreyer, used to be in the music business for many years. After working for major record labels, producing records and compilations and running a successful DJ career, he brought his passion for music into hotels. The music into lobbies is handpicked with love and knowledge – and Dirk is more than happy to welcome a lot of DJ friends and music biz colleagues as guests at Lux 11 and The Weinmeister. Thirtyeight about the Music This is a milestone of house music from the late 80s bringing a smile on everybody’s face. A classic soul tune and a favourite at our bar. The soundtrack of www.lux-eleven.com – we know a lot of people who just surf on the site to enjoy the song. The song that started Hurts’ career. The Arthur Baker remix played on www.the-weinmeister.com is a timeless masterpiece. Yes, we love the 80s. You will hear a lot of Eurythmics or Depeche Mode as well. The perfect soundtrack for a late-night drink on our rooftop terrace watching the stars. A ballad based on Oliver Cheatham’s‚ ‘Get Down Saturday Night’ – for the people coming home after clubbing enjoying a complimentary late-night snack. Great cover of the old song by ‘The Cure’ for all barflies. Paul’s brother and the voice of ‘Sky and Sand’ of the ‘Berlin Calling’ soundtrack. Get your sunglasses! House music is our favourite genre – this tune is the blueprint for funky deep house. Thirtynine seen enough pink? Get your tickets at www.bluemangroup.de or at our reception. // www.the-weinmeister.com The Weinmeister – An alluring ‘Golden Cage’ in the heart of Berlin The Weinmeister Berlin-Mitte, the newest designer hotel in Berlin, opened its doors in July 2010. The 84-room hotel, located in the Mitte district, one of Berlin’s most dynamic areas, is aimed at business travellers from the film, music, fashion and other creative fields, as well as leisure travellers. Its core philosophy focuses on rest, comfort, round-the-clock service and stylish rooms that highlight one piece of furniture – an oversized bed, which acts as a room within a room and suggests ‘cocooning’. Each room offers an Apple iMac instead of a TV, allowing guests a wider range of technology access and reflecting the state-of-the-art modernity of the hotel. Built from the ground up, the modern six-storey building has a sleek golden matte metal facade and is affectionately called the ‘golden cage’. Inside, there is an ongoing play of contrasts – serious and yet whimsical through the choice of ‘masculine’ colours and luxurious, soft materials. A rooftop area provides a bird’s eye view of the surrounding city. The design also features a BeautySpa, where guests can enjoy massages and cosmetic treatments overlooking Berlin. The ground floor Schwarz bar, named after the German movie actress Jessica Schwarz, serves a herbal liqueur made according to her family’s secret recipe. The restaurant serves traditional German cuisine with a modern twist. Breakfast is available 24-hours a day. Fourtyfour Fourtyfive Fourtysix fourtyseven L VE IT OR IT * * [ this is the slogan for all of Thomas Tänzer’s, Elmo Hagendorf’s and Dirk Dreyer’s hotels.] MEET & MINGLE The Weinmeister â€“ Conferences and Meetings The Weinmeister has two meeting rooms â€“ the large conference room for up to 20 people and an intimate boardroom for up to ten guests. Both rooms have a great atmosphere with huge windows, wooden floor and designer furniture. Audio and visual equipment is available. Fifty Fiftyone 84 rooms // Standard Room 20 – 24 m2 // Medium Room 28 – 32 m2 // Large Room 38 – 41 m2 Amenities recreation service meeting The Weinmeister Berlin-Mitte // Weinmeisterstr. 2 – 10178 Berlin // T. +49 30 755 667 - 0 // F. +49 30 755 667 -10 // firstname.lastname@example.org // www.the-weinmeister.com // www.facebook.com/theweinmeister Fiftytwo ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ Apple iMacs in every room Free Wi-Fi Internet access included Altec Lansing iPhone Docking Station Writing desk Asprey London toiletries Safe Complimentary terry cloth flip flops Parking garage Restaurant Bar Non-smoking rooms Rooms/facilities for disabled guests Floor heating and air-conditioning Luggage storage BeautySpa offering massages, cosmetic treatments, manicure and pedicure Rooftop area overlooking Berlin 24-hour room service 24-hour front desk Laundry and ironing service Fax/photocopying A boardroom for up to 10 people and a conference room for up to 20 people Wireless Internet Daylight Audio-visual equipment Fiftythree THE rooftop The Weinmeister Rooftop Terrace – On Top Of Berlin From The Weinmeister’s rooftop terrace our guests can enjoy a stunning view over Berlin: The paramount TV tower, the vibrant street life and the roofs of the districts Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg. The terrace bar is open every day, also our guests can relax after a massage at the BeautySpa or enjoy a soothing open-air foot massage after a long day of shopping and sightseeing. The rooftop can be rented exclusively for events. Fiftyfour Fiftyfive The weinmeister – Schwarz Bar The Schwarz bar is named after the German actress and hotel regular Jessica Schwarz. There, guests and locals can mingle and enjoy modern interpretations of traditional German dishes. Not to be missed is the Schwarz liqueur, a herbal cordial made according to the secret family recipe of the actress. The ritual of inflaming the drink to let the spirits rise to your mouth and nose is a great start to the night, the 52 % alcohol in the schnapps does the rest. Jessica Schwarz is one of the most-liked German actresses. She played in movies such as ‘Das Parfum’ or ‘Die Buddenbrocks’. She runs a four-room hotel in her hometown Michelstadt and was a friend of The Weinmeister from day one. www.schwarzbrand.com Fiftysix Fiftyseven beautyspa Anna and Sarah Arndt are mother and daughter. They run the BeautySpa on the 6th floor of The Weinmeister. They offer a wide range of massages, cosmetic treatments, manicure and pedicure. The BeautySpa is furthermore the only place in Berlin for Airbrush Tanning. Anna and Sarah work exclusively with Carita Paris products and offer the biggest choice of Chanel nail polish in Germany. Appointments can be made around the clock. Treatments can be enjoyed on the rooftop terrace as well. Fiftyeight Fiftynine The Weinmeister is a place to meet and to make friends. Beckâ€™s, Belvedere, Marshall Headphones, MTV, New Yorker, Urban Ears and many more have been throwing great parties at The Weinmeister. When will we meet you? Sixty eight Sixtyone nine ‘I don’t mind the lullabies from the machines’ is written in large letters on a wall in Room 501 of ‘The Weinmeister’. This quote from the song ‘Evelyn’ by British band ‘Hurts’ is just one of various cool details in the room that The Weinmeister have dedicated to them. The ‘Hurts Chamber’ was designed by Hurts band members Theo Hutchcraft and Adam Anderson and includes unique individual features. On the walls guests will find large framed black and white portraits as well as an official gold record for ‘Wonderful Life’ which Hurts gave to The Weinmeister. The collaboration came about when we fell in love with the song prior to the release of the single and received permission from the band to play the song on www.the-weinmeister.com In Room 501 you will find a large Apple iMac on which Theo and Adam have uploaded their favourite music and movies. Enjoy classic hits from Depeche Mode, Prince and Radiohead, or the film ‘Blade Runner’ and even the World Cup final England – Germany in 1966 on DVD. In a large chest are books by the likes of cult novelists Brett Easton Ellis and Gerhart Hauptmann, plus there is a Helmut Newton picture book. Theo and Adam leave a souvenir, such as a backstage pass or a festival set list whenever they stay at The Weinmeister. Sixtytwo ‘i don’t mind the lullabies from the machines’ Sixtythree Jana Hammermann // www.janahammermann.com The Weinmeister – Art Berlin The Mitte district has been a Mecca of urban art for the last twenty years. The Weinmeister pays tribute to graffiti, street art and contemporary arts. The hotel’s entrance was designed by underground graffiti artist GYF5 and is definitely the most photographed door in Berlin. The staircase of The Weinmeister made a colourful transformation overnight. During a party at The Weinmeister for 2010’s musicweek, eight artists from www.paint-club.com gave the walls of the stairway a complete makeover. The party guests could witness the action with ladders, platforms, spray cans and tumbling paint buckets from the glass elevator. In the corridor of every floor guests can gaze at extra-large prints of Berlin-based artist Jana Hammermann. The acrylic and ink drawings of buildings, gates and bridges in 2 x 3 m large scale are amazingly detailed. www.janahammermann.com Sixtyfour Klub7 // www.klub7.de Clemens Behr // www.clemensbehr.com 44Flavours // www.44flavours.com GoGoPlata // www.gogoplata-illustration.blogspot.com Peachbeach // www.peachbeach.de Sixtyfive For over two years, Henrik Pfeifer photographed a variety of actors and models in Room 308 at Lux 11, located in Berlin-Mitte. Pfeifer’s laid-back manner of relating to the models led to an interesting mixture of portraits and nude photography. The best of these photographs have been collected in a 144-page book. ’I AM ALWAYS SEARCHING FOR A NATURAL FLOW ’ ‘I love to shoot actors with my analogue camera. For my portraits I always try to create a relaxed atmosphere so my models forget the camera. I am always searching for a natural flow and surprising moments. I love to play with the daylight and to engage myself with new surroundings and new people. Challenges push my creativity. And I like to surprise myself with what I am doing.’ ‘Room 308’ is available at our reception. www.henrik-pfeifer.de Sixtysix sixtyseven Henrik Pfeifer has produced 88 portraits, one for each room in The Weinmeister. Named 88 tesa on laser print they are intimate snapshots of actors, models and artists, many of whom frequent the hotel. Sixtyeight Sixtynine what weâ€™ve Always dreamed about: A blank page in a magazine. neuemonarchie.com Henrik Soller is CEO of Komet und Helden, one of the biggest fashion sales agencies in Germany. He is looking for new trends, travelling from LA to London, to Italy and, of course, Berlin. We have asked Henrik for Mitte’s highlights from a fashion expert’s point of view: Superdry ‘Grabbing my morning coffee at The Weinmeister, my first destination is the Superdry Store just inside the building. The brandnew Superdry Store just opened at the beginning of July and offers a wide range of cool stuff from the UK. Even The Weinmeister Team is wearing the British label, and I am really into that easy-towear feeling. [Weinmeisterstr. 2 – 10178 Berlin] www.superdry.de 14 oz. Store Everybody goofing around the Mitte district has to visit the 14oz. store. Located just down the street, it offers everything true and authentic in the high-end denim and sportswear market. This is the heart and soul of what exclusive sportswear is all about. [Neue Schönhauser Str. 13 – 10178 Berlin ] www.14oz.net Butter Lindner After all that shopping, it’s time for some decent food: the Butter Lindner gourmet shop is a true Berlin company offering the best in fancy food. Prepare for love at first bite with this truffle salami! [Rosenthaler Str. 33 – 10178 Berlin ] ww.lindnder-esskultur.de adidas Originals Store As a dedicated football fan, I am hitting the adidas Originals Store as well. The vintage style and classics remind me of the good old days, having Munich‘s Franz Beckenbauer on the pitch. [Münzstr. 13 – 10178 Berlin] www.adidas.de Opticon With an eye on the understated but stylish glasses of Cutler and Gross, I pop into Opticon – one of the few stores offering an extraordinary variety of these unique glasses. Oranienburger Str. 5 – 10178 Berlin ] www.opticon-berlin.de You could spend weeks exploring the gorgeous Mitte district, but now it is time to have a drink at the splendid rooftop bar of The Weinmeister. Enjoy your trip through Mitte!’ Thanks to you, Henrik! // www.kometundhelden.de seventytwo weinmeisterstraĂ&#x;e 2 d-10178 berlin ZWANZIG superdry.com facebook.com/superdrygermany 1. Strawberry Hill 2.The Standard Hotels 3. EAST Hotel The most beautiful and relaxing place for me over the past 20 years. Excellent staff and management. Personality and authenticity – can’t be done better. I am a bit jealous that it isn’t mine. Chris, you did what I am dreaming of!!! And thank you for everything, I will return asap … Please keep this place very secret. Always justifies the Chambers motto: Hate it or Love it … I love it – all of them! The Standard Hotels are the blueprint for the experience that not every hotel is for every guest. André – well done and keep on going. When thinking about the perfect design hotel my first thoughts are of the EAST. You simply can’t do it better. Starting from the transformation of the building, over to the fab design by Jordan Mozer and the unbeatable operators Anne-Marie, Christoph and Marc. Very proud to be with you. [Irish Town, St. Andrew (near Kingston), Jamaica] www.islandoutpost.com/ strawberry_hill [Miami, Los Angeles, New York] www.standardhotels.com [Hamburg] www.east-hamburg.de Thomas Tänzer is founder and managing partner of Chambers Group. Even though he is a young fellow, you could say he is already a veteran in the hospitality business. The classic 5-star hotel Deidesheimer Hof (favourite place of former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl), the legendary cruise ship MS Deutschland and various hotels all over the world are just some of his places he has worked in the past. Thomas shares his experience and passion for travelling and tells us about some of his favourite HOMES AWAY FROM HOME. Seventyfour 4. Casa Munich 5. Deidesheimer Hof 6. British Airways, Concorde Room The perfect hideaway away from the party crowd. With the kids I stay in the Casa and don’t have to care about anything throughout the whole day when staying in the resort. Within a few minutes they make friends with all other kids and they do their own thing. The adults are going out to check the nightlife and know their kids are in the best hands with Doris and Maripy taking good care of them. Many thanks to Mucki and Christian for the last beautiful years with you. I think about this amazing place almost every day. I often think when I have a problem to solve: How would Anita and Artur Hahn deal with this? Collectively, they have been one of my outstanding mentors and I am proud to have had the chance to work over there for some years. Thank you so much, and I use my experience gained from you daily in business. I am more than happy to return there yearly as a guest. Fantastic place, area and locals – that’s real family business in the Champion’s League. Cabana No. 2 – The Royal Cabana. I know people who are real Frequent Travellers, and they are living at 1A or 1K in some 747s or 777s of BA’s fleet. I am happy to be far, far away from those, only travelling sometimes, but always when I go there and I’m greeted by Denise and her wonderful staff in the CCR with a huge smile. I feel well taken care of and the onward travel experience becomes more calm for me. Many thanks and see you soon ;-)) [Las Salinas, Ibiza] www.casamunich.com [Deidesheim, Pfalz] www.deidesheimerhof.de [London Heathrow Airport, Terminal 5] www.britishairways.com/travel/ first-lounges/public/en_gb Seventyfive stefan trocha Stefan Trocha is managing partner and creative director of the communications agency Neue Monarchie Agentur für Kommunikation. When not sitting at his desk, he is often to be seen straddling one of his beloved bikes, on the supporters’ stand at his favourite football club, St. Pauli, or flitting through hotels with Dirk Dreyer. Because as creative director, he is responsible for the conception and production of Chambers Magazine. He lets us in on his favourite Berlin haunts. Villa Pasculli The Pasculli bicycle company presents its magnificent masterpieces in the former Goerz camera and lens fac tory in Berlin-Friedenau. If you didn’t know better, you might think you had died and gone to heaven. [Rheinstr. 45/46 – 12161 Berlin – +49 30 8540 1289] www.pasculli.de Clärchens Ballhaus On Fridays and Saturdays, this is a fantastic place to do some serious partying amid a crowd of – in some cases – weird and whacky types in an equally weird and whacky atmosphere. [Auguststr. 24 – 10117 Berlin – +49 30 282 9295] www.ballhaus.de An der Alten Försterei Stadium Although my own team, FC St. Pauli, have never won an away game against ‘The Irons’, I always enjoy coming back here to Köpenick. Football still smells of football here; it’s not all polish and fashionistas. [An der Wuhlheide 263 – 12555 Berlin – +49 30 6489 7026] www.fc-union-berlin.de Kindl-Bühne Wuhlheide This is the most fantastic place on the planet for concerts. Rammstein, Peter Fox, Metallica, Die Ärzte, Bruce Springsteen, Beatsteaks, The Cure and The BossHoss have all played here – and they were all quite simply fabulous, fabulous, fabulous! [Strasse zum FEZ 4 (An der Wuhlheide) – 12459 Berlin – +49 30 5307 9530] www.wuhlheide.de Monsieur Vuong The good old Monsieur Vuong is almost exactly halfway between Lux and Weinmeister, so how can I possibly resist lapping up Vietnamese delicacies on a fairly regular basis. They happen to be particularly good here. [Alte Schönhauser Str. 46 – 10119 Berlin – +49 30 9929 6924] www.monsieurvuong.de Seventysix Seventyseven FĂœNF URBAN LIFESTYLE TREASURES Andreas Schanzenbach is one of the founders of the communication agency Cromatics. He is a true expert in urban arts and introduces his favourite spots. Circle Culture Gallery – urban fine art The Circle Culture Gallery is a project space for new art that was founded in 2001 under the name Cc:room. The gallery owners are Johann Haehling von Lanzenauer and Dirk Staudinger. In cooperation with international curators, the gallery has developed a large number of exhibition concepts based on subcultural movements such as street art and graffiti. It’s about people breaking the rules of the classical art perception, innovative positions and culturally driven art. [Gipsstrasse 11 – 10119 Berlin – T. +49 30 275 817 886] www.circleculture-gallery.com Neurotitan – shop & gallery Since 1997, Neurotitan has been the best place in Berlin for a noncommercial selection of electronic music, comics, graphics, art and exhibitions. The book selection is focused on graphic design, illustrations, urban art and artful handmade publications. The gallery features various artists from Berlin and across the world. Artists on display have included 4 4flavours.com, klub7.de and jimavignon.com. [Rosenthalerstrasse 39 – 10178 Berlin – T. +49 30 3087 2576] www.neurotitan.de Dudes Factory – art on fashion Dudes Factory is a new kind of creative label, exploring alternative ways to connect and collaborate. Every month, Arnaud Loix van Hooff and Heribert Willmerdinger invite different artists to work together with them and create collections for the Dudes Factory. The designs from these collections are the raw materials for the LAB, the shop’s sophisticated and unique online software where customers can remix and individualise various Dudes products. [Torstrasse 138 – 10119 Berlin – T. +49 30 4000 5899] www.dudes-factory.com STROKE – urban artfair STROKE is the world’s first and only urban art fair. Whether you have an art historical education, a serious collectors intention, the passion for form and colour or pure curiosity – here you will find enjoyment. [14. – 16.10.2011 – Postbahnhof – Strasse der Pariser Kommune 8 – 10243 Berlin] www.stroke-artfair.com KLUB7 – artist studio KLUB7 originated from the acquainted graffitiscene in Halle (Saale), Germany in the mid 90s and was founded in 1998. When some of the members moved to Berlin and opened a studio in Friedrichshain in 2009 their presence in the urban art metropolis was cemented. This artist and design collective is creating murals, customisations and illustrations for over ad ecade throughout the world. Their studio is always packed with plenty of fresh artworks in various sizes and painted on diverse materials. Visit them and take home some true Berlin- flavoured art. [Dolziger Strasse 13 – 10247 Berlin – T. +49 30 4208 8982] www.klub7.de The Early Bird Hype – consumer culture products Located right next to Lux 11 this is a great source for trendy and formidable urban lifestyle products. The concept is a constantly changing array of men’s and women’s fashion and lifestyle accessories. The minimalist, yet welcoming, design of the store is complemented by a gallery space that welcomes artists every couple of months. So if you need something stylish for your loved ones then pop into this great shop before you jump into your cab to the airport. [Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 15 – 10178 Berlin] www.theearlybirdhype.net CROMATICS – discover your playground CROMATICS is a communication agency based in Berlin and Dresden. All founders have their roots in the urban art scene and did actively shape the face of their urban surrounding and they still do today – but now for their clients such as Boxfresh, Eastpak, New Yorker and Audi, or global agencies such as DKdL and Wieden+Kennedy. With their project PAINT CLUB they successfully installed an international institution for urban artists – some of them are responsible for the art you’ll see on the stairway in The Weinmeister. [Großenhainer Strasse 32 – 01097 Dresden – T. +49 351 7954 8661] // www.cromatics.de Seventyeight w Andreas Schanzenbach // www.cromatics.de STROKE // www.stroke-artfair.com Dudes Factory // www.dudes-factory.com Neurotitan // www.neurotitan.de Circle Culture Gallery // www.circleculture-gallery.com Klub7 // www.klub7.de The Early Bird Hype // www.theearlybirdhype.net Seventynine SERVICE IS ESSENTIAL COMMUNICATION IS CRUCIAL 4010 TELEKOM SHOP IN MITTE The 4010 Telekom Shop is situated right between Lux 11 and Weinmeister in Mitte. The focus here is on service. The first community store of Telekom lives from dialogue. Of course we offer the newest products and gadgets to try out, but above all we seek direct contact with our customers – that is, with you. We set up live events together, such as iPhone sessions, exhibitions, concerts and workshops. A visit is always worthwhile – even if it is only to load your smartphone. 4010 Telekom Shop in Mitte – Alte Schönhauser Str. 31 – 10119 Berlin // www.4010.com // www.facebook.com/4010telekomshop Eighty We have met ADAM ANDERSON of HURTS on the rooftop terrace of The Weinmeister. Here’s what he has to say about How do you feel today? Fast. Your current weight? High. Your favourite game, you play? Cat and mouse. The most beautiful thing on earth, you can buy with money? Expensive bread. A thing, except love, you can’t buy with money? Success. Be honest, with which star would you like to sleep with? I’d prefer a cheap barmaid … How do you have good sex? Close your eyes and think of someone else. How do you say ‘I love you’? Empathy. A Thank You, you would like to say now? Thank you, Theo. Who is the cleverest, intellectual on earth? Boris Becker. Your biggest achievement? Finishing any song. A defeat, you can talk about now? I’m a hero or a zero in the studio. I have cried in the past … Your next appointment? Switzerland. A childhood memory? Winning a race. The hardest work you have done for money? Written pop songs. A miracle, that has happened in your life? Travel and women. Your spleen? Beneath my ribs. What do you do insufficiently? Care about my family. Your strength? Chords. Which shortcoming you should be forgiven? I have no interests except music. Your guideline? Work hard. Pray for luck. Leep when you’re dead. Your favourite colour? Black. When where you last ashamed? The morning after. I’m a lottery when drunk. Your favourite novel? House of Leaves. Describe heaven? It’s in a half pipe. Your favourite popsongs? Sad ones. Your thoughts, looking at the moon? ‘Oh … there’s that’. (unmoved) Your favourite art-work on earth? William Turner, ‘The burning houses of parliament’. Why are we on earth? Dont question it. Your political demand? Filter the unemployed better. We’re not all losers. A reason why people shouldn’t fear death? You should fear it. One day you will die. Your drug? Whisky and ginger beer. Your last question? Have I done my best? www.informationhurts.com Eightyone WITH ELMO HAGENDORF Elmo Hagendorf is founder and managing partner of Chambers Group. After starting his career on a cruise ship in the Caribbean, various jobs in classic five-star hotels have sent him around the world. He knows both sides of hospitality – the host’s view and the guest’s perspective. Elmo reveals his favourite cities – in Germany and the United States. Munich: The charming city Located in the south of Germany, often referred to as Italy’s most northern city, Munich is definetely my favourite. Think of Oktoberfest, Viktualienmarkt and Maximilianstrasse and also the nature with all the green, mountains and lakes. Is there a city more German than Munich? Picturesque and traditional, but also a centre of business and culture. With the first rays of sunshine all the cafes and beergardens are packed and the Alps are nearby for skiing over the weekend. Hamburg: The attractive city Hamburg up in the north, is a very international and vibrant city – a typical seaport. A city full of contrasts with ongoing developments in culture and business. From the famous Reeperbahn area, Altona, St. Georg up to Blankenese, the districts are ever-changing and I am excited to see the evolution of the entirely new Hafencity. I like the fresh breeze and the direct and charming attitude of the Hamburgers. The Baltic Sea and the North Sea are nearby, and I just love to go for a weekend away to the famous island of Sylt and enjoy freshly peeled shrimps. New York City: The city that never sleeps Everybody is fascinated by city that never sleeps. The Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty or Brooklyn Bridge are world famous. For me, New York is the Mecca of hotels and I am a true fan of the legendary Waldorf Astoria. I love to explore the neighbourhood of Manhattan and to walk around in Soho or the meatpacking district. The diversity of entertainment, shopping and dining always makes me come home full of inspiration. Los Angeles: The city of angels Sun, beach and the sea – Los Angeles is the home of the rich and famous. LA has different faces. But whether you’re in Santa Monica, downtown or Hollywood, everyone seems to be enjoying the sunny side of life. The vibe in California is much more relaxed than on the east coast. Whenever I am in Los Angeles, I realise that the hospitality business and the entertainment industry have a lot in common – it’s all about the show. Eightytwo Eightythree // www.the-elephant.com prague the sleeping beauty In the historic town centre of Prague, just one street way from the famous and historical Republic Square, the Baroque facade of the Designhotel Elephant Prague adorns the street Na Florenci. The Elephant is a place created to delight individualists from all over the world with its noble and yet cosy atmosphere. The area of the old town centre, which is characterised by numerous restaurants, pubs and shops, is situated in the immediate vicinity. This district is the stomping ground for art enthusiasts and urbane metropolites with an insatiable curiosity and zest for life. It is a combination of the old and the new, an aesthetic interplay of contrasts, resulting in the highclass and sophisticated design of each of its 100 rooms. Contrast is the keyword which continues to reflect itself, even in the name of the hotel. Similar to the historical city of Prague, with its deeply rooted culture, the hotel combines history and modernity, presents a blend of energetic chic with sublime relaxation but, above all, the Elephant represents a wonderful location in the pulsating heart of the old city centre, one of the most popular districts in Europe. A modern jewel, steeped in a long history, in the vibrant, historic centre of the old town. The Design hotel Elephant offers its guests individual experiences that evoke a contrast of the senses in the rooms, where marble and wood blend harmoniously with fine textiles. Likewise in the Designhotel Elephant Prague, style and content merge to create a living experience. Designhotel Elephant Prague SE // Na Florenci 29 – 110 00 Prague 1 // T. +420 227 279 111 // F. +420 227 279 110 www.designhotel-elephant.com // email@example.com Eightysix Eightyseven FĂœNF Eightyeight Eightynine mimi’s favourite spots in prague Mimi is the General Manager of Elephant Hotel. She knows Prague like no other and tells us her favourite spots in the city. Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul at Vyšehrad The long history of the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul at Vyšehrad starts after the year 1070, when King Vratislav I founded the chapter house here. Basilica is located at Vyšehrad which is just a great place for nice long walks. [K rotund 10 – Prague 2] www.kkvys.cz Gallery DOX Gallery DOX is not an ordinary gallery. It is a centre of contemporary art where you may see and experience the local artistic community and collaborations and partnerships among regional and international artists. [Poup tova 1 – Prague 7] www.dox.cz Café Savoy Hand on heart, who among us today finds the time for a long breakfast? For all of you trying to have a healthy lifestyle I recommend having breakfast at Café Savoy. And yes, they serve porridge and cornflakes as well. [Vít zná 5 – Prague 5] www.ambi.cz Ninety SaSaZu Music Club Want to go partying at night? A good choice is SaSaZu, one of the largest entertainment facilities in Prague. SaSaZu has already welcomed a wide range of well-known performers from all around the world, e.g. Lily Allen, Macy Gray, Kosheen, Paul Van Dyk, Tiesto, Markus Schulz, Morcheeba, Public Enemy, Busta Rhymes or One R epublic. And before the party you can enjoy a nice dinner as well at SaSaZu restaurant. [Bubenské náb e í 306/13 – Prague] www.sasazu.com Lokal Restaurant Lokal does not have a well-known chef. It has no white tablecloths, and miniature appetisers, amuse bouche or sommelier. They serve fried cheese instead of the soufflé, brawn instead of chocolate Truffle. You simply must taste the traditional Czech cuisine! [Dlouhá 33 & Míše ská 66/12 – Prague 1] www.ambi.cz ninetyone ZWANZIG FĂœNF 100 rooms // Standard Room – 20 – 25 m2 // Deluxe Room – up to 30 m2 // Premier Room – up to 35 m2 Amenities service meeting space Surroundings Designhotel Elephant Prague SE // Na Florenci 29 – 110 00 Prague 1 // T. +420 227 279 111 // F. 420 227 279 110 // firstname.lastname@example.org // www.designhotel-elephant.com Ninetytwo ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ Air-conditioning In-room safe Wi-Fi connection Flat screen LCD TV Telephone Safe Mini-bar Marble bathrooms Villeroy & Boch fixtures Room service Laundry service Limousine service The ‘U Hájku Congress Centre’ is connected to The Elephant with an entire complex of shops, restaurants and a spa, meeting rooms and event space. The total area of the conference centre itself is 500 m2 in one multifunctional space, dividable into 8 separate rooms with areas from 45 m2 to 120 m2. Maximum capacity is 500 seats theatre style. This space can be expanded up to 1,500 m2, creating one large, extensive multifunctional area. Not only a good place for eating and drinking, our mall next door provides you also with shopping and leisure opportunities. Enjoy relaxation at the monsoon spa with a broad range of traditional and e xotic therapies. Or get some gifts for your loved ones (or yourself) at Vinoteka Muskat, the Tabak Gift Shop or Belles Fleurs. ninetythree Ninetyfour eight EDITOR Chambers Hotels & Serviced Apartments Management GmbH Uhlandstrasse 47 10719 Berlin Germany T: +49 30 4881 0825 F: +49 30 4881 0831 www.chambers-hotels.com Managing Directors: Thomas Tänzer, Elmo Hagendorf EDITOR IN CHIEF Dirk Dreyer email@example.com DESIGN Neue Monarchie Agentur für Kommunikation GmbH www.neuemonarchie.com Creative Direction Stefan Trocha firstname.lastname@example.org Art Direction Karola Korten email@example.com Final artwork Tommaso Maiocchi firstname.lastname@example.org Production Martin Drese email@example.com PHOTOS Die Photodesigner www.diephotodesigner.de Henrik Pfeifer www.henrik-pfeifer.de Tom Tomczyk www.himbeertoni.de ninetyfive nine ‘We don’t do hotels – we’re in the entertainment industry.’ TOM TÄNZER