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DAZZLING DESIGN FOR 2015 GREAT GOURMET & SPA DESTINATIONS 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FALL OF THE BERLIN WALL DESIGN, FASHION, CULTURE & LIFESTYLE


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The finest design Made in Glash端tte, Germany: Metro

Find out more about this and other models at nomos-store.com and nomos-glashuette.com


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Park Hotel Vitznau. Photo: Klaus Lorke

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Martin Rütter Canine expert Martin Rütter knows all about dogs and their owners. If the doghuman relationship is on the brink, he is the hero to the rescue.

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Dazzling Design for 2015 Hit the new year in style with a complete design makeover. This section is bursting with creative talent. From industrial to interior, private to corporate design we present outstanding projects and their creators.

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Focus on reunification: 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall A quarter of a century ago history was made when the wall – separating East from West Germany – fell down. A nation was reunited, destiny was rewritten for count-

coffee with George Clooney? Then this is the place to go!

Design Alpine charm, mountain style and the magic of Hüttenzauber.

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Wine & Dine Wine expert Iris Ellmann recommends the best wines to go with your Christmas dinner. For chocoholics and those who can’t wait to unwrap their chocolate Santa, Jessica Holzhausen took a closer look at the sweet temptation made of cocoa.

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Hotel of the Month

Attractions of the Month A contemporary architectural masterpiece building, showcasing future-orientated design treasures is what awaits visitors at the Marta Herford Museum in Germany. Our Austrian contender is Vienna’s Madame Tussauds. Want to see the famous Empress Sissi up, close and personal? Fancy a cup of

Business Our legal expert Gregor Kleinknecht reflects on the reunification and all you need to know about executive coaching. Conference of the Month Modern loft style meets tradition in Munich’s media hub. Uber-cool and flexible in shape and size, the ziegelei101 is the ultimate place to hold a business or private event to remember.

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Event Location of the Month Aura at Zurich’s Paradeplatz leaves no room for desire when it comes to the perfect party location. 2,000 sqm of space, a divine restaurant and top notch technology ensure that even the biggest bash rocks smoothly in style.

Cool and chic city style with a twist of Rock is what’s hot this November.

Wedding Vows and Beyond Ready to tie the knot, but nothing planned yet? Read how to make the big day the best day of your life, for you and your guests.

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REGULARS & COLUMNS

Great Gourmet & Spa Destinations Distinction all the way for our high class and truly blissful gourmet and spa destinations, promising pampering times for all senses.

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less families and a new era begun. See what is going on today in and around Berlin.

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Barbara Geier Our columnist Barbara Geier shares her views on the reunification of Germany.

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Culture Calendar Save the date! Discover Germany’s Culture Calendar is your perfect guide to this winter’s upcoming highlights.

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Are you a dog lover? Then our cover star Martin Rütter will be no stranger to you. Well, and if dogs are not your cup of tea, you may still have benefited from his services, as he may be the reason that a dog you once encountered did behave very well. Rütter is constantly striving to improve dog-human relationships and he does it with a good portion of humour. Find out more about the Prince of Paws in our star interview.

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Star-studded is our Dazzling Design for 2015 theme, where we present high profile creative talent. It is amazing how design influences our daily life. Some in a most subtle and almost unnoticeable manner, other creations are just breath-taking to look at. We take a closer look at the people behind the finished products; please feel free to get inspired. From dazzling design we move to dazzling brides and grooms in our wedding special, where all is set for the big day. After all, wedding planners and photographers are absolutely essential to make it a happy day with fond memories that will last for a lifetime. Happily we move on to the most fascinating Great Gourmet & Spa Destinations. Discover the most beautiful and distinctive places to spend a relaxing time to remember this winter. It simply can’t get any better!

Contributors Emmie Collinge Elisabeth Doehne Iris Ellmann Emily Engels Barbara Geier Jessica Holzhausen Meryem Hauer Julika Huether Gregor Kleinknecht Cordelia Makartsev Dorina Reichhold

Just like 25 years ago, when I was there, near Lübeck in the north of Germany. News just spread on the radio and no one could really believe it. Immediately we took the car to the nearest checkpoint to discover a picture that even the greatest Hollywood blockbuster could never resemble. People were climbing over the wall, standing on it, trying to wreck it. Some were cheering, most were crying while lying in each others arms and some just stood and stared in wonder: the wall that separated East from West Germany, has fallen. Read more about it in this issue. Enjoy the magazine!

Jaime Schwartz Marilena Stracke Isabel Wagner

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SEB voted best Private Bank in German-speaking Europe Over 100 private banks were tested by Fuchsbriefe publishing house with IQF and risk analysis specialists Quanvest. Their conclusion in 2014 noted, “SEB Private Banking Luxembourg stands out in almost every category: in addition to brilliant advice, the competition cannot keep up in terms of either investment proposals or transparency.” Our international network of private banking offices will look after all aspects of your family finances, from daily transactions to long term investments. Its services cover everything from tailored financial management, through to helping you to optimise the legal and tax structures within which your assets are held. As one of the world’s strongest banks* and with more than 150 years of experience in private banking, we have just what it takes to ensure your future prosperity. To find out what SEB can do for your personal wealth, contact us in London or Luxembourg: Christian A. Hvamstad +44 (0) 20 7246 4307 privatebanking@seb.co.uk

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Discover Germany | Cover Feature | Martin Rütter

Martin Rütter The Wizard of Dogs They call him the Prince of Paws, Master of the Canine Mind, Dog Whisperer or the Dogfather. Now Martin Rütter is back on stage with his new live show, where he gives invaluable guidance of how to achieve the perfect dog-human relationship. TEXT: TINA AWTANI | PHOTOS: MARK REHBECK

Most of us know the scenario. While taking a walk in nature or jogging along, all of a sudden a barking dog approaches, prepared to jump at our throat. While we switch into panic mode, the owner is either out of sight or conciliatorily hollers:“No worries, he just wants to play.” Or we visit some friends and their furry pet greets us at the front door with a growl, before joining us on the family sofa without invitation. Dog owners tend to feel unconditional love for their four legged friends and they are prepared to sacrifice relationships with other humans, who do not share their feelings, without batting an eye.

“Dogs are very loyal and reliable partners” To the rescue comes Martin Rütter, the dog expert hero who has devoted his entire life to researching and scrutinising canine behaviour. He even lived with a wolf pack at one point to drill down on the issue. The animal psychologist developed D.O.G.S. (Dog Orientated Guiding System), a nonviolent coaching method for dogs and their owners. Today over 150 trained D.O.G.S. coaches work at more than 80 Centres for Humans with Dogs in the German speaking region. Rütter’s books and dvds are literally flying off the shelves as soon as they are released. People know him from his VOX TV series Der Hundeprofi, which also aired in a highly entertainingVIP version, where Rütter tries his best to get celebrities and their dogs back on track. It never takes long to discover that the dog is not the problem. The icing on the cake is Rütter live on stage. In his shows he explains things like the phenomenon of anthropomorphisation in a most hilarious way. He clarifies why treat-

ing a dog like a human being usually does not go down too well and why such behaviour invokes canine confusion. But why do people develop such a strong bond with their dogs? I ask the pro.“Dogs are very loyal and reliable partners. No other animal bonds with a human like a dog. The dog accepts a person as a fullvalue congener and sometimes even prefers him to members of his own species. The dog actively searches the emotional vicinity of the human being,“Rütter says. That may explain the common saying ‘if you need a friend, get a dog’, I think. Surprisingly Rütter himself does not come from a dog-loving home.“I never was allowed to have a dog as a child, because my parents still think of an animal as obsolete, when it can’t be put on the BBQ as food,”he laughs. “But I always walked the neighbour’s dogs and I used to stroke my auntie Thea’s dogs ad nauseam. Back in the ‘80s she was running a kind of dog shelter and she had the extraordinary talent to drive even the kindest dogs crazy within weeks,

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so no one could enter her house any more. That really sparked my interest and I wanted to figure out why so many people around me experience problems with their dogs,”Rütter remembers.

dent dog. If you order him to sit on a Monday morning, he looks at you and thinks: ‘yeah, ask me nicely again on Wednesday and I may consider.’ My point is that it is quite a challenge to train a dachshund.”

Back to school

How to master such a challenge is part of his new (and third) show nachSITZen [detention], where it is “all about keeping the ball rolling when it comes to dog training. A little refresher course does no harm, that is why we called it detention,” he smiles. “But of course I will present completely new content. On stage we will find ourselves in a school scenario. The alleged highly able will also get their fair share; if a dog pees against a tree three times in a row without accident, the owner already thinks he has Einstein on paws on his lead. We will further dive into the world of pedigree dogs; tackle the topic of nutrition and much more.”

Watching him educating the owners of a ruthless Rottweiler, a daunting Doberman or a schizophrenic Schnauzer is highly entertaining and surprisingly – given the full cooperation of the owners – all dogs turn as cool as a cucumber in no time. One of his favourites is the dachshund.The Wiener on short legs is a German pet icon and prime example for mismanaged expectations. “Due to his appearance the dachshund is often underestimated. People think he is cute and small and perfectly suitable as an accessory. That is complete nonsense. The dachshund is a robust and very indepen-

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Until December 2015 the dogfather will be touring the nation to explore what really happens in Germany’s living rooms and who is the boss of the house. Rütter often refers to cultural differences to clarify a point, so a Spaniard for instance would walk his dog proudly with a straight back and his head up, making him a prime example of how to gain a dog’s respect. I asked Rütter, how he would picture a British dog owner. He laughs and says: “I don’t know why but the first thing that springs to mind is Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean and how he tries to get a dog on course by using only his countenance and gestures, a beautiful image.”And as our interview draws to an end he drops a handy hint: “By the way, this would be the right approach, because dogs mainly communicate on a non-verbal level.”


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Discover Germany | Design | Dedicated to Design

Dedicated to Design... It’s getting cold outside, so time to snuggle up in front of the fireplace. Alpine charm and mountain chic is our theme for this month’s design picks. Germans love to use the term Hüttenzauber, which literally translates into cabin magic, but just like Gemütlichkeit there is no perfect English word for it. To get an idea of how to style your home a bit more “gemütlich” please take a look at these beautiful new design objects we discovered in stores.

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Spice up your sofa with luxurious loden cushions made by Kitzbühler Werkstätten, a label representing traditional charm, refreshing zest for life and exclusive lifestyle. £98. Available at www.hotel4home.com Furry friends are fun, not only for kids. These “hunting trophies” are made to be loved; rest assured that no harm was done to the animals. £29. Available at www.geschenkidee.at

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Sleek Maverick chair with armrests designed by Birgit Hoffmann for KFF. The flared legs give this solid wooden chair a special twist. Different design options available. P.o.a. www.kff.de

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The Radius design Wall Flame 1 ethanol fireplace comes in various colour options. Clear lines and perfect functionality deliver contemporary Alpine style right into your living room. £625. Available at www.designandmiles.de Together with 30 designers and under the supervision of project manager Sabine Meyer Germany’s Caritas Wendelstein Werkstätten have created eco-friendly products since 2002. All items of the side by side collection are hand-made by people with disabilities. Nutcracker, £47. Available at www.sidebyside-shop.com

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Fashion Finds Cool and chic is our fashion theme for November. Perfect silhouettes that rock are ruling the catwalks and casual is the new city chic. From skinny jeans to baggy trousers there are no limits, but it is essential to make the look work with the right accessories. Attention to detail is crucial to achieve a stylish rather than a sloppy look. BY TINA AWTANI

Navy blue at its best: skinny jeans and high heels are always a winning formula. Blend with luxuriuous accessories such as a trendy fur gilet to nail the rocking winter look. The fur gilet is an absolute must-have in this season’s wardrobe. Shirt £47, gilet £313, skinny jeans £94. www.richandroyal.de

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A true classic is the biker style leather jacket. Not suitable for formal occasions, but uber cool when out and about in town. It is well worth investing in a good quality piece, because this will last you a long time. £258. www.comma-store.de

Graphic prints are a great way to make a statement. Pop down your local high street store and you’ll be spoilt for choice. This model is from German label comma and blends perfectly with the urban rock style trend. £47. www.comma-store.de

Dare to bare gorgeous legs and opt for the party version of the rock chic look. This fringed leather mini skirt looks super hot with boots and a tight metallic top. £118. www.hallhuber.com

High fashion brand Rich & Royal dates back to 1986. Originated in Stuttgart, the label’s collections are the epitome of unique and rock-inspired style. Baggy trousers also work well with a plain white shirt and simple jewellery for a day at the office. T-shirt £31, jacket £219, baggy trousers £94. www.richandroyal.de

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Special Theme

Dazzling Design for 2015

A design that is appealing and helpful for everyone Why shut out potential users? Why create specialist products that only a few will buy? The concept ‘Design for All’ offers attractive solutions with inclusive products, which are easy, safe and comfortable for everyone to use. TEXT: MATHIAS KNIGGE, MEMBER OF THE BOARD EDAD (DESIGN FÜR ALLE – DEUTSCHLAND E.V.) TRANSLATION: EMMIE COLLINGE | PHOTOS: EDAD

Specialised products created for people with disabilities are only appealing to the specific users that they’re aimed at. So consider the potential of a well-made product that every single one of us would find simple and comfortable to use. Given today’s changing demographics, more and more people are benefitting from products made with the ‘Design for All’ concept.

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By 2020, over 65s will account for 29.5% of the EU’s population, and therefore the number of people with limited abilities will increase. Inclusive design can support more independent living, but these products need to be easy and safe to use, as well as being adaptable to meet certain needs.The EVOline plug (Schulte) reduces the amount of force your body needs to exert; all it

needs is a gentle tipping motion to remove it from the socket. Interestingly, added value comes from its flat form, guaranteeing it remains hidden behind furniture and cupboards. The salad shaker (Oxo) takes an egalitarian approach to use, as both left and righthanders can use it.Thanks to this, it has the necessary flexibility in terms of handling that will be of particular benefit to those suffering from rheumatism and weakness in their hands. The CinemaConnect smartphone app (Sennheiser) enables cinemagoers to have


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To convince businesses of the importance of inclusive design and‘Design for All’, the author has compiled a study together with partners from the‘Design für Alle – Deutschland’ competence network for the Federal Ministry of Economics andTechnology.The study shows the vital economic role that small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) can play as the demographics of the country change. Management, product development and marketing therefore have to be re-thought and the challenges met effectively, implemented well, and often with external help.

Product language and marketing messages should not single out or highlight the user’s impairments, as no one wants to buy a product that stigmatises them – even if it does make their life easier.

Below: Step-free shower. Photo: www.kaldewei.de Bottom left: Easy-pull plug in super flat design. Photo: www.schulte.com Bottom right: Salad spinner, to be used single-handedly, designed by Oxo. Photo: www.grauwert.info

Above: Cinema Connect for better hearing in cinema. Photo: www.sennheiser-connect.com

customised sound, either by making the dialogue more understandable or with the addition of audio description for visually impaired people. Particularly interesting for the ‘Design for All’ concept, the app enables the viewer to watch the film in any of the available languages. By improving your product’s design and making it more accessible to the few who’ll benefit from easier usage, it will ultimately appeal to and reach a wider market. Floor level showers have now become the standard in terms of comfort and modern architecture, as well as being of immense value to those with mobility problems.

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hartmannvonsiebenthal 3D designs bring brands to life Transferring brands and their message into designed spaces is hartmannvonsiebenthal’s expertise. The Berlin based design agency was founded in 2006 and has its origin in architecture; today it is one of the leading design offices when it comes to creating 3D brand environments – according to their slogan “Building Brand Experience”. TEXT: JESSICA HOLZHAUSEN | PHOTOS: HARTMANNVONSIEBENTHAL

Our society and its people often suffer from sensory overload – internet, television, radio, flashing and colourful advertisements on every street corner, on the mobile phone and in newspapers. “This makes it even more important for a brand to give orientation and decision guidance,” says Ralph Hartmann, founder and CEO of hartmannvonsiebenthal GmbH. The company specialises in designing shops and showrooms and has worked for international brands like O2 or Samsung.“A shop has to be at-

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tuned to a company and label to create a value of brand recognition that makes customers feel at home.” A store has to focus on the brand and its design to make it possible for customers to experience the brand with all their senses. “It is not the point to simply put a sign or a logo somewhere; instead a good store has to give the customer a sweeping, thrilling and long lasting experience of the brand and its meaning,” says Ralph Hart-

mann. The brand has to stand out from the white noise of constant media overload by being receptive and responsive. When creating a shop design, for hartmannvonsiebenthal this means using certain well-selected materials, creating a mood that underlines the brand’s messages, and integrating the brand’s channels into the retail space in a way that serves the customer’s purposes. The room has to interact with its visitors and inspiring product examples have to be displayed – offline as well as online. hartmannvonsiebenthal is an expert in creating 3D brand spaces, offering its clients a full service from conceptualisation to digital drafts and finally the finished project.


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The company has profound brand building experience. The Berlin based designers develop excellent design ideas out of brand specific concepts. “And if it is the customer’s wish we could also realise the concept and build the intended spaces as well,” says Hartmann. Ranging among the leading agencies for 3D brand design and architecture, hartmannvonsiebenthal has realised more than 1,000 projects for German and international companies. Today the 65 employees work closely together with specialists from different fields – architecture as well as interactive content – to achieve an outstanding design and provide a unique experience.

What is displayed in the stores are devices made by different electronic companies: mobile phones or tablets. But these can be used to make communication – and therefore the core business – more concrete.The concept store in itself becomes a first-hand dialogue with the client. It has to have an “enjoyable atmosphere that gives orientation, surprises, informs and defines the brand on the market,”explains Hartmann. “In the end all comes to the point to give customers time, and the security that he or she chose well out of an unimaginable wide range of products.” Interactivity and cross-media communications play an important role in the interior design of shops and the creation of exhibition stands – not only when designing for telecommunication companies but here more than anywhere else. Interactivity in a

shop can help to show the range of virtual products, can help customers grasp the untouchable and understand very complex topics. Due to the internet and its possibilities for research, customers today are better informed than they have ever been before. So when they enter a shop they already know a lot.“Therefore it is important that a shop does not give another impression from what the brand’s advertisements have promised,” says Hartmann. “Seamless communication is the magic word: it means the cross-media linkage of online media with the offline – the real – word in retail, at trade fairs and events.” www.hartmannvonsiebenthal.de Top: O2 Concept Store, Berlin & Mango store, Vienna Middle: Deutsche Telekom Bottom: Samsung & Volkswagen

One example of this is the new O2 Live Concept Store for the telecommunication provider O2 Telefónica that was awarded the iF communication award 2014, the Iconic Award 2014 as well as the German Design Award Special Mention 2015. The task was to push the limits of the conventional telecommunication store. Using natural materials like wood in combination with playful design elements, this O2 flagship store in Berlin lets customers experience a cosy atmosphere – sometimes even reminiscent of a living room at home. Likewise it lets clients experience the O2 product range and O2’s virtual services directly on site. “Designing a shop for a telecommunication provider is always an extra challenge, because the main product is impalpable,” says founder Ralph Hartmann. Communication is the core business, something that cannot be made visible.

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HEY-SIGN felt – a unique combination of material and handcraft The idea was to create a sustainable product range completely made from highquality wool felt; to provide environmentally valuable designs with many possibilities for various combinations. HEY-SIGN is committed to motivate people to purchase a natural product instead of synthesised mass products. TEXT: MERYEM HAUER | PHOTOS: HEY-SIGN GMBH

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It all began with the participation at the Messe Frankfurt to present a table and chair collection. Cutting residues were used to create table decorations and enchanted the fair visitors. With this, the idea to work with felt was created, more or less by accident. After analysing the positive attributes of the material, the company started to work on some innovative designs. In 1999 the manufactory HEY-SIGN was founded and one year later the first collection was exclusively produced from wool felt. Through the commitment and investment in new technical potentialities of felt cutting, new possibilities for more elaborated cutting methods opened up and new


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ranges of applications have been found. This common project of Bernadette Ehmanns and Mathias Hey is driven by the passion for producing a high-quality product as well as for the remarkable material felt.These exceptional objects are a result of clear design on the one hand and a low technical effort on the other. Before that, felt was not known in such a multiplicity of colours and forms, but that is exactly what gives the product innovators plenty of leeway for being creative without any limits. The timeless design revolutionised and opened a new market, increased the demand for felt and this stimulated the world-wide wool market sales to this industry.

sories, carpets, seating furniture and much more in over 40 colours and different material thicknesses. Luminous colours combined with the exceptional material felt are the hallmarks of the HEY-SIGN collection. Thereby originates an appropriate balance between design and material. All products are suitable for everyday life to ensure timeless quality and blend perfectly within any surroundings. The collections are regularly presented at exhibitions and fairs to make them more tangible and demonstrate the unique manufactural idea behind it.

HEY-SIGN is a manufactory which develops and produces hand-made felt products exclusively in Meerbusch, Germany. All parts required for the production are delivered by only German suppliers to correspond with the quality connotation Made in Germany. For the innovative entrepreneurs it is important to keep the transport routes short to allow regular personal quality inspections.

The felt consists of 100% pure new wool and that is literally a renewable raw material. Felt is permeable to air, hygroscopic, heat-insulating, dirt-repellent and absorbs unpleasant smells. In 2007 the felt, used by HEY-SIGN, was officially examined and certified through the Woolmark Company. Since then all of the products are allowed to carry the Woolmark sign – a quality mark for pure new wool. HEY-SIGN is still the only felt manufacturing label which is allowed to bear and use the Woolmark certificate.

The trademark HEY-SIGN represents decorative hand-made table and home accessories, made from wool felt. The collection comprises bags, tableware, home acces-

Besides the trademark HEY-SIGN, the private label sector for customer-oriented products and special cuts provides a second major pillar of the company. Moreover, the

company provides support as a service partner for clients, designers and architects in many different ways with felt materials, precision cuts and commissioned productions. Customer-oriented special cuts for small parts but also store furnishings and room installations are produced at the company headquarter and are the key to realise every individual desired design. The wall installation under the theme water world at a Swiss shopping mall, which consists solely of felt, is just one example to demonstrate the versatile applications of this intimitable material. Other parts of the private label sector are the production of seat covers for church pews or manufacture tableware according to a customers’design for several well-known brand names. Now, after 15 years the company has raised awareness for wool felt and this material provides many opportunities that are waiting to be discovered. The aim of HEY-SIGN is to provoke a certain sensitisation to be vigilant about environmental compatibility, to set an example for Pro Nature against the trend for convenience and throw-away products and also to engage self-conscious handling and perception of the materials for the daily use. www.hey-sign.de

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Above: Uni Flame bio-ethanol fireplace

Aesthetic perfection for your home Award winning furniture designer and retailer Radius Design pairs purist elegance with high functionality. TEXT: DORINA REICHHOLD | PHOTOS: RADIUS DESIGN

Even the apple peeler amazes with its clever design. "Our company is based on three features: reduction, aesthetics and functionality," explains Michael Rösing, managing director of furniture retailer Radius Design. "Reducing a product to its basic task does not only lead to a higher functionality but also to aesthetic perfection." This is the essential philosophy behind Radius Design, to be more functional, original and attractive than what is already available. Dissatisfied with what the furniture market had to offer, Rösing started designing his own products more than twenty years ago and has since then not only gained a vast amount of experience but also established a successful collaboration with a network of designers, engineers and retailers. Radius Design's product line comprises solutions for all aspects of modern living. It offers fireplaces of cutting-edge technology and stunning elegance as well as multifunctional furniture, eye-catching mailboxes or unusual bird houses. Each design im-

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presses with smartness and high functionality. The brand Absolut Lightning, also founded and managed by Rösing, provides high quality lighting solutions for the home, all reduced to a basic, elegant design like the products of sister company Radius Design.

who want to relax in a pleasant atmosphere, far away from crowded hotels. Our guests set a high value on an attractive and premium quality interior, which our products provide,”explains Rösing. It is the perfect opportunity to spend a holiday to remember, surrounded by stunning elegance and clever functionality. www.radius-design.com Below: Letterman 2 mailbox Bottom: Miss Moneypenny desk

Both Radius Design as well as Absolut Lighting were nominated for and have won several design awards and Rösing has plans to realize more creative ideas and expand the business. Besides the German market, Radius Design also has a solid customer base in the Netherlands, the United States and Switzerland, with increasing sales in countries as far away as Japan. Rösing has also created two show houses, Radius House and Absolut House, which are furnished with the company's own products. Both are situated in the seaside village Gümüslük, close to the city of Bodrum in the southwestern Aegean region of Turkey and can accommodate up to seven people for a holiday. "Our holiday homes are booked by couples or families


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Innovative interior design – the fusion of ideas and spatial concepts Claudia and Klaus de Winder, a successful architecture couple from Berlin, have set themselves the task to create beautiful spaces where people feel comfortable and like to spend their time. A harmonious interaction of artificial and natural illumination and an effective accentuation through conscious colourfulness is thereby always part of the concept. TEXT: MERYEM HAUER | PHOTOS: MARK SEELEN / DE WINDER ARCHITEKTEN

An old industrial building on the banks of the Spree in Berlin Kreuzberg, where once vinyl records have been pressed, now provides the ideal environment for the two architects Claudia and Klaus de Winder to create high-quality and up-to-date room concepts. Since 1999, the successful 16person team has developed customised solutions for interior design projects within working environments such as in registered historical buildings, expansion or new construction and special uses to high-class private residential expansions.

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Offices in Bikini Berlin – a tribute to the late 1950s During the years 2013 and 2014 the representative office space for a renowned, in-

Claudia and Klaus de Winder

ternationally active company was developed in the new Concept Mall Bikini Berlin. The offices extend over three floors and offer views of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church as well as the lively City West, whereas the rear view provides a spectacular panorama across the Zoo. The official entrance is located on the penthouse floor and is equipped with a welcoming reception and waiting lounge, surrounded by conference rooms. In addition to the cafeteria with its roof terrace, this area contains a flexible work zone with a multifunctional desk landscape with standing and seating places. An internal staircase leads to the 5th and 6th floors. In conformity with the firm’s day-to-day operation, an open area for temporary use has been created. The corridor widens in the middle zones and provides space for open


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able city project by the Danish architect Jo Coenen. A strict black-and-white theme runs like a continuous thread through the whole project. White furniture is combined with black surfaces on the walls and ceilings. White desks and black chairs with white installations and black carpets play the leading role in each of the offices. Bright natural stone as part of the external facade merges into the interior of the conference room and thus becomes part of the ceiling design.

desktops as well as lounge areas and has spacious open areas at both ends. Colour-padded telephone booths with shimmering white surfaces and glass cubicles provide individual workplaces while long desks overlook the Zoo. A clear blackand-white scheme is part of this concept and it is discreetly interrupted by blue, orange and yellow-green colour accents. Surrounded on one side by the oasis of the zoo and the symbol of West Berlin on the other, the Bikini building marks the interface between landscape and city and enables a modern interpretation of office design in a historic location. Dierks + Bohle – a farsighted law office Directly located at the Rhine docks of the city of Düsseldorf, the renowned law firm Dierks + Bohle is based on the 16th floor within the DOCK2 building, a remark-

The headquarter in Berlin at the Kurfürstendamm was completed by de Winder architects in 2013. Two floors, which have been designed in a work-friendly way by following a black-and-white colour concept, are connected through a representative staircase.The black lacquered inside of the built-in furniture contrasts with the white surfaces, and individual furniture elements bring out the main features through using walnut wood. Interactive conference rooms can be converted for various use. A modern working field within a historical building The globally operating American company Groupon established its new head office in the centre of Berlin. Originally, the building was used as a fashion house and has six floors, including a magnificent entrance hall with a historical staircase, which marks a strong contrast to the simplicity of the newly built rooms.

Main image & images on the left: Bikini Berlin Above: Groupon Below left: Zalando Below right: Dierks + Bohle

As a result of the high number of employees the common areas have been transformed into open-space offices. Depending on their function, the different sectors are arranged according to certain colour patterns to serve as reference points. Special areas such as the glass boxes, meeting points, copy-boxes and tea kitchens can be found on each floor; they are all singlecoloured from the ceiling to the carpet. Further examples of the innovative room concepts by de Winder have been realised for the large-scale working environments of the three locations for Zalando, for the Google office in Berlin or the Egon Zehnder Company. www.dewinder.de

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The panacea for your home With deceptively simple forms and stark contrasts using solid wood and white surfaces, Jannis Ellenberger’s work is an exception from that of many other German designers, earning him the ‘if product design award’ for his free-standing sink, which stands at the centre of his own delightful and inimitable private space collection. TEXT: EMMIE COLLINGE | PHOTOS: ALEXANDER FANSLAU, BREMEN, GERMANY

Using his accumulated knowledge to create contemporary classics, Bremen-based ellenbergerdesign is behind some of the most distinctive and meaningful products within Europe as he strives to make products in the studio in which form and function compose a harmonious whole.

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Separating ellenbergerdesign into two strands (his own Private Space Collection and the contracted work), Jannis Ellenberger explains how the commissions“can be really quite varied.”Required to apply his

expertise as a “service provider”at any stage of the design process, Ellenberger can deliver the initial sketch, the full-scale model, right through to the final prototype. An advocate of long-standing partnerships, Ellenberger has previously developed products for companies including CB2 (USA), Sudbrock (DE), Prandina (I), Studio Lumess (CH) and the Friesland Porzellanfabrik for whom he created a stylish tea set using maple wood and delicate white porcelain.The tea set’s simplicity lends itself to a heart-warming ambiance, allowing the user to enter into a clearer mindset. Ellenberger’s creations are contemporary classics in many senses, and his steadfast notion of “switching off” through surrounding yourself with his creations is embodied in his own Private Space Collection. Considering your home as your sanctuary, he highlights his be-


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Currently, Ellenberger is working on a modular furniture system for children, which, after appearing last month at Cologne’s prominent KIDS UND JUGEND trade fair, was selected by the jury as a joint winner in the Future of Kids Design competition. Outlining the concept behind the furniture, currently being developed with the German children’s furniture manufacturer DE BREUYN, Ellenberger explains how children yearn to be in close proximity to their parents.This led him to question why their space couldn’t belong equally to parents and children alike. From this thought, he created a grownup-looking desk and stool set that unites a childlike ease with Ellenberger’s characteristic minimalism. It is now evolving into an entire system of seating and storage, focusing on public spaces like waiting areas or libraries as well as private homes. Using felt and wood, he explains, keeps the gentleness. “Wood is a natural material with a pleasant colour and warmth to it,” he says matterof-factly.

lief in keeping it simple,“an antidote to the sensory overload of everyday life.” With their pure and human aesthetic, the products in his Private Space Collection are built to last. Ellenberger explains eloquently how the collection sprang initially from the traditional notion of a washstand pitcher on a table, prompting his desire to“reclaim”the private space within a home and unite it. “Your bedroom and bathroom are two areas which are yours – they’re not shared with guests, so uniting them struck a chord with me.”After designing the freestanding table and basin, the collection expanded to include a bed and a bench before entering the market in early 2012. Since then, the collection is home to virtually all the staple items needed for your bedroom and bathroom, although it is by no means limited to these rooms as the sideboard is a brilliant addition to any lounge.

appeal of his wonderfully unassuming furniture. His own house, he explains with a wry smile, is something of a cemetery for disused prototypes, sitting alongside his treasured antiques.“My children do love having their dad’s work around the house. One of my sons actually sleeps on the very first prototype of the 1m x 2m Private Space bed, but,”he chuckles,“each time there’s a trade fair he’s on the mattress on the floor for a few days as we borrow his bed!” His thoughtful creations possess a quality that is often rare to find these days; they are home to a timelessness that can be seen in understated glory in the Intimo small desk, the TLD desk and the Drommen bed in particular. Alongside his own collection, their growing popularity proves just why ellenbergerdesign deserves yet more international acclaim. www.ellenbergerdesign.de

Design, continues Ellenberger, can be understood as a vague, all-encompassing term, but for the skilled artisan like himself, his objectives when designing are to craft “genuine, understated and long-lasting products,” which, he’s quick to add, “won’t break easily.” Keeping manufacturing in Germany is integral to his own collection given the small-scale production run. He first works at his studio in Bremen before entrusting his designs to a Bavarian manufacturer, and stresses the importance of“being able to keep an eye on the process, having a personal relationship with the woodworkers and cutting out the middleman.” Trained in the time-honoured skill of woodworking, Ellenberger set up his own business immediately after graduating, receiving commissions directly – testament to the

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Interior design solutions with great depth Munich based interior design bureau eins:33 has come a long way and has established itself firmly in the corporate branding industry. The experienced team knows how to apply its comprehensive expertise in so many areas to building brands from the inside out.

outstanding skills in the areas of corporate architecture and brand communication as well. Today interior design in connection with brands is the engine of eins:33.

TEXT: MARILENA STRACKE | PHOTOS: EINS:33

Mueller explains their work further: “The presentation of the brand in a specific space remains the core of our work. The space is usually defined by its purpose such as retail, exhibition, showroom or trade fair environments. The purpose dictates how the term brand is interpreted, as it has many different aspects. There is for example the classic branding of a manufacturer or trademark at their stores or at trade fairs but there is also the corporate brand, which can function as a visual mission statement in the office world.”

Founded in 1999, when partner Hendrik Mueller was still studying at the Academy of Arts Stuttgart, eins:33 originally focused entirely on interior design. Back then Mueller and his classmate Georg Thiersch, who would become his partner in 2007, worked on various projects at the institute of David Chipperfield with the scale 1:33. That is how the company name eins:33 was born. Mueller took an assistant position with Professor Richard Horden at the Technical University of Munich, so his architecture firm moved with him to the glorious Bavarian city and today has grown to 13 employees.

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From interior design to brand communication Initially Mueller and Thiersch started out working exclusively in the field of interior design but over the years they developed

Georg Thiersch (left) and Hendrik Müller (right), Partners eins:33. Photo: Bodo Mertoglu

The goal of the experts at eins:33 is to give each brand the specifically designed space it needs in order to come alive and to design in complete alignment to each brand’s mission. So far clients include Aesop,


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Gaggenau and Porsche to name but a few. The designs speak for themselves. Designing spaces that turn a brand into something tangible and accessible for the consumer, is the heartfelt mission of eins:33, something that is immediately palpable. Not afraid to ask tough questions Mueller and Thiersch are not interested in superficial solutions. Understanding a brand from the inside out is crucial to their workflow and success. Forming a deep connection to a brand, seeing all its facets and analysing which ones need to be highlighted in the interior design means eins:33 puts their creativity exactly where it needs to go in order to emphasise an existing corporate image, or help develop it from scratch. When asked how their style is best described, Thiersch says:“We generally avoid the term style because it is fairly superficial. The overall attitude to our work is important to us. Our approach is deeply rooted in different areas, from our general worldview to personal experiences and creative concerns, which include the term style. Our clients appreciate how deeply we connect with a brand or brief and how that is reflected in our concepts. We can afford the luxury to ask critical questions instead of simply offering a bright bouquet of standard solutions.”

Gaggenau Showroom (2013), China World Trade Center (CWTC), Beijing. Photo: Bodo Mertoglu

calls an all-round, carefree package should look elsewhere. eins:33 takes great pride in reading between the lines of a brief and getting to the core of their clients’requests. “Our clients need to be open to discussion. That approach often brings to light the most valuable foundation for our work, which would never be found in the brief,” Mueller adds enthusiastically. More than awards to be proud of

The creatives at eins:33 have in-depth discussions with their clients, organise workshops together and invite them to have a critical look at their own brand. Clients, who seek an easy solution or what Mueller

It should come as no surprise that awards keep coming in. Most recently eins:33 won the Reddot Award 2014, the IF Award 2014 and the Iconic Award 2013 amongst many more.

But it is the relationships with his clients that Mueller values most. He remembers how he started out 20 years ago, designing the premises of a hairdresser to be. It was a crucial part to draw in business for the young Italian entrepreneur, who had put all his faith and money in Mueller to create a space that emphasised his corporate identity before it even existed. The store has hardly changed in all those years and is still a centre of attraction. The client has turned into a friend and it is those relationships that Mueller is proud of because they are the most genuine testimony a company can ever receive. www.einszu33.com

Below left: Gaggenau trade fair stall, Eurocucina 2014, Milan. Photo: Bodo Mertoglu. Below right: Aesop Store, Breuninger, Stuttgart (2014). Photo: Ludger Paffrath

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Innovative creative design A motivated entrepreneur from Berlin conceives design strategies and solutions for the online and print sector. Since 2010, Verena Hanschke Art Direction & Design has provided high-level design requirements for international clients through detailed planning, consultation and the development of uniform and distinctive Corporate Identities. TEXT MERYEM HAUER | PHOTO: VERENA HANSCHKE

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Verena Hanschke has a Master’s degree in Communication Art & Design from the Royal College of Art in London.There, students were always encouraged to realise their full potential, and to create something individual to develop their own business. She also studied Integrated Design at the University of the Arts in Bremen. The education was multidisciplinary and the creative designer discovered photography as an artistic medium in itself. The designer has a consolidated universal knowledge and a high sensibility for the needs of different experience groups – from luxury, tourism, culture, art to mobile entertainment and consumer electronics.

and clear design on a high aesthetic level – and the constant ambition to reduce each concept to the very basics of today’s overstimulation in the media world. www.verenahanschke.com verenahanschke.tumblr.com www.facebook.com/verena.hanschke instagram.com/verenahanschke

Her clients are renowned advertising agencies, publishing houses, international companies and trademarks such as Nokia, Axel Gestalten Publisher, Fine Art Society and the University of East London, just to mention a few. In the digital sector she provides complete conception and implementation of web projects – from elegant, classic and contemporary designs to programming at a high technical level and search engine optimisation (SEO). Her aim is to present the client’s company in a professional and modern way by using her many years of experience. What makesVerena Hanschke different to other designers is a timeless, innovative

The best you, you can be. It’s all about who you are, what you have to offer, and what makes you unique. Let’s find it out.

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Focussing on the golden thread Equipped with a diploma in interior architecture and valuable practical experience from working as an apprentice in New York and Munich, Julia Schneider established her new interior design and architecture company this year. I*AM / interior.architects.munich is a company which mirrors her flexible, innovative approach to interior design. TEXT: EMILY ENGELS | PHOTOS: CHRISTINE SCHAUM

“Rooms live from their functionality,”says Schneider.Working closely with her clients is important to her for a successful project. She explains: “When starting to work on a concept, I am always looking for a golden thread which will lead me through the entire project.The result should always show a mixture between passion for architecture, colour and material and functionality.Through visualizing the final goal and working on the steps which lead towards it, I achieve this result.” For Schneider and her team, no project is like another: “There are so many internal and external factors to consider.” I* AM takes private clients as well as companies or shop brands, which means that the team needs to understand many different sets of circumstances. She explains: “When working on shops like the ‘Mammut’shop in Hanover, there are totally different factors to consider than when working on projects like the ‘Kinderkunsthaus’or a private home.While companies often want to express their identity through design and focus more and more on their employees’ well-being – like the American company GoPro / ‘Woodman Labs’, for which we designed the European headquaters – private houses bring up questions about the clients’personal way of living, how they use their space, if they have children or even want to accommodate a whole family generation.”And Schneider and her team don’t only consider exterior factors like natural shadowing or lighting through sunlight, or the optimal use of the available space: they also sometimes have to consider circumstances such as conservation of monuments. Honesty and the expression of strong opinions are crucial to Schneider who is also a member of the Bavarian Chamber of Commerce. “Being critical and reflective about a project is vital.While working on a concept, one always has to remind oneself on focussing on the golden thread one drew from the beginning,”she says. Handing over a successfully finished assignment to a client is therefore her greatest reward. “In the end, architecture lives its own life – and that’s what makes it so appealing and exciting,” Schneider concludes. www.interior-architects-munich.com

Portrait: Julia Schneider From top down: Mixtvision fair Kinderkunsthaus GoPro office, Munich Private apartment

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nachtaktiv “Let there be light…” Usually, we do not give much consideration to light. Which is a big mistake according to Swiss architect and lighting designer Reto Marty. His lighting design firm nachtaktiv in Zurich specializes in customized architectural lighting solutions and is an expert in achieving a sophisticated dialogue between light and space. TEXT: CORDELIA MAKARTSEV | PHOTOS: NACHTAKTIV

Already in the early days of his professional career, Reto Marty was fascinated by the multiple possibilities lighting design offers: “Light affects people in three different, important ways. Light determines how we perceive our environment, in the way it reflects on surfaces and creates contours and shadows. Our perception of space and material is steered by light. Secondly, light creates a certain atmosphere which is essential for our emotions and wellbeing. And last but not least, light influences our health.Today, there is an ongoing discussion about how light regulates the human biorhythm. That is why it is so important to plan lighting professionally.”

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Reto Marty founded his agency nachtaktiv in 2005 and today, his experience covers cultural, hospitality, retail and office schemes as well as residential and infrastructure developments. His work showcases how light can take on a multitude of roles in architecture and built environments; the projects represent architectural lighting at the top of its game. One of nachtaktiv’s flagship projects is the planning of the lighting in the St. Galler Kantonalbank in Zurich (former Hyposwiss Private Bank); as a result, nachtaktiv sought to put people into the focus of all planning. On the one hand, it is of great importance

Above: St. Galler Kantonalbank, Zurich. Architect: stemmle ++ architekten. Photo: Bruno Helbling Far right: St. Gallus Catholic Church, Zurich. Architect: BKG Architekten AG. Photo: Reto Marty

how clients perceive the bank and experience the building when they enter the bank. On the other hand, the wellbeing of the employees is a decisive factor for their commitment. Throughout the building, the lighting is subtly integrated into the architecture. In certain areas it supports the function of the rooms. The representative grand customer foyer is lit by a glass chandelier, whereas floor lamps with fabric lampshades create a homely atmosphere in the clients’ meeting rooms.The office space has a pleasant working light through the integrated lamps in the ceilings.Thereby, the whole lighting system is extremely energy efficient. Light and its effect on buildings and spaces always held a fascination for Reto Marty. Before founding his agency, he took a degree in architecture and completed training as a lighting designer. “The right lighting supports the architecture and that is why it is so important to have an expert know-


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ledge about architectural structures,” explains Reto Marty. “Besides, many of my clients are architects or I work very closely together with them so you need understand their language.” A successful project proving nachtaktiv’s creativity and competence is the lighting redesign in the Catholic church of St. Gallus in Zurich.This project was all about creating the right atmosphere for the services and prayers. At the entrance, the worshipper is welcomed by subdued light in a warm atmosphere. Processing further, the nave with the magnificent stained glass window leaves a strong impression. In spite of the high, spacious nave visitors feel sheltered in the warm light of the pendant luminaires.

Reto Marty created a special atmospheric shade luminaire for the project. Again, the realization of the ETH Zurich project is proof that sustainability and energy efficiency are not just empty phrases for nachtaktiv. In spite of installing 19 additional lights the electricity consumption is now lower by 75%. nachtaktiv is fit for the future:“In Switzerland we care a lot about sustainability, energy saving and light pollution by night. Professional light planning also means directing the light where it is

needed and using exactly the necessary light intensity. The lighting industry made huge progress there and it is very exciting to work in this field.” www.nachtaktiv.li

Bottom right, clockwise: Dos Verandas, Erlenbach. Architect: gus wüstemann architects. Photo: Bruno Helbling Kulturachse, Winterthur. Photo: Stadtwerk Winterthur Tramtunnel Schwamendingen, Zurich. Architect: raumgleiter GmbH. Photo: Christoph Altermatt ETH Hönggerberg, Zurich. Photo: Milo Keller

But Reto Marty is not only an expert in interior lighting; his portfolio shows some extraordinary solutions for external lighting. The ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute for Technology) trusted nachtaktiv to plan its urban university district thus supporting the extensive urban structure of the area and giving orientation and security at the same time. The basic idea was to deliver an optimal experience of night-time by using as minimal a light intensity as possible. In several steps the exterior lighting of the whole area has been renewed and supplemented by using street lamps and bollards from the same design family. Additionally,

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Interior design agency GO INTERIORS Feel-good factor with Chalet Chic and beyond With its unique mixture of technical and architectural know-how and a feminine sensibility for interior design, GO INTERIORS has been creating extraordinary living spaces with a special feelgood factor since the firm was founded by interior architect Nicole Gottschall in Zurich in 1993. TEXT: JULIKA HÜTHER | PHOTOS: GO INTERIORS

The team of 10 interior architects, project managers, florists and other professionals offers a wide range of services within the fields of interior architecture and design.

drive and passion to take on projects from the creation of a concept through to its ex-

GO INTERIORS day-to-day work includes: general concept design; optimisation studies and analyses; planning and realisation of conversions/renovations; material, colour, lighting selection; and custom furniture design and decoration concepts. Unlike other interior design agencies, GO INTERIORS has the technical knowledge,

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ecution and decoration.This way, the space is not only immediately habitable, but instantly homely and inviting.The GO INTERIORS team has proven their skills in numerous projects across Switzerland, from private homes to holiday residences, hotels, restaurants, shop interiors, and showrooms. Other services include the supervision of design projects and conducting workshops about interior design. Nicole Gottschall explains the trademark style of GO INTERIORS that sets them apart from other agencies:“We take all the details that we like and that match the customer's style and create an uncomplicated mix, resulting in the distinctive style of GO INTERIORS.” In addition, they aim to create timeless designs and energetically dense interiors that benefit the customer. “We do not stop once we have executed an interior


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design concept and the last sofa has been put in its place,”says Gottschall.“Our feelgood package includes placing the cushions on the sofa and lighting the candles on the table.” A purely coincidental fact that might have influenced this feminine touch is that the entire team consists of female staff. Gottschall ponders:“Women generally find it easier to access sensual themes – thus, the world of GO INTERIORS.” One style that has frequently been featured in the agency's projects throughout the years is the so-called Chalet Chic style, which features assorted accessories from the world of hunters and combines them with traditional materials such as rustic wood, furs and other natural products from the mountains. The popular style combines a rough, natural lookand-feel with cosy, homely textures to create modern spaces that not only exude a sense of luxury and comfort, but also simple clarity. It is an economically friendly style inspired by a love for the mountains and a sense of home that can be felt and experienced. “Chalet Chic is a matter of the heart,”says Gottschall. “Right now, it is an absolutely

popular trend, largely due to the fact that our clients crave real values and traditions. The mountains are a safe haven for many stressed businessmen and managers and have a deeply positive and nurturing effect.” To translate the style effectively in any given space, a detailed knowledge of the materials and their properties is essential. Over the years, GO INTERIORS has gained a lot of expert knowledge and developed these skills accordingly.“Now, we are confident enough to playfully mix Ethno Chic with the traditional Chalet style if it matches the purpose. This way, our work remains as exciting to us as to our customers,” says Gottschall. “For more than 20 years, we have been offering an exclusive added value to our customers – the ‘feelgood’ factor. In Switzerland, it is directly related to the tradition of the mountains and the holiday homes of our customers,”Gottschall explains. GO INTERIORS has graced many a holiday home with their unique take on the Chalet Chic style, as well as several hotels. In these hotels, guests can now enjoy a relaxing drink in the cozy lounge, sit back in an armchair

clad in fur and let the flicker of the stone fireplace soothe their senses. Heavy wooden furniture, soft wool rugs and contemporary straight lines make guests welcome in a space that is homely without feeling cluttered or overpowering, but open and bright instead. Chalet Chic accessories have proved so popular that GO INTERIORS has started selling them in their showroom in Zurich, which helps to inspire customers and passers-by to adapt the style to their own homes. “Chalet Chic has become our core competence. The projects we work on, however, are very varied, yet always sensual and inspiring, long-lasting and energetically dense,”Gottschall sums it up.“I believe that there is no other firm which has such a wealth of experience and inspirations and can combine flawless technical execution with the sensual world as well as GO INTERIORS!” www.go-interiors.ch Left, main image: Hotel La Val Below, clockwise from left: Hotel Seerose. Chalet Brigels.Chalet Klosters. Apartment Bederstrasse.

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Objects of design and desire Design objects come to life through integration and inspiration Momentum, based in Zurich, Switzerland, is a design consultancy firm engaged in the various facets of industrial design. Since its founding by Sven Adolph in 2001 the firm has been trusted to lend its expertise in design to many leading international and local brands. TEXT: JAIME SCHWARTZ | PHOTOS: MOMENTUM DESIGN

Located in the city’s creative hub, known as the NOERD building, Momentum is situated among a variety of professionals in the creative field.The building’s eclectic mix of smaller scale businesses, from the artisanal to the technological, is demonstrative of the contemporary movement towards thoughtful design in all aspects of our lives. As Mr. Adolph says, “Objects attain their significance by engaging us physically and emotionally. They play a significant role in shaping experiences.”This notion of connecting design to the larger picture has always been part of Sven's design philosophy. The relationship between object and user is central to his design approach and

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work methodology. “Today when I am working on a design I try to see the final form of an object less as the end of the design process and more as the beginning of the user’s experience.” For Mr. Adolph the core of a user’s experience is found not only in valuing how a design object can improve our lives but how it can inspire the way we live.“In the design process I ask myself: How can the shape of a DVD player make playing a movie or listening to music something special to be celebrated? Is a couch table a surface for placing objects or is it also a place to showcase a personal collection of books, artworks and

other objects?” By concerning himself with these types of user oriented questions Sven is able to create a design which imparts a meaningful experience.To him, the ultimate sign of a design's success is when an object of his becomes a cherished possession instead of a purely useful one. Considering the emotional potential of an object was a concept Mr Adolph was first introduced to while studying at the CranBelow: Sven Adolph. Photo: Patricia Parinejad, Berlin


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brook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. The school has historically had an impact on design culture and is well known for being the cradle of American design.“Studying in the United States exposed me to a new kind of discourse.There objects were considered to carry 'meaning'. I discovered that objects shape situations and that they engage us on an emotional, as well as a physical level.”Previously Sven had studied in Germany where he was heavily influenced by the teachings of the Bauhaus and the Ulm School of Design. Before settling in Zurich and establishing Momentum Design, Sven worked with international consultancy firms in Boston, San Francisco, Milan and Vienna where he co-produced an array of award winning works. His own design work has also received many accolades, winning several international design competitions in Japan, Korea and the United States. It's evident

that this synthesis of experiences has helped shaped Mr. Adolph's refined and sensitive design aesthetic.

matter,”says Sven. “For example at the moment we are working on a design for a child's scooter.”

Momentum Design, as Mr. Adolph calls it, is a “boutique” design agency. The small and tight knit team complement each other well and have been working together since the company's beginnings.The team is passionate about what they do and share a high attention to detail, carefully listening and observing before moving into the design process. Their mission is to harness the energies of all involved to create a design product that resonates both physically and emotionally. Most of their projects tend to focus on domestic objects, creating designs mainly for electronics and home furnishings. However, the Momentum Design team is ready to take on any project that sparks their interest. “I very much enjoy immersing myself in a totally new subject

Momentum's offerings also extend beyond object design, providing clients with related services in product strategy, interface design, packaging and point of sale solutions, and 3D modeling and model making. The firm's clients include ABB, Harman International, Johnson Outdoors, Ligne Roset, Nemo/Cassina, Similor/Laufen, Steelcase and Swisscom, among others. www.momentum.ch Far left, main image: Nemo/Cassina ”Sven”. Photo: Nemo srl Top left: LIGNET ROSET table. Photo: Andreas Hoernisch, München Top right: SHU light. Photo: Andreas Hoernisch, München Below from right: LAUFEN faucet SWISSCOM VideoChat HARMAN Media Player

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KISKA Designing Desire Why do we instantly recognize a motorcycle when it races past us on the motorway? It is the design that tells us about the brand. Great design has the capacity to attract attention, stir emotion and spark loyalty for the brand. For nearly 25 years the Austrian design and brand consultancy KISKA has worked with the world’s top brands to sharpen, shape and create their brand’s unique values. TEXT: CORDELIA MAKARTSEV | PHOTOS: KISKA

“The most powerful and enduring brands are built from the heart,” said Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks. This statement echoes the vision KISKA founder and CEO Gerald Kiska strives to accomplish for his clients every day: “Co-creating desirable brands through design was the core vision I had when founding KISKA. It is the value that drives KISKA to this day. Today we do this not only through design, but consulting and

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ate desirable brand experiences in close cooperation with the client, by placing the brand at the centre of the product and the product at the centre of the brand. In 1991, KISKA took on the Austrian motorbike manufacturer KTM as a client, which has resulted in a brand-building journey that has lasted over two decades.

communication services as well, which includes capabilities ranging from research and brand consulting, to product communication, corporate design, digital media and photography/videography.” Since 1990, when Gerald Kiska started the company from the kitchen table of his home, KISKA has helped companies to envision their future by defining their brand’s values, significance and ultimate differentiation factor. KISKA’s approach is to co-cre-

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appearance in the ski market. The result is a timeless ski design, easily recognizable by its two basic colours, a unique Hollowtech symbol and distinctive graphics. The result is brand design that is both iconic and consistent over the seasons. Opened in 2009, KISKA’s 5,000 square metre studio equipped with a 1,000 square metre transportation design studio, allows KISKA to take on bigger projects for global brands. It also accommodates at least 10 years of human resources growth. Global brands greatly appreciate the benefit of KISKA’s full brandbuilding capabilities: consulting, design and communication.

Over a period of almost 25 years (KISKA celebrates its 25th anniversary in January, 2015), KISKA developed into one of Europe’s largest independently owned design agencies. But, what is the secret of successful brand building? According to Gerald it is consistency, “It is a totally underrated value, consistency, but when it comes to brand building, it is the most important factor to consider. Regardless of the project, it is important to stay faithful to your brand’s promise and its key differentiation factor. Every brand has its own values and deserves the consistent design language that remains true to it. Designing Desire is not about a designer’s self-fulfillment. It is about consistent differentiation: digging to the heart of a brand, defining authentic brand stories and creating designs that stand out in the market.”

The long-term success of KISKA proves Gerald right, as design of new products often begins with careful observation and analysis of the brand, target group and product position in the market. For over 23 years KISKA has worked in close cooperation with KTM regarding not only design, but brand consulting and communication as well. Just one example is the KTM 1190 Adventure bike, which was designed after KISKA conducted research and analysis of the target group. With the new bike KTM was able to expand its market share significantly, attracting more first time KTM riders than ever before. Many more internationally renowned companies trusted KISKA with their brand building and design. For the relaunch of Austrian ski manufacturer Kästle KISKA created a unique und differentiating brand

Gerald knows that his greatest asset is his team: “In terms of KISKA’s biggest success story, I think it is our team, which is composed of over 120 creative specialists from over 20 nations who are at the top of their fields.That KISKA has created such a unique way of approaching design it resonates with the world’s best creative talent; enticing them to work here is a great achievement. Most significantly, this pays off for our clients, because our diverse team can accommodate all of their brand building needs under one roof.” KISKA’s team, studio and brand expertise means it is poised to take on the design innovation challenges of the future, which Gerald Kiska predicts to be primarily concerned with the ”Internet of Things”. According to Gerald, regardless of the field, it is the ever-increasing interconnectivity of products and services that is driving innovation in design,“The mission of KISKA is to find ways in which to incorporate connectivity into design so that it speaks volumes about the brand. Any designer can think of ways to make a product connect to the world around it. The real challenge is selecting the connectivity innovations that are authentic to a brand’s promise and business.” www.kiska.com

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Main image: Website, mobile and app design

Polish your message to perfection Electric Arts Corporate Publishing and Advertising Electric Arts is in the business of innovative brand design. The Austrian agency focuses on corporate publishing and advertising solutions. Their extensive consulting and in-house services help clients leverage their brand’s corporate message, their image, and ultimately, their success.

The agency is located in Lenzing, Austria, and manages projects in German and Eng-

TEXT: ELISABETH DOEHNE | PHOTOS: ELECTRIC ARTS GMBH

Innovate – simplify – engage. These attributes are at the core of the agency’s philosophy. Electric Arts supports clients, which hail from a variety of different industries and professional sectors, to develop strong, uniform visual communication tools. By creating traditional print publishing and advertising materials, as well as digital media and web designs, they perfect corporate brands and give them a unique identity. The dynamic agency focuses on all aspects of corporate publishing; online and offline.

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professionals. A number of additional specialists is being consulted on various projects.

Examples of print products and website roll-outs are customer and employee magazines, annual reports and lifestyle journals for customers from various segments of industry, to technology, home&design, and to tourism. 17 Years of Experience Founded in 1997, Electric Arts has more than 17 years of experience, especially in the areas of corporate publishing and advertising. Currently, the team consists of 12 experienced designers and advertising

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lish. Their customer base is truly diverse, from traditional regional businesses to large, international corporations. “The diversity of our customers stirs up the nature of our projects. The international companies we work with mainly rely on our innovative ideas and often commission us with highly specialized jobs in the areas of corporate publishing Web and app design. Many of our Austrian customers increasingly focus on building an integrated corporate communication, from classical advertising to PR to their online appearance,” explains Electric Arts. Corporate Publishing – Print & Online So whether corporate clients are looking to build a brand identity for their organization, tell their firm’s history, issue an annual report, advertise a business or project in their own consumer magazine, their high expectations will be met. In fact. Electric Arts specializes in producing appropriate, superb quality publications, brochures, flyers or web presences. All of the services are custom-tailored and highly individualized to maximize the brand’s exposure. The agency’s publishing services range from research, writing and editing to the layout, design and printing of any corporate project. Current and former projects include: high-level corporate design relaunches, customer magazines, image conceptualizations, website branding, and community portals.

nal product, is a big advantage. Often, other publishing agencies have to commission external specialists to do part of the project, because they lack either the expertise or the resources. By completing the project in-house, Electric Arts guarantees the integrity and the envisioned identity of the brand. 100% Custom Made All interactive and multimedia elements are 100% custom-tailored and researched, programmed and editorially supervised. “Our philosophy is to simplify! Electric Arts creates absolutely simple solutions to complex issues and high technological content. The in-depth study of the needs and goals of our clients and a high level of knowledge and expertise are the basis for eye-catching, highly targeted measures,” explains the firm’s management.

Best Practices and Growth Looking forward, Electric Arts believes that they can grow continuously, although the advertising and communications market is highly competitive. They are optimistic, saying:“Our motivation is innovation. We will focus on strategic, creative and technological developments that create value for our customers. Our day-to-day challenge and our joy is to keep searching for the‘best solution’in corporate publishing and the constant modernization of our services.” www.electric-arts.at

Above left: iPad visualization Above right: Online and print concept Bottom: Customer magazines

Full In-House Services Another asset is that all of the agency’s employees have a vast set of skills and they are highly specialised and experienced in their work. This allows for a harmonious and qualitative design approach. In addition to traditional services such as strategy, conceptualization of an idea, graphic design, and editorial work, Electric Arts’ full service also includes photography, web design and programming. These excellent in-house skills, and the fact that the same team works on a corporate branding project from the on-set to the fi-

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Chocolate An introduction to one of the world’s most famous delights We are heading towards the festive season and now is the perfect time to take a closer look at one of its finest delights: Chocolate. Whether dark or white, with almonds or nuts, plain or infused – nearly everyone has his or her favourite flavour today. None the less going back in time chocolate and cocoa once were rather exotic and expensive goods, a mystery from a world far, far away. TEXT: JESSICA HOLZHAUSEN | PHOTOS: PRESS IMAGES

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It may be soft as dark velvet or strong as freshly brewed coffee but with a hint of not-yet ripe red fruits and an underlying sweetness. Imagine light brown cream with toffee bits, filled with caramel and then the crunch of a nut. Chocolate comes in so many varieties it is hard to resist. No one


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nuts; or it can be filled with a gingerbread flavoured cream. It also plays a vital role in Christmas bakery. Baking cookies in December is traditional in Germany and almost every family has its own very special recipe for cookies or gingerbread infused with chocolate in the form of chips, sprinkles or glazing. But the most famous Christmas contender made from cocoa beans is the Chocolate Santa – a must-buy Christmas present in Germany not only for kids. Chocolate has become quite a celebrity, the star of exhibitions and events. The smooth and delicious treat is constantly undergoing new creative makeovers. Chocolate is celebrated to an unprecedented extent and ever new inventions of creative tastes and flavours are presented to the world in the form of shows and festivals such as the Salon du Chocolat mid-November in Cologne (www.salonduchocolat.de). A luxury product from the new world While today chocolate is affordable for nearly everyone in the Western World, it once was a luxury product that only a few of the rich could afford since its main ingredient, the cocoa bean, had – and still has – to be imported from Africa, America or Asia where the cocoa tree naturally grows in the undergrowth of the rainforest. The fruit of the cocoa tree can be harvested all-year round since the natural climate of rainforest regions makes it possible that ripe pods grow on the same tree as the first delicate blossoms. Every cocoa tree grows 100 to 300 pods with a length of 10 to 32 centimetres every year. Every pod contains up to 60 cocoa beans. Even though the word cocoa always reminds us of something tasty these freshly harvested beans are uneatable: they taste very bitter.

could describe the sweet temptation better than the two ladies in the movie Chocolat. “Seashells, so small, so plain, so innocent. I thought, oh, just one little taste, it can’t do any harm. But it turned out they were filled with rich sinful…”says Madame Audel and Yvette Marceau adds:“…and it melts. God

forgive me, it melts ever so slowly on your tongue, and tortures you with pleasure…” Christmas is approaching and chocolate comes in even more variations, of course containing typical Christmas ingredients: cinnamon, orange, ginger, almonds and

It is a long process to gain the taste we so enjoy: after the pods are picked from the tree a worker cuts them into halves to peel the beans from them. Afterwards the beans are put between two banana leaves. They have to rest at least a week before they can be further processed. Due to fermentation the beans lose their bitterness. Afterwards

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the beans will be dried and made ready for transport to Europe. The indigenous tribes of the Andes were the first to plant cocoa trees, first the Olmecs, later the Maya who not only used the pods to eat but also the beans to brew a drink with hot water. Cocoa beans also became a currency in trade even though the taste of cocoa was reserved for the elites. The conquistadores brought cocoa to Europe and chocolate became famous at courts. With industrialisation, the chocolate business all over Europe changed when chocolate for the first time was produced in big machines. Dairy free milk chocolate In chocolate factories or little manufactories that produce excellent chocolate the cocoa beans get a new identity. Roasted and broken into pieces the beans are ground until they melt on their own.To get a better quality the raw chocolate mass is processed further until it achieves its softness and smoothness. Today even vegans who go without any dairy products or people with lactose intolerance can enjoy every kind of chocolate –

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not only the naturally dark one that is made only from cocoa and cocoa butter and have cocoa concentration of 70 to 90 per cent. There is even milk chocolate without dairy milk – these chocolates use soy or – even better tasting – rice milk as a substitute. Small manufacturers in particular sell excellent chocolate and handmade pralines. And when thinking of social responsibility one could consider buying fair trade chocolate instead of cheap, not even very good tasting chocolate from the supermarket. To buy fair-trade, locally and handmade chocolate is rather more expensive but this exclusivity sometimes means: it tastes far better, there are more interesting flavours, the chocolate is more creamy and of course one can make sure the chocolate is produced under fair labour conditions. After all, one is well advised not to overindulge. To keep in shape the motto should be‘quality instead of quantity’. A good tasting medicine – in the right dose And in the end with chocolate it is like every good medicine: it is the dose that makes the poison. Dark chocolate, especially when consumed in moderation, has a positive effect on blood pressure.Too much

chocolate… one only has to think of the calories. Last but not least: chocolate is good for the psyche. It produces happiness. Or as the German chemist Justus von Liebig – who was involved in inventing the baking powder – put it: “Chocolate is a perfect food, as wholesome as it is delicious, a beneficent restorer of exhausted power… it is the best friend of those engaged in literary pursuits.”

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of the Month Germany

Shielded from the cold When it comes to spa breaks in Germany, The Monarch Hotel is certainly worth considering. A landmark luxury hotel in Bavaria, it’s a peaceful haven during the wintertime, offering you that much needed rest and relaxation as 2014 draws to an end.

taking over this New Year’s Eve, glitz and glamour will most definitely feature on an evening that will end in style with a firework display to rival any capital city.

TEXT: EMMIE COLLINGE | PHOTOS: THE MONARCH HOTEL

Having undergone extensive renovation in 2012, The Monarch Hotel, perched within spitting distance of the Danube, has retained its country house style while boosting its contemporary credentials. Not needing to jump on a plane to recharge your batteries ensures that you’re gently eased into your winter break. The Monarch SPA with its generous size offers a nigh on unbeatable menu to revitalise, restore and rejuvenate, with both therapeutic and pampering treatments available in its numerous massage rooms, baths and sauna. Conducive to wellness for both males and females, the spa’s natural materials and recliners will reduce you to a wonderful state of wellness. Thanks to its heated indoor and outdoor pools, you’ll be able to swim your way to a

fitter you in 2015, and the pre-breakfast water aerobics sessions are the perfect warm-up for the lavish breakfast buffet – treat yourself, as following breakfast you can partake in an invigorating and scenic Nordic walking session too. For a romantic retreat, the hotel offers packages for couples, giving you that luxurious treat to end the year on a high.

The Monarch Hotel has two highly popular packages for winter 2014. Arrive in time for drinks and snacks by the Christmas tree, and don’t forget your best 20s frock for the Silvester Gala on 31 December. www.monarchbadgoegging.com Above: The menu of treatments, massages and baths will leave you spoilt for choice

Over the festive period, The Monarch Hotel invites guests to experience a true Bavarian style Christmas, with two spectacular Christmas markets within a short distance, live music, a visit from Father Christmas and a much-loved traditionalYuletide dinner. For your final polish before the New Year’s Eve Gala, it’d be wise to check into the SPA for a pampering session. With the 1920s

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Far left: Solter Brut Rheingau Riesling Middle: Wittmann – Rheinhessen: 2013 Westhofener Riesling QbA dry Left: Aldinger: 2013 Estate Lemberger dry

Festive Favourites! TEXT & PHOTOS: IRIS ELLMANN, MANAGING DIRECTOR, THE WINEBARN

Choosing the right wines for the Christmas season can be a challenge so this month I want to help you by sharing my recommendations for some fabulous wines that will enhance your Christmas menus and delight your family and friends. I have selected some of my favourites to make up a mixed case that includes a sparkling wine, a flavoursome red, a dry white and a delicious sweet wine to accompany desserts. I hope this will take some of the stress out of your pre-Christmas preparations and I am delighted to offer a 10% discount to readers of Discover Germany. The mixed case price is normally £233.99 including VAT and delivery UK mainland, but discounted, the special Discover Germany case price is £210.60. Aperitif: Solter Brut Rheingau Riesling (204.00 case, £17.00 bottle) There is nothing better for a Christmastime aperitif than a delicious glass of well chilled bubbles. This sparkling Riesling has a fine bouquet with aromas of peaches and honey and has a smooth acidity with just the right amount of residual sugar. It is also guaranteed to impress your guests when

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you tell them that this Solter Brut is served at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons! Red wine (to enjoy with turkey or game): Aldinger: 2013 Estate Lemberger dry (£143.88 case, £11.99 bottle) This is a flavoursome red from the Württemburg region with an aroma of ripe red fruits, white pepper and eucalyptus. It has light spicy notes and gentle tannins. Aldinger is known for the careful usage of oak, an appreciation of nature and low yields with the best of quality at all times. Best enjoyed at room temperature this red will delight your taste buds.

Dessert: Franz Keller: 2011 Oberbergener Bassgeige Ruländer Auslese (£314.40 case, £26.20 bottle) Grown on volcanic rock this wine has a unique taste of ripe fruits with an underlying flavour of nuts that complements the wonderful aromas of apricot and apple. It is great with chocolate desserts and strong tasting puddings such as a traditional Christmas pudding. Happy Drinking! Iris

Smoked salmon or seafood: Wittmann – Rheinhessen: 2013 Westhofener Riesling QbA dry (£260.40 case, £21.70 bottle) For fish courses there is nothing better than a dry Riesling and this one from the Rheinhessen is a superb example. It has an intensive aroma of juicy green apples and a spicy mineral tone. The flavours start with lots of fresh fruit and an elegant play of acidity and alcohol and this wine also delivers a long finish.

Iris Ellmann (above) is managing director at The WineBarn, an award-winning merchant of German wine based in beautiful Hampshire. The WineBarn, Clump Farm Barn, Farleigh Lane, Dummer, Hampshire RG25 2AF E-mail: iris@thewinebarn.co.uk www.thewinebarn.co.uk


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Park Hotel Vitznau Inspires with culinary pleasures and bewitching wellness experiences For over a century Park Hotel Vitznau has swayed guests with its luxury service. Situated in a beautiful landscape on the shore of the Lake Lucerne – it is a retreat for everyone searching for peace and calm not far from the city. In 2014 the Park Hotel Vitznau was awarded Gault Millau hotel of the year.

refreshing dips in the lake using the hotel’s private access.

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Walk down the steps into the warm water, and in two or three strokes you’re out of the building with the sky opening out above. Snow has fallen on the mountaintops, the lake glistens in the sun. A soft breath of wind touches the surface of the pool.The 21 metre long and 9 metre wide heated infinity pool is definitely the highlight of the

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spa and wellness area.“Our guests are always very impressed because the pool fits perfectly into the landscape,”says the hotel’s General Manager Urs Langenegger. Looking directly onto the lake and a beautiful alpine panorama, the Spa has the best location any spa could have in a hotel. During the summer months guests often take

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opened its doors to the public in 1903. In 2009 the hotel underwent major renovation to bring it up to date.

its 180° panorama, the Restaurant PRISMA’s glass pavilion provides scenic views across the lake.

With a boat connection to Lucerne hotel guests have easy access to a charming city as well as the joy of staying in amazing countryside.“The landscape is full of surprises, not only in summer but also in winter,” says Urs Langenegger. The autumn and winter weather for example often changes during the day – from snowstorms to bright sunshine, from morning mist over the lake to rain on autumn leaves.“It is the perfect place for everyone who wants to enjoy a winter landscape without being interested in alpine sports; a place for someone who likes to hike and simply wants to have a relaxed time.”

The second Restaurant focus is a two star restaurant with 17 points GaultMillau, but “without being stiff and with more of a casual atmosphere,”explains Urs Langenegger. The interior design is inspired by nature, water and the view over the lake; both warm colours and the cuisine of head chef Nenad Mlinarevic reflect the restaurant’s philosophy, deriving from the idea of nature. Using local quality and seasonal produce the restaurant brings passion to the plate – elegant and harmonic food creations.

Indoors and outdoors everything is set for total relaxation. The spa area is as outstanding as the landscape and its extraordinary atmosphere is emphasised by a 12metre long saltwater aquarium. 30 different fish types – about 1,200 fish altogether – live in a naturally grown coral reef.“It is one of the biggest saltwater aquariums in private hands worldwide,” says Urs Langenegger, stretching from floor to ceiling in the lower level of the spa. Clean lines and modern forms are characteristic of the spa and wellness area’s architecture. “For me this modern architectural language and the incidence of light have great appeal,”the general manager insists.

The Park HotelVitznau has a long tradition as luxury hotel. As early as about 1900, hotelier Josef Anton Bon recognised the area’s potential as an attractive spot not only for mass tourism but also for a modern luxury hotel. In 1871, with the Vitznau-Rigi Railway, Europe’s first cogwheel railway had been established just around the corner – still today a major tourist attraction. After three years of construction the Park Hotel

Besides all this, hotel has one of the biggest wine cellars in Europe, storing about 32,000 bottles: not only the best Chateaus but also the best vintages. Cellar guests can experience outstanding tastes in a private wine tasting. The wine cellar is behind a glass front, so guests of Restaurant focus will catch a glimpse of the bottles on their way to the table after ordering one. www.parkhotel-vitznau.ch Left, from top down: Finance Galerie, Deluxe Junior Suite. Photos: Beat Brechbühl The garden. Photo: Michelle Chaplow Infinity pool. Photo: Klaus Lorke Below: Restaurant Prisma Bottom: The wine cellar

Tradition and modernity go hand in hand throughout the hotel. The gastronomy, for example, relies on a young team.“They are all very enthusiastic,”says Urs Langenegger. “For us it is important to give young people a place to prove themselves.”This approach has received multiple awards. The Restaurant PRISMA has 16 Gault Millau points and takes guests on a culinary journey to the far corners of the world: curry spices find their way into the dishes as much as Pata Negra from Spain or salt from the Himalayas. As the hotel’s general manager puts it: “The kitchen knows how to surprise with simple but good cuisine.”With

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Relaxing, healing and banqueting in the Swiss Alps The Grand Resort Bad Ragaz offers its guests a unique combination of spa, health and outstanding culinary experiences in a luxurious setting TEXT: DORINA REICHHOLD | PHOTOS: GRAND RESORT BAD RAGAZ

The Swiss Alps are inspiring. The stunning nature surrounding Bad Ragaz, in the canton of St Gallen in north-eastern Switzerland, gave Johanna Spyri ideas for her world-famous Heidi stories. It is also home to the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, which comprises the two five star hotels Grand Hotel Quellenhof & Spa Suites and the Grand Hotel Hof Ragaz. Bad Ragaz is the leading Wellbeing and Medical Health Resort in Europe. Its success lies in the healing quality of its thermal water; this has its source in the Tamina valley, on the outskirts of which Bad Ragaz is situated. This health-promoting thermal water has been used since the 13th century and forms an

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integral part of the spa offered by Grand Resort Bad Ragaz. The 36.5° Wellbeing & Thermal Spa covers around 5,500m² and comprises several pools, saunas and steam

rooms. Different types of massage and beauty treatment are part of the spa menu as well as different fitness courses.The Tamina Therme, with its 7,300 m² modern wellness area is an architectural highlight. It complements the resort`s spa experience and adds to its reputation as, according to the Swiss SonntagsZeitung, the ”Best Wellness Hotel in Switzerland” in 2014.


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In addition to the spa treatments, an internationally renowned Medical Health Centre, with over 70 doctors and therapists, offers a variety of treatments. Given the world-class medical standards, several top athletes have stayed here. ”The 36.5° warm thermal water relaxes the body after an autumn or winter's day out in the fresh air and promotes the body’s restoration for new experiences,” explains Thomas Bechtold, hotel manager of the Grand Resort. After unwinding in such a pleasant and wholesome way, guests are spoilt for choice in deciding where to dine. The Grand Resort facilitates no less than eight restaurants, which have won a combined total of 58 Gault Millau points, and 1 Michelin star awarded to chef Roland Schmid’s gourmet restaurant Äbtestube. ”A unique culinary experience is tasting Schmid's Canadian bison,” recommends Bechtold. The other restaurants offer world-class cuisine of differing origins and inspiration such as the Bel-Air restaurant with its 15 Gault Millau points, or the Asian restaurant Namun, awarded 13 Gault Millau points. Several sommeliers ensure that the outstanding culinary experiences are accompanied by the perfect choice of wine. A rich cultural programme is also on offer. Two classical music festivals, the NEXT GENERATION Classic Festival Bad Ragaz in spring, and MusicConnects in autumn, host many emerging international artists. For evening entertainment, the Salon Davidoff, one of several bars, or the inhouse casino, offer plenty of choice.

kitchen, two bathrooms, four balconies, a lounge and a dining room. The Grand Resort is the only hotel in Switzerland with two golf courses. One is situated directly at the resort; it will be hosting the European Senior Tour for the 19th time in 2015. ”The combination of spa, medical health and luxurious hotel amenities, including varied culinary choices, different interior room styles, dedicated service staff, and casino, makes our resort unique as a holiday destination for different generations,” explains Bechtold.The surroundings of Bad Ragaz offer excitement and activities every season. ”In the summertime I enjoy hiking into the Tamina canyon, the origin of our thermal water,”says Bechtold. ”Depending on the time of day, it can be a very mystical place.” Another interesting trip, especially for children, is a visit to the Heididorf, an outdoor museum dedicated to the life of Heidi, the literary child of Johanna Spyri. The Grand Resort Bad Ragaz values confidentiality and privacy very highly. Many famous people have holidayed here: members of royal families, heads of state, and celebrities from sport, music or television. Maybe another famous author will get inspiration for a future novel at Bad Ragaz? www.resortragaz.ch

The hotels have a grand total of 267 rooms and suites in a wide range of designs, from classical elegance, traditional and historical, all the way to ultramodern, bookable according to preference. and will be allocated according to the guests’ individual preferences. An outstanding and unforgettable experience is the 600 m² Penthouse Floor, which offers visitors a breathtaking 360° panoramic view over Bad Ragaz and the Swiss Alps. Another highlight is the 300 m² Presidential Suite, which was finished in May 2014. It contains two bedrooms, a

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A place to dream Family run AllgäuHotel Tanneck in the Bavarian village of Fischen is the ideal place to get away from it all in a spectacular mountain setting. TEXT: TINA AWTANI | PHOTOS: ALLGÄUHOTEL TANNECK

The Fischer-Schwegler family is running the AllgäuHotel Tanneck in the third generation and together with a dedicated team welcomes guests in a most personal and warm-hearted manner. The hotel is idyllically positioned on a hilltop and the panoramic views across the valley below and towards the spectacular mountain tops are breath-taking. The mountain theme continues inside as the house is entirely designed in elegant and authentic Alpine charm with a contemporary twist. Every room is different and well equipped for a good night’s sleep. In the restaurant chef de cuisine Roland Sollacher ensures that seasonal regional ingredients are used to create a variety of delicious menus reaching from hearty and traditional

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Allgäu dishes to Mediterranean delights. All nutritional needs are catered for as vegetarian or lighter options are also available. AllgäuHotel Tanneck proudly presents an entirely refurbished pool and wellness area this winter. A stunning rooftop deck is the perfect place to linger and inhale the fresh mountain air or take a splash in the moodlit Sole Whirlpool underneath the stars of the Allgäu sky. Inside floor to ceiling windows allow maximum exposure of the mountain panorama while swimming laps in the state of the art Infinity Pool.The large Alpinarium features various kinds of steam rooms and sauna areas, all designed in barn-inspired themes. Cows play an important role at the AllgäuHotel Tanneck and the surrounding area. Apart from al-

ways having been part of the local lifestyle and tradition, the brown, fluffy and friendly animals deliver the main ingredient for the award-winning Allgäuer Milchwell® concept spa treatment. Fresh and purely organic milk is the local’s best kept secret to enhance health and beauty. Outside, a huge variety of activities is available from hiking to golfing to biking in summer and naturally perfect skiing conditions in winter. The slopes are literally in front of the hotel doors and the adjacent ski school is looking forward to help little adventurers master the pistes.The AllgäuHotel Tanneck is ideal to relax and unwind in a truly authentic Allgäu surrounding. www.hotel-tanneck.de


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A charming place in Interlaken Keeping the focus on quality to provide a room for every demand and any budget within a stylish ambiance, that is the secret of the Hotel Bellevue Interlaken. An unforgettably charming stay is guaranteed due to the constant balance between the historical and modern background.

equipped with a balcony to offer a magnificent view over the Aare River and the surrounding mountains. Extraordinary colours and hand-made furniture ensure a unique interior experience.

TEXT: MERYEM HAUER | PHOTOS: HOTEL BELLEVUE INTERLAKEN

The original building, which can be dated back to 1646, was first used to accommodate guests and travellers from all over the world in 1801. Over the following years, the owners changed several times. In 2001 the Bellevue Hotel was auctioned and taken over by Regula and Thomas Dübendorfer.They knew from the start that a stony but also exciting path lay ahead of them. During their first years, they accommodated mainly travel groups but soon the couple noticed that the main focus should be on quality instead of quantity. Their aim was to address guests who appreciated the charming house and its staff, the stunning view over the Aare River and the central lo-

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cation. Since then recurrent renovation work was necessary, especially after flooding in 2005 and a heavy hailstorm three years later. In appreciation of the hard work, the Hotel was awarded its third star in 2003 and the fourth followed in 2012. After removing the carpets to highlight the beauty of the old parquet floors, a totally revised concept has been created by collaborating with a Feng Shui Consultant. New furniture, a colour concept with the English colours of The Little Greene Paint Company and the use of the exclusive Jakob Schläpfer-Wallpaper have increased the harmony within each room undoubtedly. All of the rooms are

Through the hotel’s impressive entrance lobby, guests will first see the floor extensively decorated with Lotus blossoms. The Lotus flower stands for the harmonious fusion of traditional and new ideas; this exactly reflects the style-mix between Belle Epoque and the 21st century. That is the reason why the Lotus flower has been integrated into the logo of the Bellevue Hotel. A place of retreat and relaxation Since 2006, the Riverhouse provides a very special residential atmosphere for its guests. Located within the garden of the Hotel Bellevue, it is surrounded by beautiful nature and the constant presence of water lapping from the Aare River.This charming


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sists of one living room, two bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, washing machine and dryer. A big terrace with a spectacular view over the Aare River and the surrounding mountains offers a great relaxing ambiance for visitors. The Alplodge The modern mixture between Hotel and Hostel offers a charming overnight accommodation for every budget. This unique building is marked through its slants and unusual angles and represents its former construction type. Originally built in 1623, the Alplodge has accommodated guests since the year 1801. All in all, it provides 22 rooms, a shared kitchen, laundry room and a bar as well as a penthouse for public use with a view over the Aare River and the city of Interlaken. This welcoming place is centrally located and offers many activities nearby such as paragliding, outlook from the Schlithorn or the Niederhorn, helicopter rides, hiking experiences and various possibilities for daytrips. An oasis of relaxation

place is the perfect retreat for peace and relaxation, combined with stylish and cosy furniture. The spacious living room with its own fireplace invites guests to linger and allows the soul to dangle.The amenities further include a kitchen, two bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, a washing machine and dryer. On the large terrace it is even possible to make use of a BBQ while enjoying the view over the big garden. The guests can choose either for self-sufficiency or to enjoy the substantial breakfast buffet. Views over the roofs of Interlaken The Penthouse Apartment offers all of the conveniences of a modern holiday accommodation but with additional hotel services. Here, too, guests can decide whether to be self-sufficient or to enjoy the lovingly prepared hotel breakfast. The apartment con-

The team of theVita Room offers all-round pampering programmes and ensures holistic well-being and relaxation by using massages, healing practices, cosmetic treatments as well as nail care. A relaxing mixture of wellness and health to bring the body, spirit and soul into harmony and it is accessible to everyone. Something old, something new The history of this house can be found in every corner of the Hotel, in every detail, from the hand-made furniture to the specially selected colours. It is not easy to resist the charm and guests are literally seduced by the house. Ten years before they bought the Hotel at auction, Regula and Thomas Dßbendorfer wanted to get married in the historic building, but they were rejected – today they are happily married and have concluded their own pact with the Bellevue Hotel. www.hotel-bellevue-interlaken.ch www.alplodge.com

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Hotel Walserhof in Klosters

Holidays fit for a Royal The small mountain village of Klosters in Switzerland has been a firm favourite with the Prince of Wales for many years. His accommodation of choice: the Walserhof, a little hotel gem with just four exclusive suites and the Michelin-starred Restaurant Walserstube. TEXT: CORDELIA MAKARTSEV | PHOTOS: HOTEL WALSERHOF

Remembering Prince Charles’s vision to live in harmony with nature, we understand why he chose Klosters and especially the Hotel Walserhof for his holidays. Nestling in a rural part of the Prättigau (Graubünden), Klosters, with its romantic village-like atmosphere, stands in stark contrast to the nearby Alpine metropolis of Davos. Excellent skiing, alpine and crosscountry, in winter; hiking and mountain biking in fascinating mountain scenery in summer, are the main attractions for the visitors. The relaxed, affluent Alpine atmosphere and some high-class shopping make Klosters a popular destination.

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Passionate hosts In the village centre you find the Hotel Walserhof, just steps away from the chic boutiques and the gondolas.The hosts, Silvia and Heribert Dietrich met here 21 years ago when she started her career as a receptionist and he gathered experience in the kitchen with the renowned chef Beat Bolliger. After holding several positions in hotels in Switzerland and Germany – amongst others, they served as the hosts at the internationally well-known Hotel Kranzbach in Garmisch-Partenkirchen – Silvia and Heribert Dietrich returned to their roots in Klosters in 2013. They are

passionate hosts who use all their experience to spoil their guests. “As a host, you will only be successful with quality and high personal commitment,”says Silvia Dietrich. “Authenticity and joy that comes from within are very important to us. It is a major concern that our guests feel looked after and well cared for so that they love to come back. We bring this philosophy to life every day and we expect the same from

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they can be easily converted into a junior suite and a double room. Silvia Dietrich has a special tip:“Many families like to rent out the whole house. Thus, they have our undivided attention and can keep amongst themselves.” Families with small children will find a ski lift behind the hotel where the little ones can try their first steps on skies with an experienced instructor while their parents enjoy the entire KlostersDavos ski area offering 200 miles of runs served by more than 50 lifts. The Walserstube: One Michelin star and 15 points at Gault Millau Heribert Dietrich has earned himself a respected reputation as head chef of several prestigious restaurants before he took over the Walserhof together with his wife Silvia. She lets us in on her husband’s secrets: “Heribert uses only regional, high-quality products for his dishes. Meat, cheese, eggs all come from our local farmers. And everything we serve in the evening, from the bread to the Crissinis and the main dishes, every sauce is handmade by our kitchen team and exceptionally fresh.” Unsurprisingly, Heribert Dietrich’s modern, authentic and regional cuisine has won over the critics from Michelin and Gault

Millaut. Every evening, guests of the Hotel Walserhof can choose between three, four or five delicious courses from the restaurant’s menu. Slow down at the Walserhof So why not take time out and enjoy an indulgent holiday at the Hotel Walserhof? Silvia Dietrich has some special arrangements for her guests like the “Fascination winter”where 2 nights with the Walserhofbreakfast, a welcome drink, daily 4 course dinner of your choice in the restaurant Walserstube, free use of the 36.5° Wellbeing and Thermal Spa at Bad Ragaz (35 minutes away) and a 2-day ski pass for the ski area Parsenn are included. Those who like to stay longer can try the“short week arrangement” with the same conditions from Sunday till Friday. A really special experience is Christmas at the Walserhof. After a sumptuous GalaDinner at the Walserstube, all the guests and Hotel people set off to walk through the snow by torchlight to celebrate a forest Christmas together. Children sing by the fire and guests and village people read their favourite stories. www.walserhof.ch

our employees. Creating a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere for our guests is a priority.” A small house with individual service The Hotel Walserhof boasts just four newly renovated suites and two double rooms. “Because we are such a small house we are able to provide the most individual service for our guests. For example, when they come for breakfast the guests tell us at what time they want to hit the slopes and we take them to the gondolas,”explains Silvia Dietrich. For the suites, only the finest native woods and most luxurious fabrics have been used. Between 83–91 square metres, they are equipped with two bedrooms, bath and separate shower, open-plan kitchen and open fireplace. After an exhausting skiing day guests enjoy a sun-downer on the balcony with a marvellous mountain view. The suites are constructed in a way that

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Attraction of the Month Germany

“Marta is different. Marta moves. Marta connects.” Marta Herford is an internationally oriented museum for contemporary art with a special focus on architecture and design. An innovative and future-oriented approach towards the arts makes it a great artistic experience for all senses. TEXT: TINA AWTANI | PHOTOS: MARTA HERFORD MUSEUM

Located in the North Rhine-Westphalian town of Herford the Marta museum is easy to spot as the building alone is certainly different. Created by no less than CanadianAmerican Pritzker Prize winning architect Frank Owen Gehry the unique design is second to none.“The signature silhouette of the building, featuring those dancing and intertwined cubes, has become a kind of icon for this region. It is a fascinating physical experience to watch the cascading metal roof and experience its sun reflections or watch the rain pouring down on it,”mu-

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seum director Roland Nachtigäller muses. “Great artworks such as Michael Sailstorfer‘s helicopter in front of the house or Paolo Chiasera’s Tupac-statue on the plaza are beautiful to admire and the Marta Cafe on the water offers enchanting views of the museum’s peaceful surrounding,”he adds. Inside Marta Herford inspires visitors’ senses with ever-changing, exciting and innovative exhibitions. Contemporary art, architectural research and basic questions of design are turned into pioneering contemporary themes with a strong link to the past. “Marta is different. Marta moves. Marta connects. These are our core values and though it may sound quite simple, following these core values throughout is a big daily challenge,”Nachtigäller explains. A challenge he and his team have successfully mastered so far. In 2015 Marta will celebrate its 10th anniversary and exciting events are scheduled. Further details will

be announced on the museum’s website shortly. The Marta Herford museum does not only open its doors for individuals and group visitors. It also serves as a fantastic event location. The forum, the lobby and various seminar rooms are available for private and corporate hire, offering a most stylish backdrop for conferences, functions, celebrations, parties, literature readings and more. Almost magically Marta Herford blends art with daily life, economy and culture into a harmonious whole. www.marta-herford.de Above: © Helmut Claus Below: Exhibition of artworks by Massimo Bartolini, Gregor Hildebrandt, Aura Satz and Nik Nowak. © Hans Schroeder


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Event Location of the Month Switzerland

High-end event location AURA – a feast for the senses Whether you wish to enjoy a quiet drink or cigar, crave a trendy, high quality culinary experience or seek all-round entertainment in a multifunctional event hall equipped with the latest technology – the high-end event location AURA, situated in the heart of Zurich, offers an exceptional setting for all occasions. TEXT: JULIKA HÜTHER | PHOTOS: AURA

When Philippe Haussener, also owner of the ICON club and the restaurant Tao's in Zurich, had the opportunity to rent part of the old stock exchange on Paradeplatz, he rose to the challenge of transforming the building into an exclusive, contemporary temple for the city's demanding revellers. Since its opening in January 2013, the AURA event location, measuring 2,000 square metres spread out on three floors, has continually pushed the boundaries of what modern event technology and gastronomy can achieve.

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With its restaurant and the bar and smoker's lounge, AURA is perfect for those looking for an exclusive culinary experience in a relaxed atmosphere. Its contemporary interior in earthy colours, using simple but high quality materials such as natural stone, metal and wood, makes for a homely yet smart feel. The event hall with its high-end technology adds a touch of urban luxury to an event location that can rival top addresses in cities like London and Paris. The AURA event location is run by 35 full-time staff, supported at peak times by a flexible hand-selected pool of 50 to 60 freelancers.

Setting new culinary standards In the stylish setting of the AURA restaurant, guests can watch their orders being prepared on an open barbecue. Apart from barbecue specialities, cross-over European and international cuisine including seafood, pasta, burgers and vegetarian dishes cater to every individual's taste.The menu, which is regularly updated according to the seasons, offers both classic foods and little treats as well as trendy and entirely new creations. Every ingredient is of the highest quality, the wine list is extensive, and, together with the upscale ambiance of the restaurant, makes for an exciting culinary experience that is setting standards both in Zurich and beyond. Indulging in the simple pleasures Those who go out to relax after a busy working day will love the bar and smoker's


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lounge. Its interior exudes a cosy, stylish atmosphere, but at the same time offers ample space to sit back and let the worries of the world pass by. The impressive cigars map and bar menu, which includes a great variety of outstanding cocktails, leave nothing to be desired. Breaking the boundaries of event technology Despite the outstanding quality of the AURA restaurant and the unique charm of the bar and smoker's lounge, the multifunctional event hall is the true beating heart of the AURA event location. It measures 450 square metres, has a stately height of nine metres and offers a 360-degree projection surface with a matching 3D sound system. At the push of a button, 480 square metres of canvas can turn into seamless virtual, all-encompassing worlds, accessible landscapes and backdrops, or professional product presentations. The event hall seats 500 people and is an ideal space for galas, award and fashion shows, banquets and all types of conferences. In addition to the event hall itself, the AURA team offers a wide range of services

that ensures that events held at the AURA will be an all-round success. Apart from the prime location, the upscale interior and the flexible means of transforming the hall, the latest event technology can be used to create a custom-made setting for any type of event. With the expert knowledge of the AURA team, finding suitable Djs and artists, or planning an entire event will be as easy as anything. Professional organisation and execution, event ideas and concepts for uniquely tailored events as well as predetermined event kitchen menus including menus for galas and banquets, flying dinners, cocktail parties and coffee breaks are all part of the service the AURA team excels in. For those who want to go the extra mile in making their event an exclusive experience to remember, the foyer and the bar and smoker's lounge can be incorporated. Guests who simply want to enjoy a night out in an extraordinary surrounding can attend open events at the hall or the weekly club night on Saturdays. So whatever your objective is when you are out and about in Zurich, the AURA event location will cater to your every need and offer something for every taste: a su-

perb restaurant, a perfect high-end event location, a smart bar and smoker's lounge as well as an innovative party location for revellers. www.aura-zurich.ch

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Attraction of the Month Austria

Left top: Strike a pose with alpine ski racing champion Renate Götschl Left below: Join the party with Brangelina and Johnny Depp

wax figure takes three to four months and only the most skilled artists and craftsmen are capable of bringing a person to life in the London-based production studio. While 200 years ago the wax figures were just showcased to be admired, today things get far more advanced.“We offer a lot of interactive games in our attraction. Our guests can dance the Moonwalk with Michael Jackson, challenge Albert Einstein in an intelligence quiz or measure their skills with footballer Hans Krankl and tennis icon Thomas Muster,” Kruschinksi explains.

Up, close and personal with the VIPs in Vienna At Madame Tussauds Wien rubbing shoulders with the stars is a dream come true. Meet the wax counterfeits of your favourite celebrities and don’t be afraid to take a selfie with your superstar. TEXT: TINA AWTANI | PHOTOS: MADAME TUSSAUDS WIEN

Marie Grosholtz was born in Strasbourg in 1761 and little did she know that she would become the mother of countless and ever more popular life-size wax figurines, which now fascinate millions of people from all over the world year after year. Madame Tussauds, as the exhibition is called today, is based in 20 different locations worldwide and children and adults alike can’t get enough of the gorgeous A-listers on display. “We make dreams come true, because our visitors can physically meet their stars. Our

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guests can enjoy a cup of coffee with George Clooney, cuddle up with Robbie Williams or strike a pose with ski champion Renate Götschl before she takes off and down the slopes,” Arabella Kruschinski, managing director of Madame Tussauds Wien, rejoices. Taking a closer look at the figure feels almost surreal, as they seem to be alive, ready to talk in the very next moment. Their eyes are clear and focused and it is very hard to fully grasp that these humans are just puppets. The painstaking production of a single

At Madame Tussauds Wien it is hard to pick a favourite. Historic figures such as the famous Empress Sissi as well as contemporary figures that shape today’s media coverage are part of the exhibition. National heroes and international superstars are waiting to mingle with the guests. Apart from the permanent ensemble, each year three new stars are added to the cast and to keep things even more exciting, further Alisters travel toVienna from other Madame Tussauds locations once in a while to meet their fans. www.madametussauds.com/Wien

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Grand styles for business and pleasure Meet Barbara Kowalke, who runs two businesses with one mission: to plan, organize and execute events with the utmost precision, taste, and perfection. Her event agency specializes in corporate and business functions, and the ambitious entrepreneur is one of Austria’s best-known wedding planners.

organization will be perfectly planned and executed. I can guarantee that our events trigger emotions, enthusiasm and lasting impressions,”assures Ms. Kowalke.

TEXT: ELISABETH DOEHNE

In fact, as more and more companies are embracing events to market their brands and products, Barbara Kowalke and her team can provide strategic support. From small to medium sized and large firms, ‘Kowalke marketing & fine art events’ has experiences and an excellent reputation with a variety of industries and professions.

For more than 10 years, Ms. Kowalke has put passion into everything she does. One branch of her agency (Kowalke marketing & fine art events) deals exclusively with company events and corporate functions. The other one (‘Kowalke Die Hochzeitsplanerin’) organizes individualized and chic wedding parties. The agency was founded in 2004 in Bregenz, Austria, and is still headquartered there. While the team organizes the majority of events in Austria, and in Vienna in particular, the geographical reach also extends to Europe and international locations. “Our top priority is to deliver a feeling, a message and a unique experience that

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touches people. Any event, whether a corporate product presentation or a multi-day wedding, is ultimately all about people,“ explains the owner. Marketing & Fine Art Events Customers value the high quality, flexibility and attractive pricing that characterize their services. From global corporations like Porsche Austria or Hanro International, to hundreds of newly wed couples, Ms. Kowalke’s aims to exceed her clients’ wishes and expectations. Accuracy and creativity are central to her business philosophy: “We organize grand events that resonate with our clients. Every single detail will be refined.The experience will be both personal and creative, and the

In particular, among the services offered are: customer events (both appreciation and acquisition), events to motivate staff, VIP events and gala dinners, product or company presentations, conferences, seminars, company parties, Christmas parties, incentives, and workshops. In addition, the agency also offers events "Just for ladies" and "Just for men.”These topics and other special niche events help


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their customers to create experiences that captivate, surprise, or entice their audiences. These events can be held in stylish surroundings, with selected speakers and exquisite treats.

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No matter what type of wedding and location, whether a romantic wedding on the beach, a small elegant gathering, or a lavish party in a grand castle, Barbara Kowalke knows that the idea of a fairy tale wedding differs greatly among people.

Kowalke The Wedding Planner “We are not just any event agency. We have the right feel, charm, a lot of heart for grand ideas and individualized weddings – tailored to a couple’s objectives and their budget,”states the owner. In fact, Barbara Kowalke was one of the first wedding planners in Austria, with more than 10 years of professional experience; she has become“The Wedding Planner” in Austria and abroad. All of her services are very discreet, and her customers are often people who are very accomplished, high-profile professionals, entrepreneurs or people who are in the public eye. In particular, the wedding services include: individual consultations, coachings, total or partial organizations, location scouting (registrar’s offices, restaurants, castles, facilities), and music and artistic performances that truly make the day unforgettable for everyone involved.

Therefore, her concepts are always stylish, harmonious and perfectly matched to her client’s wedding dreams. She states that a perfect venue and programme are just as important as respecting the host’s creative input. From small to large budgets, her fullservice wedding planning agency accommodates all wishes and works with an extensive network of service partners. Together, they organize settings with romantic scenes, culinary and musical delights, and atmospheres charged with love, finesse, and grand style. Lastly, Barbara Kowalke also offers career options for future wedding planners. A seminar will be held on November 8-9 at Schloss Mönchstein in Salzburg. www.kowalke-veranstaltungen.com (Kowalke marketing & fine art events) www.wunschhochzeit.at www.yourwedding.at (Kowalke Die Hochzeitsplanerin)

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Prime Moments plans unique weddings for unique couples in the best locations all over the world Magnificent, romantic, small and understated or gloriously big with hundreds of guests – every bride and every groom has a dream how their perfect wedding should be. Unique and according to who they are. Prime Moments plans weddings not after an already existing catalogue, but individually to make the celebrations special and worth remembering for anyone involved.

dings. Today she has offices and partners in Düsseldorf, Zurich,Vienna and even South Africa.“We work all over the world – in the Caribbean or South Africa as much as in Germany, Austria or France,”explains Jeannette Renée Conrad

TEXT: JESSICA HOLZHAUSEN | PHOTOS: CLAIRE MORGAN PHOTOGRAPHY

It is impossible to speak of THE perfect wedding. For some it is a small ceremony on a lonely beach somewhere in the Caribbean, the sun glistening on clear blue water, the bride in a floating white dress walking barefoot along the aisle. Hundreds of kilometres away in Germany another wedding might take place in a medieval castle, while in the south of France a young couple marries between grapevines under the Mediterranean sun. For a good wedding planner it is not only important to find the right location, order

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catering and musicians and invite the guests, but to feel and embrace the couple’s unique ideas. When it comes to weddings, anything has to be possible. Jeannette Renée Conrad makes wedding dreams come true – no matter how impossible they seem. After an education as a foreign-language correspondent Jeannette Renée Conrad first worked as an assistant for major international companies before she found her true passion: working as a wedding planner. In 2006 she established Prime Moments to set new standards when it comes to personal and customised wed-

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terwards follows the planning of the feast. “Many people lack their own ideas, have no experience of how to plan a big event or how to find the right provider – Prime Moments can do that instead, working with the best in the industry.“ The wedding does not stop after the ceremony or the feast: afterwards comes the honeymoon and many couples appreciate a holiday that picks up the wedding theme. Prime Moments therefore works together with a travel agency to offer unique travel experiences – from wildlife photo safaris to a relaxing escape in an Irish castle.

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Many couples have enjoyed their wedding experiences that much, they often enough ask Prime Moments to plan other festivities as well.This is why Jeannette Renée Conrad and her colleagues have broadened their repertoire to birthday parties for adults or children, baptisms or business events. When for example a child is on its way Prime Moments organises a baby shower for the soon-to-be-mother.

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Jeannette Renée Conrad’s experience in international business is helpful for her new profession – memories of her travels inspire new ideas and the international lifestyle she has lived made her aware of the perfect mixture of modern trends and traditional values. Both play an important role when it comes to a perfect wedding – sometimes a modern touch is the key ingredient to make a more traditional wedding sparkling and special. Working together with people from different backgrounds has given her an understanding of their rather different needs and wishes – even if extravagant and luxurious. Prime Moments therefore does not offer any standard packages; every wedding is

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planned individually for an elite clientele.“A consultation will allow us to get to know the unique personalities of the bride and the groom. We will ask very detailed questions to ensure we create the perfect wedding,” explains Jeannette Renée Conrad. Of course everything will happen according to the set budget. Everything starts with an idea: the theme of the wedding – might it be inspired by traditional Indian weddings full of golden glimmer or a cool and modern approach preferring clear lines and designs? This not only means choosing the right location but also the right dress.“We help the bride to find her perfect dress in Milan, Paris, London or any other location,”says Conrad. Af-

Especially when it comes to children good ideas are essential. This is why Prime Moments has partnered with the Cleverly agency, which specialises in childcare and entertainment for the little ones. During weddings the agency organises space for children to play, sing and dance, to paint or do handicrafts. Caretakers make sure children are looked after during meals as well so that children and adults alike can enjoy the wedding. Additionally Prime Moments and its partner agency organise parties for children of all ages like a Winnie the Pooh birthday party or a pirate feast. All party programmes are according to the children’s age, and are enjoyable, fun and safe. Classic, elegant, unique and individual – all these words are used to describe Prime Moments events. Above all that stands for a service that leaves nothing to be desired. www.prime-moments.com www.cleverly.at

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Because it has to be perfect! There is a long list of things to organise when planning a wedding. But worrying about capturing your special moment does not need to be one of them: the experts at Austrian Profi Foto have you covered. TEXT: MARILENA STRACKE | PHOTOS: PROFI FOTO

Photography has always fascinated owner Gerhard Faktor, who founded Profi Foto in 2008. Initially Faktor started out as a graphic designer and transitioned smoothly into photography. Doing wedding photography, as opposed to product stills, presented a challenge at the beginning. “With a wedding you only get one shot,” Faktor says,“There are no second chances.” But those first days are long gone. With a great deal of passion and a good eye for detail, Faktor has continuously worked his way up. Today, he is not only frequently booked, but his services are also required when celebrities tie the knot. When Faktor works at a wedding he tries to blend in as much as possible.“I capture the feelings without being noticed. At weddings it is important to remain in the background but still catch everything,”he explains. Faktor always works in a team of two and provides his clients with every photo taken,

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not just a small selection. His unique style speaks for itself and it is evident in the pictures how much heart Faktor puts into his work. A professional, as well as an artist, Faktor does not just churn out your box standard wedding photos. Instead, he plans every detail carefully, and it is this preparation and dedication which are reflected in the final product.

shoots, to food styling, architecture and erotic photos.

He smiles:“My favourite part of the job is when my clients see the finished photos. The bright eyes of a happy bride or hearing the client say ‘Wow!’ are amongst my favourite moments. This does not only go for wedding, birthday or baby photography but also for the business sector, when a marketing director is blown away by the final product.”

www.profi-foto.at

Faktor has achieved much in the past ten years and despite the fierce competition has made a name for himself, something to be proud of. His company offers a vast range of International services from fashion

Needless to say, Faktor’s unique blend of photography and art is becoming rapidly popular with couple’s seeking an alternative to the regular and traditional, whilst still creating an eternal memory of that special day.

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Discover Germany | Special Theme | Wedding Vows & Beyond

Forma Photography Nothing is better for a picture than a couple at ease A wedding is always the most special day in many couple’s lives, a time for romance they want to remember in years to come. Capturing the perfect wedding picture therefore is crucial. Austrian based photographers Martin and Manuela Allinger capture special moments in beautiful pictures – not only in portraits but very personal photo stories. TEXT: JESSICA HOLZHAUSEN | PHOTOS: FORMA PHOTOGRAPHY

Today Manuela and Martin Allinger are experts in wedding photography even though they both first started working in quite different professions. Martin studied law and worked in real estate for many years, but that job never made him happy. “Deep in my soul I have always been an artist,” he says today. “I used to drudge through legislative texts and real estate contracts before I was struck hard by the reality of a serious illness.” He got cancer, fought through it and started his life all over again by completing his master in photography which, until recently, was mandatory in Austria. Nearly five years ago his wife Manuela Allinger started photography as well, after she originally worked as a psychotherapist. Her background comes in handy today and

can be“quite helpful when dealing with nervous brides,”says Martin Allinger. Manuela and Martin cover weddings in form of a full photo report, starting with the first preparations in the morning and documenting the entire feast. “My wife always accompanies the bride while I work with the groom,” Martin Allinger explains.This allows both to get very close to their motives. For a bride especially it is far more comfortable if a female photographer takes pictures when she gets dressed and her hair and make-up are done. “These are very intimate moments,” explains Manuela Allinger. When making wedding portraits both want to put the couple in the right light but at the same time allow them to be themselves.“If

they start giggling, talking and kissing as if we are not present – there is nothing better for a good picture.”The photo session should be a last quiet moment before the often overwhelming celebrations. Manuela and Martin Allinger work all over the world – from Mallorca to the Caribbean – but their main focus still lies in their home region Tyrol. If couples from abroad wish to get married in Tyrol, Manuela and Martin are happy to help, for example in finding the perfect wedding location, by making full use of their excellent local network. www.formafoto.net

Manuela & Martin are the team behind the cameras of FORMA Photography

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Discover Germany | Business | Solicitor Column

Reflecting on the Fall of the Berlin Wall TEXT & PHOTO: GREGOR KLEINKNECHT

I find it hard to believe that 25 years have already passed since the fall of the Berlin Wall, so fresh are the memories of ecstatic celebration when the first breach opened up in the concrete in those heady days of 1989, willed on by fearless East German demonstrators and the fortunes of Perestroika; so fresh the memories of the perplexed looks on the faces of East German border guards whose orders had dried up and who put down their guns; and of the relentless stream of Trabants and Wartburgs which soon started to pour through an iron curtain that had rusted and crumbled from inside. This stream included my uncle, who had stayed behind in 1961 to look after his elderly parents, while my father had seen the writing on the wall when he took the last chance to jump across to the West in 1961 with nothing much on him other than the clothes which he was wearing. There was all too brief a moment at the beginning of the 1990s when all seemed possible and peace appeared to prevail. Little did we know then how war and genocide would return to Eastern Europe just a few years later. How does this fit into a legal column, you might well ask. The answer is that it provides a fitting moment to reflect on the interaction between ethics, politics and the law. The quest for freedom will always win out in the end, but many East Germans soon discovered that freedom also brought with it a responsibility for one’s own fate when unemployment quickly took hold in derelict socialist industrial landscapes. We are reminded of the importance of the rule

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of law and of fundamental human rights which exist in reality and not just on paper, and for which we can hold our Government to account. We are reminded that they are at their most important when they are at their most inconvenient to those in power; and we are reminded of the importance of a system of proper checks and balances to hold unfettered political and executive power at bay. It was written German constitutional law which had always kept hope alive and the possibility of reunification open and provided a mechanism for the re-established Länder of East Germany to accede to the Federal Republic when the time came for reunification just a year later in 1990. It was German politics that abused the law for the criminal prosecution of former East German state officials in what I still regard (and history will eventually concur) as a misconceived and vindictive piece of “victor’s” justice. It was the much maligned European Union which provided a political framework for reintegrating many Eastern European nations back into a stable, democratic, united, and economically prosperous Europe; and it was European solidarity and the massive transfer of funding to those countries which allowed this transition to succeed. It was the Council of Europe and the European Convention on Human Rights, which began to push accountability for human rights forward even further east. These achievements were too hard fought for by too many people and are too important to make them the pawn of opportunistic and short-sighted national politics. It is easy to forget that they provide structure, stability and continuity to the

post-war Europe in which we all live and from which we all benefit, especially as we commemorate the First World-War and a new cold war threatens to descend on Europe. I am sure that I am not the only one who would mourn the day when the freedoms which we are so privileged to enjoy across the European Union today become replaced once more by raised barriers and fortified borders. It is easy to forget what the fall of the Berlin Wall stands for and the responsibility of all to ensure that we do not lightly put at risk what we have achieved.

Gregor Kleinknecht LLM MCIArb is a German Rechtsanwalt and English solicitor, and a partner at Hunters Solicitors, a leading law firm in Lincoln’s Inn. Hunters Solicitors, 9 New Square, Lincoln’s Inn, London WC2A 3QN, E-mail: gjk@hunters-solicitors.co.uk www.hunters-solicitors.co.uk


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Conference of the Month Germany

Where the new meets the old The ziegelei101 in Munich is the ideal setting for events of a special kind. Situated within a media hub in northern Munich, this former film production studio hosts events of all shapes and sizes. Its impressive exterior and charming interior guarantee a unique conference experience.

One of the place’s highlights can be witnessed in the dark only: a spectacular lighting system can illuminate the outside of the building in any colour desired.

TEXT: ISABEL WAGNER | PHOTOS: ZIEGELEI101 © PLAZAMEDIA, JÖRG FARIN

Recently, the ziegelei101 has come up with a new idea: clients are now offered assistance in the planning and implementation of the perfect event, should they be in need of creative suggestions. With all these innovative forces at play, it is perhaps no surprise that the ziegelei101 won the second prize of the Location Award 2013 for the category of‘newcomer’. Crucial for the jury was the location’s juxtaposition of old and new and its prevailing elegance. And certainly, events held here are not just ordinary events; thanks to the very special atmosphere they become highly memorable experiences in their own right.

Upon entering the site of the ziegelei101 – perfectly located between airport and city centre – one is struck by its extraordinary architecture. The huge 1940s building is made of bright red bricks, which still ooze the charm of a vanished industrial era.The contrast with the interior couldn’t be more striking. Within this great building, the different sections (the main two sized 980 m2 and 240m2) offer lots of opportunities.The space is both modern and simple at the same time, yet always impressive.The ceiling is 7m high with windows almost filling the entire walls; this makes the location feel truly vast and full of light. Due to the special construction of

the roof, the space can be divided up in many possible ways. And if the warm Munich weather allows, there is a roofed patio that can be used for breaks and receptions. Kai Dette, director of the agency that represents ziegelei101, summarises the appeal of the space as follows: “Customers appreciate the infinite possibilities of the ziegelei101.The high ceilings, the presence of light and the flexible construction of the roof allow for a plethora of different uses. The variability of the two big lofts and the smaller eventbox make the ziegelei101 a location with an ever changing character.”

www.ziegelei101.de

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Discover Germany | Business | Leadership Choices

Top row, from left to right: Alexander Röntgen, Managing Partner Bill Crombie, Managing Partner Claudia Salowski, Managing Partner Far left: Holger Karsten, Managing Partner Left: Karsten Drath, Managing Partner

Above: Rolf Pfeiffer, Founder & Managing Partner of Leadership Choices

It’s all about the coach – sustainable success through Leadership Choices With offices in London, Frankfurt, Milan and Zurich, Leadership Choices’ highly skilled team of executive coaches is constantly striving to bring out the best in corporate leaders and their teams. TEXT: TINA AWTANI | PHOTOS: GILES CHRISTOPHER/MEDIA WISDOM PHOTOGRAPHY LTD

Rolf Pfeiffer, co-founder and managing partner of Leadership Choices already completed a distinguished career in consulting and the pharma industry, before he realised the vast performance potential that lay untapped in corporate executive teams. A decade ago he and two partners started to establish Leadership Choices, a firm that since has grown to 6 managing partners and a total team of 30 international experts that leave no stone unturned when it comes to getting the most out of the people they work with.

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Coaching is a people’s business and every Leadership Choices coach looks back on a successful career in coaching or has worked on an executive level for many years. Keeping up with the latest executive development methods, techniques and skills is one of the company’s secrets of success. “All coaches are thoroughly trained according to high international standards. In addition the co-operation of selected partners with premier international Leadership-Organisations such as the Center for Creative Leadership, INSEAD and World Economic Forum as well as the consistent quality con-

trol are part of our concept,” Pfeiffer explains. Sound quality control is what makes Leadership Choices stand out from the crowd. “The tools we use to ensure that our rigorous quality standards are applied and maintained include our coaching manual, quality assurance calls, peer supervision sessions for our team, continuous training, mentor coaching and certification by internationally recognized organizations such as ICF,”Pfeiffer says. Getting a coach in the boat is a win-win situation for all parties involved. From a corporate point of view productivity and efficiency are enhanced through better communication and team-work, whereas the individual executive benefits from understanding how he or she is perceived by others. Leadership Choices Executive Coaching, Team-Coaching and Leadership-Programmes are highly popular and the client list features names like Accenture, Bayer, Coca Cola, SAP and many more. There is almost one for each letter of the alphabet. www.leadership-choices.com


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Discover Germany | Culture | Barbara Geier

It just happened Every generation has their “Where were you when” moment: Where were you when the first man stepped on the moon? Where were you when Kennedy was shot? For us born in the 70s, it’s “Where were you when Diana died?”, “Where were you on 9/11?”, and “Where were you when the Wall came down?” TEXT: BARBARA GEIER

25 years ago, 9 November 1989, exactly one week before my 17th birthday. I know where I was but, I’m afraid, it’s not very exciting or special at all. I was at home, on this Thursday night, watching the German news programme Heute at 7 pm. I saw all these people in Berlin, having climbed up the Wall and standing on it, cheering. So much excitement and joy. And it was all a bit surreal. To be honest, I don’t think that I, teenager that I was, quite grasped what was really happening there at that moment in time. I had grown up in (the very west of) West Germany – which was“Germany” for us, the other country was the DDR – and for me it was normal that Germany was divided. I had, after all, never known anything else. My family didn’t have any relatives in the former GDR, so it didn’t really figure in any way in my daily life. Therefore, I’ve got to admit, when the Wall came down, it was just something that happened. Great, of course, since no country should be divided, but that was it, basically. I can’t recall any particular emotional upheaval. Just felt a bit stunned. It took some time for me to understand the enormity of this Peaceful Revolution, and also to consider that for the generation of my grandparents, for example, having two Germanies was not normal at all, as it was for me, but that for them, in fact, the opposite was true.

So far, so boring (me). The next day in school, I was confronted with the stories of some people who got much more engaged. I heard that some in my year had somehow managed to get a ride with older friends, who were already in possession of driving licences and cars, and had driven all through the night to Berlin.They wanted to be part of what was happening, and when I heard that I had a bit of an “Oh shit, I think I missed something here”moment. If they’re now being asked the“Where where you when” question, they definitely have something better to tell than me with my boring watching of the news story. Anyway, moving on. Now, 25 years after the Wall came down, the fact that Germany is one unified country is for me as normal as the division was before. And after having explored what used to be“the East”for us but are in fact, at least partly, regions that are right in the centre of Germany, I can’t believe in hindsight that so much of our cultural and intellectual history, so many treasures, so many beautiful landscapes, so many fabulous cities were hidden behind the Iron Curtain and out of the sight and thoughts of ignorant Wessies (West Germans) of a certain generation like me. I’ve been to Leipzig and Dresden, to Erfurt and Weimar, visited the Wartburg where Luther translated the New Testament in 80 days,

been to fabulous museums, sat in lovely cafés, eaten in nice restaurants, met nice people and got used to what for me were “new”German dialects. Just as it was surreal seeing people standing on the Wall, that night in November 25 years go, it’s now surreal to think that this country in the middle of Europe was once divided. Just imagine. The things that can happen in a lifetime. Next time, I only need to make sure not to just stay put in front of the news but get a bit closer to the action...

Barbara Geier is a London-based freelance writer, translator and communications consultant. She is also the face behind ww.germanyiswunderbar.com, a German travel and tourism guide and blog that was set up together with UK travel writer Andrew Eames in 2010.

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Focus on Reunification

The economic success of the reunification Despite the many mistakes, obstacles and costs, the German reunification has, according to The German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), proved not only a political success story but also an economic one. TEXT & PHOTOS: THE GERMAN INSTITUTE FOR ECONOMIC RESEARCH (DIW BERLIN) | TRANSLATION: EMMIE COLLINGE

“Admittedly, even 25 years since the fall of the Wall, former East Germany does still lag significantly behind West Germany in terms of their economic performance, productivity, salaries and wealth in particular. Yet it isn’t the actual developments that have been – and still are – problematic, but instead it is the initial unrealistic hopes that change would happen quickly,” conclude the researchers from the DIW based on their findings from extensive research.“The economy and living conditions show significant progress; it is quite remarkable in many respects how the East German econ-

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omy succeeded in reinventing itself after 40 years of a centrally planned economy and, in a relatively short time, has been able to reindustrialise.” In certain areas, such as childcare, pensions and female participation in the labour market, the East is still ahead of the West. But the overambitious expectations are having a negative effect; in the East a higher number are dissatisfied with their income and their quality of life in general. Yet, since the fall of the wall, average satisfaction levels have never been this high in East Germany.

25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

To mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall, the DIW Berlin has conducted a comprehensive analysis of the respective economic, work and social conditions of the residents in East and West Germany. Additionally, they have also traced developments in the economic situation, in-

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higher, with the East only reaching 71 per cent of the level in the West. Productivity per employee registers at around 79 per cent of the West’s equivalent. However, reindustrialisation has proved surprisingly successful; although the industrial sector’s share of the total gross value added (GVA) is behind the level in the West, it is now equal to the European Union average, ahead of France, Spain and the UK. Unemployment in the former East remains higher than in the West, although it is on the decrease – however, this is largely due to trends in population. On average, in the East they earn approximately 83 per cent of the average disposable income compared to the Westerners. In terms of wealth, the gap is even more discernable. The average net worth in the East has grown 75 per cent since 1993, far stronger than in the West where the growth has been around 20 per cent.The latest figures from 2013 show that households in the East have approximately 44 per cent of the wealth of their Western contemporaries. While a West German household has roughly 153,200 Euros on average in wealth, the East Germans only have 67,400 Euros to draw on. DIW Berlin quartier

comes and wealth, gender participation in the job force, pensions, childcare and general satisfaction since reunification. What has emerged from their research is that the former East’s attempts to catch-up are only making gradual progress in many areas. While the economic output per capita did improve more quickly in the East than the West, the gross domestic product per head in the West still registers significantly

Employment figures for females show that the former East, with 75 per cent in active employment, is ahead of the West, where it has grown to over 70 per cent. East German women in part-time employment tend to work significantly longer hours than those in the West, with around 28 hours per week compared to 22 hours. As the number of women in both the East and the West working part-time rises, the so-called modernised breadwinner model (with the man working full-time, and the

female part-time) is becoming more common. In the West it is displacing the typical role of the male as the sole earner, while in the East it is replacing the ‘equality’ model with two full-time parents. Due to the East’s higher figures of female employment, their pension entitlements in the future will be higher than their West German counterparts. However, they still remain noticeably lower than Eastern males. While this gender-specific gap continues to diminish in the East, it is not due to increased pension entitlement for females; instead, those of the males are falling. Employment figures for females in the GDR were also higher due to the generous provision of childcare. Even today, more East German mothers opt to send children under three to the kindergarten compared to West Germans. Informal childcare arrangements are equally common in both regions. Over the last few years kindergarten provision has increased and led to an increase in highly-qualified single parents choosing this form of childcare, which resulted in an increase in the socio-economic differences within both regions. Significant differences between East and West are evident when considering their satisfaction levels. In the East, a notable number are dissatisfied with their salaries (44 per cent), compared to around a third in the West. In terms of their general quality of life, those living in the East appear to be less satisfied than the West. However, there are certain aspects in which they are more or less equally content: satisfaction with their own homes, their leisure time, and those in employment are satisfied with their jobs. The basis for much of this analysis is the longitudinal study by the German SocioEconomic Panel (SOEP), which the DIW Berlin extended into the GDR before the economic, monetary and social reunification in June 1990.

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Discover Germany | Focus on Reunification | 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Berlin celebrates the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall This was the culmination of an unprecedented wave of self-liberation that attracted attention worldwide. Citizens of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) were dissatisfied with the communist rule of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED), and hundreds of thousands wanted to leave the country. By the summer of 1989, tens of thousands of people had already fled. They no longer saw a future for themselves in the GDR. More and more East Germans took to the streets and squares to demand freedom and democratic rights. TEXT: KULTURPROJEKTE BERLIN GMBH | PHOTOS: PRESS IMAGES

They bravely resisted the powers that be – even as the Socialist Party ordered the brutal clubbing of demonstrators in many places. In September 1989, the few who gathered in front of the Nikolaichurch in Leipzig after the Monday Prayers became more and more every day. On October 9th, when 70,000 people gathered in a peaceful protest in central Leipzig, the local forces withdrew. Further demonstrations were being held in many other cities.These protests peaked on November 4th, 1989 at Berlin

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Alexanderplatz, in the largest system-critical demonstration in East German history. SED leaders struggled to reassert their rule, and finally announced at an international press conference on November 9th that they would be relaxing the travel restrictions: every East German should be able to apply for a passport and travel permit. Yet Western television reports announced‘GDR opens border’. Right away, countless East Berliners gathered at the border crossings

and pressured the surprised border guards to immediately open the Wall. The power struggle was far from decided after the Fall of the Wall. The SED asserted their claim to leadership and demonstrations did not subside. There were strikes and prison revolts, and Stasi buildings were occupied. The people demanded democratic participation. At the same time, hope kindled for a reformed system.The first free and democratic GDR parliament election in March 1990 finally marked the end of the communist dictatorship. The election set the stage for a democratization of East German society and paved the way for German reunification. LICHTGRENZE with Wall Stories Though the Wall disappeared quickly from the Berlin cityscape, decades of division between East and West were slower to overcome. Today, nearly half of Berliners do not


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Visualization of the LICHTGRENZE at Brandenburg Gate (main image), at Engelbecken (left) and at the Park at Nordbahnhof (left below). © Kulturprojekte Berlin WHITEvoid / Christopher Bauder, Photos: Daniel Büche

rope-wide order of peace, for a common European home and a more peaceful world were stronger. What became of these expectations? Peace and freedom are still under threat. Ghosts of the Cold War long believed dead are returning. The anniversary celebration should feature a podium for the latest political developments as well. Balloon action

know exactly where the monstrous structure stood. On the evening of November 7th, 8,000 balloons will light up in Berlin. Arranged in the form of a LICHTGRENZE (or“border of light”), the installation will trace the former course of the Berlin Wall for a total length of 15 kilometres. The LICHTGRENZE runs from Bornholmer Strasse over Bernauer Strasse to the Reichstag and Brandenburg Gate, past Potsdamer Platz and Checkpoint Charlie, through Kreuzberg to the East Side Gallery and Oberbaumbrücke. The light installation conjures associations with the many candles demonstrators carried in the GDR to emphasize their peaceful intentions – they were the symbol of 1989. Short texts containing stories about the Wall can be read every 150 metres along the LICHTGRENZE: tragic, happy and curious moments, and fates from the divided city. Selected locations (Mauerpark, The Berlin Wall Memorial at Bernauer Strasse, Potsdamer Platz, East Side Gallery, etc.) will feature viewing towers, information points and guided tours. Large screens will be showing unique film collages entitled

“Mauerstücke”(“Pieces of the Wall”) with historical, often little-known footage from the building to the Fall of the Wall. For one weekend, visitors will be able to sense and experience what a – literally – painful incision the construction of the Wall and the 28-year-old division of the city represented. Memories of life in the SED dictatorship behind a monster of concrete and barbed wire, of orders to shoot and invasive border inspections will be remembered along with successful escapes and the unbridled joy at the Fall of the Wall. Today Berlin is a liberal and cosmopolitan metropolis, a place many long to move to, the place to be for artists and creatives from around the world. Without the courage and the imagination with which the people of the GDR managed to cast off this regime, this fantastic development would not have been possible.

On the evening of November 9th, the ascending balloons will lift the LICHTGRENZE. After an opening ceremony in the Konzerthaus, thousands of balloons will climb the night skies of Berlin in the middle of the festival at the Brandenburg Gate. Their ascent symbolizes the Fall of the Wall. Each balloon is tied to the hopes and wishes of its respective patron. Messages will be released in both the real world and the virtual one.They recall old and new political, social, mental or ideological walls and trenches in many places in the world. The joy over the Fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago should be tied to the hope of peacefully overcoming these remaining walls. The events of ‘25 Years Fall of the Wall’ remind us of a historic event in our city that radically changed the course of world history. We remember the victims and stand in solidarity with all those who are currently raising their voices to demand freedom, democracy and human rights. www.berlin.de/Mauerfall2014 Bottom: Berlin Wall by Brandenburg Gate, 11/11/1989: Berlin after the opening of the Wall on November 11.

This celebration is also dedicated to the international dimensions of the Peaceful Revolution. The Berlin Wall heralded the end of the Cold War.The international community was initially sceptical at the desire for faster reunification. But the hope of a new Eu-

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Discover Germany | Focus on Reunification | 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

A tower steeped in history – bringing the past to life in Berlin On Potsdamer Platz – right in the heart of Berlin, Germany’s vibrant capital – stands one of the oldest reminders of a divided Germany: a concrete watchtower. TEXT & PHOTOS: GERMAN NATIONAL TOURIST BOARD (GNTB)

From this tower the East German border guards would monitor the border between East and West Berlin and the House of Ministries. By the end of the GDR era 200 such towers lined the border in Berlin – today the watchtower on Potsdamer Platz is the only one remaining of its kind, and is open to visitors (www.berlinwallexpo.de). Since 2001 the watchtower has been a listed building, now located right in the

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Checkpoint Charlie, today one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions. Further east, Mühlenstrasse is the site of the longest remaining section of the Berlin Wall in the city centre. In 1990 artists from around the world used this 1.3km remnant of the Wall as a blank canvas for colourful works of art. The time before reunification is also commemorated in a number of museums in Berlin – a particular favourite with visitors is the Museum of East German History on KarlLiebknecht-Strasse, which offers revealing glimpses into everyday life in the GDR through interactive displays. Berlin’s television tower on Alexanderplatz square provides magnificent vistas of the reunified city. At a height of just over 200 metres visitors can enjoy a spectacular panoramic overview of the city’s attractions. Museum Island, the northern half of an island in the river Spree, is a unique cultural legacy that comprises five important museum buildings which have been extensively renovated since reunification. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. www.germany.travel/Berlin

and creativity that allows the German capital to offer such a broad range of intense experiences. Foreign visitors still regard the Berlin Wall, the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag as the defining symbols of the division and reunification of a nation and its people. Further traces of Berlin’s division into east and west can be found throughout the city. The easiest way to discover them is to explore

the Berlin Wall Trail.This cycling and walking trail follows the path of the former East German border fortifications and runs for about 160 kilometres around what used to be West Berlin (www.germany.travel/berlinwall). Much of the trail uses old border patrol paths in the west (Zollwege) and their equivalents in the east (Kolonnenwege), passing by the remainders of former border installations. Also included in the route is the most famous crossing point between East and West,

Main image: Berlin Wall Far top, from left: Quadriga, Brandenburg Gate, Berlin Bode museum, Berlin Reichstag, Berlin Far left, bottom: Border Watchtower Potsdamer Platz, Berlin Border tower, Green belt Above left: Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

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Culture Calendar Save the date as there are plenty of great events scheduled for the weeks to come. From music festivals and exciting exhibitions to fantastic sport events and social highlights, Discover Germany’s Culture Calendar is your perfect guide to what not to miss this winter. Martin Rütter “nachSITZen” Tour 2014/2015, various locations

Berlin Jazz Festival (30 October – 2 November 2014)

25 Years of the Fall of the Wall, Berlin (7-9 November 2014)

See the “Dogfather” live on stage when it is back to school for dogs and their owners. You are guaranteed to split your sides laughing when he delivers his lecture about canine behaviour. www.martin-ruetter-live.de

Jazzfest is one of the world's premier jazz festivals and a highlight on the Berlin musical calendar, with a range of concerts taking place all over town and in a variety of different settings, from casual jazz clubs to big professional arenas. www.berlinerfestspiele.de/jazzfest

8,000 balloons, the so called Lichtgrenze (border of light) illuminate the 15km long former border between Bornholmer Straße and Oberbaumbrücke to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Wall stories and ballon action are also part of the event. www.berlin.de/mauerfall2014

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ART&ANTIQUE Hofburg Vienna (8-16 November 2014)

Above: The Berlin Wall © Berlin Tourismus & Kongress GmbH, Photo: Wolfgang Scholvien Below: Animal, Stuttgart. © 2014 Messe Stuttgart

The Exhibition for art, antiques and design featuring modern and contemporary art in the form of orientalia, antiques, paintings and graphic art and much more. www.artantique-hofburg.at Salon du Chocolart, Cologne (14-16 November 2014) The world’s largest chocolate event, previously in Paris, New York and Tokio, now comes to Germany. No need to have a sweet tooth, but it certainly makes a visit even more enjoyable. www.salonduchocolat.de

Above: Pferd & Jagd, Gala - Nacht der Pferde. © FAHeckmann GmbH Below: nachSITZen - Martin Rutter live on stage. Photo: Mark Rehbeck

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Left: ART&ANTIQUE Hofburg Vienna. Pablo Picasso: ”Nu se Tordant les Chevaux (1952)”. Photo: Galerie Ernst Hilger. © Succession Picasso/Bildrecht, Wien, 2014

Wladimir vs. Kubrat Pulev, Hamburg (15 November 2014) Boxing highlight: After being rescheduled due to Wladimir Klitschko’s injury, the title defense of IBF/IBO Heavyweight Champion, WBO/WBA Heavyweight Super Champion and ”The Ring Magazine” World Heavyweight Champion against Kubrat Pulev takes place at o2 World. www.klitschko.com Good prospects, new german photography 2014/2015, Herford (23 November 2014 – 11 January 2015) This exhibition at the Marta Herford Museum showcases a current selection of award-winning young German photographers and offers great insight into the latest developments and new trends in an artistic discipline which has radically extended its boundaries in recent years. www.marta-herford.de

Below: © Salon du Chocolat, Photo: Nicolas Rodet Bottom: © Salon du Chocolat, Photo: Sebastien Gras

Winterträume Schloss Faber-Castell, Stein (14-16 November 2014) Christmas inspired home and lifestyle fair presenting fresh ideas, great tips and beautiful objects against the backdrop of the FaberCastell castle near Nuremberg. www.wintertraeume.com Animal, Stuttgart (15-16 November 2014) Germany’s largest pet fair showcasing exciting news for dog, cat and reptile lovers. www.messe-stuttgart.de/animal

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Right: A fine example of a Christmas market is the Dresdner Striezelmarkt, Photo: Sylvio Dittrich

Pferd & Jagd, Hannover (4-7 December 2014) Europe’s biggest exhibition for equestrian sports, hunting and angling has a lot to offer for the country life enthusiast. Also part of the event is the Gala – Nacht der Pferde 2014, a fantastic equestrian gala show on 5 and 6 December. www.pferd-und-jagd-messe.de www.nacht-der-pferde.de Christmas markets (late November – late December) From northern Hamburg to southern Altötting and Ingolstadt, from Cologne in the west to Dresden in the east, the most enchanting Christmas markets are about to start. Make sure to check the exciting event calendars of each town before you travel and don’t miss out on a glass of mulled wine, some hearty food and fine traditional crafts.

BADEPARADIES SCHWARZWALD in Titisee

to Welcome your holiday!

Freephone: 00 8000 / 4444 – 333 in Titisee directly at the Federal road B31

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Discover Germany | Issue 20 | November 2014  

Discover Germany promotes German, Swiss & Austrian Design, Tourism, Food, Culture and Business.

Discover Germany | Issue 20 | November 2014  

Discover Germany promotes German, Swiss & Austrian Design, Tourism, Food, Culture and Business.