Discover Germany | Design | Karro & Gentle Gin
The times of rusted wheelbarrows are long gone – with Karro Ergonomically shaped handles, a low weight and a robust material that is easy to clean – the wheelbarrow Karro offers everything to make one’s garden work easier. “It is about exceeding expectations that no one ever had before,” explains Friedrich Westphal, CEO of Fluidform GmbH and inventor of Karro, when asked why he decided to develop a new type of wheelbarrow. The idea came to his mind during a holiday. He saw a totally corroded and broken wheelbarrow lying on an alpine meadow and thought it might be a good idea to make wheelbarrows out of plastic. “Besides, there had not been any innovation in the field of making wheelbarrows for decades. So, we thought it is the right time to develop a new product,” says Sonja Hägle, assistant of management. Compared to ordinary wheelbarrows, Karro has many advantages. The handles
are ergonomically shaped, which relieves one’s back and wrists. Despite its weight of only nine kilogrammes, Karro is extremely robust and durable. Above all, the so-called ‘lotus effect’ makes Karro very easy to clean. Satisfied users of Karro include the urban gardening project Elisabeths Garten in Düsseldorf, the garden-
TEXT: INA FRANK | PHOTOS: FLUIDFORM GMBH
ing of the theme park Europa Park and IntegrA Lahr, ateam of gardeners and disabled young adults. Karro has already been awarded with quite a few design prizes, but the developers do not rest on their laurels. The form of the tray will soon be redesigned to respond to some customers’ wish for a larger volume. www.mykarro.de
Finest gin made in Berlin Less juniper, a greater focus on other ingredients and German organic wheat alcohol from local grain: these characteristics make Berlin’s Gentle Gin so special that even ‘sipping it on the rocks’ becomes a special treat.
alcohol with activated carbon and bottling to adding stickers, sealing or packaging. www.gentlegin.de
TEXT: NANE STEINHOFF I PHOTO: GENTLE GIN
“The idea for the start-up was a kind of coincidence,” smiles Stanislav Bic, Gentle Gin’s spice man. “I’m passionate about herbs, opened a herb shop and, through this, I met the Scottish gin producer Marcus. We then founded Gentle Gin and he became our gin master.” Bero Aslan, a true allrounder, is Gentle Gin’s third member. Together, the trio creates super gentle, smooth gins that are full of aromas and impress with a mild finish. Gentle Gin’s portfolio consists of three exceptional drinks. ‘SAFFRON’ is a rich and gentle golden gin with an Indiainspired botanical blend and a secret herb personally grown by the Gentle Gin crew. The ‘TEA DRY’ comprises of a classic dry botanical base that is enlivened with the
The ‘Saffron’, ‘Tea Dry’ and ‘Pink One’ gin.
crisp flavour of borage flowers and a blend of organic teas. The youngest gin to join the family is the ‘PINK ONE’ that is made with a blend of pink pepper, rose, lavender, grapefruit, tropical verbena and infused with Jamaican hibiscus. All gins are entirely handcrafted, double distilled in a traditional copper still, produced in small batches, infused by high-quality botanical ingredients from selected farmers and completely selfmade. The latter also entails that everything is ‘made in Berlin’ – from filtering the Issue 53 | August 2017 | 23
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