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KEY HOLE 2 2 Hidden Baked delicious goods with a ­surprising core from Claudia GÜdke

4 4 Startup Spotlight: Drink Syndikat 4 8 Table of the Month Dinner for Two

5 6 Digital Native Kolumne Digital Dating

6 2 SPRING CLEAN with IKEA Blogger Special

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0 6 Editorial 1 0 The new Logo 1 2 Contributor Index 1 6 The Cover 1 8 Downloads 3 4 9 Imprint 3 4 8 Preview

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LOCK SMITH 9 4 Keeping the World under Lock & Key The history of the Lock by Alexander Kords

1 0 0 Lock Keyless New types of Keys by Tina Bergs

1 0 6 DIY Key Chains

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Bloggers show us their favourite DIYs

1 1 6 Keys in Art The key as a symbol by Robert Eberhardt

1 2 0 Startup Spotlight: Spottster

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THE KEY TO WELLBEING 1 2 6 Life in Taipei Adinda de Boer gives an insight into the bustling city

1 5 0 The history of the Spa 1 5 6 Blogger Spa Three blogger share their best Spa Experience

1 6 6 Spa at home with the essie routine 1 9 2 essie in New York Katherine Sacks is visiting the essie Flagship Store in NYC

2 0 0 Eating Raw Food

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Challenges & Suggestions for a raw diet

2 0 6 Raw Food Recipe Feature

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DECODING 2 2 8 Decoding Dresscodes sisterMAG decodes dresscodes

2 4 6 A brief history of caricature An overview of the history of caricature and a visit to the caricaturist Karl-Heinz Schoenfeld by Elisa von Hof

2 6 0 Encoding & Decoding Our fascination with crime by Rabea Tanneberger

2 7 0 4 Gs of healthy food Food Workshop in Berlin

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THE KEY TO SUCCESS 3 0 0 Business Fashion sisterMAG collection with five DIY business outfits

3 1 8 The Key to Time Our generation's most precious commodity

3 2 4 Work Space - Desks for Success We show the work space of five business women

3 4 4 Networking Strategies Author Keith Ferrazzi answers our questions

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Editorial by Toni & Thea

Dear readers

2015 is still young but at the COP has given our logo a rejuvenating editorial office it feels like we have treatment (which you can admire on already been working many months page 10 ). in this New Year. So for want of A new year also means a new editorial a resolution we have decided to schedule. Last year’s issues were all celebrate a sisterMAG anniversary dedicated to different school subjects for the first time ever. It has not but this year we have opted for a more slipped our minds (unlike a wedding abstract theme: each issue will centre anniversary might have) - that issue around a certain »object« which we No. 17 is published exactly three will examine and interpret in our years to the day after sisterMAG No. own creative way. First in the series 1 and we’re celebrating this fact in a are »keys«. Have you ever stopped variety of ways: designer & illustrator to consider how often we use keys Nadine Roßa from Berlin for example in our daily lives? We use them both

CREDITS PHOTOS

AB = Adinda de Boer

AL = Ashley Ludäscher

MF = Marco di Filippo

CS = Cristopher Santos

CG = Claudia Gödke


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Theme of this issue: keys

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THE KEY practically and metaphorically; keys The Digital Native is also peeping are important to open and lock as well through keyholes in her column this as express ourselves conceptually. month with an honest account of We have based the five sections of this issue on these different uses. First we sneak a peek through the key hole to discover delicious sweet treats created by Claudia Gödke which kicks off our new series »Table Of The Month« (page 48 ). The first table – dressed all in this issue’s special colour »orange« – has been set for two. Maybe two people who are just about to sit down for a romantic breakfast, who knows…

dating in the digital age. (page 56 ) In another segment, four of our bloggers are letting us take a very private look into their lives: We have helped them tidy up their bedrooms on our SPRING CLEAN mission. (page 62 ) The next section is dedicated to all sorts of »locksmiths« and in it we take a closer look at actual physical keys.

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Sandra during the preparations for the food workshop

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Alexander Kords looks at the cultural

Another anniversary related feature

history of keys, we’ll introduce you

is our COP editorial staff dress code

to state-of-the-art key systems and

shooting on page 228

Robert Eberhardt analyses keys as

Sandra, Corissa and Laura (these two

symbols in art history.

work for our new German magazine

Our desire for wellbeing and physical

Lebenlang), Toni and I decipher dress

comfort is strongest during the cold season and we combat the dreary greyness with a trip to Taipei guided by Adinda de Boer. Our series on »home spas« details opportunities to treat

in which

codes on invitations from »formal wear« to »casual« for you. We were supported in this endeavor by Max – a very good sisterMAG friend who found the perfect outfits and even donned

yourself within your own four walls.

tails and a cummerbund himself.

Izzy takes you step by step through a

Our section on »decoding« and »the

perfect Saturday at home including

key to success« completes this issue

the transformation of her bathroom

– it includes amongst other articles

into a spa.

a feature about a big food workshop

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sterMAG clean-up crew: ra, Sarah und Cris on a #springclean mission with five bloggers we held in Berlin in January 2015 supported by our partner Alnatura. We’ll also decode the buzz topics of spring: health, taste, indulgence and the brain. We’ll leave you with the thought of ›an awakening‹ as we look at »the key to success«. Which includes our current sisterMAG collection of five great office outfits on which to flex your sewing muscles. With the completion of this issue we also say ›goodbye‹ to our intern Sara who has supported us for the past six months. Thank you for a wonderful time, dear Sarah! But we also say ›welcome back‹ to a familiar face:

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top: Tina in Edinburgh was on Skype working on sisterMAG °17 with the team bottom: videographer Onn enjoys the spa at home! Laura, who you will remember from 2014. Laura has returned to work as a project manager on our new magazine Lebenlang. We’re looking forward to this fourth year of sisterMAG filled once more with thrilling adventures shared with you, our readers, a new website (yes, really :)) and six exciting – we hope – issues on which we welcome your feedback!

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The new sisterMAG Logo In the three years of sisterMAG our logo has been with us through many highs, although honestly sometimes it can be a real spanner in the works and Thea has complained more than once about the thin lines and the cumbersome format. It must be noted that the complaint frequency increases greatly in proportion to daylight hours and impending deadlines! A

couple

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ago

we

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agency from Berlin, about a new website. They and their designer Nadine Roßa (nadine-rossa.de) then showed us a first draft of their idea for a website layout and we were surprised but excited by the new logo they had created. Nadine kindly rushed the final amendments to the design so we can reveal the new version today.

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Verbesserungen am aktuellen Logo: → sehr feiner Linien in sträkere Linien umwandeln → von Fineliner Zeichnung auf Pinsel gehen → grunsätzliche Proportionen erhalten

–– the fine lines are now much stronger

Verbesserungen am aktuellen Logo: → sehr feiner Linien in sträkere Linien umwandeln → von Fineliner Zeichnung auf Pinsel gehen → grunsätzliche Proportionen erhalten

it as a reader or a contributor! :D Why not drop us a line if you have embedded a button?

–– Nadine ditched the digital fineliners in favour of actual paint brushes –– the proportions of the old logo stayed in the new version


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CONTRIBUTORS ELISA VON HOF

Antonia Sutter

JOURNALIST

Alex Sutter

Last year we received a friendly application from the student and one afternoon later spent chatting over a cup of coffee we knew that we had to work together. This issue contains two articles written by Elisa: caricatures and time management.

Evi Neubauer Sandra Rothfeld Corissa Bagan Sarah Tengg Tina Bergs

MARCO DI FILIPPO PHOTOGRAPHER

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Marco literally discovered us »on location«, during a shooting he asked us for a business card. For this issue he, together with his wife Trine, shot not only the sisterMAG cover but also the raw food feature.

PHOTOS Marco di Filippo HAIR & MAKE-UP Lena Schleweis MODEL Ricarda Nieswandt DRESS Evi Neubauer

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BETH WALROND ILLUSTRATION

Beth wrote us last November and included a link to her portfolio - it was love at first sight. Now living in Berlin, the illustrator studied at Falmouth University and designed the contents page for sisterMAG 17.


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This symbol links to the website or Instagram account of our contributors.

TEXT Tina Bergs Lock Keyless

Laura Glabbatz

History of the Spa

Katherine Sacks essie Flagship Store

Adinda de Boer Taipei

Elisa von Hof Key to Time

Katrin Stimmler Raw Food

Robert Eberhardt Keys in Art

Alexander Kords History of the Key

Rabea Tanneberger Decoding Crime Shows

Thea Neubauer

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I L L U S T R AT I O N & L AY O U T Tina Bergs Decoding Crime Shows

Jeannette Mokosch Food Workshop

Bethany Walrond Contents page

Thea Neubauer Cover

PRODUCTION Sandra Rothfeld Antonia Sutter Sarah Tengg

VIDEO Onn Halpern essie Spa Cristopher Santos Food Workshop

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Adinda de Boer Taipei

Ashley Ludäscher Table of the Month

Cristopher Santos

Marco di Filippo

Trine Skauen

Cover

Natalie Moena essie Flagship Store

Claudia Goedke Food Workshop

Zoë Noble Dress Codes

PROOF

FINAL PROOF

Claire Cunningham

Stefanie Kießling

Sandra Rothfeld

Amie McCracken Alice Williamson

Business Fashion Cover

HAIR & MAKE-UP Patricia Heck Business Fashion Lena Schleweis Cover Trine Skauen Dress Codes

T R A N S L AT I O N Tina Bergs

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Sandra Rothfeld

Tanja Timmer


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MODELS Corissa Dress Codes Laura Dress Codes Max Dress Codes

Ricarda Cover Sabine Business Fashion Sandra Dress Codes

STYLING

Thea Dress Codes Toni Dress Codes

FOOD

Evi Neubauer Business Fashion

H端rriyet Bulan Table of the Month

Claudia Goedke Hidden Sweets

Thea Neubauer Cover

Sandra Rothfeld Spring Clean

Juliana Tar Raw Food

Corissa Bagan Dress Codes

Ricarda Nieswandt Spring Clean

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Evi embellishing the skirt

The Cover Our first cover of 2015 is another very special one: It shows our friend Ricarda. She is well known in the German blogger community for »23qmStil« her home décor and interior design blog and also co16

organises the Blogst conference. Ricarda was one of our very first supporters and we have known her for more than three years. When I first asked her to be our cover model I received a somewhat incredulous email in reply asking whether I had made a mistake :). No, we hadn’t and the entire sisterMAG team is in agreement: The result is simply breath taking. We travelled north for this cover shoot to Kittendorf castle, two hours outside Berlin. The friendly hotel staff made sure the team, photographers Marco di Filippo and Trine Skauen, stylist Lena and Thea had a relaxing morning by keeping the coffee supply steady. In the, literal, bleak midwinter the sun shed an almost magical light on the hotel and our set so fashion director Evi Neubauer’s sophisticated designs literally shone. The huge rose appliqué is affixed to

Hair & Make-up: Lena Schleweis


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CREDITS Photos: Marco di Filippo Trine Skauen Styling (MuH): Lena Schleweis Dress: Evi Neubauer Production: Thea Neubauer Sandra Rothfeld Model: Ricarda Nieswandt Location: Schloss Kittendorf

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the blue fabric by hand using small beads. So the school subjects are not the only thing we have dropped this year: from now on you will also see ÂťrealÂŤ dresses on the sisterMAG cover. The colours of the skirt are also the colours of this issue: blue, white and orange hues all around.

During the shoot

We hope you like the result! If you do, we (@sister_mag) and Ricarda (@23qmstil)

would

gratefully

appreciate a tweet or a share!

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17/1 – Striped Blouse

17/2 – Grey Pencil 17/3 – Dress Skirt

17/4 – Skirt Romanit Jersey

17/6 – Black Business Blazer

17/7 – White Cotton Coat

17/9 – Brown Pleated Skirt

17/8 – Brown Top

RECIPES

Hidden Sweets

VIDEO

essie spa sister-mag.com

DIY

Raw Food Recipes

4G Recipes

Calligraphy Cards

17/5 – White Top with Pleats


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UNEXPECTED SECRETS CAN BE FOUND WHEN YOU PEEK THROUGH A KEYHOLE …

Maybe you'll experience such a surprise on one of the next pages because Food Photographer Claudia Gödke has prepared some chocolate delights for you. While you'll find blackcurrant jam inside the Hand Pies, a ball of chocolate ice cream is hidden under some lavish meringue top with our Baked Alaskas. And while the yeast bread seems so innocent it hides a core of chocolate goodness inside.

Recipes & Photos C LAUDIA

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DO UGH:

300 g flour 225 g butter, very cold, diced 1 tbsp sugar 1 tsp salt 200 ml water, very cold eggwash: 1 egg yolk mixed with 50 ml milk F ILLING:

blackcurrant jam

Hand Pies

GARNISH:

200 g dark chocolate

FILLED WITH BLACKCURRANT JAM

1. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, salt and sugar. Sprinkle the butter cubes over the flour. Using a fork, cut up the butter and work it into the flour. Stop when all of the butter pieces are the size of peas.

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2. Drizzle half of the water over the mixture and work it in with the fork to make the dough. Add some more water, if the dough is still too crumbly, but don‘t overwork it. 3. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let it chill in the fridge for an hour. 4. Preheat oven to 180°C and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside. 5. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface. Cut out squares or circles, using a glass or small bowl. 6. Lay the rectangles or circles on the parchment lined baking sheet. Top half of them with a teaspooon of blackcurrant jam.

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Brush some of the eggwash along the sides of each filled rectangle/circle. Top with another rectangle/circle and seal the edges by pressing gently with a fork. 7. Brush the hand pies with eggwash, sprinkle with a little sugar and bake for about 20 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool completely. 8. Melt the dark chocolate and garnish the hand pies.

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DO UGH:

500 g flour 200 ml milk 1 cube fresh yeast

50 g sugar

pinch of salt

1 egg 50 g butter, room temperature

Bread

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CHOCOLATE CORE

F ILLING:

130 g dark chocolate, chopped 125 g butter

1. In a small pot combine milk and

50 g powdered sugar

1 tbsp of sugar. Warm the milk slightly,

30 g cocoa powder

take the pot off the heat and dissolve

80 g whole almonds

the yeast in the milk. Let stand for 10-

pinch of salt

15 minutes until the yeast is activated and the milk is foamy.

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6. To make the filling, combine all ingredients in a pot and melt them

over

low

heat,

stirring

constantly, until the mixture forms a spreadable paste.

2. Combine flour, sugar and salt in

the

chocolate

mixture

evenly over the dough, leaving a

a mixing bowl. Add the milk and

2 cm border all around. Brush this

egg. Knead the dough with the

border lightly with milk and roll up

dough hook attachment on your

the dough, starting on the longest

mixer. When the dough comes

side. Seal the dampened ends onto

together, add the butter and knead

the roll.

to combine. As soon as the dough starts to pull away from the sides 30

7. Spread

8.

Using a sharp knife, gently

cut the roll in the middle. Transfer

of the bowl to form a ball, knead

both rolls to the loaf pan. Cover it

further 3 minutes.

with a clean towel and set aside to

3. Turn the dough into a clean bowl

rise for 2 hours.

and cover with a clean towel. Set

9. Preheat the oven to 180째C.

aside for 1-2 hours in a warm place

Brush the top of the loaf with milk

to rise. Alternatively put the bowl

and bake for about 30 minutes,

into the fridge over night.

until golden brown. Remove from

4. Butter and flour one loaf pan. Set aside. 5. Turn the dough onto a floured surface, knead it shortly and roll it out to a large rectangle.

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CHOCOLATE SPONGE CAKE:

6 eggs

6 tbsp hot water

200 g sugar

100 g spelt flour

100 g cornstarch

25 g cocoa powder

1 tsp baking powder FILLING:

chocolate ice cream (about 500-700 ml) MERINGUE:

3 fresh egg whites

120 g sugar

pinch of salt

Baked Alaska

WITH CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM

1. Preheat oven to 180째C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

2. Using your electric mixer, beat the eggs on high speed for a couple of minutes until they are thick and fluffy. Gradually add the water and sugar and beat for further 3 minutes.

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3. Whisk together all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Carefully fold the flour mixture into the beaten eggs and make sure not to overwork the dough. 4. Spread the dough evenly onto the

5. Remove from oven and let cool completely. 6. With a 6 cm cutter or the rim of a glass cut out the bases from the chocolate sponge cake. Place a scoop of chocolate ice cream on

baking sheet and bake for about

top of each base and place them

25 minutes or until a toothpick

into the freezer.

inserted comes out clean.

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whites and salt until stiff. Slowly

If not served immediately, put

add the sugar and beat until the

them back into the freezer.

meringue is thick and glossy. 8. Take the chocolate cakes out of the freezer and spread over meringue using a knife or a small

9. Before serving use a creme br没l茅e burner to brown the meringue. 10. Serve with fresh fruit!

spatula until completely covered.

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CHO CO LAT E TART E SHELL:

250 g flour 40 g cocoa powder

200 g cold Butter, cut into pieces 100 g sugar

1 egg

pinch of salt HALVA F ILLING:

100 g halva

Chocolate Tarte

5 tbsp mascarpone zest of an orange

FILLED WITH HALVA & TOPPED WITH FIGS

1. Prepare the tarte shell pastry. Place

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CHOCOLAT E GANACHE F ILLING:

300 g creme double

butter, egg and sugar in a mixing bowl

2 tbsp Zucker

and knead, using the dough hook

200 g dark chocolate, chopped

attachment of your electric mixer. Add

the dry ingredients and knead until a

50 ml cream

smooth dough forms. Wrap in plastic film and place in the fridge for about an hour.

pinch of salt

GARNISH:

8-10 figs

2. Butter and flour a rectangular tarte pan. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and roll out into a rectangle about 4 mm thick. Carefully

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lay the dough inside the pan and

5. For the halva filling place all of the

press the edges into the sides

ingredients in a measuring cup

of the pan. Shave off the excess

and mix well, using an immersion

dough with a sharp knife. Put

blender. Spread the filling evenly

the tarte pan in the fridge for 30

into the tarte shell and refrigerate

minutes

for 30 minutes.

3. Preheat oven to 180째C. 4. Cover the tarte pan with baking paper, fill with dried lentils or peas and bake for 15 minutes. Remove the lentils/peas and bake again for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely.

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6. Put the creme double, sugar and salt in a small pot and bring to a boil. Remove from heat as soon as the mixture boils up. Add the chocolate, wait for 2 minutes, then stir well to combine. Stir in the cream until blended.


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7. Pour the chocolate filling tarte

into

the

shell

and

refrigerate 2 hours to set. 8. Cut up the figs and garnish the tarte with figs and chocolate! 9. Stored

in

the

fridge, the tarte will stay fresh for a couple of days.

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H AZELN U T- BRIT T LE CH OCOLATE CUPS

12 dark chocolate cups 50 g dark chocolate 50 g hazelnut brittle

Homemade Baileys

WITH HAZELNUT-BRITTLE CHOCOLATE CUPS

1. Melt the dark chocolate.

Dip the rims of the chocolate cups in the chocolate

and

the

hazelnut brittle to make the cups extra pretty. 2. Fill the cups with the Baileys

and

garnish

with whipped cream and chocolate!

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Baileys

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300 ml good whiskey

1 can sweetened condensed milk (400 g) 2 00 ml cream (UHT)

1. Place all of the ingredients in an

2 tbsp instant espresso powder

immersion blender or a normal

2 tbsp caramel syrup

until well combined.

blender and mix for 15 seconds 2. Transfer the mixture to clean bottles and seal tightly. Storable in the fridge for about a month. Shake well before using.

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DRINK SYNDIKAT



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Making classic cocktails at home can be a hassle. Which recipes are worth trying? Where can I get the special and good quality ingredients I’ll need? And won’t buying regular sizes mean I’ll end up with a collection of half empty bottles? Drink-Syndikat solves all these problems.

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Box sales support the running of the business itself. Apart from online sales we are also looking to sell our boxes at brickand-mortar retail liquor stores and we’ll be selling boxes to other businesses as gifts for business partners, at meetings or conferences. Or as Christmas presents.

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room, in a park or on the roof. We focus on products which can be hard to find at cocktail bars. The monthly subscription option includes free delivery but you can also buy individual boxes which also make a great present

2 My friends and I love going to cocktail bars and trying out some of their more exotic options but at home we usually go for a Gin and Tonic or a Moscow Mule. It was always such a hassle to get all the ingredients for more complex creations so we came up with the idea of creating box that contains all the ingredients in the

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COMPETITORS

There is no direct competition in Germany yet.

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FOUNDER'S PAST

I worked for several non-profit organizations in the environmental sector, e.g. the WWF. My link to premium liquor and cocktails is my mother she is a wine and liquor merchant. Thanks to her I have had a connection to drinks for years.


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Drink-Syndikat combines the spirit of the 20s and 30s - prohibition, being part of a movement – the sourcing of hard-to-obtain commodities and an air of the forbidden. The history of classic drinks began in the 19th century and reached a peak during the prohibition. Our company name picks up on this connection.

Founder Erik Pfauth.

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We are searching for stylists, florists and creative minds who want to style the next »Table of the Month«. You can apply by sending an email to ­­mail@­sister-mag.com with a portfolio link and we'll get in contact about the theme and details!

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magazine as if men and all the trials and tribulations related to them didn’t exist. We have indeed given Cosmopolitanstyle subjects like »Why does he not like me?« or »How to find Mr. Right!« a wide berth in our first 16 issues because we didn’t want to be your typical woman‘s magazine featuring horoscopes and a Dear Abby column. That being said I can tell you that the COP company offices do often find themselves talking of men, relationships and the crazy world of dating . So the time has come for sisterMAG to break the »no men and relationships« rule with a very personal column on »dating codes of the digital age«.

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have any solutions to share or even

Facebook pictures, your interests

good advice. I do, however, regularly

as registered on Facebook and

receive such in handy – and often

your friends list. If you and your

rhyming – snippets from my male co-

prospective new acquaintance have

founder, of course I consistently ignore

a common friend on FB this will be

them! This is an area best explored

shown when clicking the respective

by making your own experiences. As

profile. A swipe to the right indicates

a single lady in a big city I have some

interest in a profile, swiping to the

crazy stories to tell – some good,

left will discard a suggestion. If

some bad – all of them of course have

someone in whom you are interested

a digital aspect.

reciprocates, a chat window opens

I am writing these lines on a cold

and you can start discussing your

January Sunday sitting in an old,

common interests.

dusky pink chair in a small Café in

I often find myself declaring an interest

the Prenzlauer Berg district of Berlin.

in a guy whose picture I might just

Exactly one week ago I stopped in

find mildly interesting because I really

here for a coffee-to-go on my way to

want to know who the two friends we

a memorable Tinder date!

share might be. And then I visualize

Tinder is a dating app and an exceptionally well named one at that. It helps you make new acquaintances and initiate flirts. The app uses GPS to track your location and will then show you men (or women) within a radius of x kilometres (the distance can be set in your profile). Your

him based on this information: is he a member of a certain political party because our mutual friends all have to do with politics; is he from the world of fashion because our mutual friends are models; is he a foodie because we both know this food blogger from Berlin… Tinder

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is often labelled as superficial and

it here). The fellow, understandably

that’s definitely not wrong. But if you

surprised, wrote back via FB and

think about what people do at clubs

one of the more serious infatuations

or parties if anything it’s a shocking

of my life ensued, as did a period of

parallel to »the real world«: You see

Facebook stalking, a sudden and very

an guy and you like what you see. If

un-amusing end and finally my de-

you manage to get his attention (i.e.

friending the young man in question.

get him to swipe your Tinder profile

This is what it has come to: finding

to the right) you have a chat. After

closure by de-friending someone

just a few sentences you will either

on a Social Media platform. But in

have lost interest or know you want

the digital world there is more than

more: either have a proper take or

one connection to cut: You have to

maybe even meet up. So like any good

delete phone numbers (which can be

start-up »scaling up through digital

tricky if you have a good memory for

innovation« Tinder picks up on offline

numbers) and tweets, clean out your

principles puts them on a technology

Spotify lists, archive pictures – the

platform and takes them to the max –

digital equivalent of a shoe box full of

quite literally given JUST HOW MANY

photographs and memories you might

men from my area are on Tinder.

bury in the garden. My »shoebox« is

So Tinder simplifies the process and

a small external hard drive the cable

increases opportunities compared to other digital communication options.

for which I keep in a separate place to keep myself from looking at the files

For instance: Some years ago, on an

too often!

equally unusual as unique whim I

But back to Tinder and the dates: I

added a guy on Facebook – encouraged

started using Tinder quite early on

by a friend who found all this quite

when a friend from London first raved

amusing – just because I thought his

about it. She said I just had to try it.

name was funny (it really is which

She herself found it hard to enjoy, by

makes it even sadder I cannot reveal

the way, because she is Indian and

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only allowed to date Indian guys all of whom you apparently can easily track down in London without the help of an app. But since I didn’t have any of these restrictions in Berlin…. I was

Today a relationship is well and truly over when you sign back on to Tinder. After swiping pictures to the

hesitant at first because I had read that

left and the right for a few weeks

Tinder was basically a heterosexual

though you might decide to delete the

version of the gay sex-app

Grindr

app again (your Digital Native loves

which is first and foremost used to

and hates the app on a daily basis

initiate sexual encounters. But my

respectively going back and forth

curiosity got the better of me and one

between enjoyment and thinking it

day I clicked on the icon in the app

just daft). One day a friend asked

store. After a rather uninspiring first

whether I had seen »HIS« profile on

date a few days later I quickly deleted

Tinder yet which said he was looking

the app again though. But as general

for »something new«. »HE« and I at

interest in Tinder grew and because

this time had re-established regular

I felt like going out and flirting I soon

contact and become what is most

changed my mind again and gave it

commonly referred to as »friends with

another try.

benefits«. So I was shocked by her

As for the cultural traps, they are not

announcement. A tub of champagne

a million miles from what my Indian

ice cream later I decided to sign back

friend had to deal with in London: If

up with the weird main objective to

you find a distant acquaintance on

see his profile. Three weeks later

Tinder the news will spread through

I still haven’t found it by the way –

your circle of friends like wildfire with

unfortunately, you can’t manipulate

reactions ranging from incredulous

the Tinder algorithm into showing you

excitement to negative connotations:

a particular person you would like to

»HE is on Tinder?!! Let me see!«

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Cruel fact of the digital world: At

I develop a proper crush and then

a good old-fashioned »analogue«

he won’t call? This is exactly what

party his aggressive courtship display

happened to me that day.

might not have been noticed at the

Another phenomenon spinning off

other side of the room but nowadays

Digital dating revolution is the number

it can easily be witness by any woman

of different levels of communication

in Berlin on Tinder....

which you are expected interact

I have obviously made my fair share

through. Meeting up and seeing

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and was kind enough to remind me of a previous match from which he could remember what I did for a living. I was impressed as Tinder dates in general do not tend to get off to a particularly witty or in any way emphatic start. He was Austrian, worked as a management consultant and asked

each other in real life isn't the only important thing. The move away from the – unfortunately rather crashprone – Tinder messenger is a big one. Will he add you on Facebook? Ask you to chat on Whatsapp? Or write an old-fashioned text message? Tweet? Depending on his choice of communication channel you will both make certain assumptions about each others behaviour and character.

what I was doing this dreary Sunday. So I thought ‘why not’ and we made a date for that afternoon.

I am finishing this article four weeks later on a Thursday night, in bed. A

I still get a little nervous on blind

lot has happened since my date with

dates. I was afraid he might be shorter

Austrian No. 1. I found a Tinder match

than me, dislike my accent or that we

who wanted to talk on the phone (!)

wouldn’t find anything to talk about.

and after three minutes had gotten

What we don’t tend to worry about is:

on my nerves so much I made up

What if this is going really well and

an excuse to hang up. The date we

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were supposed to make on the phone

a stale and flat routine. Everything

never happened. I had a pleasant

in moderations is a good idea – not

conversation about films and film

just in love matters. You can over-eat

festivals via iMessage, a lot of wine

chocolate even if you are found of it.

(with Austrian No. 2) and a ton of

I couldn’t really decide whether to end

office gossip.

this column on a sad or a happy note.

My Tinder experiences are in no way

I have actually met someone I ‘really

only negative ones. I got to go to great

like’ on Tinder in the meantime. But

restaurants with interesting people

as with so many things in life: it’s

and talk for hours. I learned new

complicated and involves feelings

things and discovered new topics and

ranging from heights of joy to depths

Kissed a couple of times.

of despair. :). What I learned from

I don't necessarily agree with fatalistic

Tinder, Facebook and Twitter: To be

articles and opinions about Tinder. Stories about bars and clubs that are full of men who aren’t looking for a steady relationship but just want to get you into bed, too. This should be noted is not is not specific to dating apps. I think the key is to stick to (oh, no, wait: I said no advice) ...a few select conversations in the future and make sure dating doesn’t become

more relaxed about meeting men. I am now also aware of another good thing: When I break up with someone all I need to do is click on the small icon showing the red flame and I am reminded how many more men are waiting out there. With any luck I’ll find the right one someday. And then it won’t matter whether it’s on Facebook, via Tinder, at a conference or at the park!

This was our first contribution to this topic around men and relationships in sisterMAG – should we continue working on topics like this in our future issues? What do you think? Tweet to @sister_mag #sisterMAGdating

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We start and end our day in the bedroom.

untidy closet not only makes for time

We spend and incredible amount of

consuming searches but can also be

time in this room so it deserves our

quite embarrassing when somebody

special attention. At least that’s the

get sees.

conclusion we at sisterMAG came to

That’s why we have dedicated the next

this February and in cooperation with our partner IKEA decided to bring order and beauty to the bedroom.

few pages to the presentation of clever storage solutions for all your clothes, belts and boots. With IKEA we found a

To many people the bedroom is not just

great partner who helped us with the

a room in which to relax and sleep – it‘s

big SPRING CLEAN Blogger Special.

where they store an incredible amount

You'll find many links to IKEA products

of things be it by choice or by necessity.

and ideas how to make them more

We want to help you streamline your

unique with our sisterMAG DIY ideas

storage. Keeping your storage spaces

on the following pages!

tidy let’s you find things easier and hence will save you precious time. An

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Ricarda from 23qm Stil advises sisterMAG staff member Laura

You sure clean up nice MALM & GODMORGON

DIY leather handles

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Luise from Kleinstadt Carrie

Declutter in style RIGGA & HYFS

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Hangers DIY

Marie from Little Years

Hidden Tidyness BRUSALI & HYFS

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A new apartment is of course the very best reason to reconsider the bedroom concept and create a space that is tailored to your specific needs. 23qm Stil’s interior expert Ricarda helped us analyze the contents of Laura’s wardrobe and create her »perfect« closet. This part showcases the power of the PAX line in combination KOMPLEMENT! Find useful tips for the perfect system in your wardrobe on the following pages!

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planning Get a good idea of what needs to be stored. What kind of closet space will it need? Should things hang or be folded? Do you prefer an open modular system or a closet with doors? Plan drawers, shelves and rails accordingly.

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go!

Narrow hangers instead of wooden ones Makes for more room on the rail.

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Transparency Glass-fronted drawers and see-through shelves make for an easier search.

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Divide Drawers Will help you to keep track and to prevent untidiness. There is a whole range of fabric and plastic dividers for the pull-out shelves in the KOMPLEMENT line.

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built-in lights Built-in lights will brighten up your wardrobe – literally – and make the selection of the perfect outfit that much easier, even in winter. We chose LINDSHULT spotlights for Laura’s place which shine their light down from the ceiling. Special detail: Thanks to the UTRUSTA control the dimming levels can be adjusted remotely.

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diversity Combine different storage systems like trouser hangers, shelves, drawers, baskets. This way every item will finds its perfect place.

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Luise describes her situation as follows: »I have a lot of shoes,

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planned a trip to Dresden in Saxony to help bring some order to the clothes rail, shoe shelf and jewellery box the »Kleinstadt Carrie« fashion blogger calls her own. Luise’s home is a room in a shared apartment and provided a special challenge to make the best of what little room was available. So we decided to go with the GODMORGON HEMNES

storage system for her

sideboard. The acrylic boxes

are ideal for beauty products – you’ll find the thing you need in the colour you need straight away!

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Always put empty hangers to one end of the rail. This does not only look neater it will be easier to

find

empty

hangers

quickly when you need them.

Sprinkle some gold dust on yo ur life: Mask the lower part of a BUMER ANG hanger with tape and cover the metal hook in gold spray paint. Le t dry thoroughly and remove the m asking tape.

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accessory

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were

developed with women in mind. It shows in their attention

to

storage

options for smaller items like jewellery, belts etc. Classy: The drawers and shelves

made

of

glass

provide an instant view into the closet.

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Does the box »just« fit under your bed? Then pimp your BRUSALI for easier sliding: Drill two holes at equal distance into the front of the box. Then just thread a string or thin rope through them and tie it together at the back – now the boxes will slide back and forth easily!

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Finding the right pair of shoes at the first go:

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simple! Just pin a Polaroid of each pair to the box in which you keep them. The windows in the walls of the boxes on the HYFS range make it even easier.

Matching colours: with a little acrylic paint knobs are easily individualized.

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writes

Pin­

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storage needs. So she decided to use the spaces often neglected: under the bed, under the closet, on top of the closet. Her special challenge: Nina‘s bed is quite low and ordinary boxes won’t fit under it. But the sisterMAG team got creative and used boxes from IKEA’s new HYFS range for her shoes and boots. The low boxes open at the front and hence make a perfect alternative to bed boxes and drawers. Plain surfaces can easily look cluttered with too many things lying around. The HEMNES sideboard shows how matching baskets and boxes help you use their full potential.

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One for the door to the street, one

of them turning off the engine

for your own front door; the mailbox,

mid drive. At least twelve people

the basement and the bicycle all

are thought to have died losing

got their own ones, too: most of us

control of their cars this way or

carry quite a handsome collection

as a result of an airbag that didn’t

of small metal tools around with

open because the ignition was off.

us on a key chain all day.

Move

Car keys should be kept separate in

into one of those modern places

any case to avoid a hefty key chain

tough in which every single lock is

striking your legs in a heavy brake.

operated by the same key and you’ll

Pieces of metal with jagged ends

soon feel something’s missing

have been used for thousands of

without a good dozen individual

years to keep one’s possessions

keys happily jangling away in your

save from unauthorised access.

trouser pocket or purse. So we

People as far back as those

go and buy a mascot, miniature

of

Rubik’s cube, tiny picture frame or

constructed mechanism to stop

any other kind of fob we can find to

strangers unbolting their doors.

add some weight back to the key

When leaving their house a person

chain. Car keys, however, are best

would slide several wooden pegs

not weighted down by other items

into countersunk holes in a block

on the same chain. A number of

of wood with a mounted bolt. In

fatal accidents between 2003 and

order to release the pegs and allow

2007 involving General Motors cars

the bolt to move again, a special

prompted

to

key, also made of wood, had to be

recall 1.6 million vehicles because

used. These so-called drop-latch

heavy key chains had made the car

locks were invented in the third

keys turn by themselves in some

millennium BC and are thought to

the

manufacturer

the

Akkadian

empire

have

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be the oldest locks in human history. In some regions of the world, notably Western Africa and the Faroe Islands, they are still in use today. In what is now Germany, another technique became popular: more than 2000 year old padlocks using a different approach have been discovered in what used to be a Celtic settlement near Manching close to the city of Ingolstadt. These consisted of two individual parts which were pressed together in order to engage the lock. 96

This allowed a hook on one of the parts to slide into a hole on the other part where it would be released and thereby holding both parts together. A key had to be used to tense the hook to slide it back up through the hole and separate the two parts of the lock again. Spring locks, as they are now called, are still very common today, mainly in Asia. The Romans, famous for their greed and conquering spirit, made the idea of securing doors, chests and trunks with locks extremely popular extremely quickly. Huge advances

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in iron production and processing gave this development an extra boost and led to the construction of a more sophisticated version of the original deadlock which would be the standard type of lock for centuries to come. These locks came in a metal box with a hole into which a key had to be inserted. Turning the key also turned cylinders inside the lock and slid pegs into or out of a door. These latch lifters were the first keys to resemble those we still use today for most doors inside a house. The characteristic teeth at the end of the key were necessary to ensure only the right key could bypass so-called wards, obstacles the Romans built into the locks for an unprecedented extra level of security. Key shapes were perceived as so aesthetically pleasing and attractive that many rich Romans had their keys fashioned into rings they could wear and which would immediately identify them to others as very wealth.

the latest fashion became popular

The idea of a key being more than a

manage it: It took professional lock

mere tool was revived in the Middle

opener Alfred Charles Hobbs 51

Ages. Ornate handles reflecting

hours spread over 16 days to defeat

and gave rise to the profession of the specialised locksmith. Decisive technical

advances,

however,

werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t made until the late 18th century

when

the

Englishman

Joseph Bramah brought a breath of fresh air to the craft. Bramah, a universal genius to whom we owe amongst other things the invention of the hydraulic press, beer pumps and the winter-proof water closet, used metal plates with distinctive groves for his locks. These groves were mirrored in the keys which had a star shape which pushed the metal pates inside the lock out of the way when sliding into the key hole. Only matching groves on both sides would allow the latch to move. Bramah had such faith in his lock that he offered a handsome cash sum to anyone who could open it without a key. 67 years after its invention (and when Bramah had been dead for 37 years) someone to

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Bramah’s lock. Due to comparatively

upwards in a way that will make the

high production costs, however, the

lines between the two parts of each

lock didn’t succeed in the end and

pin align allowing the key to turn

the technique was abandoned and

and open the lock. Yale’s invention

forgotten.

became the first mass produced

150 years ago, in 1865, Linus Yale Jr.

lock. What he had not considered,

invented the modern pin-tumbler

however, was that not every door

lock, the most widely used type of

always only needs to be locked

cylindrical lock today. A number of

from the outside and being able to

metal pins lined up in a row inside

operate the lock from the other side

the lock are pushed into the centre

might also be important. This can

by springs. These pins consist of

now be done thanks to an advanced

two parts, each of varying length.

mechanism developed by Sylvester

When the right key is inserted into

Wöhrle, an engineer working at

the lock its teeth will push the pins

Hahn AG near the German town

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of Kassel. In 1924 WĂśhrle filed a

It will be interesting to monitor

patent for a double cylinder lock

where the development of locks and

which could be operated from both

keys will lead. Maybe the toothed

sides with the same key. Another

bits of metal will be gone soon,

variety, which is increasingly more

replaced by transmitters in our

commonly employed today, is the

smartphones or watches that open

so-called dimple lock. Dimple lock

any kind of door much like some

keys do not have teeth but holes

car keys already in use. Or maybe

(or dimples) drilled into them â&#x20AC;&#x201C;

house keys will even be replaced

a difference thanks to which a

by finger scans. After all, it does

higher number of pins can be

seem strange that an antiquated

used inside the lock increasing the

device like a key should stay such

level security. For an extra layer of

an integral part of our technically

security holes might also be added

sophisticated modern world as long

to the sides of the key.

as it has. n

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After a long day out and about all you

you finally unearth the key and can

want to do is get home quickly. But

escape from the rain.

frantically rummaging through all

Many modern front door security

your jacket, trouser or skirt pockets desperately

trying

to

remember

where you last saw your key it slowly

systems make rummaging for your keys, a thing of the past.

Among

those without traditional keys code

begins to dawn on you: in the morning

entry and finger scan systems are

it slid into your bag for life and is now

most common but some also use

buried by a week’s worth of shopping.

transponder or chip keys. Security

Unless you’re able to just wave your

is paramount with any system and

wand and say »lohomora« the only

defeating burglars the ultimate goal,

way out is to work your way to the

but it’s equally important not to

very bottom of the bag – colonising

turn your house into a fortress. Any

the pavement with every last piece of

exterior door technology needs to

your shopping in the process - before

be easy to handle and offer good system

integration

measures

like

an

of

security

intercom,

a

camera, a touch pad or semi-public access via password all at the same time and still manage not to scare fingerprint sensor

away visitors. Setting up a video link between security stations on the inand outside is very helpful as pictures are automatically date and time stamped, stored and can be accessed later. When setting up the camera, special attention should be paid

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enough to actually see someone

lose: the door unlocks upon the

ringing the doorbell. An artificial

correct entry of a code into a keypad

light should also be installed so the

next to the handle. Extra layers

camera can be used in the dark.

of security ensure clever burglars

As

locking

wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be able to guess your code

even

from the level of wear on the keys

modern electronic locks use the

like you see them do in old spy films

same principle as their mechanical

or new Sherlock Holmes adventures.

counterparts. Instead of distinctive

Some models will allow you to enter

groves in keys they use a specific

a longer number that just contains

code on a card. So a kind of key is still

the actual code, some touchscreen

required to open the door but in case

versions are operated by placing

of a lost card both codes and card

the palm of your hand on them.

can be easily reprogrammed and

Even though you might not be able

there is no need to replace the entire

to lock yourself out in the traditional

security system. Transponders are

way anymore, forgetting your key

another popular option. The door is

code is still going to be unpleasant.

unlocked when a certain electronic

But the latest technology has even

signal from a transponder, usually

solved this problem: you can now

a card or a chip, is recognised.

get a finger scan lock for your front

Depending on the strength of the

door which will only let people pass

chip and the reader the transponder

if their biometric data matches its

will either need to be held right up to

records. You start by scanning your

the reader or might work from more

finger and the system reads the data

far

as

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the is

actual concerned

than six feet away.

and files a digital copy for future

Pin code locks get rid of all keys,

reference. This is by far the most

cards or anything else you might

expensive version available today,

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not for the faint hearted. But more comfort unlocking your front door is not all such apps have to offer. You can create temporary codes for

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visitors and will never again have to coordinate when and where best to meet to exchange keys. Some systems even offer the set-up of codes for service providers such as cleaners or dog walkers which will just work

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at a specific time on a specific day. The main tenant or administrator, i.e. you, can use the app to monitor who entered and left the house and when. The system also ties in well with other smart home systems you might already use to control the lights, the TV set or the radio remotely by app. All these option do share one common problem though: they all

within six feet of it will unlock the door. (Mumbling ÂťAlohomoraÂŤ while you do it is still enormously helpful if just to confuse passers-by or lighten your own mood.) There is a drawback though: Bluetooth usage is a strain on your battery so trying to make it

rely on battery operated devices or even need a power connection. Most providers claim they only require charging once a year but they all do provide mechanical keys to use in case of emergencies to switch off the entire system. Which is fine - as long as you happen to have them on you. n

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CORD POUCH DIY BY METTE FROM MONSTERSCIRCUS Start by cutting a leather cord and two identical pieces shaped like an ÂťUÂŤ.

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Add glue along the edges. Do not apply glue in the middle of the top, the cord goes here. Place the two layers on top of each other Tie the cord by folding one piece in half then thread through the key ring. Loop through and pull tight. Pull the cord through the top of the leather pouch. Tie the second key ring to the leather cord. The cord should be unable to be pulled out of a pair of scissors, fabric glue two key rings a scrap of leather.

the pouch but move easily. Put your cord in the key ring and pull the top key ring to store it in the cabel pouch.

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LEATHER TASSLES DIY VON SHANA LUTHER VIA BKST YLED three straight pins a VERY strong pair of scissors a swivel clip a ruler a fine tip sharpie

Lay fabric out flat and draw four straight lines (using ruler) to create a 12" x 4" rectangle. Then measure up 1.5 cm from the bottom and draw a horizontal line (see image above). Cut along the outside edge of the

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Take pins out and check fabric to make sure your lines are consistent. Thread loop handle through the swivel clip so that the better side is facing up toward the clip. Set aside. Add glue along the top edge of your rectangle (above the sharpie line) and try to coat as evenly as possible. Begin rolling from one end to the other and incorporate one end of the loop strap after the first roll. 110

Add more glue, roll again, and incorporate the other end of the loop strap. Add some more glue and roll the rest of the way. Make sure you have plenty of glue at the edge. Place tassel down on top of the tassel tie and tie a double knot as tight as you can around the top. Trim tassel, tie edges at an angle to the length of your choice and, voila, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re done!

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First, make the knot. Using dyes or watered down acrylic paints, dye metre long lengths of yarn in whatever colours you like. (I like the bright ones.) Wrap the (dried) yarn around your hand three times, then wrap around the middle of these three times. (See picture) Thread the yarn around the second three strands in the middle of the original three. (Whoa, getting complex now. Follow the pictures) Starting at the top, pull the loops through to tighten the knot. Pull the

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loop furthest away from the end of the cord and work towards the end pulling all the cords through. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made a video tutorial of the whole process that I think helps with this technique.You can see that here Trim the ends and glue to keep them secure. Now you can make the key chain, just tuck in the shorter end of the knot. Cut off 1 in from the other length of cord and glue the end into a bell closer cord end. Leave this to dry and attach to a key ring using a large jump ring.

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PAINTED BEADS D I Y BY V E R A F R O M NICEST THINGS

3 wooden beads

Use a pencil to easily lift and handle the

pencil

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leather cord, appr. 30-40 cm long keyring markers suited for drawing on wood in the colour of your choice acrylic paint in the colour of your choice paint brush masking tape

the beads, for example chevron, polka dots, stripes... Use masking tape to create a straight border around the equator of the third bead and paint half of it with acrylic paint. Let the beads dry, simply leave them on the pencils and place in a jar. Once completely dried remove the masking tape. Fold the leather cord in half and place the thus created loop behind the keyring. Pull the other ends of the cord through the loop tying the leather cord to the keyring. Thread the wooden beads on both ends of the leather cord und secure everything with a dobble knot.

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The turning of a key will not only open heavy gates and portals but also the doors to unfamiliar worlds and secret realms. Keys grant access to those who hold them, distinguishing a privileged holder, who has the ability to both visit, leave and lock a place – be it a bursting larder, the office of a head of state or someone’s garage. A key restricts access for some and bestows a privilege onto those who hold one. A key symbolises power. The sound it makes when locking or unlocking a door is distinctive. Historically locks were opened with ceremony, as complicated crafted multi-part mechanical systems resounded with a musicality that was unique to each door. In myth entering portals takes on the fantastical, requiring additional artistic ability sliding bolt locks with elaborate knots as described in Homer’s Odyssey. Today cylinder locks barely emit a sound, or instead we hear a generic beep as we swipe a card or open a pin operated door. But we still use keys all the time. We take care of them, hiding them

in a shoe when travelling, storing an extra one under a flowerpot or on the window ledge for our closest family members to find in a crisis. Keys are still a large part of our daily lives just like smartphones and credit cards. It follows therefore that keys also feature heavily in Western art. Common in Western art and more particularly Christian iconography keys often represent the keys to the kingdom of heaven that were given to St. Peter by Christ. To this day in Catholicism the clergy holds the power over the content of faith (»power of the keys«). This is figuratively represented by the ceremonial handing-over of the key to the first Apostle, the socalled »Donatio clavis«. The keys also feature on the Vatican’s coat of arms. A gold key signifying that the power reaches to heaven and a silver key to signify that it extends to all the faithful on earth. The blades, which appear on the coat of arms, are often depicted cut in the shape of a cross that bares the letters S and R, »Sacerdotium« and »Regnum« (priesthood and reign). The handing-over of keys has been a

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topic in art history from an early date, even if it often lacked an actual key. Depictions of the hand-overs can be found in apse decorations of the Santa Costanza church in Rome, depictions that date back to the second half of the 4th century. It features in the Gospel Pericopes of Henry II, which are thought to have been created between 1007 and 1012 for the consecration of Bamberg cathedral, the twelve Apostles with Peter in front are shown receiving the keys. The description of the coronation itself picks up on the topic again: Henry II is shown as being crowned by Christ. Peter is standing behind the emperor holding the keys on which several letters of his name »PER« have been engraved. In

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addition to the insignia of worldly power, globe and sceptre, the emperor also receives a divine mission and Christian duties. In the 15th century, Renaissance artists devote their artistic abilities to the same topic. Pietro Perugino’s fresco in the Sistine Chapel (1481 – 82) is one of its most prominent examples. Keys symbolise power, guardianship and knowledge even outside of Christian art. The possession of extensive and secret knowledge was something people wanted to convey through heraldry and keys often appear on crests and coats. Careful examiners of 17th century still life paintings will be able to find the odd key next to more common vanitas symbols, such as empty glasses, mollusc shells and snuffed candles. Here it symbolises the supremacy of


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Coat of arms of the Vatican Unlike the arrangement ­ of the keys in the pope's coat of arms, the silver key here is in the right hand position.

the household, the housewife who takes care of the food and guards the rations. As a guardian of material things she is a curator of items, just as temporary and transient as herself and the key symbolises the connected vanity, in the sense of »futility« as it was then understood, of all worldly things and thus supports the still life’s general statement. Moralising on the transience of life it stirs the onlooker’s melancholy feelings, a »memento mori«. The lifeless objects and their symbolic meaning let the observer reflect on their own anonymity

and flowers creates a truth of nature

Jan Davidsz. de Heem’s painting of a richly laid table at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna invites the beholder to feast their eyes and senses on an excessive arrangement composed to offer maximum indulgence. The Dutch school’s preeminent painter of fruits

sticking from its keyhole – is a steady

with common still life elements. The parrot as well as the expensive drinking vessels and precious drapes, evoke an air of luxury capturing this specific moment in a setting and landscape visible to the right. Soon the over-ripe fruits will rot, the oysters will go off and the parrot will squawk. As a creature capable of repeating phrases back, but not of understanding them, it is ultimately as devoid of speech as the picture itself – a mere presence in this moment, an echo of a vain person. The blue box – with a key on a key chain and immoveable part of the scene. Again the keys build a bridge to the obscure, to what is hidden from view behind a lock inside this box, which seems so indifferent and uninvolved. What might it be hiding?

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LIFE IN TAIPEI Three years ago my boyfriend and me moved from our home country Holland to Kuwait and after Kuwait we moved to Taiwan. Ever since we arrived here in Taipei I have developed a love and a little bit of a hate relationship with this city. Don't get me wrong, Taipei must be the most peaceful and safe Asian city I have ever lived in. I love its people, I cherish its food and I love the peacefulness that this city seems to breathe. But I really dislike its summers. The long months of unearthly hot temperatures and the inevitable airconditioning way of life that turns everyone into a sunavoiding vampire that only comes out when the sun is completely vanished (or is it only me?). Winters are best here in Taipei, which allows me and everyone else to truly enjoy what this city has to offer. On the next page you will find three examples of how people in Taipei have somehow found their key to wellbeing in everyday life.

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TEA, MORE THAN JUST A COMFORT DRINK Jioufen Teahouse | 142 Jishan Street, Ruifang District | New Taipei City

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With the winter gently passing over, the best way to truly experience Taiwan is by visiting one of the many teahouses up on the mountains. With a winter temperature at a comfortable 18 degrees, the fresh breeze of the mountain wind, the winter sun, sipping warm tea while traditional music is playing gently in the background, it's almost like life doesn't get any better than this. Up on the mountains and surrounded by the sea is the small village of Jioufen. This small town was a centre of gold mining during the Japanese era. In the 1930s Jioufen was so flourishing it was known as â&#x20AC;şLittle Shanghaiâ&#x20AC;š. This old village is rich in decorative old teahouses, Japanesestyle homes and traditional narrow lanes.

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Back and far hidden in the village is a beautiful teahouse. It's name: â&#x20AC;şJioufen Teahouseâ&#x20AC;š, as you might have guessed. The owner claims that his teahouse is a 90 year old building and that is was the first teahouse in Jioufen. It serves a broad selection of teas like Oriental Beauty and High Mountain Black Tea. There is indoor

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and outdoor seating, which makes it very hard to decide where to drink your tea. I choose the outdoor garden, because of the amazing view you can enjoy and the perfect weather of that particular day. A teapot is placed in the middle of your table, kept warm by glowing charcoals and your teapot will be filled with fresh hot water every 20 minutes. So you can have endless teas, while enjoying the view, until late after dark. 133

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Many locals visit teahouses during the weekend and bring their friends or family. They wander around the mountains and small mountain villages, have long tea breaks in teahouses, endless chats and relax their way through the day.

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A RETREAT IN THE CITY THE LONGSHAN TEMPLE Longshan Temple | 211 Guangzhou Street, Taipei

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Religion is a very important part of life in Taiwan. Seven days a week the Longshan Temple in Taipei is packed with worshippers gathering, praying and chanting in a hypnotic way. The best time to visit the temple to experience this, is every morning at 6 am, 8 am and 5 pm. The Longshan Temple dates back to 1738. The story goes that a passer-by left an amulet of Guanyin (goddess of mercy) hanging on a tree on the site of the present temple and the amulet shone so brightly, even in the dark, that all those who passed by knew the site was blessed. Nearly three centuries later the spot still gives a certain warmth.

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Like many temples in Taiwan, the Longshan Temple is multi denominational. Along the back wall are several bays containing different gods, like the patron of scholarly pursuits, the god of military pursuits and business people. The goddess Matsu, located in the centre of the temple, provides for the safe return of travellers by sea or land. Sometimes you will see someone throwing red coloured, moon shaped blocks up in the air, looking at it while they fall down on the floor. These blocks are 138

known as ›Jiaobei blocks‹ or ›moon blocks‹ and are used to receive an answer to a question asked by that particular person throwing the blocks in the air. There are four possible answers that the blocks can give: a divine answer (yes), an angry answer (no), a laughing answer (no; the gods are laughing at the question or the gods laugh at the person who is asking the question because they know he or she already knows the answer) or a standing answer (the gods do not understand the question).

on. They might be dealing with problems in their relationship, problems at work or when a relative is sick. Couples will come to pray to the gods when they have problems having a baby or businessmen who seek advice about a certain business deal.

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problem that's haunting their minds, they still visit the temple to say thanks or enjoy it as a welcoming retreat. Like me, I like to visit the temple's square during off peak hours and just sit on the stairs to enjoy the silent and spiritual vibe the temple offers right in the middle of the city.


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EATING WELL Addiction Aquatic Development | No. 18, Alley 2 | Lane 410 | Minzu East Road | Zhongshan District, Taipei City

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Taiwanese people know how important it is not only to feed your body well, but also that good food is best for the soul. It is very hard to find bad quality food here in Taipei. The quality of meat is something I had never experienced before. And I have eaten in many good places before! Taiwanese cuisine itself is often associated with influences from mid to southern provinces of Mainland China. A Japanese influence also exists due to the period when Taiwan was under Japanese rule.

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There is one special place in Taipei: It is a fish market, supermarket, indoor and outdoor

restaurant

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one. This place could be compared to Japan's Tsukiji Fish Market but on a much more affordable rate. The entrance is to the left into the fish market section. It's not scary and smelly but it's very open, clean and organized with large tanks for different fish, shellfish and

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Salmon and fresh oysters can be found in the rows of fridges that offer more than I just listed.

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Once you passed the fish tanks you enter the sushi bar area and the rows and rows of sashimi, Japanese and Taiwanese liquors, fruits, vegetables and Japanese ceramics in the supermarket area. Fruit smoothies and fresh coconuts are available outside, close to the bbq garden. Hundreds of Taiwanese people come here to feast during lunch or dinner time. A good meal that is not only delicious, a feast for the eye and also healthy and nutritious is probably one of the most important factors that makes a good day in Taipei.

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Wellbeing is an omnipresent current trend: spas, health clubs and dedicated hotels are growing in number. Health and personal hygiene are more important now than they have ever been. But the idea of taking care of one’s wellbeing is not a new phenomenon – in one form or another this has been around for thousands of years.

to r y A BRIEF HISTORY OF WELLNESS AND THE ORIGINS OF TODAY'S SPA TREND Text: Laura Glabbatz The etymology of the word spa is not clear. It might be a Latin acronym for Sanus Per Aquam which means »health through water«. And then there’s the Belgian town of Spa which even in Roman times was famous for its medicinal springs. Here’s a short history of what has developed into the cultural phenomenon around spas and wellbeing we know today. ~800-500 B.C.

Ancient Greece

The roots of today’s health culture go back to Ancient Greece. Regular trips to thermal bathing establishments weren’t just part of the personal hygiene

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ritual but also provided a chance to do business and discuss political issues. Hippocrates, the founder of medicine and science, researched ways to increase personal wellbeing even back then. His thoughts and pearls of wisdom still hold true today, »running is man‘s best medicine« being just one of them. Were he around today, the famous physician of Ancient Greece would probably be a sought-after life & health coach. The medicinal bath of Epidaurus is the most famous venue of the time and still an important cultural site today, since 1988 it has been a UNESCO world heritage site. 152

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Ancient Roman Baths

Rome’s Aqua Appia was the ancient world’s first water supply on a grand scale. It facilitated the establishment of spas for up to 1.000 people. A daily visit to the spa was a common occurrence in a Roman citizen’s schedule. Much like in Ancient Greece, baths weren’t just a place for personal hygiene but also an important social platform where deals were made and relationships were maintained. Typical parts of a Roman bath included the changing rooms (apodyterium), a dry sweating room (laconicum), a hot plunge bath (caldarium), a warm room (tepidarium) and a cold bath (frigidarium).

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Cleopatra’s health & beauty regime

The Egyptians also developed their own beauty rituals in ancient times with Cleopatra’s nightly bath in donkey’s milk its most famous myth. The queen developed a regime using the means available at the time to promote her own health, focussing on skin care aimed at maintaining a youthful look. The lactic acid in donkey’s milk is said to smooth and balance the skin. ~1000 A.d.

Middle Ages

In the Middle Ages medicinal baths and health rituals were all but forgotten. Skin care was even frowned at. People rarely washed themselves and used ash instead of soap.

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The rebirth of thermal bath rituals

Crusaders returning home from the Arabic world played a big role in the comeback of bathing rituals. Sovereigns and senior clerics built their own baths based on Oriental models. But the spreading of the plague put a damper on the bath Renaissance: fearing infection people forwent communal baths.

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Health awareness and regimens

Baths became increasingly regular rituals again. The first types of complete health regimens were introduced including hydrotherapy as pioneered by Bavarian priest Sebastian Kneipp. Slowly but steadily an awareness for a connection between nutrition, psychological and mental wellbeing and physical health was raised. The movement around health and wellbeing as

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we know it today began in the 1970s. The first socalled Wellness Centre in the United States opened in California in 1975, founded by a Dr. Travis. As a student at Johns Hopkins, Travis had developed a concept in cooperation with the National Health Service which he referred to as his sickness-wellness-continuum. 154

This defined health not merely as the absence of illness but also took aspects of psychological and emotional health into consideration. During the 1980s many new concepts of wellbeing developed. In addition to health aspects, cosmetic procedures and services were introduced. Hotels started to add spas as well. The Deutsche Wellness Verbands (»German wellness association«) was founded in 1990. today

In today’s fast-paced society and in times of continuous availability a new focus on holistic

health is emerging. The people’s interest in and desire for wellbeing, healthy living, alternative medicine and beauty and skin care is unbroken. New concepts and services are added on a daily basis. The goal as always is to maintain and even increase a person’s

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KEY TO WELLBEING Could the key to relaxation be a trip to the spa? This question kept popping up at editorial meetings in preparation for this issue. So on the next few pages you will read about three bloggers‘ very different self-experiments in the matter. It will make you want to grab your robe and head straight for the next spa.

e r s pa 1st experience – BERLIN: text and photos by HANNA – FOXY CHEEKS

»A hotel shouldn’t look like home but feel like home.« This motto has served beauty blogger Hanna well in her search for destinations. While allowing for each venue’s own preferences in interior design there remain some luxuries which are non-negotiable to Hanna: »a large bathroom, a huge bed and crisp bed linen …«

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»When my boyfriend and I plan weekend trips we always make sure to pick a place with a spa, but so far it was not our main priority on city breaks. Until now that is – after staying at »Hotel am Steinplatz« we may well be changing our minds. Their beautiful oasis of wellbeing above the roofs of Berlin offers a sauna, massages and other treatments. The individual treatment rooms are named after celebrities from days gone by. The very icons who used to frequent the famous ›Volle Pulle‹ bar (on which the hotel was founded). The Romy Schneider Express 158

for example is a 20 minute massage. The luxurious boutique hotel originally opened its doors in 1913. Exactly 100 years later it opened them again to a refurbished version of itself. Located in West Berlin close to the busy Ku'damm, it's the bright rooms and the especially generous laid-out spa that make it easy for visitors to really shut out the hustle and bustle of the capital: Day light in every single room makes this spa particularly bright and warm and compliments its tasteful Scandinavian interior design.« […] »Mani- and pedicures are also on the menu: A perfect way to treat yourself while he works up a sweat in the gym overlooking Berlin or checks out the special offers for men, including both treatments and skin care lines.«

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with particular magnificence. The full green pastures dotted with white deckchairs and the small stretch of white sandy beach right outside the commanding art nouveau structure of the Schlössli wing (little palace wing) set the perfect scene for lazy hours of sunbathing.« Travel blogger Anita has dedicated many of her entries on Travelita to those enchanting moments when landscape, hotel and activities blend into a unique holiday experience, be it on an adventure trip, an educational outing or a relaxing getaway. In June of 2014 Anita took her readers on a trip to the Riviera of Central Switzerland: the small village of Weggis in the constituency of Lucerne: »We’re at the Park Weggis to take advantage of all the spa’s offerings, so we don’t waste any time in our rooms after checkin. […] Extra-soft robes at the ready, we make for the spa area. The original Hotel Bellevue first opened in 1875 and has kept developing and reinventing itself to form the »Sparkling Resort« guests can appreciate

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today. The spa area itself is located in a new part of the building adjacent to the original structure. Six individual cottages promise an exclusive and private premium spa experience. For the next two hours we will excuse ourselves from the world (there is no mobile reception in these cottages) and relax. Bubble baths, feature showers, Kneipp facilities and a water bed – I feel overwhelmed and can’t decide where to begin. I start with five minutes of bubble bath which initiate the relaxation process followed by a nap on the water bed after which I feel extremely comfortable.«

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But Anita not only details the spa offering at Weggis, judging from her comments on the carefully selected menu and the exquisite wine list these alone warrant a visit. »The next morning picks up right where the night left off – with a breathtaking view of the mountains. We wake up early and watch the sun kiss one peak after the other good morning […]. This region also boasts a huge variety of destinations for daytrips. We definitely felt right at home at Weggis and enjoyed every single minute of our stay. […] Weggis is known for its mild climate, so why not consider swapping the Mediterranean for Lake Lucerne next time you plan a trip?«

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to have other things on your mind. But that stops now! :) Or will pause every now and then… :) The hour I took off a few days ago has given me a lot of extra energy which comes in handy in the daily routine with the baby. So I made my way to the Beauty Lounge & Little Spa in Bad Godesberg. […] My objective was to achieve pure and deep relaxation and so I had booked a scented-oil massage. I have had massages before and I was looking forward to a relaxing hour. But the proper relaxation ritual to which I got treated took me quite by surprise! […] The experience started on a comfy soft chair rather than on a bench – with bare legs and feet. My legs were covered in a soft blanket, while my feet were immersed in a golden bowl

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PHOTOS Cristopher Santos

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STYLING Patricia Heck

MODEL Isabella Steyer-Mader

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house and would rather spend the weekend at home relaxing in a cozy outfit can still do so and instead use professional products for the care of their hands and feet:

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Silky and soft on the surface it is the manifestation of these elegant mahogany tone. In its heart it is deep red and dark and invites you to dream.

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A particularly beautiful colour, because only at second glance, it develops its individuality. A low key beige flirts with nude shades and shines glorious in the finish.

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For sisterMAG N°17 we sent our author Katherine Sacks to the Essie flagship salon in New York City to undergo the original spa experience and tell us all about it.

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Although many women are familiar with the classic colors and cheeky magazine promos of Essie nail polish, it’s only the in-the-know devotees that are aware the nail beauty brand is named after founder Essie Weingarten herself. And even fewer have had the chance to experience the Essie brand personally in the company’s New York City flagship salon.

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Stepping down a few stairs into the ground level Upper East Side salon – an extension inside Weingarten’s long time stand-by Samuel Shriqui Salon – you turn a corner and are in the Essie world. The simple white space is adorned with a gallery-like wall of hundreds of vibrant Essie polishes, along with an alcove of several pristine manicure stations outfitted with comfortable leather love seats (dyed to match some of the brand’s most popular colors like Bahama Mama, Coral Reef, and Status Symbol). The staff is friendly and attentive – offering beverages like sparkling water and cappuccinos; helping with coats and shoes – and it’s obvious why many of the salon’s customers are regulars. The woman sitting next to me has been going to the salon for 25 years – nearly as long as Weingarten! – and praised it for being »so professional.« 194

My manicure starts with a hand massage using a luxurious mint crème that helps soothe and moisturize the skin. Furthering this mission, my fingertips are then dipped into warmed lotion, the perfect antidote to the winter’s drying damage. After a short but thorough cleaning and trimming of the nails and cuticles, my fingers are ready for polish. My technician, a helpful and sweet woman named Rosa, suggests the bright red A-LIST-polish (#55), and it turns out to be a stunning color. (The salon also offer’s Weingarten’s signature manicure featuring her go-to hues.) After two carefully applied coats, Rosa finishes my nails off with the GOOD TO GO-topcoat. With my pretty red nails – gleaming thanks to the restorative lotion and shiny topcoat – I feel like I’ve truly joined the »girl’s club« of Essie and am ready to hit the nearby boutiques for a day of shopping in real style.

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HEAD MANICURIST ESSIE FLAGSHIP SALON

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Samuel Shriqui Salon has been open since 1996 with the Essie Flagship Salon expansion in June 2012. Our clientele consists of the »who is who« of NYC and around the world. We never divulge our clientele and always respect their privacy. And that is why they love us even more. What do you enjoy about working there?

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for spring and summer season. She loves her nails to always be well done. How long have you been Essie’s manicurist? For 28 years!

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Do you have any tips for women using Essie products or suggestions for what they should ask for at their own salon?

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My manicure suggestion is to use sensitive base coat on the nail tips and millionaire base coat over. I also recommend using cuticle oil daily at home (the Essie cuticle pen is an easy essential to carry in your purse). Can you tell us about the new hand scrub and hand lotion?

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The hand scrub softens your hands and exfoliates dead skin, leaving you hands looking radiant and ready for a fabulous Essie manicure. Can you explain what ÂťEssie SpaÂŤ is? What does spa mean for you?

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Essie Spa is the ultimate treatment. It's the combination of all Essie products including soaking, exfoliating, removing the polish, polishing and applying the top coat. What is the best-selling product?

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Essie Apricot cuticle oil and the Good To Go top coat.

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FRUITARIAN CRUCIAL NUTRIENTS FOR A FRUITARIAN DIET

Fruitarians take it one step further than vegans: Not only do they not want to kill animals and use them for food production, even plants may not be destroyed to yield food. Only if the removal of the fruit will not impede the further growth and life of a plant, it may be harvested.

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So what does that leave on the menu? Fruits, nuts, fruiting vegetables like cucumbers, aubergines, sweet peppers and pumpkins. Some frutarians will even only eat these once they have fallen from the plant by themselves. Pulses (like peas, beans and lentils) are also consumed. Leafy, tuber and root vegetables are not eaten as harvesting those will destroy the plant. This includes lettuce, carrots, celery root, beet root, onions and leek. Most fruitarians will, however, eat grain arguing that the corn stalk will die anyway once the seeds have matured. There is the risk of consuming too little energy (i.â&#x20AC;&#x2030;e. too few calories). The severely limited food selection makes it hard to provide the body with a sufficient amount of energy.

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Raw foodists eat mainly or only raw foods, i. e. food is not heated (fried, baked, boiled, cooked or pasteurised). A maximum heating point of 40°C is often quoted. There are vegetarian and vegan raw foodists as well as those consuming animal products like raw meat, raw fish, raw eggs or raw milk but also cold smoked meat or fish. The diet mainly contains of raw fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds. Like veganism, raw foodism is a current trend giving rise to innovative and sophisticated recipe ideas available in many new cook books and on the internet. Vegan raw foodists face the same challenges in supplying the body with a sufficient amount of certain nutrients as detailed for veganism in sisterMAG N°16

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FOODBORNE INFECTIONS Boiling or frying food will kill potential germs. Consuming raw food therefore increases the risk of food-borne infections. Thanks to high hygiene standards throughout Europe, raw fruit and vegetables can be eaten safely, provided they have been washed. When it comes to meat and fish, however, extremely high quality standards will have to be applied, like only buying sushi-quality fish. Turkey carries a high risk of salmonellae and should never be eaten raw. Pork should also only be consumed when thoroughly cooked. On holiday, especially in hot countries with lower hygiene standards, the Âťcook it, peel it or forget itÂŤ-rule should be observed and raw meat or fish avoided.

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TEETH UNDERWEIGHT Depending on how many foods are cut from a diet, raw foodists are at risk of weight loss potentially leading to being underweight. Eating a lot of nuts, avocados and raw grains can help counteract this risk.

There is a study showing a higher risk of tooth decay on a raw food diet. This is thought to be due to a higher intake of fruit acids (making it a similar risk for fruitarians). Acidic fruits, like apples and grapefruits, should be consumed in moderation only. Brushing your teeth right after eating fruit should also be avoided as this can damage the tooth enamel.

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INFORMATION Energy and nutrient requirements are much higher than usual during a pregnancy and while breast feeding. Fruitarians and raw foodists have a limited choice of foods and therefore limited sources for nutrients. A lack of nutrients can have a severely negative impact on a childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health. Being a fruitarian or raw foodist AND pregnant is a huge challenge and many nutritionists think either diet unsuitable for pregnant and breastfeeding women as well as children. Others, however, are confident that under the guidance of a competent nutritionist, with regular check-ups on nutrient levels and as long as necessary supplements are taken, a diet is possible. This should not be tackled alone though! The risk of a lack of nutrients for both mother and child is far too high.

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RECIPES Juliana from C U L I N A RY D OT S

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For our recipe feature about RAW FOOD we worked with Juliana from the blog and catering services CulinaryDots from Berlin. Her catering service provides food for birthday parties, weddings or other occasions. All Berliners and Berlin visitors can find her on the organic market on Kollwitzplatz on Thursdays! Her cake creations are definitely worth a visit to the market! sister-mag.com


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Cut the cauliflower (2 heads) in two and grate using a kitchen aid or grater. Then marinade in some salt, curry and one clove of garlic. Spread the rice evenly on a Teflex sheet and dehydrate at 40 degrees for one hour. You may also season the rice using turmeric and ginger to taste.

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Red pepper cut into thin strips (2 bell peppers)

Place a Nori leave on a makisu with the rough side facing up.

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Mango cut into thin strips

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4 cups coconut flesh (green coconuts) 1 cup lime juice 3/4 cup coconut oil, melted 3/4 cups agave syrup Pulp of one vanilla pod

Blend everything using a Vitamix making sure to add the oil (heated at 40 degrees) last. Instead of the 4 cups of coconut flesh, soaked cashews or almonds can be used. Decorate using raw vegan marzipan flowers.


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1 cup cashews soaked overnight

1 tbsp lemon juice

2 cups water

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2 tsp psyllium 1 tsp dried Italian herbs

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Put all ingredients in the Vitamix and blend until evenly combined. Pour the mass ideally in a small round bowl and leave it to set overnight in the fridge .

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500 g cherry tomatoes Cut vegetables into thin 3 red onions Sliced 500 g red pepper

slices and dehydrate in dehydrator at 40 degrees about 10 hours

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2 cups ground almonds

1 cup sun-dried tomatoes 1 cup fresh basil 2 tbsp olive oil 1 cup water

Each dried 1 teaspoon rosemary,

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basil, thyme

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Give all ingredients in a food processor and blend to a paste. Put it on a Teflexsheet and form it into a pizza crust.

Process everything in the Vitamix until you get a solid spreadable tomato cream. Pour it onto the pizza crust and distribute all the toppings on it.

Allow to dry for 6-8 hours in the food dehydrator at 40 degrees.

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3 cups of cashew nuts

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2 cups of almond milk

Combine soaked cashews and almond

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milk in a Vitamix and puree into a

3/4 cup agave syrup Pulp of one vanilla pod Pinch of salt

smooth and creamy paste. Add the remaining ingredients finishing with the melted coconut oil and cocoa butter making sure the oil

1/2 cup of raw cocoa butter

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1/4 cup coconut oil

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700 ml beetroot pulp 1 chopped onion 2 cloves of garlic 280 g sunflower seeds 1/2 cup ground flaxseed golden 60 ml lemon juice

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Juice 3-4 beetroot tubers and keep the pulp. Mix the beet pulp with the garlic cloves in a food processor and gradually

add all the spices and herbs - and at the very end the sunflower seeds.

Form golf ball-sized Falafel balls out of the mix and roll them in sesame seeds.

Mix well until you obtain a mouldable mass.

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1 large beetroot tuber 2-3 celery sticks 1 chopped onion 3 tbsp psyllium 4 tbsp golden ground flaxseed 1/2 tsp sea salt 1 1/2 cups water 1 handful of husked sesame

Put the beetroot with celery and onion in a food processor. Mix thoroughly.

Let the mixture set for about 15-20 minutes to allow the flax seed and psyllium to absorb the water. Afterwards distribute the mass onto a Teflex paper about an inch thick. Sprinkle the surface with peeled sesame and allow to dry 7-8 hours in the dehydrator. After that you can cut the wraps into desired shape. Stay fresh 2-3 days at room temperature.

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In honor of the third anniversary of sisterMAG the ­ female

editorial staff of COP dared to step in front of the

camera (or were rather forced before the camera lens of ­

photographer Zoe Noble by Thea). The task: Decoding of

dress codes that you all have seen on invitations to a ball, a ­ garden party or wedding: Formal, Cocktail or

Casual. Sandra, Laura, Toni, Corissa and Thea interpreted ­ together with Max Rünzel – a good friend of the magazine – these codes for you.

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Dress code business â&#x20AC;&#x201C; or office attire in general â&#x20AC;&#x201C; is the focus of this issue (more inspiration on page 300 }). What holds true: The higher the position within the hierarchy of a traditional company, the darker the colours worn.

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Women either dress in suit or a very classic pantsuit. Our versions are a little unusual, especially with the open shoulder and could also be a good choice for an evening event.

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Casual actually means Âťfree & easyÂŤ. Smart leisurewear is the motto here. But please don't come in leggings or sweatpants (except the jogging pants are made of silk :).

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He wears jeans and a shirt, jacket or even a polo shirt. The tie can be omitted here. The principle »no brown in town« does not apply to this dresscode. Even brown shoes or jackets are allowed!

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tails ndra For men, this means an outfit appropriate to type: sporty with a certain elegance. A longsleeved shirt without a tie in combination with chinos made of solid cotton (jeans only in exceptional cases). Even lace-up shoes can be foregone at a pinch.

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The dress code Cocktail originates in the USA. A dress code to rejoice, because the actual wardrobe selection is rather easy â&#x20AC;&#x201C; evening chic yet casually. Stylish but not overdressed. Frequently seen at garden parties, concerts and gallery openings. Less is more! A cocktail dress, which ends at the knee, combined with earrings and high heels (preferably closed) and skin-coloured tights. NO-GO: jeans or denim skirt, fishnet stockings, etc.

An elegant suit in dark grey, midnight blue or charcoal combined with a white long-sleeved shirt. A tie should be worn. Most suitable footwear are black leather shoes.

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A look often required for business events, which ought not to be interpreted as casual. A dark suit, tie and dark shoes are definitely necessary. It could even mean a tuxedo as we show in our example. For her it is either the little black dress or a simple long dress.

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THEA & MAX Not everyone owns a tailcoat or a cut, because the big gala outfit with cummerbund or white vest is not often required. However, those with an invitation to a formal wedding or a state reception should wear Formal or even the Âťevening dressÂŤ.

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A short history of satirical cartoons

text: Elisa von Hof

We get the word caricature from the Italian verb »caricare« which means »to overdo« or »to overcharge«. The history of its graphic manifestation, satirical cartoons, is as varied and multi-faceted as the history of art itself. A full-time university chair could spend a career compiling a short summary of the most important characters and eras. But there is

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From left to right: Drawing of the stratosphere explorer Auguste Piccard by Willem van Schaik (1937), the caricature of the French Revolution shows the clergy and nobility carried by the Third Estate (1789), Isaac Cruikshank shows the introduction of control hair powder as a base for social debates of the Wig support (1759)

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one characteristic and one intention

it took the development of new printing

that all satirical cartoons share: an

procedures and other advancements

immediate reference to society that

of the late Middle Ages for cartoons to

bears witness to our history.

become a wideâ&#x20AC;&#x2018;spread phenomenon

Cartoons donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t appear in art history

accessible

until late antiquity when vases and

copperplate and wood engravings

murals were adorned with small

of the 14th century. The availability

graphic jokes: Many of the first critical

of paper and moveable type printing

and satirically-comic sketches were

as pioneered by Gutenberg added to

discovered in the ruins of Pompeii. But

their success.

to

the

masses,

like

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FLTR: Gian Lorenzo Bernini drew a caricature of an Italian gentlemen (1632), already in the time of Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci drew different portraits as caricatures (around 1490). This drawing of Bernini shows the cardinal Scipion Borghèse in full profile, which was quite unconventional in those times. It rather reminds the viewer of Bernini's studies and clearly differentiates it from other portraits (1632).

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But the sketches still lacked the

prevalent in political satire today. He

artistic finesse and biting satirical

set his strokes in just the right place

tone we appreciate today. These

to highlight small imperfection and

were perfected in Italy during the

faults in the person portrayed. The

Renaissance – as were so many of

polymath‘s favourite subject: Pope

the fine arts that define our society

Innocent XI. Even many centuries on

today. Leonardo Da Vinci (1452–1519)

the previously unparalleled level of

himself, working in Florence, the

ruthlessness captures the beholder.

cradle of Renaissance art and science,

The Roman artist Pierre Leone Ghezzi

created satire by capturing grotesque

(1674–1755) also owes his celebrity to

and malformed representations of

the audience’s taste for the graphical

human bodies on paper. The transition

exposure of other people’s faults. With

from the Renaissance to the Baroque

his unique eye for irregularities in his

marked the peak of popularity for

fellow citizens and artistic talent he

these satirical cartoons. The Italian

exposed the courtly society in a whole

brothers Carracci (1560–1609 and

new manner.

1557–1602

Derisive sketches became popular all

Battista

respectively), Bracelli

Giovanni

(1554–1627)

a

few years later, Baccio del Bianco (1604–1657) and Lorenzo Bernini (1598–1680) are some of the most eminent precursors of the art form as we know it today. Their art made onlookers smile and shudder alike by portraying atypical outgrowths and anomalies. Bernini was the one who most shaped a style still

over Europe: focussing increasingly on current politics they soon became the

audiences’

cartoonist

favourite.

James

Gillray

British (1757–

1815) rose to fame during the French Revolution and was one of the most feared and revered cartoon artists of his time. Despite the early positive effects of the revolution, Gillray more

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than anyone else focused on the ugly

artist Francisco de Goya (1746–

goings-on in Paris: beheadings, blood

1828) dedicated a series of works

courts, crime – he bid a graphical

called »Desastres de la guerra« to

farewell to justice. France was to

the cruelties of the occupational

play the leading role in international

war. Although not strictly speaking

cartoons for a long time: Napoleon

satirical cartoons in today’s sense

soon became the popular figure of

but nonetheless critical and partly

fun we still recall today after seizing

allegorical, they chronicle the horrors

power in the coalition wars he

and inhumanities of war in merciless

initiated. Spanish painter and graphic

etchings.

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James Gillray's «The plum Pudding in danger« shows Napoleon and William Pitt (1805). Goya's caricatures belong to "Desastres de la guerra«, "Por una navaja« (For a knife) & "No quien los socorra« (There is no one that could help), both 1863.

It was thanks to the invention of

Berlin. Reproduction was now highly

lithography in the mid 19th century

affordable and the cartoons reached

that satirical cartoons experienced

all parts of society. Exceptional artists

another

both

like Honoré Daumier (1808–1979)

resulting in and furthered by the

and critical thinkers like Wilhelm

foundation of a number of satirical

Busch (1832–1908) contributed to the

and

like

establishment of political caricature

the French »La Caricature« and

we still recognize today producing

»Le Charivari«, the English »The

sketches which reached even higher

Punch« and »Kladderadatsch« in

levels of currency and criticism.

rise

in

entertaining

popularity

magazines

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Popular cartoon representations of

of

national characters (»The German

multi-facetedness

Michael«; Marianne, the national

beyond

symbol of the French Republic; the

ever

American Yankee and the Russian

before.

Bear) were employed in newspapers

artists of the time

accounting for a newly discovered

still influence our

interest of the masses in international

modern understanding of the world

politics.

as well as our weariness of it. George

The dawn of the 20th century hailed

Grosz and Loriot, Tomi Ungerer,

the development of a variety of new art

Jean-Jacques Sempé, Charles M.

movements, and fine arts branched

Schulz and Janosch gave shape to

out in a multitude of directions. Age

our cultural spirit. As much as each of

defining political events came thick

their approaches and creations may

and fast, one global crises after the

vary, they all capture the zeitgeist with

other changed the face of the world

finely tuned antennae and let us catch

beyond recognition and changes in

a humorous glimpse of ourselves.

the media multiplied by globalization

History teaches us the necessity to

led to a society that is more closely

throw our vanity overboard and dare

connected and surveyable than ever.

to take a proper look in the mirror—a

Topics galore for cartoonists! Freedom

cartoonist’s take on society provides

of speech and freedom of the press

a careful seismographic reading we’d

facilitated critical discourse at levels

be ill-advised to ignore.

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FLTR: Gustav Brandt illustrated the cover of German magazine »Kladderadatsch« from 19th January 1919, which comments on the right of women to vote in Germany (1919). Cover of the French magazine »La Caricature« from 6th March 1880 with the drawing »Le Café Militair« from Draner (1880). Honoré Daumier shows French King Louis-Philippe I as the giant Gargantua from the novels of Rabelais because of his known cupidity. After publishing this caricature, Daumier was arrested and sent to jail for six months (1831).

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The Key to Satire

Elisa von Hof visits

caricaturist Karl-Heinz Schoenfeld

text & photos:

Elisa von Hof

They are created to be multiplied, their audience are the masses, their topics are countless, and their halflife is limited: Satirical cartoons are an exception within the arts. For centuries they have been capturing the spirit of each generation, they wittily pass judgement on the mistakes of the time and contemporary grievances. They

serve

as

a

seismographic

reading of the here and now. And as much as their appearance keeps

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»Ludwig Ehrhard once threw me out of the Federal Chancellery«, he recounts with a smile. Ludwig found his likeness a bit too much on the chubby side. changing with the times, the basic

criticism«, says caricaturist Karl-

intention of the satirical cartoons

Heinz Schoenfeld. The 86-year-old

as an art form remains the same:

knows what he’s talking about. His

Making the reader smile, ideally even

study in Potsdam houses 40.000

indulging in a hint of self-mockery.

cartoons spread over a multitude of

The dividing line between critical

drawers. Between the covers of his

satire and defamation, however, is

sketch books they bear witness to

easily crossed with just the stroke of

political events of a full life. He knew

a brush. How do you unlock the secret

from an early age that he wanted to

of artistic satire?

make a living drawing. His passion

»A cartoon’s intention is not to deal

for graphic satire developed in his

out pleasant platitudes but moderate

adolescence and became a catalyst

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still doing its job today. Although

odd stroke!‹ «. This didn’t change in

officially retired for quite a while,

his time at the academy. Quite the

Schoenfeld still puts pen to paper

contrary – he found it more and more

every single day to make a statement

difficult to work with colours but

with a few quick but exact strokes.

instead further developed his talent

When his left hand started shaking,

to create satirical cartoons. His first

he switched the pen to his right hand

cartoons were published in several

and continued drawing unperturbed.

papers in Berlin while he was still

Putting the pen down for good? That

at the academy. Upon graduation he

has never even occurred to him.

enrolled in a post-graduate course

Drawing

has

always

been

one

possible way of dealing with the reality of current events and he has always been a political person: »In this job it’s impossible not to be«, he 256

explains. You also need to be able to point your brush to social issues and go against the grain of your time. Schoenfeld has always been something of a revolutionary. In 1944,

for press artists. In 1947, after falling out with the East Berlin paper FDJ, for which he had worked regularly up until that point, Schoenfeld, originally from Oranienburg, moved to the West. »The differences between the East and the West were huge even then. The kind of freedom the press enjoyed in the West was unheard of in the East«, he explains. There were

faced with being sent to the front, he

exciting times ahead for Schoenfeld.

rubbed his knees sore with sandpaper,

At the epicentre of a bipolar world

sprinkled gasoline into the wounds

there was a constant fear of the Cold

and, panting heavily, managed to

War turning hot – the perfect breeding

convince the military physician he

ground

had a heart defect. He was called a

»Although I really liked putting the

rat for flip-flopping on his conviction

finger in it, I never had to apologize,«

but did not have to go to war. After the

he continues. »Art is about exposing

war, Schoenfeld took his portfolio and

political and professional mistakes

applied to the Akademie der Künste.

only, I would never ridicule someone

»On first examining my portfolio they

because of their looks or make them

told me: ›Schoenfeld, you have an

intentionally ugly«. So is satire allowed

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to do anything? »No, every cartoonist

great enthusiast of his work despite

has to take personal responsibility«,

its inherent criticism and asked for

he emphasizes.

a dedicated cartoon. »So we sat on for

his patio in Bonn for two hours and

Tagesspiegel, B.Z. and Neue Zeitung in

talk about all the world and his wife«,

Berlin, Schoenfeld moved to Hamburg

Schoenfeld

joining Axel Springer, dpa and NDR.

was not the only leading politician

His dedicated readership followed

among Schoenfeld’s admirers. Over

him – expressing their appreciation

the years he has met almost all

through hundreds of letters. His

German statesmen. Former foreign

reputation preceded him all the way

secretary Genscher became his close

to the Federal Chancellery. Konrad

friend and he affectionately refers to

Adenauer, the first Chancellor of the

Michail Gorbachev as »Gorby«. But

Federal Republic of Germany, was a

of course his cartoons didn’t meet

After

some

time

working

reminisces.

Adenauer

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with universal approval. »Ludwig

does he find constant inspiration

Ehrhard once threw me out of the

for humorous criticism? A thirst for

Federal Chancellery«, he recounts

knowledge, curiosity about the world

with a smile. He found his likeness

and a genuine interest in people drive

a bit too much on the chubby side.

the 86-year-old to the drawing board.

Thinking back on his days with his

A healthy measure of philanthropy

brush at the pulse of German current

and solid background knowledge

politics also highlights just how much

are absolute prerequisites to be able

has happened. Leafing through his

to put pen to paper successfully.

chronologically filed archive one re-

»We’ve been very undemanding with

experiences the founding of the EU,

regards to good cartoons in the past

the building of the Berlin Wall, the

few years«, he says. The nuances

Cuban Missile Crisis, the Feminist

between

Movement, the Arms Race, The

criticism have become increasingly

Reunification, 9/11 – Schoenfeld and

blurred, especially when it comes

his brush chronicled them all. Where

to religion. »Western cartoonists

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shouldn’t criticise Muhammad but

with a few quick strokes of his pencil.

his modern disciples,« he demands.

»I wouldn’t want to be a staff cartoonist

He has himself engaged in critical

at a daily paper today«, he insist

analysis of Islam: The result is a series

»although I still publish cartoons

of cartoons that expose terrorism,

on a free-lance basis«. Technical

violence and hate – but not religion

innovations, changes in the media

itself.

and globalisation have accelerated

Putting on his rimless glasses and

the pace at which the press works

reaching for a pencil he clarifies:

and it’s hard to match that pace with

»The best cartoons are created

a brush. So much has changed over

spontaneously but still in a state

the last century, »sometimes I feel

of peace – something that works today will still work tomorrow«.The right balance between peace and spontaneity might just be the key to his success – with the careful study of people and proportions all but equally important tools. »If the reader struggles to immediately recognise the person portrayed the cartoon is useless«, Schoenfeld clarifies letting his gaze travel over countless heaps

like Martin Luther«, he laughs. Karl-Heinz

Schoenfeld’s

task

for

today is to find inspiration for a cartoon of the new Greek government. He is deep in though leafing through a book on ancient history closely studying sculptures and symbolic representations. He is not yet planning the next stroke of his pencil but when the time comes it will be spontaneous

of portraits, sketches and shelves

but still well thought-through, just

bursting with art books. His study is a

as it has always been in his 70 active

record of his artistic past. The multi-

years. The passion for his art is an

award winning artist can create an

indivisible part of himself driving him

impromptu cartoon at any time, as he

on and seemingly slowing down the

is more than happy to demonstrate

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encrypting & decrypting or our fascination with crime text: Rabea Tanneberger

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»The universe knows no death, it is just atoms rearranging themselves.« Top of the Lake

A fascination with crime is human nature: the cold and chaotic crime scene, the gloomy horror of an unsolved murder, the small almost negligible gesture with which the suspect gives himself away. Since the majority of us are not homicide detectives we usually get to watch these ghastly tales unfold on the comfort and security of our own sofa. The sheer strength of the hold (fictitious) crime has on this society is revealed each Sunday night at a

Thanks to a booming TV industry securing the services of not just big movie stars but even writerdirectors like David Fincher or the Coen Brothers for the small screen there is now the perfect crime drama for everybody. Whether you’re after a dark Scandinavian tale about the murder of a young girl, something creative mirroring the style of Agatha Christie, absurdly comical mischief or crimes of passion, you’re sure to find something exactly to your taste.

indulge your penchant for murder and

It’s dreadfulness galore and enough to let anyone loose track. That’s why we have enlisted an expert in the field of (fictional) murder and violence to give those who are not quite sure which of the many puzzles they want to watch being solved an idea of what’s out there.

manslaughter.

Avid readers of crime fiction know that

quarter past eight when you can’t get anyone on the phone at your parent’s home or find a friend to go to the cinema with you. But Tatort (English: crime scene) is by far not the only TV programme worth spending an entire rainy Sunday afternoon on the sofa to

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many of the best and darkest tales – be they novels, films or TV programmes – are written by Scandinavian authors. Some of the film and TV offerings from the northernmost corners of Europe proove so popular they are remade as international productions.

your time. On their way to solving the crime, Linden and Holder – as they call each other in their peculiar mixture of detestation and affection

The popular US American TV show The Killing for example is based in large parts on the Danish programme Forbrydelsen.

politicians and mediate in a conflict

The Killing combines the dark story and complex main cast of the Danish original with themes from American TV classics like David Lynch‘s Twin Peaks resulting in a well-tried and yet refreshingly cliché-free experience for fans of classic crime drama. Rather traditionally, The Killing opens with the murder of a young girl: high school student Rosie Larsen from Seattle disappears without a trace on a particularly grey and rainy night. Homicide detective Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos), who was just about to move to sunny California with her fiancé, and new-to-the-department Steven Holder (Joel Kinnamon) investigate. As the programme title suggests, no happy ending is to be expected. The Killing is not the re-invention of the wheel but it is still well worth

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– have to immerse themselves in the complicated history of the victim’s family, deal with two-faced local surrounding an Indian casino. Shifting between nerve-rackingly slow and spectacularly dramatic, The Killing spins a complex tale around the night Rosie Larsen was murdered. The investigators’ own personal abysses aren’t any less dark than the actual murder tale. The deeper the audience looks into the detectives’ pasts the more they start to care for them – without any psychological pathos or empty moralisation. Joel Kinnaman’s Holder exudes (»Robocop«) incomparable nonchalance making up for more than his casual clothes and greasy hair with disarmingly snotty charm and unshakeable loyalty. This is not to say that he is a match for his colleague – not even close: The Killing throws a hard and truly merciless light on its protagonist – in every sense of the word. Not only is she portrayed as an irresponsible mother to her teenage son Jack, always


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dressed in thick woollen sweaters and standing in a cold light the camera is never even close to flattering her. Mireille Enos, who is easily mistaken for a prematurely aged teenager next to her 6‘ 3“ colleague, nips even the faintest trace of emerging voyeurism in the bud with an iron stare. In a genre in which females are usually confined to the role of corpse or prostitute – or an occasional officer/model in high heels - The Killing - despites it classic premise - breaks the mould.

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If you find the Scandinavian darkness and constant rain too depressing and would prefer a less cruel and hopeless case than that of Rosie Larson, try Shonda Rhimes. The creative mind behind such successes as hospital drama Grey’s Anatomy and political drama Scandal has turned to crime and is now bringing unusual murder cases to your TV set. Rhimes‘ newest venture How to Get Away with Murder cements her reputation as »Agatha Christie of TV«: With a big and colourful cast, brisk storytelling speed and not one but three unsolved murders, the pilot alone breaks all suspense records. Five law students recently admitted to the inner circle of their uncompassionate professor/

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attorney-at-law Annalise Keating, soon find themselves in more than sticky situations. While working on a new murder case in each episode the motley crew – as we learn in a well-placed flash forward - will also conspire to cover up the murder of a celebrity. The breakneck speed at which the story is told and changing angles – jumping from the past to the future and the present as well as from one group member’s perspective to that of the next – make the programme highly addictive. The artfully knit web of storylines never reveals too much or too little to the How to Get Away with Murder audience. The acting talent brought together in this ensemble cast is remarkable especially given that most members are at home in very different genres: Harry Potter fans might recognise a grown-up (and quite handsome) Dean Thomas (Alfred Enoch), Academy Award nominated Viola Davis (The Help) plays stone-cold professor Keating and stubborn Gilmore Girls classmate Liza Weil stars as a detached attorney. With her casting choices Rhimes successfully avoids to fall victim to the usual whitewashing pattern still predominant


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in the industry, even in 2015. On this show the two most important main characters are both played by AfricanAmerican

actors

and

the

most

touching love story of the programme is one between a same-sex couple. With a unique story-telling style and such an eclectic cast the programme is not exactly very realistic – but who would want to watch a TV show about what first year law students actually do? If too many deaths give you a headache and edgy editing makes you suffer from palpitations, you might want to 266

give BBC mini-series Top of the Lake a try. The six-hour program by »The Piano« director Jane Champion won the 2013 Sundance Festival‘s Critic’s Choice

Award

and

portrays

the

decelerated seclusion of a small town in New Zealand. But don’t be fooled by the bright

» You know what? I was actually beginning to find this much happiness disturbing.« Top of the Lake sister-mag.com

pictures of New Zealand’s epic beauty. The story of Robin, who returns to her home town to take care of her mother who suffers from cancer, is one of the darkest and most tragic ones on this list. No sooner has the investigator specialising in child abuse arrived back at her place of birth than she finds herself involved in the case of


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eleven-year-old, pregnant Tui. When

the

visibly

distraught

which started out as a mini-series but girl

due to its success was extended for an

suddenly disappears after an interrogation that yields no results Robin has no choice but to investigate. This leads her to uncover not only the dark secrets behind the town’s idyllic

additional season. Borrowing heavily

facade but also ghosts in her own past.

But there is still a lot to be thrilled

The search for Tui turns into the most macabre of high school reunions at which Robin meets her first boyfriend again as well as enemies from

by and excited about. The TV version

way back when. The dense writing

each individual viewer to decide who

in combination with Elizabeth Moss‘ (»Mad Men«) interpretation make this a particularly intense experience.

they want to root for: the everyman

The crimes described, although set in a wondrous landscape, are genre standards ranging from a

deal with unsolved crimes as well as

disappearing girl to child abuse and from drug trafficking to rape. But

to revenge one of life’s losers and who

Top of the Lake presents them in a new an unusual way without any pathos, almost without any drama.

along the way.

None of this makes the search for Tui any less exciting — quite the

beating the favourite True Detective

opposite. A sense of security makes the conclusion even more shocking

fabulous cast featuring household

and unpredictable.

from the Coen Brothers’ film of the same name Fargo, it not only focusses on the perspective of the detectives but also follows the culprits.

is not inferior to the film in any way in terms of absurd humour and filmmaking ingenuity. It is up to

who quite accidentally commits a murder, the police officer who has to the incompetence of her boss or the charmingly evil gangster on a vendetta gets himself into all sorts of trouble The program recently won several Golden Globes - quite deservedly and scores points on all fronts. A names like Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton as well as talented

FX’s program Fargo holds far fewer surprises. At first glance there are

newcomers

like

Allison

Tolman

few secrets to reveal in this program

just one of them. Fargo succeeds

and Tom Hanks’ son Colin Hanks is

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where many writer-director run TV programs fail: in combining elegant cinematography with a story that captures the audience beyond the pilot. Like the film the TV program will make you smell the fresh snow and taste the coffee on your tongue but it is by no means just a treat for fans of the movie. This is something for everyone who likes crime. Despite the generous helping of humour in every murder, Fargo is no less violent than your average detective drama.

people, an ambivalent story unfolds

For those of a more gentle mind and nature, Showtime has created The Affair in which violence is reduced to a minimum. This is more of a romantic drama than a detective story as the murder just serves as a backdrop for a love story: Noah and Alison meet in Montauk, a holiday destination particularly popular with families from New York, Noah’s family of six being one of them. The frustrated writer and the melancholic waitress, also married and dealing with a huge loss, fall in love on the rugged cliffs and with picturesque fishing huts in the background.

strongest point. Despite there being

The audience is left in the dark as to why they are recounting how they met at a police station. Told in flashbacks detailing the memories of two different

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making this a particularly interesting experience for the audience who is denied a coherent unambiguous view. The contradictions in Noah’s and Alison’s versions of the story are subtle at first but grow to be positively dramatic. Again the audience is left in the dark as to whether this is connected to the murder, down to the subjective perceptions of two different human beings or rooted in their feelings for each other. This is the programmes a murder investigation the true crime to be solved is Noah’s and Alison’s affair: What’s their motive? Who is the culprit and who is the victim? The Affair may not rely on blood lust and gore, usually sure ways to score points in the crime genre, but it does offer the pleasure of discovering the secret to a fascinating crime: finding the one key which will make all the pieces fall into place. There is no need to be ashamed to enjoy immersing yourself in a world of fiction every now and then and even take pleasure in the macabre. There is a whole host of exceptional and highquality crime drama out there just waiting to be discovered. n


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In mid January 2015 sisterMAG invited five food bloggers, a nutritional scientist and a product

manager from German organic food chain Alnatura to the beautiful Gebrüder Fritz premises in Berlin Charlottenburg. During a cosy brunch we discussed this year’s big spring topics: Health – Taste – Indulgence and Brain. We called it the "G4" workshop as the four words translated into German spell "Gesundheit, Geschmack, Genuss and Gehirn".

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FOOD WORKSHOP in Berlin WITH PRODUCTS by Alnatura

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Sandra Rothfeld Thea Neubauer PHOTOS & RECIPES

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OUR FOODSTORIES Laura and Nora – a photographer and a food stylist from Berlin – write a blog for foodies and design aficionados. Their pictures and recipes are modern, sometimes even a bit moody, but always tasty! You‘ll find gluten-free, histamine-free, vegetarian and vegan recipes on their blog.

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H E A LT H Y H A P P Y STEFFI Originally from Stuttgart, Steffi now lives in Frankfurt and started her blog in order to share her fun with and knowledge of healthy eating. In her world a good mood is a direct result of good food. Her blog is full of great ideas for lactosefree and gluten-free dishes and also features raw food recipes.


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BY FEDE Local, seasonal, homemade – these are the ideals on which Federica’s blog is built. She is from the town of Singen and came to cooking at an early age. She draws inspiration for her recipes from local markets as well as the fruits of her own garden. Support comes from her sister Roberta, a photographer who not only shoots beautiful pictures and portraits but also does many of the videos on the blog.

KÜCHENCHAOTIN Mirja visited from Kiel on the Baltic Sea. She is a freelance photographer and started her food blog, which only very thinly veils her weakness for butter and pasta dishes, in January of 2012. It is packed full with great recipes from what is – according to herself – sometimes a very chaotic kitchen.

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F R Ä U L E I N S O N N TA G Speed is a crucial factor when Simone from Berlin takes pictures of her dishes, but you wouldn’t be able to guess that from their excellent quality. All recipes are created with a premium placed on indulgence and top quality ingredients. Life in Berlin keeps her curious about new locations as well as new manufacturers

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HEIKE NIEMEIER The nutritional scientist and consultant from Hamburg is Alnatura’s resident expert on all issues relating to health, nutrition and food stuffs. She is the founder of »Schule des Essens« and runs seminars and training courses for Alnatura.

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If you do not feel healthy you won’t be able to feel the sheer joy of life! In the cold months of winter we often

be healthy again. Colour

H E A LT H

find ourselves surrounded

is your prescription! We

If

should

physical

by loved ones fighting off colds and suffering with joint pain longing to just

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all

make

more

winter

means

less

exercise

you

of an effort to eat more

should

colourful vegetables and

down on carbs – which also

some fruit because these

act as hunger accelerators.

will

Eating

provide

minerals,

consider

more

cutting

than

you

vitamins, fibres, secondary

wanted

plant

and

because you’re hungry lets

water. Filling and protein-

unnecessary calories into

rich foods, fats and oils

your body which lead to

should also be on the day-

weight gain as well as an

time menu. Sweets aren’t

increased risk for certain

forbidden

illnesses.

compounds

(we

couldn‘t

stick to that ourselves) but half a handful of sweets a day should be the guideline for adults.

The is

to

or

everyday

smoking

strategy

reducing

carbs

but

cutting

them

out

not

completely! Treat them as a luxury item for your body which you can pay for by moving about more than you would ordinarily have done.

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HEALTHY HAMPERS You can find the baskets (albeit empty) at Kollwitzmarkt in Berlin every Saturday.

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There’s no accounting for taste! And hence most people only ever eat what they know to like. There really is no »better« or »worse«. But there are differences! But there are additional aspects to »taste« that we wanted to explore at the workshop together with our food bloggers: flavour combinations. We got the idea from a book by Bloomsbury Publishing called »The Flavour Thesaurus« by Niki Segnit. The subtitle gives an idea of what is inside: »Pairings, recipes and ideas for the creative cook«. All participants got to explore a variety of new combinations with »ginger & coffee« the unanimous group favourite. In the 17th century, added

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flavours were very common on a café's menu: ginger, cloves, cinnamon and green mint. Qishr, a combination of coffee beans and ginger roots, is a popular drink in Yemen to this day. You can explore these and more crazy combinations and enjoy marvelously witty comments on them on 400 pages in the thesaurus with tons of interesting bits of information thrown into the mix.


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C O M B I N AT I O N S OF FL AVOUR CAPERS & BEET ROOT TO M ATO & CINNAMON Cinnamon gives a warm flavour to the shrill tomato. Sweeten canned tomatoes with a pinch of cinnamon instead of sugar.

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Sweet beet root and mustard-flavoured capers = a honey-mustard flavour perfect in an olive oil balsamic dressing on a beet root and goat’s cheese salad.

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AVOCADO & HAZELNUT Avocados may themselves have a bit of a hazelnut or aniseed flavor so this is an especially suitable combination.

WALNUT & PA R S L E Y With its woody character, parsley shows the walnut a most welcomed freshness. Interesting fact: The walnut is the second most loved nut in the world.

Both are pillars of the Cola flavour â&#x20AC;&#x201C; most commonly used cinnamomum cassia (hot, strong flavor) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; excellently compliments the pugnacious lime.

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PEAR & CHESTNUT Chestnuts are one of the sweetest kinds of nuts; their low amount of fat makes them unique. Their earthy note gives them a perfect autumn flavour working well with venison, mushrooms, apples & pears.

MINT & PEANUT A common combination in Vietnamese dishes. In combination with strong flavours, mint has invigorating qualities.

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Why do we feel at home in our own skin? Our thoughts and psyche play an important role in making this assessment. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why indulgence is an important and positive activity when it comes to wellbeing. You

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can learn how to enjoy yourself. The one condition: honing your own senses so as to allow for the perception of variations. A true connoisseur likes dedicating time to the object of his desire. Wine lovers

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are a great example: they know all about the different wine regions, grapes, wineries and can tell good years from bad ones. Proper indulgence takes time and a certain piece of mind. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to allow yourself to enjoy the experience and give yourself over to it. When it comes to food this means: sitting down and taking proper time to prepare and consume it â&#x20AC;&#x201C; smelling it, tasting it, feeling it, seeing it.


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strength

for

our

daily

(working) life. Apart from muscle

power

we

also

BRAIN

We eat to get energy and

need our brain to store, file and recall information in a useful way. How well the

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brain works depends on

BRAIN FOOD

how well blood, oxygen and

Carbohydrates are energy

crucial nutrients from our

providers for our brain

food are transported to it. At

and its neurons. Just 120

only 2% of our body weight,

grams of carbs will do the

the brain accounts for a

brain and nervous system

fifth (!) of all the energy we

fine, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all they need.

require from our nutrients.*

If we get less than 120

This

grams the body starts

shows

just

how

important a healthy diet is

building

for our spiritual and mental

energy providers, ketones.

wellbeing, the protection of

If you want to give your

our cells and the creation

brain a treat and nourish

of

neurotransmitters.

it extra well, make sure

The first rule to avoiding

you eat high-quality fats:

sub-par performance is:

fat coldwater fish like

Hydrate! But the brain also

salmon

needs high quality oils and

native oils like for example

fats (especially omega-3

linseed oil. Also coconut

fatty acids), protein and

fat belongs in a balanced

minerals to be able to work

nutrition.

replacement

or

herring

properly in the long run.

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MILLET SALAD

150 g 400 ml 1 300 g

millet water cucumber, finely diced seedless grapes, cut in half 2 tbsp dried barberries 1 bunch parsley, finely chopped 1 handful roasted peanuts, finely chopped

Put the millet in a sieve and rinse well, then transfer into a bowl and add 400ml of water and a pinch of salt and softly boil for 5 minutes. Let set and soak for 30 minutes then fluff with a fork and let cool. In a small bowl, cover the barberries with water and soak for 30 minutes, then drain well. Mix all ingredients for the

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3 -4 tbsp mustard Juice of 1.5 lemons 5 tbsp vegetable oil 2 tbsp agave syrup salt & pepper

dressing in a bowl and combine well. In a large bowl, mix millet, diced

cucumber,

barberries, chopped

grapes,

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and Add

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CHICORY WITH GRAPEFRUIT FILLETS AND SPREADS Fillet the grapefruit by cutting off both ends to flatten and setting the fruit on its lower side. Using a sharp knife cut away the peel in slices, removing all of the white skin from the flesh. Cut individual fillets by separating dividing membranes with a knife. Cut off the chicory stalk and place the individual leaves on a plate. If desired or

1 chicory 1 grapefruit spreads, e.g. 足chili & pepper, mango & curry or eggplant pepper fresh herbs or sprouts to serve (chives)

necessary, cut the fillets of grapefruit in half and top each chicory leaf with 3 to 4 pieces. Dot the room between the fillets with small dollops of the selected spread. Pepper to taste and serve topped with chopped herbs.

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Almond cake

200g 200 g 200 g 150 g 4 tsp 150 ml 300 g

ground almonds buckwheat flour pure cane sugar rice flour (whole grain) baking powder sparkling mineral water apple sauce (unsweetened) 100 ml vegetable oil vegan margarine to grease the baking dishes

The preparation of the cake you can download here

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1 glass rosehip Frosting

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QUINOA BARS In a large bowl, combine the quinoa, almonds, desiccated coconut and stir well. Chop the dried fruits finely and add them to the mixture. Then add the remaining apple juice and stir until evenly combined. Line a small baking tray with baking paper. Tumble in the mixture and sprinkle over those remaining sunflower and pumpkin seeds.

125 g popped quinoa 100 g whole almonds 25 g desiccated coconut

Place a piece of parchment paper on top of the mixture evenly into the pan. Store in fridge overnight before slicing.

100 g dried apples 100 g dried cranberries 100 g dried apricots 60 ml apple juice 25 g sunflower and pumpkin seeds

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CALLIGRAPHY Calligrapher Jeannette Mokosch mastered a real last minute order. We told her just a week before the Workshop from our idea with the place cards. A few days later we found the beautiful, handwritten cards in the mailbox. jeannettemokosch.com/

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FLOWERS As always the florist H端rriyet Bulan delighted us with her beautiful floral arrangements in the colours of spring and brightly coloured poppies. botanicart.com

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Photos Cristopher Santos Zoe Noble (details)

Make-up & Hair Patricia Heck

Outfits Evi Neubauer

Model Sabine S.

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PENCIL SKIRT The Pencil Skirt is the keystone of any business outfit. Our greycoloured version is quite sophisticated with pleats at the waistband and as well as the back of the skirt.

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This is definitely not your standard striped shirt: Different to your typical business blouse the stripes are horizontal and bold. The lapel colour is another lovely detail. You can also wear this blouse loosely with skinny jeans.

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DRESS The collar and wristbands are separate, so you can wear the dress with the white details or without. The dress is made of traditional suit fabric,足 but tailored as figure hugging dress.

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Maybe the most important piece in your business wardrobe? This blazer comes with a little white handkerchief and striped lining from the same fabric for a more comfortable feeling when wearing it in summer.

SKIRT Figure hugging skirt made of jersey, that even stays in form after 10 hours on your office chair!

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TOP If you want a change from your boring white blouse, you should consider sewing this white, sleeveless top with little pleats above the bust. Made of light viscose fabric, it drapes beautifully.


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You'll put on this jacket made out of soft cotton fabric and will feel comfortable immediately. The stretchy belt emphasises the waist but will also adapt to your daily constitution!

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SKIRT We style this jacket with the grey pencil skirt from page 302.


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Download pattern for cotton blazer jacket Download pattern for pencil skirt Shoes Marc Jacobs via Zalando.de

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This top is by far the most intricate piece of our collection. Inspired by Prada, the zipper top is embellished with fabric bands and rickrack as well as leather details at the collar. Definitely a statement piece! Pattern top

Pattern pleated skirt

Shoes Unisa via Zalando.de

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SILHOUETTE The outfit has a very unusual silhouette with a very long top over the pleated skirt.

SKIRT A pleated skirt made from the same fabric as the top.


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THE KEY TO TIME The most sought-after commodity of our generation text: Elisa von Hof sister-mag.com


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Faster. Further. Higher. Must check

– everything now happens on the go.

180 emails, must prep three meetings,

Instead of making time for face-to-

must learn 70 new French words,

face meetings with our best friend we

must do my chores, must run 10k,

make do with a quick face time chat

must call mum, then what’s next?

between jobs whilst we what's app

»Just quickly saving the world…« as

the rest of our nearest and dearest.

the Tim Bendzko song suggests? If

Even our sleep cycle can be closely

these words ring true to you you’ll

monitored by a smart phone app.

probably agree that we have lost

Amazingly is really wasn't so long ago

the courage to go slow. Grandma’s

that these scenes would have only

calm and structured way of tackling

existed in novels such as Huxley’s

one task after the other went out of

»Brave New World«. Now they are a

the window with the advent of the

very much a reality just like pressure

computer. And in our free time when

that makes us feel we have less and

we should slow be slowing down

less time to work with : so we put our

we seem to accelerate. We end up

body clocks in optimisation mode:

counting the steps to the bakery, at

at work, at home and in the digital

breakfast we monitor our calorie,

world.

fat and protein intake and instead

The idea of always wanting more

of reading the morning paper we’re

– anytime and anywhere – but still

streaming the digest version of the 6

feeling like you’re not doing enough

o’ clock news. A few quick posts on

is reflected in many of today’s most

social networks on our way to work

popular

whilst simultaneously hunting for our

efficient and checking things off to-do-

soul mate on Tinder. Checking blood

lists has never been in such demand.

pressure and heart rate via bracelet

Self-help books like »Getting things

non-fiction

titles:

Being

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done« or »The 4 hour workweek«

collecting

contemplate the key to this ›efficient

eating habits, calorie intake, sleep

happiness‹. Self-tracking - a popular

cycles, general level of fitness and

trend - uses data collection to

the steps she took each day with

achieve personal body optimisation

the help of »Up« a 'fitness bracelet'

- Originating in the United States in

produced by the American company

2007, the self-optimisation movement

Jawbone. All information gathered

has recently become popular over

was sent directly to her smart phone

here in Europe. The idea is to collect

via the accompanying app. Both the

information about our bodies with the

improving and deteriorating results

help of technical gadgets and then

were displayed in easy to understand

use the information and knowledge

graphs that Ina was able easily able

gleaned to improve certain activities.

to ›share‹ online with her friends.

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wanted

to

find out more about

her

body and started

information

about

her

Within one month the 23 year old began to view the self-optimisation trend with some scepticism: »It is tempting to collect too much information and let the monitoring take over your entire day«, says Ina. So what would be a more sensible way to use our most precious commodity - time? »Stop the optimisation madness«, demands Janka Hegemeister, a time coach from Berlin. She has been offering classes in time management focusing on

a

more

conscious

experience for five years. »We aren’t machines, we need time to dream and


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clock for an hour and give yourself a little time to learn to concentrate, switch off your smart phone, make a coffee and let the machine take the calls. When the alarm rings you’ll be surprised how much you got done in such a short time. »Multi tasking is yesterday’s news« the coach insists. Another helpful tool on your way to a healthy work-life-balance is the pebble method. At the start of the week, think of the week ahead of you as an empty vessel. Now start putting your big, important appointments into the vessel by adding a large pebble for each of them. Once the big appointments are in, add smaller ones. It is important to keep all the appointments and take responsibility

one thing at a time instead of trying to

for them, e.g. at work. »We have to

do everything at once«, Hegemeister

re-learn how to say ‘No‘ and think of

explains further. Set your alarm

our time as a precious commodity«.

just shut down« she continues. »If you find yourself waiting for a train or queuing at the checkout leave your phone in your pocket«, she suggests, »use these moments to listen inside yourself.« Little meditative rituals like this can help »decelerate« your life.

Digital media and an ever

increasing amount of information flooding towards us create extreme demands and are partly responsible for the increasing pressure under which we put ourselves. Denser work schedules, project management and job redundancies just add to a grizzling time mix. »We have to rediscover our healthy relationship

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In the course of my research for

meditating and hiking in silence the

this article I consulted Google and

participants get a chance to listen into

entered the query »time is…« the

their bodies and focus on nothing but

shocking auto complete suggestions

themselves. It doesn’t come easy to

were »money« and »a luxury«.

everybody. But meditation and nature

Deceleration is a popular buzzword

hikes are not the only way to make your

in discussions on this topic. We seem

inner voice heard. »Another option is

to have lost the ability to relax in the

scheduling a fixed appointment with

same way our grandparents were

yourself and treating it as equally

able to. Felicia Zinner is a systemic

important as you would a business

management

whose

meeting with your boss« continues

agency »Smile-Impulse« has been

Zinner. She is skeptical about the

dedicated to burnout prevention and

benefit of putting yourself through a

self time management for eleven

self-tracking regime. »Why would we

years. She suggests »putting up

rely on numbers and stats when it

an inner stop sign and stopping to

comes to our wellbeing?« she asks.

routinely try and do everything at

Instead of running to please a pulse

once.« She identifies the reason for

or pedometer we should let our gut

an increasingly rushed and unhappy

instincts set the pace.

consultant

life as »a lack of awareness for ourselves.«

Rediscovering

this

awareness requires addressing our values and priorities. »There is no such statement, as ›I don’t have the time.‹ Everybody has 24 hours each day. It’s just a matter of how you

Student Ina has also taken off her fitness bracelet. She felt she was in danger of losing sight of the lightness of being in a frenzy to monitor everything. Instead of looking to optimise each step and save time left,

allocate it.« says Zinner. She thinks

right and centre we should instead

we should all ask ourselves far more

remind ourselves of what writer Ernst

often »How much do I value my time?«.

Festl said on the subject: »Time we

She teaches this lesson by taking

take is time that gives something

her clients out into nature. While

back to us.« n

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There are few places a modern woman spends as much time at as her desk. Personalised with trinkets and utensils that reflect her personality and approach to work, desks range from minimalistic and clutter-free to organised chaos. On the following pages five women show their desks.

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HOLLY BECKER Founder of decor8 – International design blog with books and e-courses about decorating, design, business and lifestyle topics What is decor8?

or out in the stroller with papa. At

Decor8 is an international design

night, I can work for several hours

blog, with books and e-courses about

without interruption after he falls

decorating, design, business and

asleep, which is around 7:30pm.

lifestyle topics.

Which word best describes your

How many hours a day do you spend

desk?

at your desk?

Positive. My desk always feels very

3-6 hours / 7 days per week currently,

positive, like anything is possible

before my baby was born, 12 hours/ 5

when I sit down and begin my day.

days a week and 10 hours total on the

What makes it special/unique?

weekends.

I love how big and long my desk is.

And how early in the morning can

It’s the best place to lay everything

you be found there?

out and get stuff done. I also like that

8:30 am

it’s white – it’s a clean slate and I can

Can you describe your work day in a few words? Nuts but joyful! Very unscheduled at the moment since my son is walking for the past two months and he’ll

fill it, finish all of my projects, clear the desk and start all over again on a white surface. My work doesn’t just involve my computer, so a large work surface is vital.

be a year old on Feb 9, so my day is

Where is your desk located?

spent playing with him, chasing him,

In front of two double windows

and being a CEO boss lady too! I work

overlooking big, old houses and the

when he’s quietly playing on the floor,

sky. It’s the perfect city view. It’s in my

napping, on my lap playing with a toy,

home in Hannover, but in the front, so

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when the baby naps in the back of the house, I can be as loud as I need to be. I usually do Skype calls and podcasts then. What’s the one thing without which a desk is definitely not complete? Only one? No way! I need many things… fresh flowers or a plant, a scented candle, water or tea to drink, lots of pretty paper to scribble on, my day planner, my iPhone for quick Instagram photos, loads of pens and of course, stacks of catalogs and magazines for interiors inspiration. 326

started working on important projects with big clients, I realized that my blog is much more than a cute little sharing site and is a bonafide company with a solid reputation and strong brand. I think that was hard to accept in the beginning. Now I treasure and value what I’ve built and I’m proud to be a businesswoman. And if so, what does that entail nowadays? Everything. There is no part of my business that I don’t touch and have a personal responsibility and oversight

What is the most unusual thing on your desk?

for, in some capacity. However, I do have

A wooden tambourine left by my baby boy! He is always leaving little »gifts« on my desk. Usually it’s his binky (pacifier).

allow me to step back and be creative

Does your desk reflect your character? And if so, in how far?

forget, so I know without these people

Yes, it’s my life, my projects…to 100% Do you consider »businesswoman«?

yourself

a

Yes, but it took years to accept this as truth because I always felt like I was simply creative and doing fun stuff. I was immature about it I think. Once I became a best-selling author with books in multiple languages, and

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a small, wonderful team of people who while they take on the »hard« stuff, and my assistant Jessica is wonderful at remembering everything that I I’d be in big trouble – so even though I’m the boss, I know that I’m only successful when my team is in place and supporting decor8. I also have a few great columnists who write for my site and I value them immensely, too. I can’t forget my partner Thorsten – he is the backbone of decor8 – without his technical and marketing expertise, I’d be lost!


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at your desk? And how early in the

postcards - anything to help brighten the grey days in Berlin.

morning can you be found there?

Where is your desk located?

I hardly ever spend a full day at my

Right by the window! Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very important.

How many hours a day do you spend

desk. I do a lot of work on the go using my mobile or laptop. Can you describe your workday in a

Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the one thing without which a desk is definitely not complete?

few words?

Coffee!

Alternating between home, office, location and meetings.

What is the most unusual thing on your desk?

Which word best describes your

Without a doubt my half finished

desk? What makes it special/unique?

knitting and remnants of DIY projects.

It is first and foremost colourful!

Does

Stamps, lots of pens, flowers and

character? And if so, in how far?

your

desk

reflect

your


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My goal is to lead a colourful life full of diversity and creativity and to put my heart into everything I do. And you can tell that from looking at my desk, too! Do

you

consider

yourself

a

»businesswoman«? And if so, what does that entail nowadays? The growing number of people starting their own business has shifted the perception of »business women«. You would never see me in a suit I just don’t feel comfortable in them. Of course, starting your own business does make you a businesswoman but there is no longer any necessity convey this fact to the rest do the world by how you dress.

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How many hours a day do you spend

Can you describe your work day in a

at your desk? And how early in the

few words?

morning can you be found there?

Having fun creating structure for fast-

I probably spend between 6 to 8 hours

paced multi-facetted chaos.

at my desk, the rest of my day is spent

Which word best describes your

in meetings, at viewings and events.

desk? What makes it special/unique?

I am more of a late bird and usually

Wordy – the book I am reading on the

start just before 10am.

train to work, a magazine and/or note

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paper lying around as well as several

A bottle of water, chewing gum, a note

online magazines on the computer

pad and a good pen – oh, and hand

screen. Where is your desk located? Right by the window.

lotion of course :) What is the most unusual thing on your desk? A stress ball in the shape of a Hippie’s

What’s the one thing without which a

head.

desk is definitely not complete?

Does

your

desk

reflect

your

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character? And if so, in how far? You can see some of my traits reflected in it, yes: Occasional chaos mirroring my wardrobe at home, my interest in many different things – the weekly book mix of biographies, eyewitness accounts of events in Modern History and fantasy novels, and my love for check lists of which there are many in my notes – I call it structure, my colleagues call it a control issue ;) Do you consider yourself a »businesswoman«? What does that entail nowadays?

Following my own definition: yes. Working at Gründerszene gives me the opportunity to be involved in many different projects and to help coordinate and develop them. Suitable staff must be found and supported, questions

regarding

budget

and

business development need to be addressed, all the while I must keep an eye on the start-up industry, the speed at which it is developing and the trends emerging from it need to be monitored to be able to stay current and interesting in the eyes of the community. Juggling many areas of responsibility and leading employees

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is my idea of a businesswoman and it is completely independent of any CEO job title or director’s chair.

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NICOLA HOLTKAMP

How many hours a day do you spend at your desk? And how early in the morning can you be found there?

free-lance art director and designer. Nicola has been running her creative agency, Studio H2 , for 15 years.

Definitely too many hours. I have some flexibility as to when I start work in the morning, usually between 8am and 10am, but you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t plan a creative process very well in advance. I can work most focussed when all administrative tasks and consultations are taken care of or have not yet started: so very early in the morning or at night. Can you describe your workday in a few words? Correspondence, research, creation, consultations and tea.

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Which word best describes your

saloon coaches and collaboration hot

desk? What makes it special/unique?

desks.

At the moment I’d call it »pragmatic«.

What’s the one thing without which a

There

desk is definitely not complete?

is

definitely

room

for

improvement and I’d really like a desk that’s height-adjustable so I can easily switch between working sitting

A proper desk lamp! What is the most unusual thing on

down and standing up.

your desk?

Where is your desk located?

Probably my aroma lamp - I like filling

80% of my time is spent at my home

the room with a scent of rosemary oil.

office in Berlin. The remaining 20% are

Does

divided between desks at agencies,

character? And if so, in how far?

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desk

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your


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KATI KRAUSE works as a freelancer (or independent) on the editorial conception and realization of magazines in print and digital In a way it does. I usually work in a very structured way and I am fairly disciplined. But when I have many projects running at the same time or I am immersed in research for a design commission chaos can take over - in my head as well as on my desk.

Where do you work (company and

Do you consider yourself a »businesswoman«? And if so, what does that entail nowadays?

when I feel like it. But now I mostly

No. I don’t like these kinds of stereotypes and clichés. I am generally not a big fan of labels.

city) and what is your job title? I am self-employed, or a freelancer, I am not entirely sure what the difference is. I used to be a journalist and I still write today work on the editorial conception and realization of magazines and other formats ain print as well as digital. I currently work for Matter, a magazine published by Medium;

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last year I worked for Freunde von Freunden and Gestalten publishing. How many hours a day do you spend at your desk? And how early in the morning can you be found there? Between 5 and 10 hours - usually starting at 9 or 10. In the mornings I will sometimes work from my bed and likewise from the sofa at night. Can you describe your workday in a few words? Emails, emails. 336

emails,

meetings,

ideas,

Which word best describes your desk? What makes it special/unique? I don’t think my desk is particularly unique. It’s probably best described as »wanna be-tidy«. I would like for it to be clean and tidy all the time but I don’t keep on top of my admin and bookkeeping enough to achieve that. It doesn’t take more than a week from a proper tidy-up until letters, receipts, notes, magazines and other things start piling up again making me feel guilty every time I look at them. Where is your desk located? It is currently situated in the living room but will soon move to my new office.

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What’s the one thing without which a desk is definitely not complete? A lamp. What is the most unusual thing on your desk? A rat with a raven’s face. I think it is made of concrete and nobody but me seems to like it. Does your desk reflect your character? And if so, in how far? »Wanna be-tidy.«


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Photos: Ashley Ludäscher Do

you

consider

yourself

a

»businesswoman«? And if so, what does that entail nowadays? No. I might be self-employed but I am not a businesswoman, more of an artist. But even if I managed a large business I wouldn’t consider myself a businesswoman. I don’t like the word, it doesn’t feel right and it reminds me of the 80ies.

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founder and owner of Botanic Art

Photos: Ashley Ludäscher

How many hours a day do you spend

Can you describe your workday in a

at your desk? And how early in the

few words?

morning can you be found there? Since my days start really early at the flower market, I am usually sitting at my desk by 9am. My day is split up between my desk with doing paper

Creative, Fun, Playful, Challenging & Caffeinated. Which word best describes your desk? What makes it special/unique?

work and my work table. On average I

The perfect word to describe my

have a 9-hour workday.

tables is »colourful«.

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Where is your desk located?

definitely recommend to have a little

My atelier has a little office space and

plant or flowers on the desk.

a big work area where I create whole

What is the most unusual thing on

lot of fun things.

your desk?

Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the one thing without which a

The most unusual item on my desk is

desk is definitely not complete?

probably a little stone figurine that I

Besides the usual desk items that

made in school in 1985. I use it as a

everyone has and needs, I would

paperweight and it definitely puts a

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smile on my face every time I look at it. Do you consider yourself a »businesswoman«? And if so, what does that entail nowadays?

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Working for yourself or someone else, I think the term »Businesswoman« describes women who make things happen for themselves. With ambition, strength and determination you can definitely reach your goals and be the businesswoman you want to be. Nowadays so many more women take chances and face the challenges to make a mark in the business world, and I am happy to consider myself to be one of them. n

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NETWORKING STRATEGIES Keith Ferrazzi , author of »Never Eat Alone« answers sisterMAG's questions. WHY SHOULD YOU BE NETWORKING?

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»Networking« has taken on some negative connotations, but it’s just really reaching out to new people and finding ways you can work together toward mutually beneficial ends. It’s relationship-building and maintenance. No one achieves lasting success on her own and networking is a way to identify the people who can help you find that success while you help them along their way as well..

HOW TO START NETWORKING? DO YOU RECOMMEND ANY EASY ICEBREAKERS? Just be prepared and know who is attending the event. You don’t want to sound canned or like you’re too rehearsed. Know who you want to meet, what interests them and, most importantly, how you can be of service. It needn’t be anything big; you can recommend an article you just read that might interest them, or offer to make an introduction to someone. Put the focus on the other person and lead with generosity. You won’t have difficulty finding ways to break the ice.

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YOU TALK ABOUT FINDING YOUR MISSION. HOW OFTEN DO YOU REVISIT THIS? It should be an evolving thing. It’s like that saying, »It’s not the destination, it’s the journey.« You should revisit it on a regular basis, regardless of whether it’s quarterly or annually; you know what’s best for you, and evaluate not just where you are and if you’re on target but whether it’s still a target you want to work toward.

WHAT IN YOUR OPINION ARE THE BEST WAYS TO GET TO KNOW NEW PEOPLE? As I already mentioned, the best way to get to know new people is to reach out to them and offer to be of service. Don’t think about how that person can help you. That never works. Think about what she needs and how you can help her achieve it.

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WHAT ARE METHODS TO MAINTAIN RELATIONSHIPS? Generosity, first and foremost.

social media platforms is another

When you have something, no

easy way to always stay in touch.

matter how small, that someone

Tweets, likes and comments are

else can use, send it to them. It

ways to always stay »front of

lets them know you’re thinking of

mind« with your connections.

them and their best interests.

Of course, for deeper, more

Another way to stay in touch is

impactful relationships – or for

»pinging«. Just shoot off a simple

relationships you want to develop

text or a quick email to check in

– coffees, lunches and dinners

on someone to see how she’s

are great ways to form longer-

doing. Following the different

lasting bonds.

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HOW DO YOU FOLLOW UP IN THESE DIGITAL TIMES?

WHAT QUALITIES LEADERS?

MAKE

THE

BEST

So many ways. I actually published a LinkedIn blog post on my favorite apps. But email is, and will always be, a great way to stay in touch. Twitter is also a great way to reach out to someone you may not know well enough to email. And LinkedIn, as well as its app Connect, help you stay in touch with your business contacts and know when they have major milestones you want to celebrate.

Another LinkedIn blog I wrote! Share your vision and trust your own judgment. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, why will your team? But be open to their feedback. Never separate yourself or put yourself apart from them. Make sure they know you care and will provide them with the resources they need to succeed.

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Outlook Outlook April

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We have now accomplished publishing our 3rd-anniversary issue. However, we are already excited for the next one, for which we will be thinking about living objects for a change: ants, bugs or butterflies will follow us throughout the issue. As always we will try to find the most interesting articles and topics whether it is lifestyle, fashion, technology, startups, DIY and more …

Inspiration Butterfly Table decoration, fashion or jewellery: We are searching for inspiration in nature!

Naturally closed Just as little bugs with a purpose, we are trying to find the mystery of the button

Honeystock – Locally produced honey, markets or neighboorhood initiatives: Local is trend and we want to know why!

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Tina Bergs, Adinda de Boer, Robert Eberhardt, Laura Glabbatz, Elisa von Hof, Alexander Kords, Thea Neubauer, Katherine Sacks, Katrin Stimmler, Rabea Tanneberger Contributing Editors (Food)  Claudia Gödke, Juliana Tar Contributing Editors (Photo)  Adinda de Boer, Marco di Filipoo, Claudia Gödke, Ashley Ludäscher, Natalie Moena, Zoe Noble, Cristopher Santos, Trine Skauen Contributing Editors (Video)  Onn Halpern, Cristopher Santos Design & Illustration

Tina Bergs, Jeannette Mokosch, Thea Neubauer (Art Direction), Bethany Walrond Translation & Proof Tina Bergs, Claire Cunningham, Stefanie Kießling, Amie McCracken, Sandra Rothfeld, Tanja Timmer, Alice Williamson Production Laura Glabbatz, Sandra Rothfeld, Antonia Sutter, Sarah Tengg Published by-monthly by Carry-On Publishing GmbH, Gustav-MeyerAllee 25, 13355 Berlin. Re-use of content is only allowed with written permission of publisher. There is no liability for unsolicited manuscripts and photographs. The Carry-On Publishing GmbH assumes no liability or guarantee for the accuracy, currency and completeness of the information provided. All information is provided without warranty. Management Sales Marketing

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