Biscuit China – Not Your Concept Store | Ceramic Shopping Berlin

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Maybe you are old enough to remember the days when the only place you could get everything at once were big department stores while all the other shops one went to were highly specialized around one category of products.

In a time I see specialty stores all around dying one after the other the wonderful Karoline Borsch opened her ceramics shop Biscuit China in Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg.

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Karoline decided actively against offering other stuff like postcards, scented candles and hand creams beside her beautiful, handcrafted pottery.at Biscuit China. It’s Karoline’s wish that Biscuit China shall become your destination only for tableware, home interior and even jewelry if you want that made of ceramics (though you’ll find the occasional glass vessel scattered in between). But I think it’s also a great place to spontaneously stroll by and be surprised by the newest item or designer you never expected to fall in love with.

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Seriously Karoline has a hand discovering talented pottery newcomers like Foekje Fleur or bringing you works of an old master like Pepe Otero Oleiro from Spain. Should you live in or visit Berlin Biscuit China is one of my absolute recommendations for shopping uniquely and sustainable and Karoline will nicely share her expertise and insights on every piece she offers.

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Adress:
Biscuit China
Oderberger Str.3
D–10435 Berlin

Opening hours: 
Tuesday 12 p.m. – 18 p.m., Wednesday to Friday 12 p.m. – 19 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m – 18 p.m.

Online shop: biscuitchina.com

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 Vielleicht bist du auch alt genug dich zu erinnern, dass die einzigen Geschäfte in denen man alles an einem Ort bekommen konnte, nur die großen Kaufhäuser wie Karstadt und Kaufhof waren. Ansonsten ging man ins Fachgeschäft, wo sich das Angebot auf eine Kategorie spezialisierte.

Nun in einer Zeit in der ein Fachgeschäft nach dem anderen dicht macht und Concept Stores Konjunktur haben, entschied sich die wunderbare Karoline Borsch ihren Keramikladen Biscuit China in Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg zu eröffnen.

Mit gezielter Absicht bietet Karoline nichts anderes als handgemachte und nachhaltige Keramik bei Biscuit China an. Gut, es gibt vereinzelt auch Gläser oder Vasen aus Glas, aber keine Postkarten und auch keine Aromakerzen. Es ist Karoline’s Wunsch Biscuit China zu der Anlaufstelle für Essgeschirr, Einrichtung und sogar Schmuck zu machen, wenn diese aus Keramik oder Porzellan von Indie Designern sein soll. Wobei ich finde, dass ihr kleines Geschäft auch zum spontanen Reinschauen lohnt, um sich überraschend in ein Objekt oder Werk eines Meistertöpfers zu verlieben. Da hat Karoline wirklich ein Händchen fürs Entdecken ernsthaft talentierter Designer wie der niederländischen Newcomerin Foekje Fleur oder dem erfahrenen Meister Pepe Otero Oleiro aus Spanien.

Mein Fazit: Biscuit China ist für alle Fans von persönlicher Beratung und liebevoll kuratierter Objekte in limitierter Auflage ein absoluter Shoppingtipp für Berlin.
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// photo credit: Anne-Lena Michel 

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Iranians And Their Love For German Discounter Store Cosmetic Brands

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These tubes you see here are hair conditioners by Cien, a cosmetic line of German supermarket chain Lidl. I don’t know if the conditioner is good, I have never used it and this is not a product review in particular. Though I have to say that I use their anti dandruff shampoo and it really helps with my dry and sensitive scalp, I swear not an easy task with the water quality we have in Cologne.

I did not buy the conditioners for myself but to send them to my family members in Iran on request. It did wonder me why on all the options we have available in Germany exactly this discounter brand got chosen.

Apparently not only Cien but all those discount store brands like Aldi’s Ombia and drugstore chain DM’s Balea etc. are hype stuff in my country of birth. And people don’t go for them because they’re cheap, for Iranians these brands absolutely don’t come cheap! Mark up can be pretty extreme considering the difficulties how these products are brought into the country.

So why is it that people go crazy like if it’s some Chanel about those skincare and cosmetics of brands we consider no-name here in the land of their production?

First of all look at that improved packaging! These seem nothing like the generics they are. On the contrary the packaging is glossy and classy with very appealing color and labeling choices. Next the quality of contents in German brands is usually very high. Everything gets tested and made sure it will cause no harm. Despite still sporting a snobbish attitude I also do use a lot of German generics, too because admittedly they perform good and don’t make me cry about the money I loose on every use. Which lets us get to the next point: marketing. Iranian produced beauty-, skin- and haircare gets a bad rep in Iran itself which I don’t really understand. Of course that new chemical wonder against age with a ton of active substances will be more likely thrown unto the market by a big Western company with billions to back it up but come on your everyday shampoo and lotion? The Middle East is rich in natural resources and remember the Silk Road? Once the flow of oils and perfumes went the other way and these resources haven’t dried up actually. This only shows how people in emerging countries are the next to fall victim to industrialized and globalized companies. Like if the West has something better to offer than they already had? But people want high-end cosmetics and business savvy people will exploit the circumstance that foreign brands don’t have distributors in emerging and developing economies and will market cheap no-name stuff as the new Chanel and will charge over the top for it.

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Italian Girl In Double Portrait

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Italian Girl in Double Portrait, 1834 by Franz Xaver Winterhalter, who later went on to become a famous court painter. He is today known for his flattering and romantic grand portraits of European high aristocracy. But beforehand had some learning years in Italy where Franz Xaver Winterhalter perfected his style with portrait studies and landscapes.
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This painting hangs in Freiburg’s Augustinermuseum where they also had a comprehensive exhibition about the artist some time ago. The young and mysterious girl is shown from two perspectives with focus on her image above shoulders. With a skin darkened by the sun and a natural flush on her cheeks she showcases a raw beauty with no need of any other kind of makeup. Of course there is still some embellishment around the face. She wears beautifully simple but heavy gold earrings and a red necklace, the dark hair is intricately braided on top of the ears and at the neck, reminding contemporary viewers probably or Princess Leia from Star Wars.

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Carl-Schurz-Haus Freiburg

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A really well done semi abstract sculpture of Germany’s coat of arms eagle the Bundesadler hangs at the front of the former Post- und Fernmeldeamt Freiburg, developed and built 1954-1961. Now Carl-Schurz Haus, a German-American educational institution.

The building is part of a bigger complex and only the main building has the red sandstone cladded exterior which has become pinkish over time. The rest of the complex has only two to three stories and appears in a light green color.
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As usual with buildings from the 50s they appear today as very reserved and minimalist but when you get closer you can spot all these thoughtful details which make the whole architecture very sophisticated. Examples are the flat flying roofs or these fun glass bricks at one side pointing to the googie style.

Disch-Haus Köln | Neue Sachlichkeit Architecture From The 20s

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Very near to the big cathedral of Cologne there is the Disch-Haus, an architectural masterpiece which people pass daily. With its smooth simplicity it blends perfectly in with the surrounding buildings and you may not even realize that it doesn’t stem from the 50s like Continue reading

A Quote By Dior

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The tones of gray, pale turquoise and pink will prevail.

Christian Dior

No wonder Monsieur Dior said that. When pettiness and egocentricity of everyday people overwhelm you, just clad yourself in pink. A pale, almost grayish pink is my zen. It exudes so much calmness.

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Postmuseum | Museum Für Kommunikation Berlin

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Three giants of all life ages carrying the world designed 1895 in the then requested style of Historicism by Prussian sculptor Ernst Wenck who later went on to become a member of the Berlin Secession.

On the sides flanked by allegories of transportation and science having each their companion pointing to the emblem in the middle depicting the imperial eagle, making clear who enables them to strive. Originally the Continue reading

Silver Sunday | The Awesome Rings Of Agathe

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This is my friend Agathe’s hand sporting incredible rings in silver just in time for Silver Sunday!

We finally met last week at a fair fashion event where she talked about the lingerie brand Opaak which she founded. I know you already keep wondering, the beautiful brassière in these pictures is from Opaak.

All in all 4 minimalist rings but two a little more chunkier. On the left hand’s middle finger she has a thicker wire twisted around with a sphere attached, elegantly covering the ends. On the ring finger is Agathe’s engagement ring to be found, costum made by Continue reading