My Perfect Day
Werner Aisslinger This Berlin-based designer shares his tips for fellow creative minds.
You have been working here for nearly two decades. How has the city evolved during that time in terms of design?
Berlin has always been one of the most inspiring cities in Europe, but the 40 years of the Berlin Wall have stopped it from becoming a strong design capital. In recent years, the city managed to transform this disadvantage into an advantage, and its former business isolation has led to a new age of think tanks, design experiments, and maker labs, pushing Berlin into an innovation biotope.
Is there a certain style that design in Berlin is gravitating toward?
I try to be on my own track. But I would say design from Berlin, as I see it and produce it, is a collage style, poetic and simple, honest and slightly functional, but not chic or glamorous.
Three words to describe design in Berlin?
Experimental, conceptual, urban.
What does this city offer you and other designers?
As a designer, you are a kind of input-output organism. Berlin is and has always been the perfect place for input. As a creative person living in this low-cost city, you only have to create a channel to commercialize your output.
Which Berlin places must design-loving visitors check out?
25hours Hotel in the Bikini-Haus, Andreas Murkudis store, Voo Store, INFARM lab, C/O Berlin, and as many museums and galleries as you can fit in.
What local design pieces should visitors to Berlin take home?
They should buy a plant from Prinzessinnengärten to plant at home and a bike accessory from one of the cycling shops.
How would you spend a full day off?
First, breakfast at Meierei in Prenzlauer Berg, either a sandwich on sourdough bread or Weißwurst sausage. Then I’d head down Schönhauser Allee, check out Platoon Kunsthalle, and have coffee at The Barn. I’d walk along Alte Schönhauser Straße for a cinnamon roll at Zeit für Brot, stop in at shops like Aesop and ok-versand, then get on the U-Bahn to Schöneberg. After shopping at Murkudis and visiting galleries on Potsdamer Straße, I’d have lunch at Joseph Roth Diele around the corner – something with Spätzle noodles. After lunch, I’d visit the Neue Nationalgalerie before heading to Kreuzberg. After a stop by Markthalle Neun I’d spend some time on Oranienstraße, then have an aperitif at Gipfelstürmer in Görlitzer Straße. After the drink, I’d walk to Bar Raval for tapas: my must-haves are pimientos del padrón, octopus, and tataki.
What is your favorite spot for a getaway?
The Baltic Sea, to spots like Rügen, Usedom, or Heiligendamm.
A special little spot in the Kiez where you live?
I love Markthalle Neun and the Café 9 there.