My Per­fect Day

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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.

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