Berlin is Europe’s hub of the creatives. It has it’s own style, party scene and vibe. Whether you live in Berlin, you want to move to the city or you just want to get a taste of the capital of crazy, we have selected 6 books that will give you a glimpse of what this city is like.
1. Das weiße Buch by Rafael Horzon
Just like Berlin and all the Berliners this book has probably been written somewhere between reality and a trip. Rafael Horzon is kind of a legend and one of the people who shaped Mitte, the central area of Berlin, after the wall came down in 1989. Back then everything was possible and Rafael Horzon still stretched the definition of “everything”. His book is a must read, especially if you call the area Mitte your new home.
2. Berlin by CeeCee
CeeCee.cc is one of Berlins coolest websites. Originally they started as a weekly newsletter (they still have that) sending out a handful of recommendations around food, events, culture and happenings in Berlin. In 2014 they collected their favourite posts and put them together in a book. One of the two founders is a graphic designer and if you are into chic and cool design, not only the content will catch your attention.
3. FreundeVonFreunden Berlin by FreundevonFreunden
FvF.de is also one of the Berlin websites to know. They portrait creatives all around the globe that they, or friends of theirs, know – Freunde von Freunde means “friends of friends”. The people who they interview take them on a tour around their homes and their favourite areas. The Berlin edition is not the only book FvF has published, but it’s the one to browse through if you want to get a taste of Berlin’s culture and creative scene.
4. Berlin Fashion by Julia Stelzner
Berlin’s fashion scene is crazy, unique and if there is a fashion mecca in Germany, it is Berlin. This book combines info about labels you need to know, the best shopping addresses and interviews with people who know what is going on in the fashion scene in Berlin. Essays by fashion writers define Berlin’s style from different angles.
5. Berlin Street Style: A Guide To Urban Chic by Angelika Taschen
Another fashion bible you should save a spot on your shelf for. The Guide showcases the popular “anti-chic” look Berlin is well known for, by portraying female Berliners who know how to get dressed. It also recommends the cities go-to destinations for fashion, beauty, design and culture. Berlin has it’s own and very unique fashion sense and Angelika managed to capture it in this book.
6. 25/7 – Caroline Saage
Bar 25 is one of the places you cannot describe but have to experience. Bar 25 has been the pilgrimages site of the colourful souls of the city, an abandoned construction site on the banks of the river Spree. Caroline Saage was the only one chosen to capture the unrestrained going-on through a lense. Photography was probably the only thing that was expressly forbidden at Bar 25. Bar 25 closed in 2010 but the legend lives on. “Whoever can remember, was not there”.