Freunde von Freunden and Vitra are embarking on a significant new chapter in our partnership. Twice a month we will publish two complementary interview perspectives highlighting distinct features of the portrait. While on Freunde von Freunden you will continue to find comprehensive profiles of inspiring creatives, Vitra.com will focus on the individual relationship with Vitra design. Each feature will be accompanied by a selection of specially curated photography.
04.02.2014 — 10:05 — 0 Comments
This month we were thrilled to be invited to DLD (Design Life Design) 2014 – one of the world’s leading conferences on media, technology and all things digital – to host a panel about creatives in Berlin and Munich.
On the evening of the 20th of January we assembled a crowd at Munich’s Kong Club to debate “Style or Substance: The Roles of the Creative Class in Berlin and Munich.” Representing Munich panelists included Bart van der Heide, director of the Artists’ Society Kunstverein München, and jewellery designer Saskia Diez. Representing Berlin was media artist Simon Denny and founder of music web video platform tape.tv and former FvF guest Conrad Fritzsch. The entire discussion was moderated by Kati Krause, creative communications manager at Etsy and FvF collaborator.
28.01.2014 — 00:30 — 3 Comments
The late, great John Steinbeck – Nobel laureate, California native and a definitive voice of The American West – wrote that The Mojave Desert is “a big and frightening one. It’s as though nature tested a man for endurance and constancy to prove whether he was good enough to get to California.” As much as any desert is about survival, it’s also symbolic of rebirth and renewal. Like a blank canvas, the white sands stretch as far as the eye can see. Artists have long been bewitched by it’s energetic impulses, quiet mysticism and other-worldly landscape.
Along with some two thousand species of plants, the Mojave is home to the hottest place on earth, the dunes of Devil’s Playground, a Rainbow Basin and an Owl Canyon. Ghost towns, hot springs, crochet museums and Ed Ruscha all have their place in the desert. It’s a magical and mysterious place that defies definition and is without a doubt a sight to see in this lifetime.
With our FvF contributor, filmmaker and photographer Claire Cottrell in tow, Los Angeles-based artist and former FvF guest Lauren Spencer King takes us on a weekend trip to see some of her favorite desert haunts.
23.01.2014 — 15:10 — 10 Comments
To celebrate the opening of the 25h Hotel Bikini Berlin we have been asked to produce a unique A3-size magazine called Companion that will guide hotel guests through Berlin with the help of our trusted local network of creatives. Companion is our chance to take a closer look at our home city while discovering new insights along the way.
Calling on our wide network of friends in the city (including those you’ll know from our online magazine), Companion presents local neighborhood spots and places of escape, home and studio interviews with a range of creatives who call the city home as well as digestible tips for when you’re on the go. Hear from Paris Bar founder, Michel Würthle about his Kiez’s gentrificaion, for example, or from Werner Aisslinger about what constitutes good design. Spend a day in Berlin following the suggestions of Newsletter Cee Cee or a night on the town thanks to Pierre and Matze from Mit Vergnügen .
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14.01.2014 — 08:59 — 0 Comments
Raised in Berlin by a German father and an American mother, photographer Anna Rose was influenced by both cultures. After exploring the work of German photographer Gundula Schulze Eldowy, Anna became fascinated by the medium. In her early twenties she went on what was meant to be a “short trip” to New York City, ultimately staying there for more than a decade.
Anna began working in photo production before starting to shoot on a freelance basis, eventually moving back to her hometown of Berlin with plenty of experience in her field. Today her portfolio includes work for magazines such as Vice, Refinery29 and Spex.
In line with the fundamental simplicity of her portrait photography and the more narrative imagery showcased on her tumblr, Anna has supported Freunde von Freunden over the past two years by capturing inspiring insights into the lives of many Berlin-based creatives. She explored the exceptional home and workplace of artist Friedrich Gobbesso and visited filmmaker Sam Fleischner‘s Brooklyn apartment and beach house in Rockaway Beach. Just recently Anna met with well known DJ and producer Scuba and accompanied him from his Neukölln apartment to a performance at Boiler Room Berlin.
We asked Anna about her main sources of inspiration, her favorite image on FvF and where she goes to find the best slice of cake in her neighborhood.
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