FvF Cooks: Sabich with Haya and Nuriel Molcho & Ali Schwarz

For the latest installment in our FvF Cooks series we met with chef and restaurateur Haya Molcho. When Haya Molcho cooks, the earth seems to move. There are few people that can talk about meatballs for ten minutes while keeping an entire table under their spell. Haya Molcho is such a person.

It is probably this quality that has enabled Haya Molcho to build her business into what it is today. She’s lived in Vienna for 35 years, she hails from Tel Aviv, but was partly raised in Germany, where she met her husband, the mime, Samy Molcho. In Vienna she runs the restaurants Neni and Tel Aviv Beach, there’s also a catering branch, and she sells some of her best-known Mezze in the grocery store chain Spar. Last year she opened her first restaurant outside of Austria in the 25hours Hotel in Zurich, this year Neni will also come to the 25hours Hotel in Berlin. This is all explained by Nuriel Molcho, Haya’s oldest son, who is responsible for the marketing, PR, and concept development of the Neni Group. The hosts are also a family: in addition to the two DJs Ali and Basti Schwarz, aka Tiefschwarz, who once played for Neni at the Vienna Naschmarkt, and have since become friends with Molcho, is their mother, Siglinde, tinkering in the kitchen.

To mark the opening of her first restaurant in Berlin we organized a communal dinner together with DJ duo Ali and Basti Schwarz aka Tiefschwarz and their mother to cook “Sabich”.

This article is part of “FvF Cooks” – a selection of monthly inspiring and healthy meals and snacks by a range of FvF guests, contributors and industry experts.

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Meet the FvF Contributors: Michael A. Muller

Hailing from Austin, Texas, Michael A. Muller has graced us with his truly authentic and heartwarming imagery for a range of memorable American portraits on Freunde von Freunden. As a trusted and valued FvF contributor, there is a strong commitment to his craft evident in his work.

Michael has introduced us to three FvF guests from Austin. You might remember shop owner Don Weir in his home and store, architectural designer, Jack Sanders offering a true Texan flavour and artist and designer, Alyson Fox. Additionally, Michael also took photos for creative director and designer, Joe Sadler‘s portrait at home in Silverlake, Los Angeles.

When not working on content for FvF you can find Michael on a shoot for a range of restaurant features, or producing material for Cereal, Kinfolk, Monster Children, Nothing Major, Remodelista and Sight Unseen, among others. We get to know Michael a little better and find out about his love of the simple pleasures in life: an early morning jog, a hearty breakfast and reading a good book. We also find out about his favorite childhood travel memories, love of printed magazines and the best place in town to overdose on oysters.

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FvF Explores: Venice Beach

Venice Beach has a colorful history. Jean-Michael Basquiat, Dennis Hopper, John Baldessari and Charles and Ray Eames all had studios here. Jim Morrison lived here. The Beatniks called it home. It gave birth to Dogtown and the Z-Boys. And so much more. What began as a resort town and an early version of an amusement park complete with a pleasure pier, miniature railroad and miles of man-made canals – with many iterations in between – is today a hip, progressive destination. As it does, gentrification has taken a hold of the once gritty, bohemian community. But, Muscle Beach and overgrown side alleys still exist, beach cruisers, low riders and hot rods abound, artists still hang out and most mornings you will see the surf crowd heading out early to catch a wave.

One of the most famous seaside towns in the world, Venice Beach remains an eccentric community like no other. FvF contributor Claire Cottrell takes us along on her favorite day trip in Los Angeles.

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Telling Design Stories and Sharing Values with Vitra

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.



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FvF x DLD: A Recap of our Panel on Creativity in Munich and Berlin

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.


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