Category Archives: Hamburg

Samova – Modern Tea Culture at its Best

Just wanna share this link to my other blog to my plug for Samova, because Samova is such a brilliant design brand with quality tea to match.

Samova – Modern Tea Culture at its Best.

Alexander McQueen Exhibition in Hamburg

The incredible talented Alexander McQueen (who tracigally decided to end his own life in 2010 at age 40), was and still is one of the most influential british fashion designers in history. Now you can see many of his creations that he made for  his own label as well as for Givenchy, at the Museum für Kunst and Gewerbe in Hamburg, Germany.

Tomorrow I’ll go to Hamburg for an 8 day vacation, and this will be one of my first stops! Alexander McQueen is one of my favourite designers. I love the rebellious streak he often showcased in his designs.

The exhibition ends September 2.

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg
Steintorplatz
20099 Hamburg
Official Website

Pic courtesy of Museum for Kunst and Gewerbe. Photograph by Maria Thrun

Familie von Quast – Cool, Fun and Tongue in Cheek Design

Love, love, love these placemats (11.90 EUR for a 6-pack) by Familie von Quast.

placemats

placemat

Check out the rest of the Familie von Quast products at their online store FamilievonQuast.com or visit their cute store at Marktstrasse 6 in Hamburg.

They have tons of fun stuff and everything is at affordable prices. Perfect gifts.

I also love their toilet stickers, and I think we all know why below sticker (9.95 EUR) was invented.

Toilet Sticker

Familie von Quast Store

Behold the Holy Shit toilet sticker on the toilet in the lower right corner in front of the store. hehe.

I love the store’s tagline, roughly translated to “I have what you don’t have”

Pics courtesy of Familie von Quast

Secondella- Favourite Vintage Store for Exclusive Designer Brands

Secondella is one of the best vintage and secondhand stores there is, if you are after high-end design brands. They carry clothes and accessories from all top brands such Gucci, Prada, Chanel, Dior etc. The store is over 300 square metres and is a joy to hang around in, even though some of the stuff there still might be too expensive for one’s wallet.

Edit: I can’t turn off the autostart of the Secondella video, so instead of embedding a video with autoplay, here’s the direct link to it instead.

It’s located on Hohe Bleichen 5 in Hamburg
Official Website

Dare to Bring Vivid Colours and Patterns Into Your Home!

I saw this in a store at Jungfernstieg in Hamburg, and I got such a kick out of all the colours! I would love to have that chest in in my home. Its feet are just adorable. It was pretty pricey though; around 1290 EUR.

Unfortunately I can’t recall the name of the store, but it was in the direction of Gänsemarkt. Bureau

Exhibition: The Helping Hounds of hell

Poster

What: The Helping Hounds Of Hell is a charitable art project to benefit the project “Richard Wagner für Kinder”.
It’s handmade skateboard artwork (they look awesome). More than 40 artists have handpainted, one of a kind skateboards which will be sold during two days at two exhibitions.

When: The exhibition was first held in Berlin on January 21st and will be at Hamburg on February 17th.
It’s open only for one day so if you are in town that day make sure to check it out!

Where: Hamburger Botschaft @ Sternstrasse 67
For more info check the official website of Hounds of Hell

Rote Flora – the Most Curious Corner in Hamburg

When strolling through the Schanzenviertel in Hamburg for the first time last year, I was surprised to run into an imposing but hideous looking, worn down building covered in graffiti and political messages. It looked pretty grim and abandoned and half torn down. There were some people, looking like bums, laying or resting on the front steps.
The building was completly cluttered in graffiti, endless scribbles with black markers and paint, and new and halftorn old posters stapled over even older posters.

Sure, the whole area is pretty laid back and bohemian and there’s quite a lot of graffiti, but it is not dirty nor is it messy. Among all the cute and well taken care of restaurants and cafes, design shops and alternative scenic atmosphere this stuck out like a sore thumb.

So I quickly snapped below photo with my camera.

Rote Flora

I remember how me and my friends curiously discussed why it hadn’t been demolished yet. While standing there, strangely fascinated by the sight in front of us, we came to the conclusion that it was just a matter of time until it would happen. We thought it was like one of those abandoned buildings that got bombed in the war and that had neither been demolished nor renovated, the kind you still can see here and there in the former east Germany.

Little did we know about the fascinating history of the place.

Shortly thereafter, I found out that it was the famous Rote Flora, and that it has a long history of squatting and been a hot topic among local Hamburg politicians.

Rote Flora was built in 1888 and was originally a theatre called Tivoli. Later it was used for operas and concerts. It got closed during World War II but reopened again, and used as a cinema in the 50s and 60s, before it got turned into a grocery store.

Rote Flora, year 1900. Photo: Bildarchiv-Hamburg/AFB

When the store got closed in 1987, music producer Friedrich Kurz came forward with plans of turning it into a musical theatre again.

And that’s when trouble began.

The plan was met with massive negativity and protests from the Schanzenviertel’s shopkeepers and inhabitants, many students and artists, fearing that the presence of a theatre would change the area and increase the apartment and shop rents.

But despite the protests, parts of the building was demolished in 1989 to make way for the theatre, resulting in violent encounters between protesters, militant groups and the police. Eventually it urged the investors to abandon their theatre plans.

Locals wanted to renovate the now vacant building and surprisingly the City of Hamburg gave them a lease on the building, which then was renamed Rote Flora. However, the lease turned out to be very short-lived (only three months) before it got declared obsolete by the City of Hamburg. This was in November 1989.

And that’s when the squatting begain.

Rote-Flora

The City wanted the Rote Flora to be torn down to make way for new apartments, and ordered the squatters out. They refused. Police were called in, but the occupation continued. During the 90s several negotiations between the city and the squatters and sympathizers were held but fell through. Rote Flora became a hot political topic and used in elections in Hamburg.

It was only in 2001 that the conflict was defused, when Klausmartin Kretschmer bought the building from the City of Hamburg. Kretschmer then declared that Rote Flora would remain in the hands of the squatters.

Today Rote flora is used for art exhibitions, cultural and political meetings, block parties and flee markets. The front of the building is used as a billboard for political messages, which change every few weeks.

How to get there: U3, S21 or S31 to Sternschanze.

Official Site for Rote Flora