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15 Berlin shops you should know about

Like I promised in a previous post, I’m about to share my favorite shops of Berlin. Over the past few years I can almost say I became a bit of a Berlin local as well. Like I can dream about the underground stations, and I’m pretty sure I tasted every Berlin beer I came across to haha. When it comes to shopping, it’s no shock that Berlin hosts some of the best streetwear-, sneaker- and concept stores in Europe. But in a town that’s almost 4 times bigger than Amsterdam, it can be a bit difficult figuring out on where to go. My advice: just wander around. For me it’s the best way to discover Berlin’s finest treasures, including stores, clubs, coffee bars, bookstores, cafés and galleries. But I can imagine if you planned on a short-stay trip maybe you don’t have time to wander around for hours. So I made a small list of 15 of my favorite shops which are definitely worth seeking out. Oh, and please take in mind most of them …

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Berlin Bound

So last week I went to Berlin with my boyfriend and yes, it’s always good to be back again. Normally each summer we travel to the German capital to visit Fashion Week and the tradeshows for THRLD, but this time we had a different goal: supporting our friends at ANT Origins, a Dutch streetwear label. It was their first time participating at the Bright tradeshow, and we followed them for one day at the ANT booth. We have a little history with the brand as I shot their lookbooks for the last two years. It’s cool to see how many progress they made so far, and are still continuing evolving the brand to a whole new level. So proud of the team and grateful to be part of it as well. We made a video recap of this journey which will be up on THRLD tomorrow, so stay tuned for that. Jordi & I had decided that one day of strolling through the Bright & SEEK tradeshows was enough. We wanted to enjoy Berlin to …

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Fundació Joan Miró

I didn’t share you all of my adventures while I was staying in Barcelona for only 72 hrs. Next to partying at Sónar festival and visiting the city’s finest places, I’ve also discovered this new place which is the Fundació Joan Miró museum. As I told you before I’ve been to Barcelona for many times, so when we go back it’s always a challenge to check up on new area’s. However, my boy and I just love exploring local art activities, and so it happened we ended up at the Joan Miró exposition. Joan Miró (1893-1983) was a true explorer as well, as he mastered many different techniques, including painting, sculpture, litographs, tapestries and ceramics, but he’s best known for his work as a (surrealist) painter. The artist and his (famous) artistic friends decided that Barcelona needed a space to display Miró’s work and, at the artist’s insistence, to showcase work by contemporary artists. And so it went, the Fundació Joan Miró opened to the public in 1975 and still remains a dynamic space where …

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Station Liège-Guillemins

I live right next to the borders of The Netherlands, so for me it’s always exciting to explore new places other than here. So when I got asked to shoot my #CozyTop5 for @team_cozy (soon more about this on un-cluttered) I wanted to do something different and special, not the usual places I go to for a quick visit. After some research I found out about station Liège-Guillemins in Belgium. People told me about it in the past, but I totally forgot about it until a few weeks ago. Luckily my boy had a day off just when the sun decided to came out to surprise us with a lovely summer’ish day. We took the car, drove for almost two hours and once we’ve reached the station, we both felt the trip was all worth it. It’s such a beautiful piece of architecture, right in a city where modern buildings are very hard to find. After he won a competition, Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava got the privilege to create the Liège-Guillemins station. Next to this …

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Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)

The Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), or, in other terms, the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, is one of my favorite hang outs when I’m visiting Barcelona. The museum offers a wide range on contemporary art and culture and confirms Barcelona’s position as a world art capital as well. Always when I’m there, I feel this creative vibe surrounding me and it feels so good. The architecture is amazing as well. It’s the work of North American artist Richard Meier, designed in my birthyear, 1990, and built between 1991 and 1995. The assemblage of several prisms takes up 14.300 m2 of floor space in total. The center is a cylindrical volume that cuts through all the floors – from the basement to the roof – and organises the exhibition areas along a longitudinal axis over three floors, starting with the ground floor. I just love it how the natural light enters the building. It makes it a serene place to be, just what you need when you’re soaking your mind up with modern art. …