Cool berlin art IN a BUNKer What makes Berlin Germany's creative capital? More than 20,000 artists live here, there are nine fashion schools, three opera houses, book publishing houses follow their authors to Berlin (instead of the other way around), and many major German newspapers and magazines have relocated to Berlin. The city's rich cultural history and diversity along with an affordable cost of living compared with other European capitals are among the ingredients that make the city so very culture-positive. Where to shop Courtesy of boros sammlung Steps from the popular Fredrichstrasse shopping street is a private art gallery housed in a converted overground bomb shelter that was originally built in 1942 under the direction of Adolf Hitler's chief architect Albert Speer. Boros Sammlung (sammlung means "collection") exhibits an impressive array of modern art by artists such as Olafur Eliason, Damien Hirst and Sarah Lucas. Advertising entrepreneur Christian Boros spent years converting the space into the gallery, which can only be visited by appointment. Reservations must be made through the Boros Sammlung website; it can take several months to get a booking. www.sammlung-boros.de including the BFN Concept Store in Hackesche Höfe market. Schaffrin is one of the creatives behind the Green Showroom, which is part of the ecoluxury movement (the idea that sustainable fashion doesn't need to be unattractive). Further east, Berlinomat showcases clothing, accessories, souvenirs and giftware by about 150 young Berlin designers in the funky Friedrichschain neighbourhood. wunderkind boutique Gendarmentpalais markgrafenstrasse 42 wunderkind.de magdalena schaffrin www.magdalenaschaffrin.com www.green-showroom.net Galeries Lafayette Französische strasse 23 www.galerieslafayette.de berlinomat Frankfurter allee 89 www.berlinomat.com German clothing labels to look for include Wunderkind by Wolfgang Joop (of the JOOP! label) and designer Magdalena Schaffrin, whose clothes are stocked at select boutiques 62 bLue winGs NOVEMBER 2009
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