Visit the Botanical Garden in Munich

My last visit to the Botanical Garden in Munich left me speechless & I simply would love to share lots and lots of gorgeous details with you…If you ever have the chance to visit, please go! Enjoy, A. XO

visit the botanical garden in Munich, Germany
visit the botanical garden in Munich, Germany
doors at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
doors at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
detail at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
detail at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
detail at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
detail at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
detail at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
detail at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
detail at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
detail at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
detail at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
detail at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
detail at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
detail at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
detail at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
detail at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
detail at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
detail at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
detail at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
detail at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
detail at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
detail at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
detail at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
detail at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
details at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
details at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
details at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
details at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
details at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
details at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
details at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
details at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
details at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
details at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
details at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
details at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
details at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
details at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
details at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
details at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
details at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
details at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
details at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
details at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
details at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
details at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
details at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
details at botanical garden in Munich, Germany

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A quick visit to Berlin

Berliner Dom, Berlin Cathedral black & white photography
Berliner Dom, Berlin Cathedral black & white photography
detail from Berlin: white Art Deco tile, weiße Jugendstil Fliese
detail from Berlin: white Art Deco tile, weiße Jugendstil Fliese
roof detail from the museum island in Berlin, Museumsinsel Berlin, black & white photography
roof detail from the museum island in Berlin, Museumsinsel Berlin, black & white photography
Detail from the Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin. black & white photography
Detail from the Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin. black & white photography
roof detail from the museum island in Berlin, Museumsinsel Berlin, black & white photography
roof detail from the museum island in Berlin, Museumsinsel Berlin, black & white photography

No matter how short a business trip is, I always try to escape the working routine and do some sightseeing. These pictures were taken during a short trip to Berlin, when I payed a visit to the Berlin Cathedral and the museum island. A few months passed since this trip, but they still remain to be some of my favorite pictures I took this year!
I hope you enjoy them just as much as I do and can give me some tips for my future trips to Berlin? A. XO

A memorable visit to KPM, Berlin

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A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur

My passion for the heritage of Prussian kings can be tracked down to a very young age! Now that’s a pretty big entry for a story, you might think… But it’s the truth and nothing but the truth!

A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur

My first encounter with the legacy of a Prussian king was right after I left school. I was working at an exhibition about ‘The Amber Room’ at a german museum and you might wonder, what a Prussian king has to do with it, and I’d love to share a little history lesson with you. Nowadays The Amber Room is inseparably connected to Russian history, but originally it was build in Germany and the Prussian king, Frederick William I gifted it to his then ally Tsar Peter the Great. During this exhibition, I was giving guided tours on ‘The Amber Room’ and to say I was in awe with the crafts from the past would be a total understatement.

A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur

My second encounter with the legacy of a Prussian king was a few days ago, when I visited KPM in Berlin, one of Europe’s oldest manufactories for porcelain. Here again, the founder was a Prussian king. Frederick the Great established the factory and they have been producing their ‚white gold‘ pieces with timeless aesthetics and of highest quality for over 250 years now! You can still witness one of the royal remains on every contemporary product that leaves the factory – their cobalt blue sceptre.

A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur

I was invited to join an exclusive tour, lead by the chief designer of the house, Thomas Wenzel and from the very beginning I was the last to leave the room! Listening to his interesting stories, I was exploring all the corners of the factory, appreciating every single moment, watching magic being created. From the white porcelain powder dancing in the light, covering every single inch of the production area, the highly artistic soft porcelain waste that didn’t meet the high quality standards to the floral illustrations and photographies that were placed in almost every room – I was surrounded by iconic treasures that have inspired generation before me!

A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur

Still trying to process all of these grand impressions, the last part of the day was my favorite! One of the most memorable hands-on experiences was a workshop, where we were taught how to paint on porcelain. I will forever hold this memory in my heart, as it doesn’t get any better than to personalize your favorite precious piece of German history.

A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur

If you liked my stories and images, you can join KPM for their summer fest. It will be held in Berlin the next weekend. You can find all the information here.

Thank you KPM for the invitation! All images and thoughts are my own, brought to you with my biggest gratitude to KPM, as this is a paid collaboration. Thank you so very much for providing such an incredible insight – to my readers and myself.

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Visit Hohensyburg, Germany

These pictures from my weekend gateway make me believe that I am in England again. Wild roses and rocky remains of a castle from the Middle Ages. Hohensyburg is located only a few minutes from my home, going there I am experiencing the exceptionally beautiful neighborhood … and from time to time, simply by looking at these wild roses, my vivid imagination takes me back to England again…

Visit Hohensyburg, Germany, castle from the Middle Ages with pink wild roses
Visit Hohensyburg, Germany, castle from the Middle Ages with pink wild roses
Visit Hohensyburg, Germany, castle from the Middle Ages with pink wild roses
Visit Hohensyburg, Germany, castle from the Middle Ages with pink wild roses
Visit Hohensyburg, Germany, castle from the Middle Ages with pink wild roses
Visit Hohensyburg, Germany, castle from the Middle Ages with pink wild roses
Visit Hohensyburg, Germany, castle from the Middle Ages with pink wild roses
Visit Hohensyburg, Germany, castle from the Middle Ages with pink wild roses
Visit Hohensyburg, Germany, castle from the Middle Ages with pink wild roses
Visit Hohensyburg, Germany, castle from the Middle Ages with pink wild roses
Visit Hohensyburg, Germany, castle from the Middle Ages with pink wild roses
Visit Hohensyburg, Germany, castle from the Middle Ages with pink wild roses
Visit Hohensyburg, Germany, castle from the Middle Ages with pink wild roses
Visit Hohensyburg, Germany, castle from the Middle Ages with pink wild roses

I have been to England only once, I was a little girl and all I can remember are flowers, school uniforms and plaid stockings. Forgive me this limited memory, I know it’s about time to travel to England once again. Believe me, it has been on my bucket list for ages!

Visit Hohensyburg, Germany, castle from the Middle Ages with pink wild roses
Visit Hohensyburg, Germany, castle from the Middle Ages with pink wild roses
Visit Hohensyburg, Germany, castle from the Middle Ages with pink wild roses
Visit Hohensyburg, Germany, castle from the Middle Ages with pink wild roses
Visit Hohensyburg, Germany, castle from the Middle Ages with pink wild roses
Visit Hohensyburg, Germany, castle from the Middle Ages with pink wild roses

I hope, you like traveling with me, no matter if it’s only by looking at these images or using your imagination to travel even further…

Enjoy your summer full of wild roses! A. XO

DDN Blog Safari at Salone del Mobile

A week has passed since I returned from Milan and I am still overwhelmed with all of the impressions from Salone del Mobile. This has been an unforgettable week and from now on I will be planning my travels around this special week in Italy! Hopefully I won’t miss a single Salone for the rest of my life!

Never ever have I experienced a week so full of mind-blowing inventions and alluring designs! Driven by the impulse that kept me looking for new trends, I was so excited to spend a week in Milan. I have been a dedicated follower of everything connected with the Salone and for years I have been observing every single story that my friends uploaded during this most important design week! Little did I know – it was much better than I expected it to be!

I am still paving my way through hundreds of pictures that I would love to share with you, but let me start with one of the first events that I attended at the Salone – The DDN Blog Safari – organized by one of the most influential design magazines in Italy!

During the tour, a group of international bloggers was given the chance to take a peek behind the scenes of a few major italian interior brands and also speak to their designers. I am very honored that I was given the opportunity to be part of this tour! Being an artist myself I am always very interested in the creative process every designer experiences.

classic details at Gianfranco Ferre
classic details at Gianfranco Ferre

The visit to the different designers allowed me to keep my eyes open for a look that transcends all styles, and let’s begin with one of the most exuberant styles: Gianfranco Ferré and Roberto Cavalli. Both do evoke a luxurious and an elegant atmosphere, each one of them in a slightly different way. You know, I am a big fan of classic details in interiors and these snapshots prove that it is been a fest for me to swoon over their elegant details like antique plastering, soft velvet drapery or lavish prints of plants!

velvet drapery at Gianfranco Ferre
velvet drapery at Gianfranco Ferre
lush prints at Roberto Cavalli Home
lush prints at Roberto Cavalli Home

It was very interesting to be able to listen about the design process of Gallotti & Radice and to get to know that they cooperate with some of the very best young designers like Studio Pepe. It’s like I told you, I am not only still going through the hundreds of images from Milano, but I am also ‘going through’ my memories and talking to some of my friends from Milano made me realize, that I was not the only one who discovered the big presence of gorgeously colored mirrors.

Golden geometric details - a collaboration of Gallotti & Radice with Studio Pepe
Golden geometric details – a collaboration of Gallotti & Radice with Studio Pepe
colored mirrors by Gallotti&Radice, Copyright Gallotti& Radice
colored mirrors by Gallotti&Radice, Copyright Gallotti& Radice

Artemide left me speechless! Maybe it was my personal background, because we are working on our home and still are in need of gorgeous lighting, but Artemide’s lamps were pieces of art with slight interpretations of details from the age of Art Nouveau. For me, a never ending love affair! ❤

Spectacular lighting at Artemide
Spectacular lighting at Artemide
Spectacular fringe lighting at Artemide
Spectacular fringe lighting at Artemide

One of the very raw and minimalistic approaches was JCP – by using materials like metal wires, leatherstraps, stones in a very unique way, I truly loved their quote on their way of seeing design:  “JCP is an imaginative universe that transforms our normality by encouraging us to reflect on our own way of life, here on Earth.”

fine details from JCP interiors
fine details from JCP interiors
JCP stand at Saloni der Mobile, copyright JCP
JCP stand at Saloni der Mobile, copyright JCP

Also, love at first sight was the stand of Artflex. Lots of velvet with moody hues mixed with fresh splashes of yellow.. The striking lamps left a great impression – simply because they look like art installations on the wall! ❤

Colorful details at Artflex
Colorful details at Artflex
Colorful, moody details at Artflex
Colorful, moody details at Artflex

Kartell does not need to be introduced to interior design fans, but still, let me tell you, the product display alone left us speechless! Design fairs tend to be challenging when it comes to photography, and some photos do not do justice to the installations and objects. Still, I am trying to translate all the beauty of Kartell at Salone in only a few images – challenging to make images as vivid as reality but just take a look at this colorful looks:

Colorful details at Kartell
Colorful details at Kartell
Colorful details at Kartell, copyright Kartell
Colorful details at Kartell, copyright Kartell

And here goes an incredible fun fact – when you see Mr. Berlusconi himself hanging at the very same stand, as you do, you simply KNOW you are experiencing one go THE MOST important designers of the fair! Thank you, Poliform and Natuzzi!

moody details at Poliform
moody details at Poliform
Poliform Desk at Salone del Mobile, photocredit: Poliform
Poliform Desk at Salone del Mobile, photocredit: Poliform

Talking about the creative process of the designers, it was truly interesting to experience the history behind the creative sketches of Claudio Bellini for MDF  !

sketches by Claudio Bellini for MDF, Copyright MDF
sketches by Claudio Bellini for MDF, Copyright MDF
sign filo sedia design by MDF, copyright MDF
sign filo sedia design by MDF, copyright MDF

If you need gorgeous shelving ideas, you can find them here at Annibale Colombo – here is a wonderful example for all kinds of interiors:

Mettitutto Stefano Boeri for Annibale Colombo, Copyright Annibale Colombo
Mettitutto Stefano Boeri for Annibale Colombo, Copyright Annibale Colombo

Usually, interior fairs do take a lot of energy but this time I came back as energized, as I have never been before! Ok, and the LA DOLCE VITA didn’t hurt either;-)

Thank you for this gorgeous opportunity DDN – and for all of you, if you like to see the video of the tour, you can take a sneak peek here...