Our Soundtrack for 2023: Berlin Calendar

2023 BERLIN CALENDAR MUSIC

Our 2023 wall calendar is all about music. The line-up is as rich in contrast as the city of Berlin itself. The Kammermusiksaal is displayed as the title picture, with Potsdamer Platz in the background. The Komische Oper, the Konzerthaus am Gendarmenmarkt and the Deutsche Oper also join the party. Not to mention the Holzmarkt area, the Duncker Club and the Kreuzberger Lido making their appearance too.

What may this new year hold for us? In our calendar the year begins with the Komische Oper in Mitte. The building is a surprise box – behind the simple 1960s facade hides a neo-baroque interior. From 2023, this opera house on Behrensstrasse is to be renovated. We are looking forward to this.

Funkhaus (radio station), Nalepastraße in Oberschöneweide was completed in 1951 according to the designs of the architect Franz Ehrlich, since the GDR needed its own broadcasting center after the division of Germany. The building complex consists of various individual buildings in the New Objectivity style. There are also guided tours of the site – the tours can be booked here.

In the month of March, a 1950s building from West Berlin adorns the calendar. The concert hall of the Universität der Kunst Berlin (Berlin Univeristy of the Arts), designed by the architect Paul Gotthilf Reinhold Baumgarten, was completed in 1954 and has been a listed building since 1995.

April – month of the cherry blossom, also known as sakura. The Metropol can be seen on our April graphic – other names for the venue include Theater am Nollendorfplatz, Neues Schauspielhaus or Goya. The building at Nollendorfplatz was built in 1906 by Boswau & Knauer.

For May, the Kammermusiksaal (chamber music hall) at the Kulturforum is lit up with Potsdamer Platz in the background. In 1987, Hans Scharoun’s student and office partner Edgar Wisniewski added the Chamber Music Hall to the Philharmonie. The Berlin Philharmonic describes the chamber music hall as the “little brother of the Berlin Philharmonic – both architecturally and musically”. 

Introducing June: The RBB television center – formerly the SFB television center on Theodor-Heuss-Platz was built according to plans by Robert Tepez and officially opened in 1970. The 18-storey television center is a listed building and is considered an important building of Berlin’s post-war modern era.

In July we have illustrated Berlin’s largest opera house – the Deutsche Oper – built in 1961 by the Berlin architect Fritz Bornemann. The 70 meter long, windowless façade made of exposed aggregate concrete slabs is ornamented and brought to life by Hans Uhlmann’s sculpture

Hello August! Hello summer! In Berlin, this time of year is best enjoyed by the Spree. That’s what the establishers of the Holzmarkt site thought too. Thus, opportunistic urban spaces were created on this bank of the Spree in Berlin Mitte according to plans by the architects “Hütten & Paläste“.

A prominent “gap filler” is pictured in September – the Lido in Kreuzberg. We could not find any information about the building. The typical, pragmatic building development in a gap left by the war offers space for concerts from punk to indie.

The monumental Haus des Rundfunks can be seen on October’s page. The building with its striking facade made of glazed ceramic tiles and clinker bricks designed by Hans Poelzig was opened in 1931. 

On display for the month of November is the building that has housed the Dunckerclub since 1989. The brick building on Dunckerstrasse was built in 1914 by Ludwig Ernst Emil Hoffmann. In earlier times the rooms have served as a horse stable, salt store, gymnasium and youth club.

On the last page of 2023’s calendar edition, things get festive with the Konzerthaus am Gendarmernarkt. The building planned by Karl Friedrich Schinkel is one of the main works of German classicism. Destroyed in World War II, it was rebuilt in the 1980s.

 

To close: We have never had the calendar ready as early as this year. Due to the paper crisis, the printing company asked us to define the quantity back in January. Designing the graphics for this beautiful theme went so well that we were able to print in June. As always, the coveted calendar is printed on heavy recycled paper and the edition is limited to 600 copies. Last year the calendars were sold out from mid-December, so it’s probably worth buying early.

Berlin Puzzle – nice relaxation

Relax in this big, busy city with Berlin Puzzles

Puzzles make you happy and relaxed; that is indeed the case, because during puzzling the brain creates the happy hormone called dopamine. This is possible by working on the puzzle alone or even in groups. We find Berlins beautiful graphics and dopamine fit very well together.

That’s why we now have four Berlin puzzles in the market that are equally as fun for adults and children.

These products from s.wert are perfect for those who enjoy puzzle games, that don’t want to deal with complicated 1000-piece puzzles. These puzzles come in decorative boxes which are perfect to give as a gift. The themes that we have are Alexanderplatz, Weltzeituhr, Tempelhofer Feld and Teufelsberg.

Berlin Puzzle Alexanderplatz in the decorative box.

The size of 48 x 36 cm is perfect for the kitchen or coffee table. We tried the theme Alexanderplatz with the family that consists of 2 adults and 2 children (6 and 10 years). We had a lot of fun and got a sense of achievement by the end of it. For puzzle professionals, the 500-piece puzzle is a nice change.

It is possible to stick the puzzle together at the end, so it can be hung up as a pictur because it would be a pity to let this beautiful motiv you created disappear in the box again.

breakfast plates - a very special souvenir from Berlin

Berliner Frühsücksbrettchen

Frühstücksbrettchen – machen Appetit auf Berlin

Frühstücksbrettchen sind ja typisch deutsch und deshalb besonders als internationales Mitbringsel oder Souvenir beliebt. Immer wieder haben Kunden danach gefragt, ob es Frühstücksbrettchen mit den tollen s.wert Motiven gibt. So ist es – bei uns gibt es das perfekte Berlin Mitbringsel und Architektur Souvenir auch in Brettchen Form.

Frühstücksbrettchen Karl Marx Allee Berlin

Ganz neu sind Frühstücksbrettchen, die die Herzen von Cineast/innen und Ostmoderne Liebhaber/innen höher schlagen lassen. Auf den Brettchen sind die ostmodernen Architekturikonen Cafe Moskau und Kino International dargestellt.

Aber auch Plattenbau Fans und Leute, die auf der Suche nach einem besonderen Berlin Souvenir sind, finden bei s.wert genau das, was sie suchen.

Berliner Frühstück

 

Fernsehturm, Brandenburger Tor und Gedächtniskirche ergänzen sich auf diesem Berlin Brettchen perfekt, das macht Appetit auf die Hauptstadt.

Berlin Souvenir Frühstücksbrett

#plattenbaufetzt – besonders auf den Frühstcksbrettchen Bunte Platte und Platz der Vereinten Nationen.

typisch deutsch Plattenbau Frühstücksbrettchen

Das Frühstücksbrettchen mit Wohnmaschine Motiv erfreut Architekten und urbane Entdecker.

Geschenk für Architekten Berlin

Stadtplan Berlin Geschenkpapier

Geschenkpapier mit dem Berliner Stadtplan

Weihnachten naht – und der Bedarf an schönem Geschenkpapier nimmt zu. Bei uns gibt es seit kurzem Geschenkpapier mit dem Berliner Stadtplan. Modern, minimalistisch und bunt. Die grossen, glänzenden Bögen eignen sich gut, um Kissen, Bücher, oder Sweatshirts einzupacken.

Berlin Stadtplan Geschenkpapier

Das ultimative Geschenkpapier für Urban Addicts gibt es in rot, blaupetrol, orange und rosa. Wem die Stadtplan-Drucke zu schade sind, um sie als Einwickelpapier zu verwenden, der kann sie auch an die Wand hängen und zum Stadtplan-Poster umfunktionieren.

Berlin Stadtplan Geschenkpapier türkis

Grösse: 84,1 x 59,4 cm 2,90 € pro Bogen

Berlin Stadtplan Geschenkpapier

Geschirrtücher – die Stars der Küchenaccessoires

Berlin Geschirrtücher – jeder Kiez ist schön

Geschirrtücher sind die Rockstars unter den Küchenaccessoires – die meiste Zeit hängen sie dekorativ ab, aber wenn sie dann die Bühne betreten geht’s richtig zur Sache. Die schönen und saugfähigen Halbleinentücher von s.wert punkten durch ausgefallene Designs und hervorragende Qualität, made in Germany. Die Design Küchentücher sind tolle Geschenke aus Berlin, die in jedem Koffer Platz haben.

Das Geschirrtuch Alexanderplatz, auf dem der Berliner Fernsehturm in leuchtenden Farben abgebildet ist ein echter Blickfang. Geschirrtücher sind beliebte Geschenke für Feinschmecker und Hobbyköche und hervorragende Mitbringsel zur Esseenseinladung. Bei den Berlin Geschirrtüchern von s.wert ist für jeden Geschmack was dabei. Für urbane Entdecker das Motiv Teufelsberg, für Westberliner das Motiv Westend und für Architekten das Motiv Corbusierhaus oder Holzmarktstrasse.

Rot- blau - gelb - schönes Geschirrtuch mit Fassaden Textildesign

Plattenbaufetzt – auch als Geschirrtuch. Hier ist die Fassade der Plattenbauten an der Holzmarktstrasse zu einem ansprechenden Textildesign verarbeitet

Berlin Alexanderplat Weltzeituhr Geschirrtuch

Geschirrtuch Alexanderplatz mit Weltzeituhr

Berlin Geschirrtuch Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz

Geschirrtuch: Rosa Luxemburg Platz

Die Geschirrtücher von s.wert sind aus Halbleinen und werden in Deutschland hergestellt.

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Graphic Berlin Postcards

Everyone is happy about a postcard in their mailbox. In the social media age, a postcard greeting is something very special because fewer and fewer postcards are sent. Sure – holiday greetings are written and sent much faster with Whatsapp, Facebook and Instagram.

At s.wert you can buy postcards of Berlin with a nostalgic twist. Alexanderplatz shimmers in a pastel evening glow, people stand gently backlit in front of Berlin’s most famous curry sausage stand on Schönhauser Allee and Eberswalder Strasse is delicately striped turquoise-pink.

Berlin Postkarten Berlindesign

Perhaps the only address where you can get postcards from such exotic places as the Humboldthain in Gesundbrunnen or Marzahn is s.wert. If you want to send analog greetings from Kotti, the Kreuzberg 36 Casino motif is the most stylish.

Postkarte Marahn Kotti Moabit

Volksbühne Strausberger Platz Ansichtskarte

Little decorative tip. You frame the postcards – and the beautiful and inexpensive wall decoration is ready. The advantage is that even in small rooms you have room for many beautiful Berlin motifs.

Deko mit Postkarten im Rahmen

Postkartencollage Berlin

Our collection of postcards is constantly expanding. Our webshop offers the best overview. There are also postcard sets available (12 postcards for the price of 10).

Amerika Haus

Das Amerika Haus in der Hardenbergstrasse macht von Innen und Aussen was her. Innen, weil dort tolle Fotoausstellungen zu sehen sind, denn das frühere US-Kultur- und Informationszentrum wird seit 2013 von C/O Berlin als Ausstellungshaus für Fotografie genutzt. 1957 wurde das Gebäude nach Plänen des Architekten Bruno Grimmek gebaut. Noch bis April laufen dort die beiden Ausstellungen Total Records: Vinyl & Fotografie und Kreuzberg – Amerika.

Amerika haus Hardenbergstrasse CO Galerie

Amerikahaus

Das war nicht immer so. Denn, wie viele Gebäude der Nachkriegsmoderne fristete das Amerika Haus – einst ein gebautes Zeichen für Freiheit und Demokratie in den letzten Jahren ein Schattendasein. Erst der (nicht ganz freiwillige) Umzug von C/O Berlin von Mitte in das alte West-Berlin verhalf dem heruntergekommenen Haus zu neuem Glanz.

Kissen Retro AmerikaHaus

Das Amerika Haus als Kissen

Summer in Berlin with “very Berlin” Shirts

Yeah! Summer arrived in Berlin – time to show our new shirts. One features an empty building close to Alexanderplatz, the “Haus der Statistik”. The  Initiative Haus der Statistik   is working on a concept to use the building as space for refugees and artists.

Haus der Statistik

Haus der Statistik

The urban environment is always our greatest source of inspiration. The textile design on this shirt references streetlamps. And we love the supersoft material Bamboo!

Our photoshoot took part at Uferhallen in Berlin Wedding. Here you find an interesting article (german) about the architecture. The LINK

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Berlin Vintage Travel Poster

Die Posterserie „Berlin Vintage Travel Poster“ ist eine farbenfrohe Hommage an Reiseplakate der fünfziger, sechziger und siebziger Jahre. Die Reise-Poster im Retro-Stil zeigen besondere Orte und schöne Ausflugsziele innerhalb Berlins. Vom Teufelsberg bis hin zum Park am Gleisdreieck.

Berlin Poster im Vintage Travel Poster Stil

Berlin Poster im Vintage Travel Poster Stil

Berlin Poster: Teufelsberg: Vintage Travel Poster Style

Berlin Poster: Teufelsberg: Vintage Travel Poster Style

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Brutalist Berlin Building: ICC Poster im Vintage Travel Poster Stil

Brutalist Berlin Building: ICC Poster im Vintage Travel Poster Stil

Berlin Poster Gasometer Schöneberg im Retro Travel Poster Stil

Berlin Poster Gasometer Schöneberg im Retro Travel Poster Stil

Berlin Poster mit Berliner Funkturm in Vintage Travel Poster Stil

Berlin Poster mit Berliner Funkturm in Vintage Travel Poster Stil

Berlin Poster Alexanderplatz im Vintage Travel Poster Stil

Berlin Poster Alexanderplatz im Vintage Travel Poster Stil

Berlin Poster im Retro Reiseposter Stil

Berlin Poster im Retro Reiseposter Stil

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Bauhaus, colour and fashion

Bauhaus and fashion –  the parallels between the German art school (founded in 1919 by the architect Walter Gropiu) are many-faceted. For our summer textile collection we took a closer look at Haus Kandinsky /Klee.

Bauhaus Farben auf Shirt und Rock

Ein Blick in das Treppenhaus des Meisterhauses auf Shirt und Rock

 

Ein Blick in das Treppenhaus des Meisterhauses auf Shirt und Rock

Ein Blick in das Treppenhaus des Meisterhauses auf Shirt und Rock

 

 

Tuch Meisterhaus - Bauhausstadt Dessau

Tuch Meisterhaus – Haus Kandisky /Klee in der Bauhausstadt Dessau

Tuch Meisterhaus - Bauhausstadt Dessau

Tuch Meisterhaus Kandisky / Klee in der Bauhausstadt Dessau

Berlin Silhouette Tape– 66 meters Berlin

„Berlin Silhouette“ Our Berlin Silhouette Tape is featuring the Berlin skyline on a length of 66 metres.

The buildings and places that have been printed on the transparent tape are: Brandenburger Tor, Gedächtniskirche, Potsdamer Platz, Strausberger Platz, Oberbaum Brücke, Berlin TV Tower, Funkturm, Tempodrom. Berlin streetlamps, the berlin subway, a velotaxi and skaters are also part of this very special Berlin souvenir.

This Tape is great for wrapping parcels and can be used for lots of DIY projects – like decorating vases, walls and boxes.

 

Length: 66 Meter

Width: 5 cm

Made in Germany

 

Berlin Poster & Art Prints from s.wert

Let’s start the new week with some good news – the s.wert designs are now available as posters. Stylish – urban and narrative.

Berlin Art Prints von s.wert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Schilderwald” – this Design Poster is so german. It shows a forest of traffic signs.
The view through our window in Berlin Mitte was the inspiration for that motif. Often we see people there, looking up in the sky – to one of these “traffic sign trees”  trying to understand when parking is permitted.

Berlin Collge City Print

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On this poster “Berlin Collage City” we featured Berlin at its best – a perfect mix of colourful Wilhelminian style facades, modern buildings like Potsdamer Platz and the tv tower.

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Bierpinsel:This  poster is dedicated to the futuristic pop architecture icon ” Bierpinsel ” in Berlin Steglitz. The building was constructed in 1976 by ​​ Ralf Schüler and Ursulina Schüler-Witte  (the couple also built the ICC). 2011 the originally orange facade got a street art painting by  several street artists such as for example Flying Förtress, Sozyone, Honet and Craig ” KR ” Costello.

Kosmos Kino Poster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kosmos –This cosmic  poster in soft pastel shades is an hommage to the Kosmos cinema in Berlin’s Karl-Marx-Allee . The theater was inaugurated in 1962 and was the largest cinema of the GDR , it was designed by the architect Josef Kaiser and Herbert Aust

Alexanderplatz U-Bahnhof Poster Print

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Alexanderplatz This poster is for ” Berlin Connoisseurs ” , their trained eye will discover that this art print features the subway-station Alexanderplatz. As one of the largest crossing station in Berlin the subway station Alexanderplatz occupies a prominent position. The architect was Alfred Grenander.

Gifts for architects

When you need the right gifts for architects, it can be hard picking out something good. Here is a selection of helpful and unique gifts. You can trust us, because we – the s.wert designers are trained as architects.

Architekturtassen - 12,50 € - ein kleines, feines Geschenk für Architekten

architecture mugs – 12,50 €

Alvar Aalto once said “Nothing old is ever reborn but neither does it totally disappear. And that which has once been born, will always reappear in a new form.” So – we recommend these architecture mugs as gift for architecture lovers. These mugs are an homage to great building from Le Corbusier to the typical GDR prefab buildings.

Weihnachtskrippe ( 28 €) für Puristen von Oliver Fabel

Weihnachtskrippe für Puristen (28€) von Oliver Fabel

Less is more – is often associated with Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe (1886-1969). This phrase perfectly describes the purist Christmas crib, designed by Oliver Fabel. The only crib free from clichés and kitsch we know. Available in english and german.

Architekturkissen, Neue Nationalgalerie und Corbusierhaus 49 €

Architekturkissen, Neue Nationalgalerie und Corbusierhaus 49 €

Staying with the great modern architects  – we recommend cushions with architecture inspired textile designs, such as Mies van der Rohe’s New National Gallery, the Bauhaus Dessau or the Corbusierhouse.

Architekturkissen Bauhaus Gebäude Dessau 49 €

Architekturkissen Bauhaus Gebäude Dessau 49 €

Believe it or not – also socks can be the perfect gift for architects. These high-quality, unisex Berlin socks with a knitted Brandenburg Gate are a beautiful way to say hello from Berlin.

Socken für Architekten und Berlin-Fans 10 €

Socks for architects and Berlin Lovers 10 €