Our Soundtrack for 2023: Berlin Calendar


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.

Berlin socks

Socks – a great gift from Berlin

Around this time of year, many are looking for special gift ideas – be it for birthdays, Christmas or one would like to give away a nice souvenir from Berlin.

We’ve got something for you: Cotton socks from Berlin – these are completely new in the s.wert range.

Berlinsocken Brandenburger Tor

Socks as a gift are completely underestimated. Even if probably no one asks for socks for Christmas or birthday and Albert Einstein is said to have said: “Why socks? They only create holes.” are socks great gifts for friends and family – especially when they are beautiful.

The Brandenburg Gate, the Television Tower and the Berlin Bear are featured on our capital city socks. And here’s a gift idea – you can also fill the socks with little things. Be it sweets or small care products such as lip balm or nail polish. Also a voucher is well wrapped in socks.

Our four Berlin sock models:

Colourful socks with Brandenburg Gate, television tower and radio tower: The more colourful and unusual the socks, the better, because colourful socks are currently very trendy. Our cool socks with Brandenburg Gate, TV Tower and Radio Tower are made of 90% cotton and can be worn by women and men. The colorful socks are also available in different sizes, so that they definitely fit and are pleasant to wear.

Grey-black socks with television tower – for the classic gentleman: For all those who like it more restrained in colour we recommend the socks with grey-black Television Tower motive. The Berlin socks are a classic gift for men, they are available in sizes 39-42 and 43-47. Socks are always needed and far too often we are just too lazy to buy new socks ourselves. So therefore everyone is grateful about comfortable cotton socks.

Berlin Bear Socks: Our colorful Berlin Bear socks in red, blue and white are especially stylish. The nice thing about colourful socks is that they can’t get lost in the washing machine.

Plattenbau socks: Our Plattenbau socks are exactly the right thing for fans of Socialist Modernism and Brutalism. The motif is inspired by the GDR housing blocks on Berlin’s Fischerinsel. The nice thing about such a gift is that every time you reach for your socks, you have to think of the person who gave you the socks.

Conclusion: socks as gift

Socks are a really cool and practical gift, especially if they are also comfortable to wear. Our socks are suitable for various occasions, such as for example as a little Santa Claus or a wichtelgeschenk. Especially now that it is getting colder outside, warm socks from Berlin are just the right gift for someone who is close to your heart.




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

Berlin Poster im richtigen Rahmen

SHOPBerlin Poster – so vielfältig wie Berlin

„Das Wichtigste in der Kunst ist der Rahmen.“ hat Frank Zappa mal gesagt. Ganz so weit würde ich nicht gehen, aber da wir bei s.wert schöne Berlin Poster gestalten, war es allerhöchste Zeit*, sich mit Rahmen zu befassen.

Berlin Poster im Rahmen

Poster “Kotti” im Alurahmen 50 x 65 cm mit Passepartout, Poster Planetarium im Din A2 Rahmen, “Dont forget to go home” im Din A3 Rahmen

Die Recherchen zum richtigen Rahmen waren umfangreich und intensiv. Aus den schier endlosen Möglichkeiten haben wir die besten Varianten zusammengestellt und nun gibt es die Poster bei uns im Shop perfekt gerahmt.

Berlin Poster Prenzlauer Berg gerahmt

Unser Favorit sind die schmalen Alurahmen in DinA2 und DinA3. Die bunten Retro-Poster kommen am besten im champagner Farbton zur Geltung – ein eleganter Metallicrahmen, der zwischen gold und kupfer changiert. Passt perfekt in hyygge Wohnzimmer, die im skandinivischen oder Boho-Stil eingerichtet sind. Für Motive mit klaren Linien und schwarz-weiss Drucke empfehlen wir die eleganten Alurahmen in schwarz. Die minimalistischen Motive passen besonder gut zu modernen Wohnungseinrichtungen mit ausgewählten Designerstücken. Wer die Poster modern und zurückhaltend gerahmt haben möchte, dem raten wir zu Alurahmen in weiss oder silber.

Berlin Poster Kottbusser Tor gerahmt

Die Luxusvariante aus weissem Pappelholzrahmen und Schrägschnitt-Passepartout lässt die DinA2 Poster grösser wirken, hat aber auch ihren Preis.

Alle Rahmen, die wir anbieten, sind Glaswechselrahmen, die mit Federhalterungen leicht geöffnet und wieder verschlossen werden können, falls – was wir nicht hoffen – doch mal ein Motivwechsel anstehen sollte.

Berlin Poster: Don't forget to go Home gerahmt

Die Preise für Alurahmen liegen bei 30 Euro für DinA3, bei 39 Euro für DinA2, ein Holzrahmen mit Passepartout schlägt mit ca 90 Euro zu Buche.

*Anfangs haben wir frei nach dem Motto „einem schönen Bild kann nichts was anhaben“ die weissen Holzrahmen vom schwedisschen Möbelriesen in der Grösse 50 x 70 cm benutzt. Davon sind wir wieder weg. Denn die Rahmen sind mit ca 16 Euro zwar günstig aber die Qualität hat uns nicht überzeugt. Zum einen biegen sich die Rahmen nach einer Weile durch, die Plexiglasscheibe wirkt wellig und die Passepartouts müssen mühsam auf das richtige Mass angepasst werden.

Berlin Poster Plänterwald Spreeepark

Berlin Travelposter Schloss Charlottenburg

Am Beispiel des Posters Berliner Dom zeigen wir auf diesem Bild, wie die unterschiedlichen Rahmen wirken


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.




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).

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


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




Beautiful Ugly Berlin Housing Block

“Berlin, you can be so ugly. So dirty and gray…” Peter Fox sings in his Berlin anthem “Schwarzzublau”. The socialist housing block (Plattenbau) at  Memhardstraße, near Alexanderplatz, which inspired us to this Note Block (12 x 8 x 6 cm) is also called the “ugliest building of Berlin”. Nevertheless it is enjoying increasing popularity.  Let’s say it is just not conform to the common ideals of beauty. There is even a website for “Memi” (german) and an interesting blog post (english).


Ostblock mit Trabi (er) gummi

Ostblock mit Trabi(er)gummi

Notizblock / Ostblock / socialist housing block / note block

a note block named Ostblock

Like the socialist housing block – Berlin is not pretty in a traditional way, not a classic beauty. Even our former mayor Klaus Wowereit (known for the Berlin slogan “poor but sexy”) once said:  “God, this is ugly.” when he saw some new buildings at Alexanderplatz.

Plattenbauten – the architectural witnesses of the German Democratic Republic – have undergone several image changes. In their early days they were extremely popular. Hot water and central heating promised comfort and so the apartment blocks became popular through all social classes.

This changed after the German reunification. Vacancy, alcohol, violence and unemployment dominated the image of the socialist prefab buildings. The overweight long-term unemployed “Cindy from Marzahn” – a fictional character, performing in pink jogging suit is perhaps one of the most positive images that are associated with the socialist residential blocks. Plattenbauten are considered ugly, colorless and uniform .

But – this is slightly changing. Population growth and lack of affordable housing accelerate the image change. 2015 the British star architect David Chipperfiled says in an interview (german) “prefabricated buildings are ugly, but from a social perspective, they are also interesting.” Because prefabricated buildings can not be gentrifcated well – their buiding substance does not work for luxury apartments – even if they are located in the city centre like the block at Memhardstrasse. And so these grey, uniform, socialist residential blocks become keepers of a heterogeneous mix in inner cities. Who would have thought it would end up like this?

Notizblock / Ostblock / socialist housing block / note block

Notizblock / Ostblock / socialist housing block / note block

Notizblock / Ostblock / socialist housing block / note block

Notizblock / Ostblock / socialist housing block / note block


urban curtains and walls

A piece of city for your home. Streetlamps illuminate our streets night by night – yet they lead a shady existence. In everyday life, we are often oblivious to the beauty and varied forms of illusive ”flowers”. The textile designs with ”urban Flowers” are an homage to the hidden beauties of the city.




Oberleitungen Wanddekoration St. Oberholz Apartments

Oberleitungen Wanddekoration St. Oberholz Apartments

Berlin by night Wanddekoration im Marx Club, Cafe Moskau

Berlin by night Wanddekoration im Marx Club, Cafe Moskau


architecture cushions

“My favourite colour is colourful!” as the Bauhaus architect Walter Gropius once put it. We agree. Modern facades are inspiring, we love them and we “collect” this variety of colours and structures in our textile designs.

Plattenbaukissen: QP Platte, Sonderplatte und Kino Kosmos

GDR prefab building cushions: QP Platte, Sonderplatte und Kino Kosmos


Kissen Corbuisierhaus schwarz-weiß

cushion Corbusierhouse black & white

2004 we launched our first cushion collection “Angry Children”. Cushions with 60s and 70s architecture.
The disappearing landmarks of Berlin’s postwar modern architecture were theme of the pillow collection “Angry Children”. The name “Angry Children” referred to disrespect of the current generation for its architectural forefathers.

Kissenkollektion Zornige Kinder, 2004, Foto: Simone Krack

Angry Children Cushion, 2004, Foto: Simone Krack