Berlin Calendar 2020: Blocks

The s.wert Berlin Calendar 2020: Blocks is dedicated to the topic of residential buildings. Rental price brakes, rent caps, gentrification and expropriation – the topic of living in the capital affects everyone and is discussed powerfully, politically and emotionally. We illuminate the topic with thirteen illustrations from the visual and architectural perspective – from Poelzig’s residential buildings of the 1920s to the new buildings at the „Park am Gleisdreieck“.

s.wert Kalender Kreuzbergtower John Heijduk

 

Corbusierhaus berlin Illustration

 

Berlin Illustration Rosa Luxemburg Strasse

 

High Deck Siedlung neukölln

 

Am Lokdepot robertneuen Grafik

 

Rummel in der Rummelsburger Bucht

 

Moderne Architektur Berlin Illustration

 

Alte Mälzerei Pankow

 

Baller Bau Lietzenburger Strasse

 

Grafik Anton Saefkow Platz

 

Saphire by Libeskind berlin

 

Hallesches Ufer Poster

 

Berlin Poster framed

SHOPBerlin Posters – as diverse as Berlin

“The most important thing in art is the frame. ” Frank Zappa once said. I wouldn’t go that far, but since we at s.wert design beautiful Berlin posters, it was high time* to deal with frames.

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

The research for the right framework was extensive and intensive. From the sheer endless possibilities we have put together the best variants and now we have the posters perfectly framed in our shop.

Berlin Poster Prenzlauer Berg gerahmt

Our favourites are the narrow aluminium frames in DinA2 and DinA3. The colourful retro posters are best accentuated in champagne – an elegant metallic frame that oscillates between gold and copper. Fits perfectly in hyygge living rooms, which are furnished in Scandinavian or Boho style.

For motifs with clear lines and black and white prints we recommend the elegant aluminium frames in black. The minimalist motifs are particularly well suited to modern home furnishings with selected designer pieces. If you want the posters to be framed in a modern and restrained way, we recommend aluminium frames in white or silver.

Berlin Poster Kottbusser Tor gerahmt

The luxury version made of white poplar wood frame and diagonal cut passe-partout makes the DinA2 poster look bigger, but also has its price.

All frames we offer are glass frames that can be easily opened and closed with spring holders in case – which we hope is not the case – a change of motif is required.

 

Berlin Poster: Don't forget to go Home gerahmt

The prices for aluminium frames are 30 Euro for DinA3, 39 Euro for DinA2, a wooden frame with passe-partout costs about 90 Euro.

*In the beginning we used the white wooden frames of the Swedish furniture giant in the size 50 x 70 cm according to the motto “nothing can harm a beautiful picture”. We’re out of that now. Because the frames are cheap with about 16 Euro but the quality did not convince us. On the one hand the frames bend after a while, the Plexiglas pane appears wavy and the passepartouts have to be adapted to the right size with difficulty.

 

Berlin Poster Plänterwald Spreeepark

Berlin Travelposter Schloss Charlottenburg

SHOP

City Map Berlin Wrapping Paper

Wrapping paper with the Berlin city map

Christmas is approaching – and the need for beautiful wrapping paper is increasing. We have recently launched gift wrapping paper with the Berlin city map. Modern, minimalist and colourful. The large, shiny sheets are ideal for packing pillows, books or sweatshirts.

 

Berlin Stadtplan Geschenkpapier

The ultimate wrapping paper for Urban Addicts is available in red, blue, petrol, orange and pink. If you don’t want to destroy the colourful sheets while using them as as wrapping paper, you can hang them on the wall and turn them into city map posters.

Berlin Stadtplan Geschenkpapier türkis

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

Berlin Stadtplan Geschenkpapier

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

 

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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.