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fake real estate agents in Berlin?

Looking for a flat in Berlin? Our friend GP suggests to listen to this Radio Köln program (in Italian), explaining how even in Berlin some Italian fake real estate agents try to rip off Italian customers… click here.

Our golden rule is always the same: do as the locals do!

Use German real estate agents, German websites, a German notary. Ask for track record to German friends.


armchairs in advertising

Today I visited the 4711 website. There is a nice ’60s commercial where the armchairs are so cute! And the young party-goers sniff (eau de cologne) like mad!

60s armchairs at LV

I love the clothes at COS, on Kudamm…and even more the furniture: cosy lamps and armchairs from the sixties. Recently I was in Paris and noticed that even the more upmarket LV injected a 60s flair in its Avenue Montaigne flagship.

Bernauer Strasse: a different kind of concrete

DDR endangered bird species

In these snowy days birds walk along the white pointy roof of the opposite building, near Rathaus Schoeneberg park. A string of live origami walking with purpose. For this reason, when I found yesterday these DDR egg cups at one of my favorite 2nd hand stores, it seemed more appropriate to align them on the window sill instead of closing them in the cupboard.

Eierbecher, Konsumgüterproduktion VEB Leuna-Werke „Walter Ulbricht“

Verkauft dich nicht, Berlin…

Tempelhof Airport, Tegel Airport, MediaSpree, Gazometer, Marx-Engels Forum, Gleisdreieck…many plots of land are in the middle of something in Berlin. The Local investigates some of the “deals” and reasons opposing citizens and business (with the city’s government somewhere in between).

Berlin stokes foreign investor land rush

Berlin is a roomy place but investors from Britain and the US have come to see the German capital as fertile ground for a cheap property deal. Ben Knight finds out how much of the city’s  is left for Exberliner magazine (click on the title to be re-directed to the website) – Exberliner (

Photo: IlGatto

long-legged beauty


This morning MeinMann and I were looking at the new Ligne Roset showroom in Rome, and all of a sudden I saw something familiar. The pure lines of the “Scandinavian furniture” of our childhood. Palisander and burnished metal legs. In this case it’s Tanis, a desk by Ligne Roset, re-editing the CM 141 desk by Pierre Paulin, presented at the Salon des Arts Ménagers in the 50s.

This makes us even more proud owners of our palisander sideboard, an original one, manufactured by Musterring. What once was popular good design for the masses now becomes quite premium-price and bo-bo.

Long live Berlin second-hand stores!

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