Bierpinsel – Speechless

Colour be glad

Colour be glad

Berlin has some pretty amazing buildings, some pretty out there ideas have come to life, some I would bet my eye teeth on not being created anywhere else in Germany, let alone the world. Once again Berlin wins for otherworldly weirdness.

The Bierpinsel (or Beer Brush, go figure) was made in 1972 and originally was meant to look like a tree, it contained bars, restaurants and a night club but sadly it is no longer accessible. Well it is but you have to be a bit hardcore on the breaking and entering front.
The Bierpinsel stands at 46ft and is located above Schloßstraße in an area called Steglitz, full of nondescript high street shops – think of Elephant & Castle circa 2001 but with Currywurst stores or Bracknell now without the faint stench of piss and paupers, actually the piss is well and truly there.
The Bierpinsel rises above all the other buildings like a giraffe drawn by someone who has been at the schrooms for a week before putting felt tip to paper. It looks about as at home here as Keith Flint on acid in a flower arranging class, that is something of it’s romantic brilliance.
Despite it’s obvious appeal and general cool, this building seems destined to fail, countless owners have failed to bring it back to life and ended bankrupt. A bunch of graf artists gave it a lick of paint back in 2010 but we have no idea who, it looks a little bit like Malarky but it ain’t.
SF have made claims for places to be good for a little knees up, but surely this is the Daddy of the Macdaddy . We are starting a whip round to buy it… send your cheques, piggy banks, bonds, Woolworths vouchers et al

German Pop Art – Schirn Gallery – Frankfurt

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SF took a little trip out of Berlin recently and decamped to Southern Germany, and to Frankfurt, a city which is known as the financial centre of Germany, we took in the Schrin Gallery for a little bit of German Pop Art action.

A dentist's chair... of some sort

A dentist’s chair… of some sort

Pop Art, everyone likes it, everyone is familiar with it and it is probably one of the least offensive forms you are likely to find. It is always laced with a kind of humour, it feels comfortable for all walks of life to appreciate. The use of everyday well known brands, images and icons makes the experience more inclusive for the viewer and less elitist, well that’s what SF reckons.

Germany in the Pop Art era, an interesting time, known as the swinging 60’s in some places, German’s were still living somewhat under the cloud of ‘that’ war but also Berlin was divided with different nations claiming their piece of the city. One area that was growing was a Pop Art movement and this exhibition gives us a small insight into some of the work from that period, combining film, sculpture, painting and movement, the curation by Martina Weinhart is a delightful myriad of colours and forms.

Here are a few of our most favourite pictures from the exhibition…..

Pop cowboy

Pop cowboy

Lipstick bombing

Lipstick bombing

Cry baby film

Cry baby film

The Berlin U-Bahn – A Design Masterpiece

BLN U-Bahn

BLN U-Bahn

The Berlin train system is top drawer, it is on time, it is not busy, it is clean, it doesn’t seem to get as crazy hot as in London or New York and the buskers are pretty good, comparatively.

The best thing is not actually a part of the moving object we call a train. It is actually the station themselves, they are a beautiful tiled throwbacks, featuring a myriad of colours, fonts, designs and sizes, every station is different and everyone is a work of art in its own right. Some of the stations even feature old black and white photos of the surrounding streets in their former glory.

SF has picked out a few to share, there are many more weird, wonderful and beautiful ones we will post in the coming weeks with some more info. For now… feast your eyes on these….

BLN U-Bahn

BLN U-Bahn

BLN U-Bahn

BLN U-Bahn

Nike – some hits and misses from the world favourite kicks co.

Nike, the king of trainers in the humble SF opinion, obvs Adidas gets a honourable mention.

HIT – Simple, classic, fit

Nike Air Maxim - APC x Nike 2013

Nike Air Maxim – APC x Nike 2013

APC high top

APC high top

HIT….. just. It has fluro soles

Nike Air May 90 EM Fluro Grey

Nike Air May 90 EM Fluro Grey

MISS – WTF? This time you just got it wrong your Airness

Nike Jordan XX8 Black / Bright Citrus Cool-Grey Deep Royal

Nike Jordan XX8 Black / Bright Citrus Cool-Grey Deep Royal

Why would you?

Why would you?JUSR

THE JURY IS OUT – ?!?!?!

Nike Air Jordan 8 Retro Black / Bright Citrus-Cool Grey Deep Royal

Nike Air Jordan 8 Retro Black / Bright Citrus-Cool Grey Deep Royal

HIT – A classic with summer colour

Nike Air Max 1 Purple Suede

Nike Air Max 1 Purple Suede

HIT – The top draw, number one, tennis style, velcro summer kick.

8FIVE2SHOP x Nike SB Stefan Janoski

8FIVE2SHOP x Nike SB Stefan Janoski

All spotted on HypeBeast

 

Lego – Bridging the gap between function and creativity

Lego inspiration

Lego inspiration

As a little person there is one thing that every child, no matter their age, intelligence, social class, sex or even how dull they are, they will find joy in Lego. Little plastic bricks that can be fashioned into houses, robots, cars, people, animals, airports, roads, weapons etc etc. And when you grow up…. real life bridges. How many designers and architects have been inspired by these little blocks?

Lego exercise

Lego exercise

SF loves this because it is lego inspired, but is much more that a eye catching design. It is designed for fun with the smooth tracks for cycling, boarding or skating, plus the stairs up and down work those glutes but also the wave allows for different perspectives as you make your way across. Design should work on many levels and this does. So this is not only necessary as it looks good but works the mind, the body and the senses.

Pure blue sky not included

Pure blue sky not included

This bridge by Michael Jantzen has not been built yet but I think it would work very well in Hackney. I’ll make a suggestion to the council post haste

The Reebok Classic – The Slag becomes a Stunner

Time to fess up, for a self confessed trainer freak, SF has one particular type which while seminal and of it’s time, brings nothing but a nauseous Lynx Africa enthused, overly baggy, Kappa-slapper almost Spliffy cold sweat. The Reebok Classic

Not pretty is it?

Not pretty is it?

That was until now.

Look at this bona-fide beauty of a trainer, it does not look like like a classic that would be worn by a football hooligan, bird shagging, stella drinking geezer called Tel.

This is pretty....

This is pretty….

It is not in leather, it is a sort of suede material in navy blue and exclusively designed in collaboration with European sneaker mainstay Sneaker n Stuff in Stockholm. This makes up a part of the Reebok Certified Network for the 30th anniversary of the much maligned but sometimes loved Reebok Classic. Available through only 17 stockists across the globe.

SF is having a re-evaluation

Thanks Hypebeast

Watch this – The Classic Casio Digital

It is a classic, everyone owns one. It is like white Converse shoes, a good pair of denim Levi’s, Nike Air Max and getting your ear pierced when you are young. It is timeless, must happen and your kids will do it too.

The original

The original

Colours a plenty, authentic? Maybe not

Yellow digi Casio

Yellow digi Casio

White digi Casio

White digi Casio

Red digi Casio

Red digi Casio

Pink digi Casio

Pink digi Casio

Purple digi Casio

Purple digi Casio

Brown digi Casio

Brown digi Casio

Dark blue digi Casio

Dark blue digi Casio

Orange digi Casio

Orange digi Casio

Gold digi Casio

Gold digi Casio

 

CASIO. That is all

Watch this space

It is an addiction, simply put, there is no good reason for so many, yeah they are pretty, sure some of them even work, some of them work but are not set correctly, some are literally a bracelet masquerading as a watch. But each and everyone looks pretty damn good in my humble opinion.

First ever watch - Swatch Diver

First ever watch – Swatch Diver

Classic schoolboy

Classic schoolboy

Blingin bitch

Blingin bitch

Day-bling

Day-bling

Camp Swatch

Camp Swatch

Red Swatch

Red Swatch

1980's Swatch

1980’s Swatch

G-Man

G-Man

Casio Edifice

Casio Edifice

The Other Perception – non titled by Anish Kapoor

The Lisson

Anish Kapoor is one of our most well known sculptors, regardless of what you think about that big slide at the Olympic stadium, he creates some pretty impressive stuff.

Rouge

Wall mounted

The sheer scale of his collections often make the work impressive, in this collection at the respected Lisson Gallery is not so much about the size but the form and the perception created using different shapes, density and colour tones. The senses are hightened by the distortion of the shapes, meaning that your eyes are tricked into misjudging depth, the tunnel balls outside reverberate you voice so it feels as if it is coming from behind you

Sand curl

Rusty balls

This exhibition is only on for one month until November 10th, a short a sweet run indeed.

Float

Design Museum – London

London’s best day out

The Design Museum in London is one of the best places to spend a few hours to get a little bit of inspiration from. In this calendar year Terence Conran and Louboutin have both exhibited there.

Iconic imagery

With the recent small PE day the our fair city hosted it was only right that the museum took note and put on a little sporty aesthetic thingy together. Designed to Win covers the machinery, the clothing, the records and the athletes involved. Brits have become cycling obsessed since the TdF and the Lympics and there are some examples of the amazing machinery used. Plus some old school bikes from by gone years.

Angel shoes

The exhibition touches on the brands involved with making big time sport and also features pieces from McCartney, Yamamoto, House of Holland and Hussein Chalayan.

Girl I’ll House you

On the second floor you have the Digital Crystal with Swarovski working with a variety of artists, illustrators, designers et al to create a myriad of amazing crystal installations. Then the resident room has a variety of new up and coming talent displaying their wares.

Crystal bizniss

My particular favourite from Yuri Suzuki in collaboration with Masahiko Shindo using one of the most iconic pieces in British design history to create a wireless radio.

Listen, dance and plan your route