Last week I got to jet into Berlin and then London for a mad dash through two amazing cultures while attending a remarkable launch event of Philippe Starck's new OS line with AXOR Hansgrohe and checking out London Design Festival. Here is the first of two roundup posts which chronicle - in pictures - the whole week.
En route to Europe for prime AT coverage of the Philippe Starck Axor Hansgrohe launch in Berlin and then 100% Design in London. Follow me as I play Where's Design Waldo. :-)
Sunrise over Britain
London airport is FANCY
Berlin Airport! It's not as fancy here from a design perspective. Feels very Midwestern.
The elevator at the nHow Hotel - this place is over the top w Karim Rashid
My room @ the nHow, Berlin
See the spinning head? The bar here at the nHow Digital Blogger Hotel
Berlin this eve along the river -def fall here, but so many people sitting along the water smoking drinking and talking
Photo upward at the ceiling in the elevator here at the nHow
Philippe Starck takes the stage - it's quite fun listening to him tell his story w Axor over 20 years. He's totally wired.
Philippe Starck and his wife - a very pretty combo - in the front row. He said the shape of the faucet was inspired by her body...
Avatar! The new Starck Organic faucets almost speak in tongues
Chris Abbate takes a pic of me playing with the new faucet
Very cool event space everything is in for Axor Starck - EWerke - an old power plant
More of EWerke
Here's part of our little blogger pack with Spencer from Surface, Zoe from Huffington Post, Chris Abbate of Novita (our leader) and myself
Lovely old DDR scooter - Berlin
A very moving space: a memorial to all who have suffered in war under tyranny. An old woman is calmly holding and covering a young man who has been hurt
Immense holocaust memorial at Potsdamer Platz that you walk into as it rises up around you .... Like a corn maze, only with big dark concrete steles. Memorial designed by Peter Eisenman.
Mies van der Rohe's Neue Nationalgalerie, which opened in 1968
900 people are starting to crowd in to see the public launch (after the press launch in the morning) of the new Avatar-like faucet collection from Philippe Starck.
Philippe Grohe has a private breakfast with us. He's totally cool and accessible, telling us what it's like to work with different designers behind the scenes.
The current finance ministry is one of the remaining Nazi-era buildings and the site of GDR uprisings. It IS distinctive in its look and feel.
Lunch on a boat on the Spree in Berlin, courtesy of AXOR
Nap time at chez Karim Rashid. Jet lag still full on.
The bar is already heating up here at the Karim Rashid-designed nHow hotel while I drink a cappuccino and get back online....
The TV tower from our roof in old East Berlin
Flying out of Berlin at 7am... Goodbye, Berlin!