Berlin from the Inside
Describing Alexandra Bondi de Antoni as just another Berlin-based editor, photographer and producer doesn’t do the 28-year-old creator justice. Her impressive bio speaks for itself: not only was Bondi de Antoni voted one of Forbes’ “30 Under 30 in Media” last year but she’s been working as i-D Germany’s Editor-in-Chief for the last three years. Bondi de Antoni also curated Berlins University of the Arts graduate fashion show as well as the daytime speaker program at German music festival Melt back in 2017.
Despite her busy schedule of lectures, panels and jury member engagements around the world (everywhere from Belgium to Colombia to Portugal to Iceland), the editor somehow found the time to take us for a relaxed Sunday stroll around her neighbourhood Neukölln.
"Cardi B is known for it, Rihanna rocks it – and Princess Nokia frequently blows me away with her creations. I’m talking, of course, about nail art. I don’t mean nails that are all immaculately painted in one color; I mean nails studded with rhinestones, nails which showcase entire works of art and nails so long and vibrant that you can see them from ten metres away.
ISLA Berlin is definitely the place to go if you feel me here. Based close to one of my favourite Berlin clubs, OHM, founder Charissa Chioccarelli has created a space where even your wildest nail dreams can come true. The salon forms part of a shop and event space that regularly plays host to exhibitions, parties and flea markets."
"There are a lot of places in Berlin to get amazing coffee. Just one of them (and probably my favourite) is CAMON Coffee. I buy coffee there almost every morning and the sandwiches are just divine (be sure to try the avocado and hummus one). The founder always greets you with the warmest smile and is always up for a chat. With your coffee in your hand you should stroll down Sonnenallee, the street CAMON is located on, and check out all the little shops and bars Sonnenallee boasts."
"Back in the 1920s, the German Ministry of Transport built an airport on Tempelhofer Feld. After the airport closed down in 2008, the space became something wildly different — the perfect weekend hang out for us young and stressed creatives, who can enjoy a moment communing with nature in the heart of the city. The field is huge, you can walk on old runways, get active in the communal gardens or barbecue there in the summer. It’s also one of my favourite spots for people-watching. You’ll find every type of Berliner there: young hipster couples carrying their babies, “real” Berliners walking their dog complaining about whatever it is today or some old punks just hanging out."
"If you want to enjoy exquisite concerts with diverse lineups, you should pay Funkhaus a visit. From ambient sound experiences to label nights and classical concerts, since re-opening a few years back the former Rundfunk der DDR headquarters (the GDR’s radio broadcasting organisation) is a must-see for every music lover visiting Berlin."
Photo Credits: Sylvie Weber