A place where I spend some time almost everyday is the Marheineke Markthalle on Bergmannstraße in Kreuzberg. It's just around the corner from where I live and a great place to buy fresh food and products from local farmers or all kinds of delicatessen from different countries. Many market stalls also sell freshly prepared food and it's always busy at lunchtime. For saturday mornings try the original french croissants.
The Palmenhaus is located in the gardens of Schloss Schönbrunn. One hundred and thirteen meters long and 28 meters high, it features a central and two lateral pavilions. Each of the three pavilions has another climate and is filled with botanical treasures from all over the world.
A curatorial space that houses a gallery, a retail and a communal space for anyone interested in art and design. With a changeover every 6 weeks, the gallery space showcases artworks of international artists as well as local artists that are new or under-the-radar. The retail space stocks a healthy mix of gifts, accessories and lifestyle products from local and international makers and retailers. The communal space offers free wi-fi and holds workshops periodically.
Constitution Hill is a living museum that tells the story of South Africa’s journey to democracy. The site is a former prison and military fort that bears testament to South Africa’s turbulent past and, today, is home to the country’s Constitutional Court, which endorses the rights of all citizens.
There is perhaps no other site of incarceration in South Africa that imprisoned the sheer number of world-renowned men and women as those held within the walls of Constitution Hill’s Old Fort, Women's Jail and Number Four. Nelson Mandela. Mahatma Gandhi. Joe Slovo. Albertina Sisulu. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Fatima Meer. They all served time here. But the precinct also confined tens of thousands of ordinary people during its 100-year history: men and women of all races, creeds, ages and political agendas; children too; the everyman and the elite.
Today, every year there is the not to be missed Basha Uhuru Creative Festival (https://bashauhuru.co.za) which is hosted at Con Hill. The fest takes place in June, the month of the historical June 16th Youth Day.
Growing up in Arizona I loved collecting rocks and was especially obsessed with gemstones. I have a natural affinity for this section of The Museum of Natural History and it’s oddly peaceful and relaxing even when the museum is packed.
I struggle with eating out in Vancouver, generally I prefer the burrito style places like Bandidas Taqueria on Commercial drive or Budgies Burritos on Kingsway, because they can keep it mellow and hassle free. Pronto is a new one, it has a great Italian coffee bar from the 60’s vibe.
Aaron Moran grew up in the Fraser Valley about an hour East of Vancouver. He spends his time exploring the urban and rural alike, simultaneously drawing inspiration from urban decay and natural geography. He received his BFA from the Emily Carr University of Art + Design in 2007 and studied Film & Video at Simon Fraser University.
His works span sculpture, painting, printmaking and assemblage, with careful attention to the use of reclaimed source materials. He is the current artist in residence at the Ranger Station Art Gallery in Harrison Hot Springs, BC.
Qingyu Wu (Q) is an award-winning designer, krautrock lover, and cult film dedicated fan based in New York City. Qingyu holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MFA in 2D Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art.
Her work has been recognized by the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), the Type Directors Club (TDC), and China Graphic Design Association (CGDA). Featured by AIGA Eye on Design, It's Nice That, People of Print, Ficciones Typografika, Women of Graphic Design and more. Qingyu received the Golden Award at The A' Design Award & Competition 2018, Gold Award from CGDA 2017 Graphic Design Academy Award, and Certificates of Typographic Excellence Award from TDC 64. She has lectured at the Art Center College of Design, Parsons School of Design, and Pratt Institute.
Jos Buivenga can be passionate about a lot of things. He loves to paint, listen to music, brew an almost perfect espresso... but nothing challenges and rewards him more than designing type. If ever he was stranded on a desert island he would still draw alphabets in the sand, even if there was no one else to see them.
He is the founder of exljbris, the one-man Dutch font foundry through which he releases and offers his typefaces. For 15 years, his online friends and fans could follow the development of his typefaces and download the results at no cost. In 2008, while still working as an art director at an advertising agency, he released his first commercial typeface Museo with several weights offered for free. That strategy paid off and Museo became a huge bestseller. Partly thanks to that success he now calls himself a full time type designer.
All photos by Jos van Roij
Romina De Novellis is a performance artist, born in Naples, grown-up in Rome, lives and works in Paris since 2008. Her work is represented by Galerie Alberta Pane (Paris/Venice), Kreemart (NYC), D.A.F.NA. (Naples).
Angharad Hengyu Owen loves language – the significance and insignificance of meaning. Endlessly intrigued by the idea of an intrinsic layer of storytelling through typography: The process of a visual interpretation to create an honest emotional imprint. This growing focus was seeded by a multicultural upbringing and a fascination for multilingual semantics, as well as a genuine curiosity towards human nature.
Jaco is founder and creative director of Jaco & Co.
They are primarily an interior design and build company working in the hospitality and commercial sectors.
They conceptualise bars and restaurants from their very inception, providing a full brand identity service that manifests in print, on screen and 3D, surface-driven environments.
I'm from Cornwall. Anyone who knows me knows that I rant on about Cornwall. The longer I stay away from Cornwall (in London) the more I seem to rant about it. But I still like to go back as often as possible to do crazy stuff like cast metal furniture on the beach or carve chairs out of Cornish granite in the various quarries dotted around the countryside.
Otherwise you will find me in my studio in deepest darkest Tottenham whittling a lump of material into a spoon or chair.