Born in 1988 in Cologne/Germany Hugo Hoppmann is a graphic designer and art director who graduated from ECAL in Lausanne/Switzerland in summer 2011. Alongside his studies he interned at Bureau Mirko Borsche, worked for Berlin-based culture magazine 032c and found his own publication Better Mjstakes.
After a powerful one-year stint at Meiré und Meiré (working full-time on projects such as Kenzo, Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 032c, brandeins) he has now returned to independency, traveling the world in pursuit for new adventures.
One of my favorite venues in the city is the Stadtgarten restaurant and club alongside the beautiful parc of the same name. Highly recommended are the Cologne Sessions parties which take place in the legendary basement called Studio 672.
Tagebau Garzweiler is an areal in the south-east of Cologne where lignite mining is taking place. Finding yourself on one of the viewing platforms you will have a stunning view over the open-cast mine. The mine is still expanding but in some older parts it is possible to wander through this wide and surreal landscape.
Café Duddel is a café and bar near University that looks like if it is hosting generations of students since decades. It feels like a kitchen, living room and saloon at the same time and in the smaller building in the back you can spend a whole day sitting on a cosy sofa smoking, drinking coffee and playing chess. In the evening there are sometimes small concerts or lections too.
Schrebergarten is an outdoor club that is located in a rail triangle. The dancefloor in the back of the areal resembles an enchanted garden with colourful lights sparkling in the top of the trees, only the trains passing by remind you of where you are. As it is all outdoor the club is only open in summer.
Schaden.com is a book store and publishing house, specialised on photography books and special releases. It is a place where you can spend ages browsing through books and discovering publications you haven't even heard of. Besides the bookstore Schaden is organizing events on photography like talks, lectures, book signings and exhibitions. In the neighbourhood of the book store called Ehrenfeld you find many other emerging little shops, cafés and food places.