From Berlin to Santa Monica: Isherwood's Legacy Lives on in Don Bachardy

From Berlin to Santa Monica: Isherwood's Legacy Lives on in Don Bachardy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 20, 2014

In 1968, David Hockney completed a portrait of one of the 20th century's most vibrant pairings: author Christopher Isherwood and artist Don Bachardy. The gay couple opened their home, where the painter still lives today, to Hollywood's luminaries. By Philipp Oehmke more... Comment ]

Orange Social Design Competition: Help Us Pick the Winner!

Orange Social Design Competition: Help Us Pick the Winner!

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 05, 2014

A trash can as a basketball hoop, a free ride bench for senior citizens: Over 200 proposals to improve life in our cities have been submitted for the Orange Social Design Award -- and 10 of them have made the shortlist. SPIEGEL ONLINE readers can now vote for their favorite idea. By Marianne Wellershoff more... Comment ]

The Orange Social Design Award: Help Us Make Our Cities More Liveable

The Orange Social Design Award: Help Us Make Our Cities More Liveable

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 30, 2014

Vegetables for all and collection bags for second-hand treasures: Smart design doesn't just look good -- it also seeks to do good. That's why we're launching the Orange Social Design Award, to be bestowed on ideas that look great and improve life in the city. By Marianne Wellershoff more... Comment ]

Bad Fit: Why Germany Doesn't Cut It in International Fashion

Bad Fit: Why Germany Doesn't Cut It in International Fashion

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 08, 2014

Berlin Fashion Week is underway, but A-listers are keeping their distance. The event has failed to put the German capital on the clothing map. A closer look at the career trajectory of designer Kostas Murkudis provides some insight into the reasons why. By Mareike Nieberding more... Comment ]

Price Wars: Amazon Battles Traditional German Publishers

Price Wars: Amazon Battles Traditional German Publishers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 04, 2014

Amazon is delaying deliveries in Germany in a bid to raise its share of e-book earnings. A number of the country's biggest publishers say the strategy amounts to blackmail and are refusing to cave in. But their refusal to compromise could cost them their future. By Isabell Hülsen and Claudia Voigt more... Comment ]

Stuck in Germany? Dispute Brews over Gurlitt Collection

Stuck in Germany? Dispute Brews over Gurlitt Collection

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 12, 2014

Before his death, Munich art heir Cornelius Gurlitt willed his collection to a major art museum in Switzerland. The move will spare Germans some headaches, but numerous disputes over the paintings' future home is brewing. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Nightlife Crisis Averted: GEMA Strikes Fee Deal with Clubs

Nightlife Crisis Averted: GEMA Strikes Fee Deal with Clubs

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 12, 2013

Nightlife organizers have finalized an agreement with performers' rights organization GEMA about controversial fee increases for rights to play songs. The previously proposed increases had been seen as a threat to Berlin nightlife. more... Comment ]

Return of the B-Boy: Breakdancing Sees Global Resurgence

Return of the B-Boy: Breakdancing Sees Global Resurgence

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 03, 2013

Breakdancing, an artform invented by New York street gangs in the 1980s, is seeing a renaissance on a global scale. Today's battles may be big-budget spectacles with flashy acrobatics, but they still prize one thing above all else: style. By Lukas Eberle more... Comment ]

Dead Good Coffee: Cemetery Cafés Gain Popularity in Berlin

Dead Good Coffee: Cemetery Cafés Gain Popularity in Berlin

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 25, 2013

Graveyards may not seem the ideal location for afternoon tea, but there is a trend towards opening cafes inside cemetery walls in Berlin and other cities. They offer comfort not just for the bereaved but for local people and tourists who seek tranquility. By Hiltrud Bontrup more... Comment ]

Monsters on the Sofa: A Photographer's Costume Portraits

Monsters on the Sofa: A Photographer's Costume Portraits

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 21, 2013

Cookie Monster at the kitchen table, a dragon playing the piano: Klaus Pichler likes to photograph people wearing costumes in their homes. In an interview, he talks about the unusual subjects of his work. By Gesa Mayr more... Comment ]