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This is the blog for lower east & lower east lab. A mix of stuff from our design & communication world (things we do, things we have done, and things we experience and get inspired from) and news from our lab – where all kind of actions and experiments can happen – that be workshops, creative meetings, urban safaris (with focus on start up, architecture, design or food), and events, dinners and a lot more.

Urban Safari Berlin

September 26, 2012


Berlin is a vibrant metropole, a melting pot of young entrepreneurs and fresh ­ideas, funky design and inspiring inviting atmospheres. A perfect spot to be diving into, make you smile, think of old and new ideas, wonder about how f*** crazy some ideas can be and simply enjoy the love for new, small and bigger beautiful things.

Lower East – in co-opreation with changels – invite you on an intense 2day safari into this urban jungle with its many creative ­spaces, cool exhibition venues, cosy cafés & restaurants, sparkling start-ups, simply ­beautiful ­magazine- and bookshops and just amazing corners. We have put together an inspiring ­journey for you to get a powerful bouquet of the colorful start-up flower power of this city.

Helle Marietta and Jørgen Smidstrup have moved their design company, ­Lower East, from Copenhagen to Berlin by the end of last year and have been ­exploring the “arm, aber sexy“ city ever since. This June, Matti Straub-Fischer, from ­changels, joined the two for a visit and insisted on creating an opportunity for others to this ­diverse mix of creativity, design and ­playfulness. So here we go:

  • We will start on Thursday morning, November 22, 2012, at 10:00 at Wostels, a coworking space in Kreuzkölln/Berlin.
  • We will be a group of 12-15 curious and interesting people like yourself.
  • We will be safaring on bikes, and on foot, by U-Bahn and again on bikes – the most fun way to explore and stop and go again.
  • We will have time to follow our noses, our instincts, enjoy the crème-de-la-crème of the Lower East and changels exploration so far in this town.
  • We will have the most wonderful classroom and meeting space, where we can listen and discuss – and share inspiration and our inputs.
  • We will have time to reflect, to talk, to draw, to sketch, to smoke, to poke, to laugh and to enjoy.
  • We will be done by Friday afternoon, November 23, 2012 at 17:00. Here we finish up at a (start-up and) very cosy winebar NOR (not only riesling) in Kreuzberg with a glass of ­farewell wine.
  • After the Urban Safari, you will receive a rich visual ­documentation on our days in Berlin.
  • Matti, Helle and Jørgen will be your scouts, hosts and the facilitators for the Urban ­Safari.

Together with Camillos Paladar, we will all put up a fantastic dinner on ­Thursday night. ­Camillos Paladar is a pop-up (mostly in Copenhagen, Berlin and Bern) ­restaurant with ­gorgeous food and remarkable wines. That alone is worth the ­journey.

Are you ready for this adventure with us?

Here is the small-printed stuff:

  • You sign up with an e-mail to us. ASAP – it is first come, first serve.
  • You book your own flight or travels to Berlin.
  • You book your own overnight stays. We ­suggest you some beautiful places like Hüttenpalast (next to the classroom), Casa Camper or IMA Lofts. We can get you in contact with some cool private flats as well.
  • Your costs will be €730 (as a private or a one man/woman company) or €970 (if your ­company pays) for the two days journey in the urban jungle with food and drinks ­included for the time between Thursday, 10:00 to Friday, 17:00. Bike rentals, U-Bahn ­tickets, and the meeting and kitchen facilities are covered in this.
  • Empty your head. Bring comfortable clothes and shoes, your notebook, some kind of a camera, some coloured pens, an umbrella (just in case) and your toothbrush.

And if you like, you can of course invite a dear friend or your partner to enjoy the rest of the weekend with you in this mind-boggling place.

Feel free to contact us for any questions.

Matti Straub-Fischer, changels.ch

Helle Marietta  & Jørgen Smidstrup, lowereast.dk