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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 exhibitions, events, dinners and a lot more.

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May 14, 2013


Come join the Urban Safari Berlin in May!

Berlin is a wonderful and 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 funny & crazy some ideas can be – and simply enjoy the love for new, small and bigger beautiful things.

We invite you on an intense 2day safari into this urban jungle with its many creative ­spaces, cool exhibition venues, cosy cafés & restaurants and sparkling start-ups. We have put together an ­inspiring  ­ journey for you to get a powerful bouquet of the colorful flower power of this city.

This Urban Safari is taking place May 27 & 28, 2013 – and it’s a co-creative initiative of changels (Bern) and Lower East (Berlin and Copenhagen).


Helle Marietta and Jørgen Smidstrup have moved their design company, ­Lower East, from Copenhagen to Berlin by the end of 2011 and have been ­exploring the “arm, aber sexy“ city ever since. Matti Straub-Fischer, from ­changels, have joined the two for visits on several occasions and insisted on ­creating an opportunity for others to this ­diverse mix of creativity, design and ­playfulness. Together they arranged and hostet the first succesful Urban Safari’s – one in sunny and joyful days in November and one in cold and joyful days beginning of April this year.

Here is the deal for the May safari: 

  • We will start on Monday morning, May 27, 2013, at 10:00 in our classroom at a ­coworking space in Berlin.
  • We will be a group of around 20 curious and interesting people like yourself. ­Invitations will be spread with sure hands in Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Scandinavia.
  • This Urban Safari Berlin in May is a special one, in the group we will have the entire first team from the KaosPilots Switzerland, a wonderful and diverse group of 14 students
  • 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 Tuesday afternoon, May 28, 2013 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 ­’see you again’ 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 lovely dinner on ­Monday night. ­Camillos Paladar is a pop-up (mostly in Copenhagen, Berlin and Bern) ­restaurant with ­splendid food and remarkable wines. That alone is worth the ­journey. By chance, Mr. Camillo is similar to Mr. Smidstrup.

Are you ready for this adventure with us?

Here is the small-printed stuff:

  • You sign up with an e-mail to Jørgen Smidstrup or Matti Straub. 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, Casa Camper or IMA Lofts. We can get you in contact with some cool private flats as well.
  • Your costs will be €700 (as a private or a one man/woman company) or € 950 (if the company pays) for the two days 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 and your toothbrush.

And if you want to peek, here are a few marbles…

Feel free to share this invitation to other potential safarists – and to contact us for any ­questions.

Matti Straub-Fischer (matti@changels.ch)

Lower East 
Helle Marietta (helle@lowereast.dk)
Jørgen Smidstrup (js@lowereast.dk)


the lowereast webpage