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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.

talks in the lab

talks on creative placemaking

November 16, 2022

Back in September ’22 we had this amazing event: Nordic Talks on Creative Placemaking Why are art & culture so integral to the development of thriving, attractive areas? An afternoon in Berlin of art and discussion, where Creative Placemaking takes center stage. Two curated talks in which we explored the ups & downs of utilising both

A new handout

Recent work from Mejeriet

March 24, 2021

We just did this handout for Mejeriet Architects – a 24 pager with recent work from the architects. A bit more info – under our work at this side.

Can Lis

Utzon’s house at Mallorca

November 18, 2019

In February 2019 Lower East went on a little inspiration tour to Mallorca, visiting CCA Andratx the centre of contemporary art in Mallorca, checking out the art scene in general, the graphic scene and of course also the food scene on the sunny island. We also tried hard to get into the Jørn Utzon house,

on bauhaus tour

Urban Safari Berlin

November 13, 2019

In September 2019 we arranged and hosted a “Bauhaus Safari“ in Berlin and Dessau for a group of danish architects from the studio Mejeriet. We had three wonderful days together, celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the birth of the Bauhaus movement – and exploring the Bauhaus history; visiting the new Bauhaus Museum Dessau, checked

urban safari

Baushaus inspiration

September 8, 2019

We are in the planning of an Urban Safari in Berlin and Dessau – a larger group of architects will be coming to Berlin later this month. We are arranging and hosting the three day tour with Bauhaus as the overall theme. Celebrating – like more or less the rest of the world – the

aalborg, denmark

tough little big city

April 26, 2017

Aalborg is not the Aalborg it was before. This, lower east designed, prospect tells the story of a transformation of a city. Aalborg has developed from an industrial center to a city for knowledge-based high tech businesses within IT, software, biotech and a lot more. The former ‘tough’ city has changed into an open and lively city, with

building the future

Bauen mit Holz

January 9, 2017

Still some days to experience a wonderful exhibition at Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin “Bauen mit Holz“! In english: “Building with Timber – Paths into the Future“. It is a very inspiring and fascinating exhibition about the current state of building culture with focus on timber. “Bauen mit Holz“ runs until January 15th – better hurry up, if you

work of architects

mejeriet architects

June 27, 2016

We just finished the design and the production of this handout for the Danish architecture company Mejeriet. The handout shows fine examples of the work from the architects, among others the renovation of Henne Kirkeby Kro, a renovation of an old chocolate factory, the transformation of an old fire station into a music house, a new

cool art

The new ‘Kunsten’ in Aalborg, DK

March 29, 2016

Lower East recently visited the wonderful Kunsten, Museum of Modern Art in Aalborg, Denmark. The museum reopened in January 2016 after 1,5 years of extensive reconstruction, and is now even more beautiful and a lot more functional. ‘Kunsten’ is an architectural gem designed by the Finnish architects Elissa and Alvar Aalto and the Danish Jean-Jacques Baruel

it’s magic

Lower East in Venice – PROPORTIO

November 17, 2015

Being in Venice for the 56. Biennale, we went to see the exhibition PROPORTIO at the Palazzo Fortuny. Having read Mette Sandbyes enthusiastic review in the Danish newspaper Weekendavisen we went with high expectations. And YES it was AMAZING. The old beautiful Palazzo Fortuny with both a sense of decay and glory to it housed

it’s people

What’s going on in the lab?

July 16, 2015

What’s going on in the Lower East Lab? These mid of July days are somehow calm. We are still working on 3-4 graphic design projects and trying to finish stuff by the end of the week – and we are getting closer and closer to a long-awaited holiday break. We are really, really happy with

A pixi book for grown ups about Frederikskirken in Vonsild, Denmark

February 13, 2015

                      Lower East had the pleasure of designing a small book (in Danish) about the beautiful church in Vonsild near Kolding called Frederikskirken. The church was inaugurated in 1824. The architect was the famous C.F. Hansen who was also the architect behind the great Vor

Architectural Utopia Reloaded

January 2, 2015

“Design and architecture became exuberant, colourful, sexy, light-hearted and fluent“. Lower East just had to check out this very, very interesting and inspiring exhibition at the Haus am Waldsee in Berlin today! HAUS-RUCKER-CO
 – ARCHITECTURAL UTOPIA RELOADED “The late 1960s witnessed an extraordinary sense of awakening and optimism. In the wake of the first space programmes an

We love Berlin in the Autumn

September 11, 2013

A new Urban Safari Berlin is coming up – October 28 and 29. Helle Marietta and Jørgen Smidstrup have based their ­design company, ­Lower East, ­in ­Berlin since the end of 2011 and have been ­exploring the “arm, aber sexy“ city ever since. ­Matti Straub-Fischer, from ­changels, have after several visits insisted on ­creating an

Urban Safari Berlin – September 2013

August 7, 2013

It’s time for Urban Safari Berlin! It’s time for treating yourself well. It’s time for focusing on your creativity! Come join us on an intense 2day safari with special focus on inspiring business, creative spaces, the co-working scene and sparkling start-ups. We have on September 12 and 13 put together a sparkling journey for you in the urban

Culture:City (Kultur:Stadt)

May 22, 2013

Last days with the fantastic exhibition Culture:City (Kultur:Stadt) at Akademie der Künste, Berlin. Closing day will be this Sunday 26th May 2013. If you have the chance, go go go! The exhibition is cool, interesting and inspiring. The additional background information on ipads is just amazing! From the Akademie der Künste website: “Art and culture

Still a few spots left – join the Urban Safari Berlin

March 20, 2013

Come join the Urban Safari in April! We invite you on an intense 2day safari in Berlin with focus on inspiring business, creative spaces, cool art venues 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

Urban Safari Berlin April 2013

February 21, 2013

Come join the Urban Safari in April! 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

Urban Safari Berlin

November 9, 2012

In the soon coming November days 22 and 23 Lower East are the hosts of a Urban Safari in Berlin. We have two to three seats left, so if you are a quick mover, join us for this adventure. Maybe you can even get a reduced price 😉 Lower East – in co-opreation with changels – invite you

MFO-Park, Oerlikon, Zürich

October 8, 2012

Hey, what a cool park!! The MFO-Park in Oerlikon, Zurich, Schweiz. The sun was shining, one of the first days of October, it was 20 degrees, and all the fantastic colors of the autumn appeared. What’s not to like?! Okay, maybe we had a lucky moment. Lower East jumped of the train, and had the