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January 18 2018

                               MEET THE COMPANY - TROPICAI 

Tropicai was founded in 2004 by Christine Grotendiek who is a coconut expert, in particular by living during 8 years in Philippines. It is the wish of Tropicai to let the local people know that their extraordinary products are appreciated elsewhere. This is why Christine ceaselessly supports sustainable development in the Philippines, the Solomon Islands and Sri Lanka.

Many thanks to Tropicai and its friendly team to be our sponsor during Berlin Fashion Week! 


1. One word to describe Berlin?
- Fascinating.

2. Day or Night?
- Day.

3. Mountain or ocean?
- Ocean.


4. Music or silence?
- Music.

5. Smoothie or Syrup?
- If we had a coconut smoothie we would choose the smoothie.

6. How came up the idea of Tropicai?
- I lived with my family for 8 years in the Philippines. My husband worked there as a bush pilot. I discovered the Virgin Coconut Oil there and was fascinated by the coconut palm tree. So on our return to Germany; I brought Virgin Coconut Oil with me and a vision. That was when Tropicai was born.


7. One word to describe your team?
- Passionate.

8. Your 3 key values?
- Authenticity, love of life, creativity.

9. Your dream destination?
- White Island of Camiguin.

10. The product that you’re the most proud of?
- Our unique Coconut Blossom Vinaigrettes – the best seasoning sauces you have ever tried (and in case you haven’t tried them yet – you definitely should).


11. The one that was the most tricky to develop?
- Our organic Coconut Milk Powder (coming soon …).

12. You’re involving people to share their upcycling ideas for your King coconut water bottles. What’s the best idea you received so far?
- Message in a bottle for lovely colleagues.

13. A coconut joke?
- Why did the coconuts not go to the ballet?
They were afraid of the nutcracker.


14. Your objectives for 2018?
- To enthuse more people with our refreshing Tropicai coconut world.


January 12 2018


The Freimeisterkollektiv is a merger of individualists – a joining of independent distillers and leading bartenders. This friendly crew relies on the tradition of small, artisanal distilleries as well as on the experience of bartenders and experts in their respective fields. Their products are available at fair prices to both consumers and the industry without any of the traditional markups.

Many thanks to Freimeisterkollektiv for hosting the bar and sponsoring our event in collaboration with Kaltblut Magazine and Form Of Interest on Monday 15.01.18! 

1. One word to describe Berlin?
- Berlin

2. Day or Night?
- Night and day and night and sometimes the next morning

3. Mountain or ocean?
- Of course mountains (Kreuzberg, Schoeneberg, Prenzlauer Berg, Lichtenberg)

4. Music or silence?
- Noise

5. Vodka or Whisky?
- Quinoa Vodka with Rye Whiskey

6. Could you explain to us how started FreimeisterKollektiv?
- All of a sudden such a serious question… we wanted to hack economy and drink the best craft spits at the same time.

7. Your 3 key values?
- Humanism, Hedonism, Hangovers.
8. One word to describe the Freimeister crew?
- Devoted
9. Your favorite cocktail?
- Any that are mixed with our products.

10. 3 Bars to go in Berlin?
- Velvet, Becketts Kopf, Cafe Kotti
11. A quick joke for us?
- I couldn’t think of one so i googled best bar keeper jokes
12. Your objectives for 2018?
- Live long and prosper


January 05 2018

                             MEET THE COMPANY - FUNDAMENTAL 

FUNDAMENTAL is a Berlin company founded in 2011 by Gunnar Rönsch & Steve Molloy. They previously worked together as architects and have been inspired by the mathematics of the natural world. They created a range of furniture, artwork and accessories that explore the simple patterns from nature, bringing them into the home in an abstract form. 


1. One word to describe Berlin?

2. Day or Night?

3. Music or silence to design?


4. Abstract or Realistic?
The first represents the second.

5. Black & white or colourful?


6. Handcraft or digital?

7. Best place to be creative?

8. Your own favourite design?
Rhombus Ceiling Tiles.


9. Your most tricky one?
It’s also the trickiest, because it’s the hardest to explain.

10. An artist we should follow?
Sol Calero: the materials she uses to suggest a certain place and time that both existed and is a fantasy, that is familiar and exotic in equal measure is a big inspiration for us.

11. Biggest influence in your craft?
Arts and Crafts movement / Deutscher Werkbund, early 20th Cent.


12. What gave you the willingness to set up this concept of Cafe and Furniture Store?
We wanted to have life and activity next to our products.

13. You’re celebrating your 6th anniversary, do you have important schemes on the way for 2018?
We try to launch a new product every month, except in the last quarter of the year, when we are focused on Christmas, so watch this space.


14. A last word to describe your work and your team?