Whether for an eclectic gallery, an atypical Instagram account or a fashion line, Berlin's designers and makers are always conceiving dynamic new universes. Here, dreams don't just become reality — they remake it. In that spirit, here are some of the most refreshing, expressive and utterly uncoventional digital orbits and local spaces thought up and made real by Berlin's creative crème de la crème.

The Illustrator: Christoph Niemann 


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If you’ve opened a copy of The New Yorker in the last few years, or even just glanced at a cover, odds are you’re already familiar with the brilliant handiwork of Christoph Niemann. One of Germany’s most celebrated illustrators, his work adorns publications worldwide. But Niemann doesn’t just stick to his day job — many of his most personable imaginings are available on Instagram (@abstractsunday) as well.


The Gallery, Part 1: Janine Bean Gallery

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There’s a never-ending stream of galleries in Berlin, but few imagine, let alone commit to, developing the long-term talent of young artists. That’s the idea behind many of the stunning contemporary collections at Janine Bean Gallery. As a place that raises the profiles of skilled young locals instead of catering to flavor-of-the-month trends, the curators here put quality over quantity, and boy do we appreciate it.
Where: Torstraße 154, 10115 Berlin
When: Tues.-Sat., noon-6 p.m. & by appt.
More info: 030 53 64 24 79; janinebeangallery.com


The Retrospective Furniture Brand: Politura

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Soviet-era Polish designers produced sleek, functional and inviting furniture. Three decades' worth of designs were almost forgotten by much of the world, but Politura is resurrecting this remarkable work by bringing it back into production. From minimalist coffee tables to elegant armchairs, the pieces offer a refreshing take on midcentury modern that hasn't been imitated to death in mass production.
Where: Schillerpromenade 14, 12049 Berlin
When: Email info@politura-berlin.de to make an appt.
More info: 0176 32 30 71 97; politura-berlin.de


The Gallery, Part 2: Cell63

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Cell63 is a gallery that emphasizes the international, the diverse and the deviously compelling. Founded by the Italian artist Luisa Catucci, the evocative space hosts all sorts of events as well as traditional exhibitions. To take in a wide range of mediums, styles and perspectives, Cell63 is a vibrant spot.
Where: Allerstraße 38, 12049 Berlin
When: Daily, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. & by appt.
More info: 0176 20 40 46 36; cell63.com


The Kooky Concept Store: Konk Berlin

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As anyone who’s been to their fair share of "concept stores" knows, some concepts are far better than others. Konk, we can happily say, is one of the best in Berlin. This bright boutique is a trusted name in independent, sustainable fashion, emphasizing local designers with distinctive visions and aesthetics.
Where: Kleine Hamburger Straße 15, 10117 Berlin
When: Mon.-Fri., noon-7 p.m.; Sat., noon-6 p.m.
More info: 030 28 09 78 39; konk-berlin.de


The Inspired Instagram Account: Berlinstagram

Michael Schulz possesses the rare type of storytelling talent that permits him to travel the globe producing dazzling photography projects for some of the world’s top brands. One such project spawned his beloved @Berlinstagram account, which captures our fair city in breathtaking style, along with any other place on the planet Mr. Schulz’s travels take him.

By Jesse Van Mouwerik

Berlin-based illustrator and columnist Jesse Van Mouwerik is an avid fan of art, whisky sours and being alive. When the aliens land, he will draw them a picture.