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December 12, 2013

DIYmonds market reveal!

Your patient wait is over! We are proud to announce the final selection of artists for our DIYmonds market! If you follow our social media sites (if not, what are you waiting for?), you might have already gotten a taste of what to expect at our Christmas market.

Here's the complete round-up (in no particular order). After careful consideration, we are more than happy with these talented chosen ones:

Sabine Münch: For her label tilt, Sabine Münch designs really unique and fashionable accessories for her label tilt. Inspired by traditional practices, she combines fashion and technology to create simple yet sophisticated designs. Muted background colors highlight the playful details.

Willi Tomes: Willi Tomes focuses on the play of materials out of which he creates collages, sculptures etc. He experiments with different materials such as vinyl or polythylenes.

Eva Lisette: Eva Lisette designs dainty jewels out of a mixture of art and nature, new and old. She finds inspiration for her label edelconfetti at the markets and little boutiques of Berlin.

SHS Publishing: SHS is a publishing venture specializing in Architecture, Contemporary Culture, Graphic Design, and Typography. They design beautiful editions of their own books. They are commited to never compromising quality and exclusivity.

Linda from Wonder and Question: Where design and geometry meet functionality, where fashion meets form and where art meets leather, there you shall find the birth of some very unique products, handmade with precision by Wonder & Question. Wonder & Question transforms leather into products that contains design, form and function. Using a new approach, every product is uniquely designed to fit our needs.

Liz Rosenfeld and Sadie Weis:  These are the ladies behind WITCHFIST - a collaborative creative duo specializing in handcrafted and self cultivated crystal accessories, spells and tarot readings. Sadie Weis is a crystal specialist who grows variations of crystals, which are used in her installation and sculptural works. She also creates one of kind pieces of jewelery and other accessories with the cultivated crystals. Liz Rosenfeld reads and handcrafts indiviual tarot cards and creates personalized spells for people as an integral part of her creative process which includes performance and video work. Both artists are invested in elements of magic in their creative practice.

Kristen Nuttall: Kristen Nuttall focuses on the sustainability of products throughout the entire lifecycle from raw material to reuse or recycling. She aims to work with luxury brands to improve product materials and find innovative uses for by-products that contribute to the design process - creating a holistic, low-cost, low-impact, closed loop system.

Water assisted by Jeremy Lynch and Anja Hintze: “Pieces of Water” is a participatory analog photography project supporting the artist WATER. The project gives the opportunity to everyone to create unique photograms with Water. Water photograms are a simple way to create photographs without the use of a camera, producing beautiful abstract images – by transforming everyday reality into a unique abstraction. Like snowflakes, not two photograms are the same, and everyone can make art with water. Be Water’s assistant and get creative in the darkroom, which is set up at betahaus. Your work can be framed and taken home immediately. It costs the same to take them at the stand or to make them in the darkroom.

Bette Dean aka. Benedetta: For her line of accessories, Bette Dean has put her love for plexiglass into creative use by designing funky and exclusive pieces. Her accessories include (but are not limited to) statement necklaces, earrings or bow ties.

Kunstück: The young and talented artists behind Kunstück.Berlin realize the idea of printing parts of the artwork of giant paintings onto t-shirts

Anastasia and Billy feat. Susanne Ullrich: Anastasia and Billy from Love Beeing are collaborating with Susanne Ullrich to offer you an array of products from candles to t-shirts or bags!

Maansi Jain: Maansi Jain is an all-round talent, creating wonderful a diversity of art, from photography and paintings to film or fashion.  She will be exhibiting works in plexiglass that explore development, from childhood to adulthood.

Mandra by Ana: For her label Mandra by Ana, Ana designs unconventional and one-of-a-kind jewelry. Matching the theme of our DIYmond market, she even has a diamond collection!

Pauline Reguin and Remi Rufin: Having embraced the art of screen printing, the artists behing Chop Chop Graphics design awesome t-shirts, bags, scarves etc. while using environment-friendly colors.

Alana Richards: Alana Richards paints portraits of androgynous figures which can equally embody contentment or melancholy. The composition of the paintings is rather classical, while the technique is more contemporary. Using a limited color palette and little to no background, the attention is shifted towards the static, central figures.

Amedring: From accessories to clothing, the girls of Amedring design products which are meant to combine everyday-life with art and design. They upcycle old materials as well as using new ones, focusing on it’s environmental friendliness. One of their prior methods is screen printing.

Georgina Kloss: Georgina Kloss with O&G will be presenting designers such as Handmade unique Men's shirts and knitted hats by Kloss. The t-shirts by Bridge UNLTD are unisex, 100% cotton and printed in London by lor. Scott. They will also sell tapes and Ts by the record label Valley Sounds.

Fiona Belousz and Andrea Schneemeier: The idea behind the designs of the label “Opposite of Berlin” is to reflect the origins (Budapest) and the current location (Berlin) of the designers Fiona Belousz and Andrea Schneemeier. They produce a variety of intricate embroidered and hand-printed items, such as tote bags, pillow cases or pencil cases.

Antoniya Ivanova: The fashion designer Antoniya Ivanova creates very unique yet universal clothes and accessories. Her fall and winter collection for 2013/2014 guarantees to keep you warm while looking chique. The basic colors of the collection are easy to combine with the rest of your wardrobe.

Last but definitely not least: Be sure to check out our glove upcycling workshop, lead by the fantastic Diana Verdugo and Vivian Kvitka, to become a designer yourself! Vivian Kvitka is a costume designer and conceptual artist whose work is highly influenced by the DIY community and various craft techniques. She actively seeks new ways to share her passion for handcraft techniques and self sustainability. Diana Verdugo is an entrepreneur and jewelry designer who has found her calling disrupting the fashion industry and slums alike through upcycling. Co-launching a jewelry label in the US and social jewelry project in Brazil, Diana can’t deny there’s nothing better than turning trash into treasure.

We hope you are as excited as we are and are looking forward to seeing you this Saturday in the betahaus Berlin!

Click here for more events coming up this month! 

‘’Moving into a new place takes time. Don’t rush!’’

January was the month we settled in our new ‘haus at Rudi-Dutschke-Straße. Just like moving into a new apartment, it was cold at the start. It felt a little new and different, but the moment the Club Lounge started filling and members were getting lunch together at the betahaus | Cafe, a new magic started to happen. The magic we call the betahaus community. It takes time to build, but the connections that blossom inside the ‘haus stay forever.

betabeer & Wine with BioWein Laden
FemGems Live Podcast @ Mother + Founder

’There are so many cool solutions to make Berlin a more accessible city’’

In February betahausX released The Accessible Transportation Challenge - a partnership with Toyota Mobility Foundation for the BETAPITCH challenge in Berlin. Devoted to making Berlin a more accessible city, this edition of BETAPITCH gathered many startups working on great new transportation solutions.

The Accessible Transportation Challenge @ betahaus | Neukölln


"The creative, back-to-the-roots vibe was always a part of us’’

In March, we announced a soon-to-be-open second location in Berlin in our favourite neighbourhood in the city. We took over the iconic Geyer Werke building in Neukölln and with the help of our architects from Kim Wang we turned the place into a four-floor coworking space. We shared with you some fun facts about the space before it’s opening and made a virtual map with our favourite businesses around the ‘haus.

betahaus | Neukölln


’We’re not getting older, we’re just growing up!’’

In April, we celebrated a decade of coworking with our biggest party in the last few years - ''10 Years in beta''. For this one we transformed the coworking area in betahaus | Neukölln into a party venue. An art exhibition took over The Basement underneath and The Garden was filled with activities like acro yoga, mandala painting, and a collage workshop.

10 Years in beta -The Garden

‘’One of my many favourite betahaus moments this year was when Christoph, Max and I stood nervously in the Garden to give a speech in front of all our friends and members at our 10th birthday party. We talked about our values, our future goals after this whirlwind of a change and our intention to make tech more human. There was just so much love and appreciation around us.’’ - Madeleine (Co-Founder, betahaus)


10 Years in beta -The Speech

 

"My favourite betahaus moment of the year is the woman who was gently putting beef and minced meat around our 10 years party installation. Until this day, no one knows exactly who she was and if this was a part of the installation, but out of all the things we saw on the 10 years in beta, she stays my highlight.’’ - Maria (Graphic Designer, betahaus) 

10 Years in beta - The Club


"Love is the secret ingredient to success’’

The 10 Years in beta party was also the official opening of betahaus | Neukölln. Spring was the perfect time for our new project to start growing. The Club Lounge started filling, amazing new teams joined the community such as LAUDO, Obst Digital, Wonderwerk, Trybe and The Zeitsprung Project. Our Gil became the Lord of the house, giving hugs to everybody, fixing all kinds of problems in the ‘haus and keeping it run smoothly with the rest of the Front Desk team. This was also the month when we launched our beloved weekly yoga classes guided by our dear Cynthia from Arrive Yoga.

Club Lounge in betahaus | Neukölln
Team Room in betahaus | Neukölln

" People matter! Community was always what we were all about. ‘’

In June we launched #PeopleInbeta - our monthly blog post series in which our Content Manager - Vihra interviewed teams and freelancers from the betahaus community to present the variety of creatives we have in ‘haus, to understand their missions and get some useful advice for our audience. We talked on topics such as sustainability (with PlanA) , decentralized digital identity (with JOLOCOM), curated music experiences (with Bespoke Sounds), freelance photography (with Sara Herrlander), full-stack development (with Obst Digital), design (with LAUDO) and much more.

Interview with LAUDO at betahaus | Neukölln
Interview with Obst.Digital at betahaus | Neukölln

"The Summer is the best time to host Backyard sessions and BBQ’s’’

In the summer, we launched a couple of new events in Neukölln like Freelancers, Unite!, The Backyard Sessions and My friend’s BBQ. 

Freelancers, Unite! developed as our productive coworking session with freelancers from in and outside the ‘haus. Once a month, we picked an important freelance topic (such as taxes, time-management, etc) and invited experts to give us insights on the topic. We saw so many new faces and had the chance to come back closer to where we started from - the freelance, grassroots culture. 

Freelancers, Unite! at betahaus | Neukölln

Another event, which started in July (and turned out to be our favourite events) were The Backyard Sessions. Organised by our queen of Neukölln - Robbin – the Backyard Sessions are our creative evenings with live music jams, movie screenings and cocktails. 

The Backyard Sessions at basement.berlin
Movie Screening at basement.berlin

This last event was hilarious because for quite some time, nobody knew exactly who organised it or invited them. The friend was throwing a BBQ for the community in the garden and this led to all our members joining and staying after for a beer or two with us.

‘’My favourite moment this year was the second friends bbq which was actually cancelled because of the rain forecast. But despite the bad weather, people show up and it turned into a super nice intimate evening with Elizaveta and Paul giving a garden concert.’’ - Robbin (Community Manager, betahaus)

''In July, it was great how the casual after-work BBQ turned into an impromptu acoustic blues jam session with Elizavetta Barsegova and Paul, who have the voice of an angel. Actually, all of the My Friend's BBQ's and Backyard Sessions were AWESOME.’’
- Paige (Head of Marketing, betahaus) 

The Garden at betahaus | Neukölln
My Friend's BBQ at betahaus | Neukölln



"As a coworking space, you have to give stage to important topics.’’

This year we released a new event format in Kreuzberg called ‘’The betaSalon’’. It's an open panel discussion which aims to give stage to important topics and give free speech on them. The fist one we did on the EU elections, last month we talked about changemakers, but our favourite one for this season stays ‘’Mother + Founder’’ where we partnered with FemGems podcast and recorded a live podcast episode for them having Madeleine Gummer von Mohl (betahaus co-founder), Kristine Zeller (co-creater of ooshi period underwear) and Luisa Hoffman on the stage.

betaSalon at betahaus | Kreuzberg

"We should fight for a more human-centered tech development’’

Every September, our co-founders take part in the Techfestival. in Copenhagen, spending a few days disconnecting from the daily life and focusing on creating a better, more human-centered tech future. This year the think tank which included our co-founders Madeleine and Max came up with the TechPledge. The Tech Pledge was made to emphasize the need for a new direction in tech. Similar to the Hippocratic oath for doctors, the Tech Pledge is a promise to make tech a force for good and ensure responsible and sustainable tech leadership. It’s a commitment to driving a new direction in technology.

Techfestival. 2019 in Copenhagen


"Startups are transforming European football as we know it.’’

One of the most exciting projects for betahausX this year (which is also continuing in 2020) is their new startup challenge called The Werder Lab - a global startup competition that aims to reimagine the way clubs like Werder work with athletes, fans and partners.



"You should leave time for the things you love most’’ 

This year couldn’t end without us having our favourite events - the end-of-the-year holiday party and the BETAPITCH Global Finals. On the 6th of December we saw the 9 finalists of the regional BETAPITCH competitions pitching in front of our jury. Congrats to Troy from Hamburg for winning the big prize.

We finished the year at our Holiday Party celebrating anything and everything at betahaus | Neukölln together with our members, friends of friends and our favourite artists from Passiflora LIVE, Tapete and Kotoe.

Love at The betahaus Holiday Party 2019


Thank you for being with us in 2019. It's been a crazy big year for us and it wouldn't been possible without your support, trust and the hard work of our amazing team. Have an amazing holiday time and we'll see you again in 2020.

With love,
betahaus

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