Christoph Fahle
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! 

Cost is a big one here. In regards to total transportation costs, the last mile comprises up to 53% of those - making it the least efficient part of the supply chain. Expectations of free shipping and next day deliveries add up to this.

Due to increasing digitalization and convenience services in every area of people's lives, the smooth and flawless process of getting the delivery to one's doorstep is exceedingly becoming what customers care most about. On top of that, for companies that package being delivered is an extension of their brand. The consumer is basically coming face-to-face with the brand, which makes it the biggest opportunity to heighten customer satisfaction.


If you live in a city and have even slightly observed your urban surroundings you’ve probably witnessed it first hand - urban congestion and crowded cities make it pretty tough to satisfy the growing demand and rising expectations of super quick deliveries. Add unpredictability in transit (like weather conditions), an incorrect address or remote locations, just to name a few, and you can see where this is going.

The worst part is, all those delivery trucks and vans that also produce a fair bit of emissions, are often only half full when they roll out for deliveries. This is mostly due to low drop sizes and stops along the route that are far and few between.

It’s not all hopeless though - Where there is a problem, there are solutions.


Same old, same old - isn’t always all that bad. Sometimes, all that’s needed are some new perspectives! The city of Utrecht, for‌ ‌example, implemented a zero-emissions electric barge nicknamed the “Beer Boat”. 

Since 2010 it’s carrying beer and food to the city’s downtown restaurants by using waterways. Other electric barges in Amsterdam not only deliver but even collect organic waste, which is then turned into biofuel in processing plants! Isn’t that cool?

It becomes clear that cities, logistics, as‌ ‌well‌ ‌as‌ ‌urban‌ ‌planners, are equally part of solving the inefficiency of the last-mile. Tackling this mountain of issues calls for teamwork!


A centralized platform, hub or network for similar companies, could do the trick to fill up the delivery vans & trucks that are barely loaded. Parcels could be distributed more efficiently between different companies and their delivery vehicles.

Like a big pool of parcels from different companies with every single parcel going into that one van with the same route!


Delivery Driver Experience and Smart Delivery Vehicles are also areas with huge potential for improvement and innovation.


Ellie: Two years ago we adopted a new legal structure for Jolocom GmbH according to the purpose model of ownership, manifesting our commitment and dedication to building a self-sovereign organization. That means we can’t take VC funding or sell public shares of the company. 

Volker: Jolocom is a community driven organisation – both in a tech sense but also much further beyond. We’re hugely involved in the DWeb community where we organize and attend events for the decentralized community. Every year we also help organize and attend the DWeb Camp in San Francisco, which brings together all kinds of creatives so this technology of tomorrow is built in a collaborative way.


Next to that on-demand experiences have become firmly embedded into people’s everyday lives - be it a mobile app to book a ride, send flowers to your loved ones or order lunch to your office. It’s all possible and has made premium features like real-time tracking a standard.  The online consumer expects nothing less and certainly doesn’t like to wait.


Making that quick and instant gratification happen is another story though. Groundbreaking ideas and innovations are needed to tackle all these factors. Does your startup have one? 

Then head over to our Future Logistics Challenge! Applications are still open until September 23rd.

Volker: There is this really nice place, called Green Rabbit with salads and baked potatoes where I like to go to. Sometimes I just keep it simple and go to Lidl.

Ellie: I eat a lot in west.berlin cafe which is here around the corner and I love the Matcha Lattes from Starbucks.

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