Success Stories #4 by wemakeit x Forward
Every month we collaborate with wemakeit, in order to show you successful projects and behind-the-scene knowledge from the projects’ initiators. It’s amazing to see what the combination of creative ideas and the power of people can create.
In this fourth edition, we present you 4 successful projects from different creative fields.
We show you the most sustainable container house in Basel, the only book you need about the Golden Twenties in Berlin and the success story of a Japanese restaurant in Zurich. But first, we start of with the book that doesn’t require you to have any kind of taste.
Shit and Sugar
Bored of the visual waste landscape of minimalistic products? The book «In the land of Shit and Sugar» whisks you into a parallel universe filled with absurd goods, far away from all moral expectations and usual design conventions.
A place where anything can be found, even what has been banned by the style police. Without any taboos or the slightest claim on good taste. Welcome to the Land of Shit and Sugar!
It displays a wide spectrum of provocative representations of everyday life products, not caring about the societal boundaries of what is considered as tasteful. You can find snacks with absurd packaging, cocaine sniffing sailors, cakes run over by cars and a lot more, whereby the absurdity increases from page to page.
Encourage: a container-house
Sara and Lukas, a naturopath and a cultural manager, share a great vision and a desire to create a sustainable environment. For this reason, it is their goal to build a center in Basel, Switzerland, which combines healthcare with environmental awareness and redefines the holistic approach of man and nature, called Encourage.
Their indoor services will include yoga classes, massage therapy and life-coaching combined with evening discussion forums on topics such as ecologic sustainability, environment and nutrition for urbanites. Once you step outside of the center, you will find a beautiful and vibrant permaculture garden that will brighten the city center.
The complex will consist of six shipping containers not just because they are hip, but mainly to upcycle them into something useful by attaching solar cells and energy storage. These solar cells will be providing the power for the whole center.
Fragments of Metropolis – Berlin
Expressionism heralded the beginning of the architecture of the Golden Twenties in Berlin: the buildings are fascinating in their unrestrained forms and masterly handling of material, color and light. In their book «Fragments of Metropolis – Berlin» the two architects Niels Lehmann and Christoph Rauhut comprehensively document the style of the Golden Twenties.
Even though expressionist architecture can be found throughout Europe, many realized buildings have been uncared for and forgotten. That’s why in 2010 they began to document the extant European works. «Fragments of Metropolis – Berlin» shows the results of this project for the first time, presenting the remaining buildings in Berlin and its surroundings – undoubtedly the most important centre of the movement.
The book presents 135 buildings on 250 pages, in contemporary colour photography and elegant drawings, all specially produced for this publication. It serves as a reference work, completed with a detailed index and location maps. It is a book for anyone with an interest in architecture, expressionism or Berlin!
With her PUTPUTakeaway Nao Shirato offers her guests authentic Japanese kitchen. Her mother introduced her to those meals when she was a child. Guests can enjoy a Japanese Curry, and homemade specialities like Onigiris, Miso soup, Gyudon and salads with Yuzu-Dressing.
First, Nao successfully ran PUTPUT as a takeaway concept, but through wemakeit, she was able to transform it into a proper restaurant, where she can serve her Japanese dishes to people sitting down and enjoying a culinary journey in a slow-paced environment.
Apart from the restaurant there is also a small merchandise shop selling bags, porcelain tableware and other kitchen accessories, as well as products with her own mascot on it: the «kawaii little chicken».