Behind the scenes for AEG

Sonntag, 23. April 2017

In january we had some lovely visitors from Sweden in our studio and we've been shooting a little video for AEG together. We've been asked to share thoughts about our view and about daylight and what makes it so inspiring. As you maybe know, we shoot all our pictures with daylight, so it's very important to us. When we've been looking for a new studio in Berlin, the light was the most imortant thing for us. We looked for a space with at least one window with northern light, because as you know, we like to shoot a lot of moody pictures. You obviously have no sun coming from a window that is facing the north, which natrually makes the light very moody and blueish. So we've been really happy, when we finally found a place like that. The big suprise was, that we have 2 windows facing south as well, so it's lot's of sunshine on the other side of the room. This allows us to play with different light scenarios and moods and was even more than we expected, when we started looking for a new studio.
What we really like about our view is the rough and industrial houses, that you can see and at the same time there are beautiful trees growing infront of some of our windows. The talented Kajsa Eldsten made a fantastic illustration of our studio view, that you can win together with the WX7 window cleaner from AEG (you can see the illustration in the forelast picture of this post). All you have to do, is, take a picture of a windowless wall in your home, post it on instagram and tell why you’d like to give it more life. Don’t forget to tag the post with #myviewbyAEG. Three lucky winners will be chosen on the 5th of May and will be contacted through a direct message on instagram. Good luck guys!!
Oh, and you can hear us talk more about light and our inspriation coming from it and see more from our studio in the video* that was made of us in january. Hope you like it!

german translation
Im Januar hatten wir sehr sympathischen Besuch von einem kreativen Team aus Schweden in unserem Studio und haben gemeinsam ein Video für AEG gedreht. Wir wurden nach unseren Gedanken zum Thema Tageslicht gefragt und wie uns Licht und unsere Aussicht in unserer Arbeit beeinflusst. Da wir all unsere Bilder mit Tageslicht fotografieren, ist Licht nicht nur sehr wichtig, sondern auch inspirierend für uns. Das Licht kann deine Ganze Stimmung verändern und beeinflussen. Als wir nach einem neuen Studio in Berlin gesucht haben, war das Licht oberstes Kriterium für uns. Wir wollten mindestens ein Fenster mit Nordausrichtung, da wir es lieben stimmungsvolle Bilder zu fotografieren. In ein Nordfenster scheint logischerweise kein Sonnenlicht, die Bilder sind dadurch stimmungsvoll und bekommen den Blaustich, den wir so lieben.
Als wir also endlich das Studio mit dem perfekten Licht gefunden hatten, waren wir sehr glücklich. Und nicht nur Nordfentser waren vorhanden, sondern auch Fenster mit der Ausrichtung nach Süden, was uns erlaubt, auch mit anderen Lichtszenarien und direktem Sonnenlicht zu spielen. 
Was uns an unserer Aussicht aus dem Fenster sehr gefällt, ist das rohe und industrielle und gleichzeitg ist die Umgebung sehr grün - wir haben einige schöne Bäume vor den Fenstern. Dieser Kontrast ist sehr inspirierend und schafft immer Raum für viele Ideen. Die talentierte Kajsa Eldsten hat eine wunderschöne Illustration von unserer Studio-Aussicht gestaltet, die Ihr zusammen mit dem WX7 Fenster Reiniger AEG (die Illustration könnt Ihr im vorletzten Foto sehen) gewinnen könnt. Alles was Ihr tun müsst, ist ein Foto von einer fensterlosen Wand auf Instagram zu posten und in der Caption zu schreiben warum dieser Wand ein bisschen mehr Leben gut tun würde. Dazu unbedingt den Hashtag #myviewbyAEG hinzufügen, damit wir Eure Bilder auch sehen können. Drei glückliche Gewinner werden am 05.Mai 2017 per direct message auf Instagram kontaktiert. Wir wünschen Euch viel Glück ihr Lieben!!
Wenn Ihr noch mehr von uns zum Thema Licht und Inspiration hören wollt und noch ein paar Eindrücke vom Studio bekommen möchtet, schaut Euch gerne das fertige video* an, das im Januar entstanden ist. Wir hoffen es gefällt Euch! 

Our Berlin Kitchen

Sonntag, 16. April 2017

A few weeks ago, we've done a little make-over with our kitchen in Berlin. You guys already know our kitchen in the countryside and our studio kitchen (will post an update tour soon!), but we've never shown you our kitchen in our Berlin flat before. When we moved into the apartment 3 years ago, we immediately fell in love with it. But I guess as everyone knows, no flat is perfect. The most important criterion for us was the light, the view and a kitchen that is big enough to have a table in. All of that was there, so even if there were some details that didn't quite met our taste, we felt like this is the flat we've been looking for. If we were the owners (we only rent it, so we can't change whatever we like) we would prefer to have old windows, a lighter floor and would change the whole kitchen unit - but I know that this is complaining on a high level. 
As we do have a lot of rough and industrial elements in our other kitchens, we wanted this one to be fresh, clean and modern, but also cozy at the same time. If you follow our interior account on instagram, you might have recognized already, that we are quite minimal, when it comes to furnish our places, so it's no suprise, that also our kitchen is quite minimalistic. We do create a lot of mess and chaos in our job during shootings, so for us it's very refreshing to live in a contrast to that and have enough room for thoughts and creativity. I know, some people need a "creative chaos" for that, but for us, it's the other way around. 
So what we changed in our kitchen is actually a lot, but it was also a long process. The only before picture we have is this onejust so you have a rough impression how it looked like.  
First of all and most important to us was, that we removed the kitchen drawers from the wall as they took so much light away and we don't need so much space to store things. Then we painted the whole kitchen - before it was white and one wall was in very dark blue (the one that you can see in the before picture). We decided to paint the whole kitchen in a beautiful light grey (it's called "Emma") from our favorite paint brand Kalklitir. It makes the room much brighter than before and the atmosphere is more cozy and calm now. Another thing, that was important to us was the question which chairs could fit to our beautiful round marble table from our friend Philipp from Nutsandwoods. We wanted to have comfortable ones, but at the same time they should be beautiful as well. After some research we came across the J39 - The People's Chair from Fredericia* and fell so in love with it! It looks modern, but at the same time also traditional and we think it suits the kitchen and the table so well. And the best: it's really really comfortable! 
Speaking of comfortable - another thing that we wanted to have was a little sofa in the kitchen. As we have enough space for it, we've been looking for one, that is cozy, but not to big for a long time - we finally decided for the "Ace Sofa" from Normann Copenhagen and can really recommend it. 
The day after the shooting we deciced to move the sofa to another wall (and then I had to make a picture again of course), so don't get confused about the two different angles. So what do you guys think, how did the kitchen turned out? Let us know, if you have any questions about specific products in the pictures, we are happy to help. Happy sunday!

Lactose-Free Mint-Chocolate-Vanilla-Ice-Cream Cake

Sonntag, 9. April 2017

It feels like spring is in full swing - the sun is shining, the birds are singing loudly and you can watch how the trees turn a little bit more green from day to day. This weekend the weather was just wonderful, 17 degrees and almost no cloud on the sky. We spent most of the time in the garden, as we have a lot planned there (building a greenhouse and many other things, but more on that another time) and we enjoyed the sun so much!! But what's a sunny day without an ice-cream, right? Spring, sun and ice-cream just belong together! When we got asked, if we want to try the new lactose-free types of ice cream from Cremissimo*, that just launched in february, we got so excited! We both love ice-cream and especially during sunny days in the garden there could be nothing better. Also there are not a lot lactose free ice-creams available, so we were really curious to taste it.  You can choose between bourbon vanilla, chocolate and english mint. As we wanted to try them all we decided to make an ice-cream cake! And it was such a good idea, as they all tasted great together. What we really liked was, that the consistency of the ice-cream is very creamy and even if we served it almost right from the freezer, the consistency was not to hard and the ice-cream was easy to cut.
To have a little crunch we made a glutenfree cookie crust, which was such a delicious combination with the ice-cream. We couldn't really decide for a favorite as they all tasted wonderful! 
We topped the ice-cream cake with frozen berries and white chocolate and e voila it's done. Really not a big effort and such a lovely outcome. We hope you guys like it as well - enjoy the sunny spring weather, with ice-cream of course :)

Glutenfree Vegan Hazelnut-Coffee-Granola-Bars

Mittwoch, 5. April 2017

We love coffee. And we love breakfast. And the best ist, when you have both in one. Nespresso* had the idea to integrate coffee in breakfast recipes and asked us earlier this year, if we are interested to create several breakfast recipes, which among others include coffee. As big breakfast fans we immediately had many ideas and we developed 5 great recipes, a vegan and a glutenfree recipe and also something for fish and meat lovers. These recipes have been served during Berlinale film festival and we´ve been told, that everyone loved them. One of our favorite recipes are these hazelnut-coffee-granola bars, because they are glutenfree and have this light hint of coffee. For the choice of the right coffee type, which fits the best to the granola bars, we got a lovely support from a coffee expert, who recommended the Gran Cru Arpeggio*, because it underlines the flavours very well, since it has notes of cacao. A high quality of the coffee beans is important for Nespresso, so most of the beans are  harvested from their own sustainability* program.
The combination of coffee, rolled oats, nuts, dates and cacao is just heavenly - so aromatic and delicious as a treat. We´ve made the granola bars a couple of times already, not just because they are a great option for a quick breakfast, but also they are lifesavers, when you need quick energy during a long working day. For Laura we made a different version of the granola bars, because she cannot tolerate cacao so well, but this recipe we´ll share another time.
The room, where we´ve been shooting this time, is a new discovery at the attic of our lovely neighbours and good friends. When we have been tidying up a space in the attic, the light was so magical, that Laura had to grab her camera immediately and we´ve freed some old furnitures from dust, which have been there for ages - our friend Rahel told us, that they´ve belonged to the former owner of our flat. It is so wonderful, when things have a story and we can continue it from now. Rahel got us the gorgeous blooming plum branches from the garden and after the shoot we´ve been enjoying the warm late afternoon sun with the delicious hazelnut-coffee-granola bars.

Golden Coconut-Raspberry-Rose-Cake - A Gluten Free Wedding Cake

Sonntag, 19. März 2017

Last month my father married his girlfriend. It was quite spontaneous and they wanted to celebrate very private, all in all we've been only 6 persons at their wedding. Of course Nora and i wanted to give him something special, so we decided to make a wedding cake. Lucky us, that the number of guests was so limited, so the cake didn't had to be that big and everyone could have a big piece of it :) As my father is an artist and works a lot with gold leaf we wanted to create a golden cake. For the rest of the cake and the decoration we decided to stay classic and choose white. The cake batter is refined with grated coconut and vanilla and the filling is made with raspberry jam and whipped cream, which is just the perfect combination! As we finished decorating the cake on the wedding day, we had to shoot these pictures in just 15 minutes, so please excuse the small amount of pictures this time :) The wedding day itself was just as good as one could wish for - the sun was shining and even if it was still february, it almost felt a little bit like spring already. Ater the shortest wedding in the register office you can imagine, we all went home to their house in a very good mood and Nora and I suprised them with the cake and sparklers on top. They didn't expected it at all, so the surprise was luckily successful and they were so happy!
We hope you guys will enjoy this cake as well!

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