Today my field survey allows me to blog on spot. Great!
The interior is toying with 50ies furniture and alpine kitsch and so supplying the German want for “Gemütlichkeit”. Besides, it makes a nice contrast to the stylish Mitte-crowd with their shiny laptops. St. Oberholz is not only a café, it is the beginning of a new age of internet cafés. I don’t know if that was the owners’ intention when opening this café, but now it definitely is. It is even more: it is a public office space.
The difference is that you have to bring the computer yourself (usually people don’t dare to bring anything but a Mac, but today I have spotted several PCs). St. Oberholz is a two floor open plan office for all the homeless creative people working on “projects”. Media has given these people the nice name “digital boheme”. I think this is a Berlin phenomenon and was a product of the recession some years ago when there were no jobs, but loads of creative potential: everybody was sitting in cafés, having endlessly time talking about “projects”. Those which were realised are part of the Berlin feeling now – in other cities they might have remained phantasms, here they became real thanks to low rents, low living expenses and low chances to get a regular employment.
They have a great blog on leftbehind things! Check www.sanktoberholz.de Rosenthaler Str. 72a (am Rosenthaler Platz), Mitte, Mo – Fr 08:00am – 00:00pm, Sat – Sun 09:00a, – 00:00pm.
Please excuse the bad quality of the photos.