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MAISON MARSIL : Dr. Martens opens a new store in Cologne with a live gig by indie-rock band Neufundland and artwork by the tape art collective 'Tape That'

Dr. Martens is finally represented again in Germany with its own brand store! Taking place on 28 June was an event including an exclusive press preview for the opening of the new DR. MARTENS store in Cologne. Artist collective Tape That was there to accompany the event with an artistic performance and gave the shop display a very special Dr. Martens design. The Cologne indie-rock band Newfoundland crowned the evening with an exciting live gig. We have the photos for you on GoSee.

With the choice of Ehrenstraße as the location, iconic British brand Dr. Martens is perfectly nestled in the attractive and target group-savvy brand environment of the shopping area. Located between the Belgisches Viertel district and Cologne's Dom cathedral, the new shop is within walking distance of our Maison Marsil Boutique Hotel – ideally located in the heart of the city center. Already in the planning phase, we had the honor of welcoming the Dr. Martens team as guests of our house.

Brick and concrete surfaces, industrial lamps combined with steel furniture unquestionably convey the charm of the shoe for the worker, for which Dr. Martens has stood since 1960. The interior design by Studio OL3 creates a timeless and strongly expressive appearance. Meanwhile a tradition, the opening of a new Dr. Martens Store is accompanied by a painting from a local artist. This time, tape art collective Tape That created a piece of art which now adorns the cash register area.

On 1 April, 1960, the first pair of Dr. Martens was produced in series – which marked the birth of the classic model 1460. To this day, the yellow seam as well as the heel loop and the durable profile sole of the shoe are the unmistakable hallmarks of the worker's footwear. Because of its comfort paired with durability, the boot was the first choice of police- and postmen compared to its competition when it came out. Throughout its history, the brand has been discovered by musicians and subcultures.

Adopted and reinterpreted by them, the brand soon became the expression of individual style. The factory that started it all, located in the small village of Wollaston, Northhamptonshire, still exists – where a number of selected products are made to this day by a small, close-knit team from the shoemaking trade according to traditional production methods.

Further information about the event and the brand is available via blackbird Berlin, and on Maison Marsil at
04.07.2018 // show complete article

MAISON MARSIL COLOGNE – experience the southernmost boutique hotel of Iceland with an event location during the MEET COLOGNE Tour on 7 June, presented by comedy icon and XXL elf Ása Ástardóttir

"Someone entering a hotel doesn't know who they will be once they leave it again," is what Vicki Baum wrote, who worked as a chambermaid in the luxurious hotels of Berlin in the 1920s while researching for her novel Grand Hotel which has been filmed multiple times. Today, hotels still provide an exciting setting for a variety of encounters. And we too had our share of great encounters at our MAISON MARSIL. Some have left engaged to marry, others found a new home with us, and a few even found their way to us from Iceland. And many of our guests have become friends... which is why we decided to present our little boutique hotel as the southernmost hotel in Iceland paired with the perfect storytelling during a MEET COLOGNE Tour on 7 June. A group of international event planners will take part in the somewhat unusual tour of the hotel...

A former broker started out his career as an investment banker in Reykjavik. But after the stock market crash, he was forced to pursue plan B. So, he decided to deliver fresh fish from Iceland to Cologne. Today, his successful company ATLANTIC FISHPARTNERS delivers halibut, monkfish, cod, wolf fish, redfish... just to name a few... caught the same day throughout Germany from its base in Cologne.

Ása Ástardóttir is also part of MAISON MARSIL's history. She filmed the video for her catchy hit 'Big kisses from Iceland' with which she tried to score for Iceland at the Eurovision Song Contest and became the scandalous topic all over the island. Not lastly because of her appearance on Big Brother, she is a celebrated comedy icon and speaks as an XXL elf in her program (from 9 – 12 July at Cologne's Ateliertheater) about the unforgettable Icelandic language, bizarre culture as well as her sweet, cotton-candy life far from all age and beauty ideals.

Stand-up meets self-reflective island humor! Hú! Ása puts a magnifying glass to the most bizarre peculiarties of her little country, but doesn't spare the remarks about continental curiosities and her romance with life. Linguistic eloquence bubbling over with passion for everyone who likes a little entertainment with their drink.

Want to know more? You're invited to MAISON MARSIL on Thursday 7 June from 4 – 6pm. While enjoying a Blue Lagoon on the rocks, you can have a look around our bar, the lobby, the open kitchen with a winter garden or just let Asa whisk you away to the kingdom of elves...

Here is the complete program for the MEET COLOGNE TOUR :

  8:00am : Hyatt Regency Cologne – Anniversary Breakfast
10:30am : RheinEnergieSTADION
11:35am : BALLONI Halls
12:40pm : Flora Cologne with  a luxurious banquet hall in the botanical garden.
  3:30pm : Design Offices Cologne Dominium / 9 floors with more than 9000 m²!
  3:15pm : LAB12 @ Pullman Cologne with a panorama view
  4:10pm : Knowledge Center with 11 conference rooms

5pm : maison marsil // Boutique Hotel & Event Location
Everyone who loves photography & art as well as friends of an alternative lifestyle will feel right at home here. Immerse yourself in a world of unusual ambiance paired with individual and original furnishings.

MAISON MARSIL, Marsilstein 25-27, 50676 Cologne 
05.06.2018 // show complete article

PHOTOSZENE COLOGNE (21 – 30 September, 2018) presents projects for PHOTOKINA by Erik Kessels, Ola Kolehmainen, Fiona Tan... and has extended the registration deadline for exhibitions and events until 15 May, 2018

Taking place from 21 thru 30 September, 2018, is once again a multifaceted festival of photography in Cologne. Photoszene is looking forward to several high-profile photography exhibitions at venues including Museum Ludwig, in the Photographic Collection/SK Foundation Culture, in the Käthe Kollwitz Museum, in the Artothek, in the Forum for Photography, in Gallery Parrotta Contemporary Art, in the art spaces of the Michael Horbach Foundation, in selected inner city churches and in numerous other galleries and art spaces throughout the city. Registrations are still accepted thru 15 May!

The MAKK – Museum of Applied Arts Cologne is becoming the meeting place for fans of illustrated books: Among this year's guests are the Dummy Award and the Photobook Award from Kassel! And Hotel Maison Marsil is also pleased to be a cooperation partner. If you are still looking for an event location for an exhibition project, would like to organize a party for Photokina or is simply looking for a home away from home in Cologne, please contact

The Photoszene Residency Artist meets Archive is the central program of the upcoming Photoszene Festivals 2018 and 2019, which will showcase the significant diversity and quality of photography in the city's collections and archives through exchange with international artists. Photoszene is delighted to already announce the invited artists: Erik Kessels (NL), Ola Kolehmainen (FIN), Ronit Porat (ISR), Fiona Tan (NL / IND), Roselyne Titaud (F) and Antje van Wichelen (BE).

Dutch artist, designer, publisher and curator Erik Kessels (* 1966) is known internationally for his humorous, clever and trenchant exploration of photography and found footage. He will dedicate his contribution to a previously unpublished collection of works at the MAKK – Museum of Applied Arts Cologne.

Plus: With new themes, a new schedule and shorter duration, PHOTOKINA, the leading trade fair worldwide for imaging, is starting a new era from 26 thru 29 September, 2018. From 2018, it will take place annually. This will enable it to optimally reflect the fast pace and the ever shorter innovation cycles of an increasingly digitized industry. In addition, the trade fair has a new date in May from 2019. Photokina 2019 will take place from Wednesday, 08 May to Saturday, 11 May, 2019. And PHOTOSZENE is also organizing its festival in parallel.

So if you happen to stop by Cologne after all these exciting topics – please visit us at Hotel Marsil, the GoSee headquarters in Cologne. For each of the mentioned events, we have the corresponding top guests in the hotel, at the bar, in the kitchen or on the terrace... we look forward to seeing you!

Enjoy Cologne, stay at MAISON MARSIL. Our beloved marsil is a beautiful historic building in the heart of Cologne. Owned by legendary Frank & Cyrus since 1999, it hosts friends in 19 apartments and gets better every year and sends you love wherever you are. The marsil guesthouse is tucked away in Cologne’s city center and is an insider tip for photo fans, film workers, galleries and friends of the alternative lifestyle. The monument-protected house and its extension offer ten apartments (each equipped with a mini kitchenette, bathroom) plus 10 standard hotel rooms... free WIFI, breakfast, coffee machine deluxe – all centrally located and a stone’s throw away from the Dom cathedral. Marsilstein 25-27, 50676 Cologne,
03.05.2018 // show complete article