Ristorante Ottantanove in Munich

Influenced by Minotti or not, we went to Italian restaurant at the last night in Munich, according to the recommendations by concierge of our hotel. We thought it was strange because that restaurant is the dining space of another hotel.

My favorite plate is beef carpaccio, so I almost always order this dish for appetizer at Italian restaurant outside of Japan. When it comes to carpaccio in Japan, the dishes prepared with sliced fish are more common because fresh beef is not so procurable as Europe or because the hygiene standard of raw beef became more restricted after the fatal accidents by food poisoning outbreak related to raw beef dishes of Korean BBQ.

For the main dishes, we ordered pizzas and spaghetti, getting tired of pork and potatoes. As you know, potatoes are staple food in German, so we had eaten various types of potato as garnishes for the main dishes sinse we arrived in Germany. Bread is mainly for breakfast.

At the end of the day, all the dishes were tasty and each portion is proper for Japanese. I mean each dish of German cuisine is too large for us.

I missed Japanese cuisine after six -day trip.

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Minotti

I found Minotti showroom in front of Seimens headquarters building. It is isolated there. I mean there was no showrooms like that around there but offices and museums. I wonder why they selected this location, but it matched as it was in terms of design. The interior design of Minotti matched with Neo-Gothic exterior design of office building in Munich.

Minotti was found in Meda, the northern Italy and its design has been influenced Roma.

I mentioned that Italian architects brought the new styles of architecture  over the ages referring three churches.

Churches in Munich

I came up with the idea that Munich had been much influenced by Italy.

Austria occupies the land between Germany and Italy, but Italy is not far from Munich. It takes only six hours from Munich to Milano by car or train these days.

Even though there is Zugspitze of Alps, which is 2,962 meters and the highest mountain in Germany, they have been influenced each other across the boundary.

NS-Dokumentationszentrum München

After the decorative churches, let me introduce the simplest modern building in Munich.

Inside, the modern history of Munich is exhibited and many students learn the history of town through the panels and films.

The floor plan is simple, rational and functional without any waste, waste of time, waste of space, waste of money like too much decorations.

The last picture shows not me but the mirror wall of the elevator inside.

It is very simple with feeling of spacious.

I enjoyed the good contrast of classics and modernity in Munich.

My second RIMOWA

I bought RIMOWA suitcase fifteen years ago when I visited Stuttgart on business trip.

I was a marketing planner at the advertisement company in Japan in charge of Mercedesbenz account.

We were invited to the headquarter of Daimler Chrysler AG to learn the latest information of the new C-class and smart for four. Actually, the company was divided into Daimler and Chrysler again in 2007, but it was the third largest automotive company in the world at that moment and spent a huge money on advertisement campaigns even in Japan.

On the business trip, my colleagues recommended me to buy RIMOWA suitcase because it is much cheaper in Germany than Japan. I don’t know the price exactly, but my discount model was around a half of the original price in Japan. Two of my colleagues had already owned the one and both of them bought the second RIMOWA. I was 30 years old, I clealy remember that they looked so cool for me that they were very familiar to business trip overseas carrying glared tough RIMOWA like international business people.

RIMOWA was founded in Köln by Paul Morsceck in 1898. At that time, the shop was called Paul Morsceck & Co. ,named after him and it sold leather made suitcases that was popular among the noble.

A son of the founder, Richard succeeded his business and developed the modern suitcases made of aluminum and renamed the brand, taking the first two capitals of his name; RIchard MOrscheck WArenzeuchen.

RIMOWA got very popular in Japan around 2001 when I bought the first one and when they launched the first polycarbonate model.

This time, I was wondering if I should buy a polycarbonate model or an original aluminum model. The pros of polycarbonate model was lightweight, needless to say. And also, polycarbonate has more color variations. I found the Europe-limited color edition that was just recently launched. For these reasons, I almost made a decision to buy a polycarbonate model of slate color, but I had a second thought right after opening the model and found the cons of polycarbonate models.

First, the joit was made of leather. I know leather is strong enough to pull but not strong to be cut.

Second, it was not made in Germany. I don’t want to criticize the country that made polycarbonate models, so I don’t mention it here. I know most products of German originated brand are not made in Germany any more so as Japanese manufacturers do.

However, I personally stick to the origin of the brand and stick to comemoration of my second business trip to Germany fifteen years after my first business trip.

At the end of the day, I bought the original aluminum model of German made. I selected champagne gold because silver is too common and the black is too formal.

Last not but least, this second one matches better with my first one.

It will be better as time goes by.

Here is my first RIMOWA.

Churches in Munich

Theatinerkirche

After Dreißigjähriger Krieg, Italian architects were invited to Munich and they brought the baroque style. This church was designed by Agostino Barelli, referring Chiesa di S. Andrea della Valle in Roma.

Frauen kirche

This is the Gothic style church and the largest church in Munich. At this era, the local governors competed each other comparing the hight of the buildings such as churches and castles.

St.Michael kirche

This is the Renaissance style church designed by Friedrich Sustris. He was born in Netherland and studied architecture in Italy.

Here is the question.

Which is the oldest church among the three?

It is interesting that there stand three churches of different ages.

The answer is Frauen kirche. Gothic style was followed by Renaissance style and baroque style.

Gothic style seeks the hight to which human cannot reach. After that, Renaissance return to humanity.

Again, Baroque pursuits gaudiness or gorgeousness which human never see or experience.

Then, Modernism reviews function.

The history of design is repetition or resilience between simplicity or basics and complex or expansion.

Lenbachhaus Museum

Lenbachhaus is featured in collection of portraits and sculptures of 19th century. It accommodates masterpieces of Der Blaue Reiter, the magazine published by Franz Marc and had an impact on young artists in the begging of 20th century.

Unfortunately, it was partially open during my stay in Munich.

The only exhibitions was Martin Kipenberger and Maria Lassning.

Among the works, I was impressed with “hour glass.” It expresses the aging body eroded as time goes by. it recalls illness or death that is inevitable for the aged.

Time is given equally to anybody else, but it depends on me how fully utilize every moment.

That is what I felt about the works of Maria Lassning.