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Photographer Joanna Legid shot our valentines friend couples

Today, everyone with a significant other will be out in full force, seemingly flaunting their relationship in front of you.

If you’re alone this Valentine’s day, not to fret, we’re here to help you deal with it by remind­ing you to cher­ish your friend­ships. Every­one has that one friend they’re insep­ar­able from, so, this year, instead of cel­eb­rat­ing romance we’re cel­eb­rat­ing best friends, just friends, only friends and the kind, sweet things they do for one anoth­er. Pho­to­graph­er Joanna Legid met up with four dream duos in their Ber­lin sur­round­ings — wear­ing neubau eyewear.

Alexander and Lea

Where and how did you meet?
ALEX­AN­DER: It feels like more than 30 years that we met for the first time – real­ist­ic­ally it was around 12 years ago – in a café where I was with her friends and I thought who is SHE?! I imme­di­ately embraced her.

LEA: Offi­cial ver­sion: ten years ago in a café through mutu­al friends.
Inof­fi­cial ver­sion: we’re identic­al twins.

Least and most favor­ite thing about your friend?
ALEX­AN­DER: She’s an incred­ibly hon­est and upfront per­son with a heart too big to ever be weighed, how­ever – because of her huge heart – her emo­tions some­times act up and Lea gets a bit louder… But I like loud people though.

LEA: Alex is by far the most gen­er­ous per­son I know. He would nev­er say no if you’d need him and he would be always on my side, hav­ing my back. No mat­ter if baga­telle or life crisis. The only prob­lem: his taste in bath-tub mats.

How do you cheer Alex­an­der / Lea up when they’re in a bad mood?
ALEX­AN­DER: With my bad humour.

LEA: An anec­dote from our shared girl band time is enough to sweeten his day. PS: he was not Posh Spice.

Where do you spend most of your time togeth­er?
ALEX­AN­DER: When eat­ing. I love eat­ing, she loves eat­ing, we LOVE eating.

LEA: In bed. In good res­taur­ants. On the dance floor of bad clubs.

What’s the kind­est thing Alex­an­der / Lea has ever done for you?
ALEX­AN­DER: That she wants to be friends with me – thanks.

LEA: When I got my daugh­ter I was com­pletely alone in a for­eign city. After the birth, Alex was the first one who has put everything aside to come to us, to cook for me, to com­fort the scream­ing baby, to pamper me. Thanks Alex.

On which brand would your friend spend their last money?
ALEX­AN­DER: For Lea it’s not about the brands – she must fall in love. When she falls in love she gives her last shirt to get the piece.

LEA: Maybe Comme des Gar­cons. How­ever, Alex loves people and things without hav­ing to know their back­ground. Really, no mat­ter what’s writ­ten on the label, if he likes it he likes it.

What would Alex­an­der / Lea’s per­fect hol­i­day be like?
ALEX­AN­DER: One week in New York with me, then two weeks in the Car­ri­bean without me.

LEA: A trip to the world’s best res­taur­ant with me.

Kezia and Max

Where and how did you meet?
KEZIA: We met at Uni­ver­sity. I thought he had beau­ti­ful eyes but then I got angry because he pro­nounced my name wrong.

What made you real­ize Max / Kezia is a good friend?
MAX: We have the same mind, and same mouth.

KEZIA: We have totally dif­fer­ent minds, although Max thinks we have the same one. I real­ize Max is a good friend because he is able to show me the world from a dif­fer­ent point of view.

What activ­ity would you nev­er do togeth­er?
KEZIA: Def­in­itely sex!

Do you ever argue? If so, when?
KEZIA: I guess we nev­er had a nor­mal con­ver­sa­tion. We argue all the time about everything!

MAX: About everything sometimes.

What’s the most sur­pris­ing fact about Max / Kezia?
KEZIA: Max dances bet­ter than Michael Jackson!

MAX: That she’s actu­ally the most warm-hearted per­son. She can’t sing but this girl has rhythm like no other.

What drink would you order for Max / Kezia in a club?
KEZIA: I would order water for Max but he would like me to order whisky.

MAX: Whisky for max, water for Kezia.

What is Kezia / Max’s favor­ite song at the moment?
KEZIA: George Maple — Stricks and Horses ft. Goldlink

MAX: Mc Fioti — Bum Bum Tam Tam

Toni and Fanny

Where and how did you meet?
We met at the Sec­tion Boys con­cert, last February.

Most favor­ite thing about your friend?
I love about Toni that I can totally trust her and that she’s super honest.

Why do you argue?
I actu­ally can’t think of any argue we had, prob­ably about small things but noth­ing serious.

What makes a good friend?
For me a good friend is someone who I can tell everything, someone who does not judge me and of course someone to have fun with.

What’s the kind­est thing your friend has done for you?
That she always gives me advice and listens patiently to all my drama.

What’s your friend’s favor­ite food?
Burrito

What’s your friend’s favor­ite musi­cian?
No spe­cif­ic per­son, she listens to vari­ous rock or hiphop artists.

Eli and Nalan

Where and how did you meet?
We met at a birth­day party of a com­mon friend. I was late, Eli was sit­ting in the middle of well-pre­pared sur­prise dec­or­a­tion aka Luftsch­lan­gen’. But we already heard from each oth­er and actu­ally met sev­er­al times in our dreams.

An exper­i­ence that deepened your friend­ship?
Our first Dj gig as Senu and slim­girl fat. We spent hours to pre­pare ourselves for this slot and all of a sud­den ended up watch­ing cook­ing with a dog’ on YouTube.

What’s your favor­ite activ­ity that you do togeth­er?
Dis­cuss­ing life struggles with the IPC (Inter­na­tion­al Pearl Col­lect­ive) and hanging out at Nalan’s cozy kit­chen. It’s an open space for all the like minded people I met in Ber­lin to get togeth­er. She always brings every­one together.

What makes Eli / Nalan a good friend?
ELI: Same val­ues and things we get excited about. You can just pro­cess much faster if you have a like minded atti­tude towards so many topics.

NALAN: Eli is reli­able, hon­est AND my wise google machine. I am glad that she is a liv­ing human being!

What’s the weird­est thing your friend has done for you?
She always offers me her home when she is away so I can have some time off … I mean we both live in Neuk­ölln, Ber­lin. I love her idea anyway! 

Who is Eli’s / Nalan’s most hated artist?
Hm, no hate.

What does Eli / Nalan love to do in their spare time?
ELI: Besides doing music, she hosts every­one and feeds them with deli­cious self-made banana bread.

NALAN: Eli some­times tend to get her­self use­less things: a tri­pod, mix­er in size extra small, hun­dreds of head­phones or hik­ing sticks. She loves food and there­fore she is the best cook I know so far!

14 Feb 2018 · neubau eyewear