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Lurker Grand

Lurker Grand is author and publisher of the City in Space: Barcelona and City in Space: Berlin books. These two works focus on the architecture and interior design of buildings and places in Barcelona and Berlin from the 1950s through the 1970s. The Barcelona book was published in 2001 and under the chapter "Polynesian Bars", four Tiki Bars from the 1970s are portrayed that have survived to-date.

From the mid-1970's, Lurker Grand has also been a regular guest in the Kon-Tiki Bar in Zurich, Switzerland (founded in 1955). During this time, it was a place where the newly emerging music and art avantgarde - the first generation Punk and New Wave scene - congregated.

In the 1980s, Lurker Grand resided in New York City where his love for Exotica music and Roadside locations led him to discover the American Tiki culture. In 2000, together with Klang und Kleid, he created the website www.alohawaii.de making it possible to order the Spanish Tiki mugs from Pavon. In 2002, Grand helped to design a small Tiki Bar for the Club Remise in Switzerland and, from then on, began dividing his engagements between Berlin and Switzerland. He also built up and performed many operational functions for the Tabou Tiki Room, a Tiki Bar in Berlin that unfortunately had to close down in the end of 2006.

In September 2007, Lurker Grand organized the Tiki Modern tour with Sven Kirsten and Jochen Hirschfeld and highlighting Tiki culture through size and depth that has never before been seen within German-speaking areas. All in all, there were five consecutive Tiki events in Hamburg, Berlin, Munich, Zurich and St.Gallen.

Lurker Grand