Haori Cup

Haori Cup is a beautiful Japanese bentwood drink wear. Works both for cold and warm drinks. Head over to their Kickstarter if you want to call some of them your own.



Synchrony made me look. It is a music therapy platform that helps parents and children with autism develop intimacy and promote understanding with each other through improvised music play.

I want to touch it.

Simple Machines by Tinybop

Simple Machines is the latest app by Brooklyn based Tinybop. The app allows you to explore the playful side of physics. Just like all their earlier apps, Simple Machines is *beautifully* illustrated and thoughtfully executed. Team Tinybop continues to create apps that I *want* my kids to play with; Educational, fun, and well-designed. Two swissmiss thumbs up!


waterproof seabags

Summer in Switzerland means people jumping into rivers, in the middle of major cities (!), their clothes tucked away in waterproof bags, and then peacefully drifting for long distances. Eventually they hop out and get their dry clothes out of their bags. These design-y waterproof seabags from Büro Destruct & Kitchener are perfect for this. Also, wish our NYC water was as clean as the rivers and lakes in Switzerland. (le sigh)

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Invest in Sugru!

I just opened my Sugru community newsletter and learned that I can now buy shares in the company I love so much.

There’s no other company that makes my heart go pitter patter the way Sugru does. (You can watch their story here.)

I am so totally investing a teeny tiny bit of money. (It starts as low as £10) How can I not? I am such a fan and respect Jane and her team so much! What a smart move!

UPDATE: So, if you live in the US, Canada and Japan, you’re unfortunately out of luck. Crowdfunding is apparently not regulated yet in these countries, so, we’re not allowed to participate. Major womp womp moment here!

4D Type

3D Type

Type a word into this browser window and see it extrude into 4D. Hit ‘space’ to pause animation and then scroll to rotate type object. Filed under “I enjoyed playing with this for the last 5 minutes”.

Seymour Chwast

Seymour Chwast Archive

Just launched: An archive of Seymour Chwast’s body of work. This archive is a treasure trove of epic proportions. Featuring selections from the designer’s personal collection, the site includes posters, books, packaging, typography, painting, sculpture, editorial illustrations, and ephemera from the 1940s to the present.



Pikaplant will turn your “black thumb” into a green one. Tableau system mimics nature so plants water themselves. Learn more about Pikaplant over at booooooom.com.

Rope Masks

Rope Masks

I am alternating between being terrified and fascinated looking at these Rope Masks.

The Reinvention of Normal

I just watched this wonderful mini-documentary on artist, inventor, and designer Dominic Wilcox with my kids. Everyone’s mind was blown.

(In case you’re a parent and not familiar with The Kid Schould See this I recommend you put that blog on your radar.

Not Seeing The World

Not seeing The World

This photo series by fellow Swiss Clarina Bezzola is hitting a cord with me. It’s titled Not seeing the World and depicts an individual who is constantly absorbed in the dialogues with her inner voices and misses the beautiful world around.

Lovely Set

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Really thrilled about today’s launch of the Lovely Tattly Set by Rifle Paper. It’s the sequel to the super popular Floral Set. The continued joy my team and I get out of launching new temporary tattoos is refreshing. I hope it never stops.

How To Read The Menu in…

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I just received a copy of these incredibly charming booklets that will help you navigate restaurant menus in Spain, Italy and France. The three phrase books feature simple A–Z listings that make it easy to find items that perplex the diner, allowing for navigation around ingredients that offend, disgust or just don’t appeal. While it’s probably easier to quickly Google the ingredient on your phone, I appreciate the analog approach to this ‘problem’.

Design Matters

Design Matters

The wonderful Debbie Millman, force behind the Design Matters podcast has relaunched her website. It’s never been easier to find the gems in her huge archive of conversations with key players in the broader world of creative culture. Check it out: Design Matters

A spider’s heART.

A spider’s heART is a kid’s artbook for adults. And vice versa.

Dangerous Popsicles


Dangerous Popsicles are a collection of weird shaped popsicles inspired by cacti and life-threatening bacteria/viruses.

Ladislav Sutnar: Visual Design in Action

Graphic design book nerds unite: Out of print for decades, Visual Design in Action is one of the most beautiful books on modern graphic design. Written and designed by Ladislav Sutnar and published in 1961, it has been called a “lost milestone” and a “treasure.” This Kickstarter by Designers & Books is bringing it back.

The Rise of the NYC Skyline

This is breathtaking: The elevators to the observatory atop 1 World Trade Center show an animated time lapse that recreates the development of New York City’s skyline, from the 1500s to today.

How Big Is Big? How Far Is Far?

How Big Is Big? How Far Is Far?
How Big Is Big? How Far Is Far?
How Big Is Big? How Far Is Far?

How fast is 120 kilometers per hour? How heavy are 4 tons? Units of measure are abstract—until, that is, they are contrasted with other quantities. The juxtapositions in How Big Is Big? How Far Is Far? make dimensions and measurements more comprehensible for children. It is filled with illustrations by Jan Van Der Veke, available in English and in German. I will totally get this for my kids.

Stevie Wonder

Last night I had the incredible privilege to see music legend Stevie Wonder in concert. What a talented human being! There is nothing I respect and admire more than masters in their craft and growing old gracefully, staying relevant and full of life.


markus raetz yes no sculpture

I hugely admire Markus Raetz‘s artwork. This YES/NO sculpture is one of my favorites. Just like in real life, depending on your perspective, the answer can be YES or NO.

Beautiful Maps

Beautiful Maps

The Beautiful Maps Tumblr by Dennys Hess is definitely an instant new favorite.

Angora Show Bunnies

angora show bunnies

This NYTimes slideshow made my day: Cuddly, Fluffy, Surreal World of Angora Show Bunnies. Thanks Sally!


Impressive: Volvo introduces LifePaint: A reflective spray only visible at night.