As if that wasn’t enough, this takes product videos to a whole new level:
I stumbled upon Open Switzerland, a project that examines just how open Switzerland is to the outside world. Is it open or does it remain the walled fortress of Europe?
Wish they would let us upload our own images. Or am I missing that feature? I have so many photos that celebrate all things Swiss. But I understand that allowing just any photo to be uploaded opens a can of worms…
Schweizer Plakate is a growing online gallery of Swiss Posters. Sort by type, stile or color. Wonderful!
(Thank you Martin)
I love this minimal kids bed by Swiss Blueroom. Add a few pillows and it feels more like a couch. Hello there, teen years!
(thank you Barbara)
Homework is an interesting table design by Swiss Tomas Kral. The aluminum surface extension seems quite practical for storing books you’re working with or displaying documents you need to reference.
Photo by Julia Robbs.
Part of my latest Quarterly mailing was a custom SIGG Bottle. In my letter to my subscribers I explained that I am struggling with keeping hydrated when at the studio. In the mornings, I would get in, sit down at my desk and just be swallowed up by the busy-monster and not take time to walk over to the water fountain. I would literally forget to drink water.
I realized that I needed to trick myself by filling up 2 bottles in the morning when I come in and have them sit on my desk, with the goal to empty them by the end of the day. Otherwise I would not drink enough water. After talking to a few of my studiomates I realized I wasn’t the only one struggling with the hydration problem and so I decided to send out a custom Sigg bottle.
I grew up on Sigg bottles, they’re a staple in every Swiss household. They’re designed and manufactured in Switzerland and the SIGG HQs is a 15 minute drive from my hometown. So, I admit, there’s a bit of nostalgia packed into my latest Quarterly. Yay for things that carry from you childhood into grown-up land. In my case, one of them is Sigg.
(The YAY illustration on the bottle is by the wonderfully talented Jen Mussari)
Now here’s a gift for the chef that has it all: Swiss Alps Panorama Knives. From top to bottom: Berner Alps Panorama, Lake of Constance Panorama and soon to be available the Zurich Panorama. Made me smile.
(warning their shop is in German only)
I have no idea if this Filo Scotch Tape Dispenser is at all easy to use, but it sure made me look for it’s minimal aesthetic. It is the brainchild of Swiss designer Marie Schenker.
I just nearly fell off my chair. In a package that was just delivered here at my studio, I discovered a Silk Bacon Scarf, named Fou Lard. We just all had a good laugh, but my Studiomates agreed, this is so utterly ridiculous it’s awesome. Fou Lard is a brainchild of Swiss designer Natalie Luder. The scarf is made of 100% silk, digitally printed and hemmed by the artist herself. Available on her site for $170. Bacon lovers unite!
Love this retro Swiss Clock with swing arm wall mount that allows clock to be quickly and easily mounted to the wall. #want
How does it work? Put a chunk of Raclette cheese on the tray, melt it, then scrape it on your place. Enjoy with soft boiled potatoes. YES!
FREITAG recently published a new book called Out of the Bag. I got my hands on a copy and if you’re like me, fascinated by the FREITAG story, then you should get yourself a copy. The book looks at how this small, SWISS creative start-up became a large brand with such an incredibly strong identity. FREITAG’s history and processes are explained, commented upon, and presented in often surprising ways.
And this is the newest bag I am currently drooling over. #youcanthavetoomanyFRETITAGbags
(Trying to convince Edward Tufte that it’s ok for me to embed the video here.) Thank you Mr. Tufte!
This modular bunk bed called Kajüttenbett made me look. I love multifunctional kids furniture that can adapt to your changing needs. It’s a design by Swiss Roland Jaggi and available over at Refurnished.ch.
Also, for all you grown-ups that like the idea of a minimal bunk bed, check out this one.
(Thank you Thierry)
I absolutely love this new FREITAG bag design, called F61 Betty. I am all for shoulder loops! In case you’re not familiar with FREITAG: Their bags are made out of old truck tarp and are pretty much indestructible. And best of all, each bag is unique.
This Switzerland commercial made me smile and miss my childhood home.
(Thank you Alex)
SWISSVIEW is my new go-to-iPad-app when I am in desperate need of some major zen. It features more than 1,600 films of spectacular helicopter footage of Switzerland. Every film comes with useful information on the overflown regions and places. Nice.
(thank you Ted)
Thinkingform posted the above graphic by Swiss designer Peter Megert. I find the three interlocking arrows fascinating.
Starting february 29th you’ll be able to buy this M Lamp at the M-STARS store. Go MIGROS, this is way cool!
swissted is an ongoing project by NYC based graphic designer Mike Joyce. Drawing from his love of punk rock and Swiss modernism, two movements that have absolutely nothing to do with one another, Mike has redesigned vintage punk, hardcore, and indie rock show flyers into international typographic style posters. Each poster is sized to the standard Swiss kiosk dimensions of 35.5 inches wide by 50 inches high and set in Berthold Akzidenz Grotesk medium, all lowercase. Every single one of these shows actually happened.
(thank you Anne)