Leave it to the always inspiring Swiss Riklin Brothers, to reinvent the concept of what makes a hotel room: No real estate, no walls and no roof. Null Stern Hotel simply an open air double bed, available for reservations. What’s not to love?
I spent the past two days hiking in the Swiss Alps with my kids and our friends from London. I took the above photo right outside the mountain ‘hotel’ we stayed in, sleeping in a bunk. We grilled sausages on sticks and swam in the icy alpine lake. The beauty of Switzerland is absolutely breathtaking.
Why do we humans have such a hard time seeing and appreciating what’s right in front of us? Did I really have to move to NYC to now appreciate and see this beauty?
I chuckled when I hung our bed sheets to dry out in my sister’s backyard on a STEWI fold-up-dry-rack. They are *such* a Swiss household staple. But the thing that made me laugh and facepalm was when I discovered the product names on the STEWI site: they range from Lady to First Lady to Lady Compact. Oh, Switzerland….
For the next two weeks, I’ll be transmitting from the Swiss Alps, a region in the North East called Appenzell. While there will be less frequent postings on here, there will be plenty photos of rolling green hills, cows and sausages over on Instagram.
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)
(turn up the volume to hear the cowbell)
Pardon the lack of posts here, but this family is enjoying two weeks off in the Swiss alps. You can catch a glimpse of our trip over on Instagram. (Follow hashtag #swissmissgoesswitzerland2014)
Bern Hyperlapsed is a short and incredibly beautiful portrait of Switzerland’s Capitol, Bern. It merges a view on traditional sights with the novel visual impression allowed by hyperlapse photography. The film consists of around 3500 single pictures, mainly taken between December 2013 and March 2014.
Congrats to Marcel Rolli, of Studium Punctum.
G and I just booked our first family ski vacation over the weekend and that reminded me of the ski workout tv shows I used to watch as a kid, growing up in Switzerland. And thanks to YouTube I can all send you down my personal memory lane.
I love the internet so much.
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