While back in Switzerland last week I had a Pepita Grapefruit Drink. Which prompted me to find this super old school commercial from the 1960s. Made me smile.
Some of you have wondered why postings are light and there was no Friday Link Pack. It’s because I am on vacation! Every summer I take my kids to Switzerland and indulge in fresh air, sausages, hiking and swimming. I am trying to spend as little time as possible on my computer. Thanks for understanding. You can follow my adventures along on Instagram. Make sure to check my stories.
Waving from the Alps!
There is no other bag brand I am as loyal to as I am to the Swiss brand FREITAG. Over the last 19 years I have accumulated quite the collection and I can attest they are indestructible and seemingly timeless. This small clutch bag, the F271 Masikura, would make a nice new addition. Wishlisted. Also, how creative and fun is this product video?
Whenever I think I can’t possibly love FREITAG more than I already do, they come out with a new, innovative bag, like Zeppelin, their first inflatable travel bag on wheels. The fact that it folds down when not in use gets my two thumbs up! And, of course, that each one of them is unique, as they are made out of recycled truck tarp. So much YES!
The sound effects in this FREITAG x Sennheiser commercial made me look and smile. Cool to see how it’s been done.
I have fond memories of seeing these posters as a kid growing up in Switzerland. They are designed by prolific Swiss designer Herbert Leupin.
LET’S PLAY is what happens when you challenge 100 Swiss artists, designers & architects to play with building blocks for 30minutes and then document it. Beautiful.
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.