Posting has been light as I am currently on my yearly pilgrimage to the Swiss Alps with my kids. The scene above is what I am currently seeing and hearing outside our 200+ old farmhouse Airbnb in the Appenzeller mountains. (Cowbells are real!) You can follow our journey along on my Instagram and especially this story
Loving these pieces by Swiss Graphic Design legend Erik Nitsche. Would love to own one of these!
I haven’t been back in Switzerland in over a year. I usually visit my family every summer. I miss it. So I just found myself randomly searching for Switzerland related YouTube videos. This one is pretty good as well. Appenzell, the first feature, is where I am from.
Whoa, blast from the past: I had a pair of these as a little kiddo growing up in Switzerland. Anyone with me here?
These photographs of Swiss houses by Patrick Lambertz stopped me in my tracks. Having grown up in Switzerland, this architecture is so deeply familiar and comforting. (The series is called Swiss Chalets, but I disagree, these are not chalets.)
Forever in love with Swiss Freitag bags and their product videos. This is Ahlgren. Love the size and design. Not familiar with Freitag bags? They are made with super durable truck tarp, last *forever*, are waterproof and super sturdy. I have 4 of them and *love* them.
I know what I am watching tonight on my projector. Thank you Jude.
I love everything about this: For decades, cartographers have been hiding covert illustrations inside of Switzerland’s official maps.
(Thank you Chesley)
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)