Search for Rapperswil, Switzerland in Google Earth and you’ll find a grey blob of a city sitting on a sprawling web of roads on an irregular patchwork of green valleys clinging to the shores of the lumpy blue banana that is Lake Zurich.
Inspired by Alvin Straight, star of David Lynch’s The Straight Story, which chronicles Alvin’s six-week journey across Iowa on a lawnmower, Yann Gross set out on a three-month trip through the Rhône Valley at the foot of the Swiss Alps.
Cheesemakers have known since forever that temperature, humidity, environment and bacteria act together to transform a few types of milk into the world’s vast variety of cheese. But what about sound? The sound of music?
We live in an inescapable world of self-improvement: Even if you write a book against it, you still end up writing a self-help book. On Svend Brinkmann’s Stand Firm:Resisting the Self-Improvement Craze.
If there’s one thing the Swiss know how to do, it’s dig. Tunnels, bank vaults, storage facilities – in a country stuffed with mountains, the only way to go is… down. And the most impressive mass digging enterprise in Switzerland’s history is its national bunker system, a network of over 5,000 public and 300,000 private bunkers capable of housing well over 8 million people. But now, as many of them have outlived their original purpose, these bunkers are getting a makeover.
Is that a Prodir pen in your hand, your bag, on your desk? Just check the small embossed name on the side of the clip on your nearest, or favourite pen. There are millions of Prodir pens all over the world, and you may have picked up yours at a trade fair, a company event, or a business meeting.
What’s the big deal about stacking up a few stones? If you’ve taken a walk in the hills or mountains recently you may have seen them – stacks of stones, called cairns, that since the aptly named Stone Age people have been building along road and trailsides to guide, warn and remember.
Simplicity. Functionality. Clean lines. These are just some of the principles that the Bauhaus school gave to the world, and from your IKEA bookshelf to your Apple iPhone, they continue to influence design today. But clean lines aren’t the only ones the school is famous for. As the world celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Bauhaus, here are 5 other lines said by some of the school’s most famous artists and designers.
How many are you? However rare you are amongst your 7.4 billion fellow humans, your own individuality isn’t singular, fixed and immutable. You simply have too much imagination, intelligence and feeling to be one and the same person all the time. There’s diversity in your DNA. And at Prodir we want to help you make it flourish.
Sustainability is big business. Today people and companies are willing to pay more for products and services committed to minimizing their environmental impact. But when choosing a supplier for your own brand’s promotional efforts, how do you know if your favourite brand or trusted supplier is truly green – or just greenwashing?
Perched on a cliff overlooking a 100m drop to the valley and
the Seealpsee lake below, the Berggasthaus
Aescher-Wildkirchli – the Aescher mountain restaurant and guesthouse –
welcomes travellers hiking up from nearby Wasserauen in the Appenzell Alps in
search of the sublime, the beautiful,
and human remains.
Three iconic DS models manufactured fully from recycled material, equipped with the completely new lead free and environmentally-friendly refills: The DS Regeneration Pens stand for an innovative, all-encompassing sustainability concept that comprises the production of the casing and the composition of the refill. Manfred Dreher, Managing Director of Prodir Deutschland, talks about the sustainability of writing instruments that not only write but communicate as well.
Our story begins with a love letter in 1941. An aspiring architect wrote to a painter who he had met for the first time not long previous at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan: “I am 34 (almost) years old, single (again) and broke – I love you very much and would like to marry you very very soon”. The young man is Charles Eames and the painter is Ray Kaiser. A few months later, the couple was promptly married and together they headed for California.
Until now, all QS Peak and Pattern Pens featured a very elegant curved clip. Now, the choice is yours: in addition, you can opt for a straight, flat plastic clip and a metal clip with Silver, Graphite, Black or Copper finish. For an even stronger quality profile and individuality.
It’s just before dawn when the men roll out from under their covers and start groping around in the semi-darkness of the beach for their sticks. For these shepherds from San Giovanni a Piro, a town at the extreme end of Campania, in Italy, this is the day of the sheep shearing, and it begins with a dip in the sea. For the sheep.
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