Moses, the ancient Romans, the Chinese under the Shang Dynasty and the North American Siksikaitsitapi all knew one thing: whatever your message, writing on stone is hard. Fast-forward a few thousand years, and one German company is rewriting this ancient wisdom by making a lightweight, portable, readable, durable and sustainable notebook made of stone.
New York’s George Washington Bridge looks nothing like how Swiss bridge builder Othmar Amman originally envisioned it. But by applying his genius he created a bridge to span the century and set a distinctly Swiss stamp on 20th century bridge design.
As Switzerland joins much of Europe in the annual confusion of moving the clocks back this 27th October, it’s good to know there’s one clock that’s always running on time: the iconic Swiss Railway Clock.
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.
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