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Room with no view: Swiss #bunkerlife

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OPEN BUNKERLIFE

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.

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#MyProdir

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OPEN SOCIAL

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.

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Bauhaus at 100: 5 key lines from the school of design

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OPEN DESIGN

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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Design your DNA Pen!

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OPEN NEWS

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.

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Fifty shades of green

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OPEN GREEN

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?

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Even more is possible!

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OPEN SUSTAINABILITY

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.

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The chair isn’t so much the problem as the sitting

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OPEN RELATIONSHIP

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.

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Spring cleaning for the sheep

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OPEN SEA

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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Milk cans for the global village

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OPEN BOX

It was the humble milk can that helped me understand the principle of globalization at an early age, at least unwittingly. As the milk – so important for my growth – was produced a couple of kilometers from our house, I had to cycle to a farm every evening with a metal milk can to fetch some still-warm milk in time for dinner. This was a rather irksome task that eventually made me insist, at age eight, that our front garden should be transformed into a pasture for a dairy cow. A pleasant model – though barely economically viable, as my father explained.

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