A couple of apes are sitting on a lonely hilltop somewhere, let’s say Africa, and together they learn a new skill. Before long, this new ability will have spread in waves across the entire planet. The acquired knowledge then pervades the entire species, becoming part of the collective memory of all apes in the process. British biologist Rupert Sheldrake is convinced that all animals of the same species worldwide can draw on a vast library of once acquired practical knowledge. What a wonderful thought. Read More
Ikea’s blue shopping bag may have become a fashion accessory overnight, but it’s been working its way up to fame for a couple of decades. It was conceived in 1996, when Ikea had a less than glamorous problem. Smaller things than flat-pack items were being added to the product range, but customers weren’t finding it easy to cart them around the gigantic stores. The blue bag was the solution – though it wasn’t one the furniture empire could keep within the confines of its premises. No matter how they tried, they could never quite stop customers from taking the bag home with them.
“In writing, I have found a vessel for wisdom,” cried Thoth, the Egyptian God with the head of an ibis, mythological father of the written word and patron of science, as he announced his creation to King Thamos. Yet the King was not impressed: By relying on the written word, people will neglect their memory, he contended, declaring writing inferior to speech. Nevertheless, the written word prevailed and, as it has grown in complexity, so too have the tools used to write it. Read More
Christoph Schnug is a product and graphic designer, owner of Studio C. He has created the concept of our innovative range of QS Peak and Pattern pens and designed most of our DS models. The new QS30 also comes from his drawing board. His designs rank among the most successful in the industry and his work has been awarded with numerous international prizes. Read More
What would thinkers like Wittgenstein or painters like Kandinsky or Klee have made of the Pantone Colour of the Year? Read More
Patagonia is a promise. The name alone conjures up images of wild natural landscapes at the end of the earth like no other. In keeping with this name and the promises it entails, it should come as little surprise that the company Patagonia does things slightly differently to everyone else. This is the story of an attempt to stay true to one’s self. Read More