Today I am taking you on a design tour through the Swiss city of Zurich. Two weeks ago I spent a weekend in this charming city in Switzerland thanks to the kind invitation of Zurich Tourism. During my visit I had the opportunity to visit the design fair Blickfang in Zurich and the next day I took part in a guided design tour with one of Zurich’s best design connoisseurs, René Grüninger.
I want to show you a few of my personal highlights from the Blickfang design fair in Zurich and the design tour through Zurich’s design districts, Kreis 4 and Kreis 5. Let’s roll!
Blickfang Design Fair
The Swiss designer Véronique Baer is based in the Netherlands and presented her super fun ‘Bounce Chairs’ – puffy chairs in soft pastel hues that look like giant candy. You approach those chairs with a certain curiosity and caution – but once you take place you sink into a soft seating that perfectly adapts to your body and makes for a perfect seating.
Swiss furniture maker Kadur Rohner caught my eye with his sleek, almost Scandinavian inspired furniture collection. In a short chat I’ve learned that his design is actually pretty Swiss – apparently the Swiss prefer simple, sleek design made of natural materials with a good quality. Very cool pieces for purists!
The young German design label ‘Freudwerk’ exhibited some almost spacey furniture and lighting pieces. The clean cut lines, the irregular angles and a creative usage of size make the pieces of ‘Freudwerk’ stand out. I particularly liked their floor lamps.
Zurich based ‘Raum B’ presented a cool geometrical bowl in white and in a colourful version and was a little colour highlight for my ceramics loving eye.
Zurich Design Tour
If you happen to travel to Zurich any time soon (hint: join my Pinterest giveaway by repinning THIS IMAGE and winning one night for two persons including breakfast in the cool 25hours Hotel where I was staying), I have a few design addresses to recommend:
Bogen 33: This is a fantastic store for vintage lovers. Furniture, decor items, accessories – everything is presented in a cool arched store and the charming owner will invite you for an espresso at his bar if you fancy.
The Chair: A cool and well curated store with contemporary design pieces and yes – quite a few design chairs. Also located in the famous ‘Bögen’ (arches) of Zurich’s design district.
Waldraud: A funky concept store uniting fashion, design and art in a small boutique.
Einzigart: A very beautiful design store in Zurich. They feature a wide range of home accessories, design and cook books, design furniture and home textiles. I could not leave this store empty handed.
Nico Heilmann Lighting Design: The design studio of the Swiss lighting designer Nico Heilmann is small but equipped with pretty amazing lighting design pieces.
Bliss Modern Antiques: Mid-century lovers will drool when entering this store. Fantastic mid-century furniture pieces and home accessories will make you want to spend all your money. Moreover, a shop-in-shop called ‘Green Stuff’ is in the store too selling classic looking light bulbs with modern LED technology, combining old and new!
I hope you enjoyed this little design tour through Zurich, Switzerland. I was pretty surprised by the thriving and creative scene in this picturesque city. And yes, Zurich is more than banks and chocolates – it’s a cool design city! For more Zurich design tips check out my blog post over on Roombeez (in German).
Happy new week!