If coffee culture and architecture are among your passions, then search out the best of both in one spot with the revised, 2nd edition of the Swiss Heritage Society booklet “Switzerland’s Loveliest Cafés and Tea Rooms”. In recent years, there’s been a revival of coffee and tea houses not only as places to enjoy a stimulating boost of caffeine but also as a rendezvous spot for culture, conversation and relaxation in a unique and often historic setting.
Christa de Carouge, “the lady in black”, left a lasting impression on Swiss fashion and made the Geneva suburb of Carouge, whose name she adopted, famous well beyond its borders. Her multifunctional clothes made with graphic designs in luxurious and innovative fabrics bestowed upon those who wore them elegance, freedom and comfort. Celebrated for her professional skills and loved for her personal warmth and humanity, after her sudden death last January the Musée de Carouge decided to recognize her creativity and generosity and to express the gratitude of the city she loved so much with a comprehensive new exhibition.
A visit to the Romont Vitromusée has all the elements of a perfect day trip: a singular collection found in an historic setting that’s accessible via direct rail links running through a stunning, pastoral landscape. From Medieval to Contemporary times The Romont Vitromusée of Stained Glass and Reverse Painting on Glass exhibits some of Switzerland’s most historically significant and visually stunning glass objects in a 13th-century timber-beamed castle that sits amidst a medieval hilltop village, making a visit there more than just another day at the museum.
The biannual creative extravaganza that is the UniCréa Art, Fashion and Deco Salon opens for its 20th edition this weekend at the beautiful renaissance-era Château de la Sarraz at La Sarraz, located between Lausanne and Yverdon-les-Bains and easily accessible by car or train. More than 100 artisans participate at UniCréa and offer for sale unique, largely handmade pieces of art (paintings, sculpture), fashion (clothes, shoes and jewellery) and decor (furniture, lamps) celebrating the seven “Universes” of Wood, Metal, Earth, Glass, Textiles, Stone and Paint. Every year the artists are challenged to create artworks on a given theme and the one chosen for the 20th edition is “Like a new Life” (Comme une nouvelle vie). During the salon, visitors can vote for the artisan who they believe best fulfills the brief; the winner will be invited free of charge to the next edition of UniCréa. You can see some of the designs submitted so far on UniCréa’s Facebook page. Needless to say, you’ll find creations that are unlike any found elsewhere and it’s especially satisfying to know that purchasing an …