Starting a new, storefront business is risky at the best of times. But when the opportunity arose in the Autumn of 2020, with a global pandemic and lockdowns underway, it took a special leap of faith to even consider it.
ONCE UPON a time in a canton not very far away (Basel, that is) there lived a young man who one day returned from Boy Scout camp to take over his mother’s kitchen.
Uninspired by the prospect of boiled salt-water potatoes, Martin fried the uncooked spuds in oil and butter, added salt, pepper, a dash of spice, and fresh rosemary and basil.
WALKING into concept store So Many Queens in the picturesque village of Perroy, you know you’ve arrived in an oasis of quality, beauty and good taste that’s reflected first and foremost in the collection of high-quality fashion and accessories on display as well as in the airy, serene space […]
ONCE you scratch the surface (figuratively, of course) of Danish furniture design there’s just no turning back. Boris Liger, Manager of Geneva’s La Boutique Danoise — for whom Danish design is not just a job, but a passion — explains why it elicits such enthusiasm and the reasons for its […]
THE characters and themes brought to vibrant, colorful life in artist Yvonne Morell’s artworks are familiar and yet strikingly original. Her depictions cast a fresh light on everyday occurrences, habits and objects with an engaging warmth, wit and humanity. In this interview she tells us what inspires her in life and […]
HAVE you ever wished that you could sit down with a mentor and talk about the challenges of making your way in your profession? Or how to trailblaze your own unique path? Be true to your own sense of self and fulfil your own creative potential regardless of how others […]
SOME shopowners sell to make a living. Others care about their merchandise but keep the relationship strictly professional. Then there are those who embrace the individuality and provenance of each article as if it were a child, valuing its uniqueness while creating a harmony in the family of merchandise as a […]
IN THE eight years since Boréal Coffee opened its first outlet the business has seen many changes, but one thing remains the same: an underlying commitment to serve the best espresso-based coffee drinks in Geneva…and now in Zurich, too. In the Spring of 2013, I met Julian Caron-Lys, co-founder and partner with Fabien Decroux of […]
TO meet Serena Dignola-Russignan, founder and talented artisan behind La Lumière du Temps, you soon understand where the warmth and playfulness emanating from her elegant, handmade “photophores” (wax candle holders) come from.
RECENTLY, I was priveleged to be invited together with a group of fellow bloggers to participate in a series of enjoyable and informative workshops at the prestigious Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) recognized as the world’s foremost educational institution for hospitality and hotel management. Since 1893, the EHL has pioneered managerial training for careers […]
Géraldine Rohrer – a gifted young jeweller makes her formal debut at Galerie Annick Zufferey in Carouge
EVEN before Géraldine Rohrer graduated this year with a Bachelor’s degree in Design Jewellery & Accessories from Geneva University of Art & Design (HEAD) she’d already had pieces on show at Galerie Annick Zufferey in Carouge. “I wouldn’t be able to do that with every student,” Annick Zufferey tells me, […]
Meet Céline Dreveton: Artisan, Entrepreneur and Creative Force behind the UNIcréa arts & crafts fair
FROM 3-6 November, 100 talented artisans from across Europe will gather at the magical Château de la Sarraz above Lausanne for the 22nd ed. of the UNIcréa Salon for Art, Fashion & Decor. This ‘must do’ biannual event attracted more than 6,000 arts and crafts lovers to its Spring edition at the Château […]
WHEN I first moved to Switzerland almost 30 years ago, eating in the streets — other than a Bratwurst at festival time or an ice cream in summer — was not the done thing. Takeouts for the lunchtime crowd offered uninspiring sandwiches usually comprised of two huge slabs of bread with a thin […]
THE recent Journées des Métiers d’Art (JEMA) gave the public a unique opportunity to visit the ateliers of the talented artisans of the Swiss Romandy and to go behind the scenes to witness the skill and craftsmanship required to design, create and maintain articles of beauty, originality and longevity. The municipality of Carouge owes much […]
MORE than 100 talented artisans (see my top picks below) are gathering this weekend at the majestic Château de Morges for the 21st edition of Salon UNIcréa, dedicated to art, decoration and fashion. This year’s theme, “aim for the moon” guarantees originality along with the usual abundance of creative innovation, imagination, and […]
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