freitag favorites + vitra

Nearly one week has already passed since our return from Tuscany last Saturday. I haven’t had time yet to compile all my favorite photos, but I did have time to visit another new place this week — the VitraHaus.

Wednesday was Tag der Arbeit (Labor Day) in Switzerland and so I was eased back into work with a mid-week bonus day. Since we planned to spend the afternoon in Basel for a hammer competition we decided to leave a bit early to stop at the VitraHaus and Museum just over the border from Basel in Weil am Rhein, Germany. I have been dreaming of this trip for quite awhile as I love many of the things produced by Vitra and the idyllic pastoral views that can be seen out the giant peaked windows always looked spectacular.

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Our first stop was the Vitra Design Museum which has a beautiful exhibition on the life and work of American architect Louis Kahn. Then we walked past the Eames elephants grazing above to tour the VitraHaus from top down. What can I say except that I might just have to run away from home and be a resident of the VitraHaus. It could be like a modern day version of the kids who live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in “From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.” I nearly had to leave Martin behind in one of the many Eames Lounge chairs.

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As I head into the weekend with visions of lounge chairs and lamps dancing in my head, I want to share a few other links that caught my eye this week. Next week: more on Tuscany. I promise.

  • worldwide coffee consumption // I want to know why the Swiss drink almost as much coffee as Scandinavian countries. Our winters are not as dark. Perhaps it is merely the ease of Nespresso?
  • facades to nothing // These fake townhouse fronts hiding entrances to the underground are fascinating.
  • plates + paintings // I am a little obsessed with the creativity of the dutch duo known as Little Owl Design who mixing antique plates and paintings into these art pieces.
  • in the kitchen // This month would be a good month to try this birthday cake.

Schönes Wochenende!

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