Chair

Switzerland's newest design trio debuts their dead simple chair designed for taking it easy

A simple concept with an equally simple name, “Chair” has an extended backrest, designed so you can easily throw your arm over it and relax. Easily stackable and with a straightforward geometric form, on first take Chair looks like it might be one of Ikea’s more high-quality products. But, the brainchild of Arnault Weber, Camille Blin and Emmanuel Mbesse—the industrious trio behind the newly-formed A …

Kiener Toys

Lo-fi animated music boxes handmade in Switzerland

Kathrin Kiener practically grew up in her uncle’s timber yard, sweeping floors and in the process falling in love with all things wood—so much so that she founded Kiener Toys. Today, the 30-year-strong Swiss company handcrafts clever wooden toys; from mobiles to dolls that wobble, each charming and sturdily-constructed plaything can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike. We particularly like the Musikwürfel (music box) …

L’Hydroptère.ch

A new hybrid catamaran with wings from the makers of the world's fastest sailboat

by Meehna Goldsmith The brainchild of French yachtsman Alain Thébault, L’Hydroptère is the fastest sailboat on the planet, breaking world sailing records in 2009 for its ability to reach 50.17 knots over one nautical mile a well as 50.17 knots over 500 meters. I recently had the opportunity to check out its extreme power at the unveiling of the Hydroptère.ch—a hybrid catamaran that serves as …