Birdhouses by Stephane Barbier Bouvet

Here's a comical twist on the traditional birdhouse by Lausanne-based designer Stephane Barbier Bouvet. Check out some of his latest projects on his site or at Gallery 1m3, of which he is a founding member. via swissmiss

François Junod

François Junod has been making robots the old-fashioned way for over 20 years. Using precise micro-mechanics, Junod works out of his studio in Sainte-Croix pursuing his goal of making movements smoother and more human. Though he works primarily on commissions, his Modigliani-like art pieces and studio shots are well-documented here and you can find a history of automata here (complete with satisfying flash animations). Also …

New Rich

New Rich, a collaboration between Swiss clothing designer +41 and the Swiss- and Belgium-based design team Big Game, debuted this month at Cologne’s International Furniture Fair. Un-democratizing objects like ballpoint pens, thumbtacks, and iPod headphones, the collection exalts the mundane, transforming near-disposable commodities into coveted pieces and highlighting the intrinsic value of already-ingenious design elements. A continuation of questions posed by Big Game’s first line, …