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back home from being home, and florian krautli

sorry for my absence!  i have been visiting fam and friends in the US for the past month and it felt pret-ty gooood to be back in me-motherland.  i was reluctant to leave switzerland, but once i got off the plane i quickly realized that i have missed speaking english and the ease of large, free parking spots.  i've also really missed the food (the US is so much more than hamburgers, btw) and i quickly got to work my first day with homemade waffles courtesy of my mama, then headed out to the mall for a little shopping, then had a burger from in-n-out (i promise that the US really is more than hamburgers and i'm not even a burger girl!, but these burgers are very s p e c i a l and i had to have one immediately), then off to crumbs cupcakes, stopped by see's candies for a sugary palat cleanser, and then sushi for dinner.  best day ever!

i'm back in switz now and call me a bipolar traveler, but it feels really good to be home . . . from being home.  i love this beautiful place and feel like the luckiest person in the world to be able to live here, be it only for a few years.

so what better way to jump back into some design bloggin' in switzerland then with a feature on a swiss designer!  florian krautli is a super innovative product designer with some great ideas under his belt.  below are just a few of his pieces, but he has lots more--including a rug made of conductive thread that enables you to tune into a radio station just by standing on it!




isn't that wooden chair awesome?!






caleb siemon

he was quoted saying that "most glass blowers aren't born artists.  they're born pyromaniacs."  

caleb siemon clearly has a sense of humor, but he also has a great sense of design.  i'm not always the hugest fan of blown glass, but i'm definitely a huge fan of his blown glass.  below are some of his pendant lights.  love 'em, especially bulbous blacky.