I'm using my PowerBook G4 Titanium mover 5 years now and the older it gets the more I like it. Even the design is not outdated at all. Of course it's slow and I'm missing all the stuff the new computers have like an integrated camera and WiFi. To me, technology shouldn't become fashion: changing every season. Btw. I also love their shop concept and their ability to foresee human needs. There is one thing though that some of their competitiors handle much better. A thing that makes me love Apple a little less and a thing they should and could work on. It's their Corporate Social Responsibility. I'd like to see greener and ethically produced hardware.
Swiss Supermarket. It's where I buy my food and everything I need to survive. I like how they set up their shops, I like their products, I like that they have cheap stuff for poor people and luxurious things for the rich. They need not to sell alcohol and tabacco and they support cultural and social institutions with a certain amount of their profit. Bravo Mr. Duttweiler.
I already got a lot of MOO cards from people I met in London. Will make my own cards soon. I like them so much that I think: Why does not everyone give me MOO cards? Their size and how they feel when you touch them - great. I wonder how they do in terms of using recycled materials and using toxins in their ink? Will do some more research on their very friendly and lovely website.
The other day I bought a drink with a lovely pink woolen bonnet. And the one I picked...a skillfull lady (I assume) must have made it. It was really perfectly knitted. But even if not, all would pass my quality standards. they still look very nice and unique on the shelf. Oh, it's a winter campaign helping old people. I really like the brand. How they communicate feels like I'm being a good friend. What they stand for, what they promise. I hope they can keep their word despite growing so fast (being so successful) or the tough economy situation (credit crunch).
Studying design and living in Zurich, this brand is very familiar to me. One of the two brothers founding Freitag used to be involved in some school projects and my ex-student-schoolmate was interning with them. I went to see their company/warehouse twice. Very impressive! And I love their shop made out of containers. You have a nice view over Zurich from the top and a bit of sports climbing up the stairs. Oh their concept - love it!
The other day I bought a stapler and it broke when I wanted to use it. Shit happens, never mind. So I went back and MUJI replaced it immediately. No fuss, nice staff. I woudn't have expected anything else. Have I mentioned that I love their concept, their website, their products? Simplicity pure...Well, to have everything in MUJI-style would be too boring for me. Too basic. I don't have to. All the same. I love their products. So there you go, I mentioned it.
"Globus ist das innovative und gehobene Warenhaus, das das Einkaufen zu einem besonderen Erlebnis macht." It's a warehouse that cares about aesthetics, and of course, their costumers. I particularly like their food section. Everything is really nicely packed, most often using glass jars. Top quality goods displayed as it deserves. I go there to treat myself mostly buying exquisite Swiss products.
I'm a designer and like bespoke furniture but I'm a recent graduate and that's why I go to IKEA to buy my things. Their products are not bad at all. I just think that furniture shouldn't become like clothes. Being replaced very often. However, I go to IKEA not mainly because of their products but the shopping experience. To get inspiration and physically experience possible ways how to live. I like the fact that they feel the same all over the world. In China, we went there to have the Swedish meatballs - a nice Northern European meal for a change.
I've been flying back and forth Switzerland and the UK a lot now and I'm always looking forward if I can fly Swiss. They make my travel very comfortable. The staff is nice, the design of the airline doesn't hurt the eye at all (unlike with some competition's designs) and it's not even that much more expensive than the other airlines! You really get the value for what you pay. What I like most: when they go around with the basket of Swiss Chocolate towards the end of the flight! Delicious!
It has become a chain store, but a good one. Anita Roddick was a pioneer in doing business as good as possible. Successfully. A true inspiration and an example that hippies can (and should) be cool and mainstream.
Loads and loads of hours I spent playing with LEGO when I was a kid. Many good memories come up thinking of those times. The competition I had with my brothers: Who builds the nicest house, who the coolest car? The stories we invented playing with the different characters...To me, LEGO was and still is magical. A way of playful expression. Yes, these physical manifestation of the player's ideas are restricted due to the brick's characteristic design - but in a good way. LEGO leaves a lot of space for imagination.