Off to Switzerland

By Aaron Britt / Published by Dwell
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I'm headed off to Switzerland on Saturday to take part in the Presence Switzerland Design and Innovation tour. I've never been before, but the itinerary is chockablock with the tiny nation's architecture and design leaders, from the Vitra Design Museum to the Freitag store (pictured below) in Zurich, constructed of shipping containers.

In preparation for the trip I've been rereading some recent Dwell stories that feature Swiss design, the Detour we did in Zurich in particular. I'm also planning to grab a drink with architect Felix Oesch, designer of the wonderful Swiss Mix house we covered in February's Prefab Issue. It's such a rare treat to meet someone face-to-face who lives so far away and has only been a voice on the phone or fingers typing at the end of an email.

I also want to ask you, the Dwell community, what you make of Swiss design, and what I should do to fill my few spare moments. Is there a shop in Basel I shouldn't miss, a cafe in Zurich or a building in Lausanne? Were you thrilled when Peter Zumthor won the Pritzker Prize or is Le Corbusier more your speed? I'd love to hear from you all, and do keep an eye out for my dispatches from abroad in the newly christened Postcard section of

Aaron Britt


Aaron writes the men's style column "The Pocket Square" for the San Francisco Chronicle and has written for the New York Times, the Times Magazine, Newsweek, National Geographic and others.

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