Lifestyle

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

From all of us here at Xchange we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2019. The dust of everyday life Space, defined by the three dimensions of length, width and height provides the stage for human beings. Through art, space is extended by a fourth dimension that … continue reading

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

From all of us here at Xchange we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2018. Horace was a Roman poet born in 65 BC. Still his insight matters. Life is about managing expectations, yours and other people. Today the ultimate move to ‘manage expectations’ means to ‘seek … continue reading

We must supply our own light!

“However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light” (Stanley Kubrick) A new light went on in Hamburg to shine brightly across the harbour. A thriving cultural sector is an essential part of what makes a city great. Now we can find the Bilbao effect in the Northern Part of Germany. The Elbphilharmonie is … continue reading

Why we work? by Barry Schwartz

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” Annie Dillard Well, most of us spend their days working and therefore it is worth to understand why we work. This is an inspiring book by Barry Schwartz for all workers. Enjoy.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Every winter the medieval part of Baden, the Swiss home of our Swiss Australian design company xchange, is turned by the help of a handful of light bulbs into a fairytale place. Whenever I walk through these streets in the evening I have to think about the quote from Stanley Kubrick:  However vast the darkness, … continue reading

Sustainable Transport

On my visit to the West Coast I was impressed to learn that TESLA is now on a lager mission then just building the most advanced electric cars. According to the master plan from Elon Musk TESLA changed its mission to accelerate the world´s transition to sustainable transport. This is the place where progress happens.

International Living Future Institute

Seattle is not only the home of Boeing and Starbucks it is also the home for the International Living Future Institute. I was lucky to get a tour with James Connelly exploring the Bullitt Center from the solar rooftop to the aerobic composters in the basement. Learn more about the LIVING BUILDING CHALLENGE

ROLLING WORKSPACE at Orgatec 2016

When I first saw the Rolling Workspace installation at the booth from Kokuyo in Cologne the quote from Francis Picabia instantly came to my mind: Our Heads Are Round So Our Thoughts Can Change Direction. The importance of mobility is well understood. Research has shown mobility could lead to better processes, productivity and also enhance … continue reading

Turning Bell Labs into Bell Works

At Neocon I had the chance to talk to Paola Zamudio from NPZ design as we met at the Kimball Office showroom to present to her KORE our latest product. KORE was inspired by Bauhaus thinking and by the idea create the right environment to create the right state of mind. When Paola explained how … continue reading

VILLA SAVOYE HOUSE SITE

UNESCO adds 17 Le Corbusier projects to World Heritage List

We are happy to learn that UNESCO adds Le Corbusier projects to World Heritage List. Great architecture always is a source of inspiration for us as we believe: “FURNITURE IS ARCHITECTURE ON A DIFFERENT SCALE” Le Corbusier was one of the most important and influential architects of the 20th Century.He consequently separated load and nonload … continue reading

Learning from the market place – KORE @ NeoCon 2016

We believe that learning from the market place is the number one advice for creative people to broaden their perspective. Looking at things from different angles, learning from each other is the fun part of being at NeoCon. Daniel was lucky to meet three smart designers from Gensler from Austin TX to have a great … continue reading

Elon Musk sleeps in a sleeping bag

When I read about Elon Musk on BGR.com “…With so much on his plate, Musk revealed during Tesla’s earnings conference call yesterday that his desk is currently positioned at the end of the Model X production line at Tesla’s Fremont, California factory. And because he’s there so frequently, often overnight, Musk also added that he … continue reading

SDF2016: Design Change

Save the Date – Seattle Design Festival 2016 is September 10 – 23 This year’s Seattle Design Festival theme, Design Change, proposes that design can maximize the public benefits of change, while empowering those communities most impacted by that change.  In Seattle, a place experiencing tremendous change, this year’s Festival will investigate and celebrate the … continue reading

GANZ BOATS – ELOVATION 6.8

The future is inevitable, progress not. When I saw the new electric boat ELOVATION 6.8 from Ganz Boats on the lake of Zurich exactly this thought came to my mind. Somebody has to design the future. Only forward thinking minds with the desire to explore new avenues will create the future and be at the … continue reading

Gorden Wagener about “Bauhaus” and sensual purity.

We at xchange are convinced that we have to “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” according the advice from Albert Einstein. Key is to keep in mind “The important thing is not to stop questioning.” Get inspired by Gorden Wagener talking about Bauhaus and sensual purity. We have to translate Bauhaus Thinking … continue reading

FORM & FUNCTION

Long before Twitter, substantial content was compressed into catchy phrases like “form follows function”. Digging deeper and going back to the source was a real eye opener. It was always about the head, the heart and the soul and not about nuts and bolts. Get inspired by the full quote as the original idea of … continue reading

Kunz & Partner – a Swiss based international management consultancy

xchange design provided for Kunz & Partner the new corporate design and webpage. The expertise and entrepreneurial acumen from Kunz & Partner is employed to further grow the international presence of xchange design as the ARCHITECTS OF HAPPINESS.

HOMEFULLNESS – OFS Brands at NeoCon 2016

“The feeling of homefulness surges up at the end of less arduous travels too: it’s there when we step off the aeroplane after a holiday or turn into our road with shopping bags bulging. It spreads through us with its combination of relief, belonging and the satisfaction of a long journey’s end.”(quote from: The Book … continue reading

To Inspire Forward – John Phillips, VP of Design Development OFS

VP of Design Development, John Phillips, discusses his approach to design and how inspiration motivats, influences and ultimately moves creativity. Written by John Phillips. Open your minds to see the inspiration around you for your “aha” moment. Inspiration is a wonderful yet difficult word to fully understand and an even greater challenge to effectively apply. … continue reading

Trade Show Bogotá

We are glad to report that MUMA, a leading furniture manufacturer from Colombia presented Banda at the trade show in Bogotá. The clean and crisp design of the booth corresponded very well with the timeless appeal of the Banda lounge.

Got a question about this quote?