The return to popularity of the DIY (do-it-yourself) movement seems to have led to a new trend – two new shops have just opened their doors in Zurich, Switzerland, each of which in its own way succeeds in turning the old into the new.
Lashlings at Kembo Nui
Lashlings are colourful, comic-like figures. They represent a very unusual world for all those who enjoy bright and playful colours.
Kembo Nui began as an atelier for illustration and design operated by Alexandra Gysling, who in the summer of 2008 opened a shop of the same name in Uetlibergstrasse in Zurich.
All sorts of objects, most of them from the 'Brockenhaus' second-hand shops, are sanded down, cleaned up and decorated with hand-painted Lashlings.
Atelier flair at Kembo Nui
Textiles such as cushions, lampshades and stools have Lashlings motifs printed on them. Alexandra Gysling creates a colourful and cheerful universe, with the beguiling long eyelashes which are the hallmark of the Lashlings.
«My world is bright, playful and many sided. Ever since I was a child I've felt the need to create my own world – fascinated by colours and forms and always searching for the unusual,» explains Alexandra Gysling, who is clearly the original model for the gorgeous long Lashlings eyelashes.
«T-shirts are our best-selling products. In the case of the furniture many people don't understand that everything is handmade and accordingly more expensive», she says. She paints the designs on the furniture freehand, without a stencil.
In addition to their first shop in Basle, the two interior designers Marisa Wagner and Bettina Ginsberg have now opened a second shop in the Stauffacherstrasse next to the bakery. Second-hand products by well-known designers together with selected no-name pieces appear here side by side with new design.
Cooker made of cardboard with four modules. Made by the Swiss firm of Timuk
raum49 collects toys from the Swiss firm of Wisa-Gloria, such as this second-hand wooden truck
«Restoring this wagon with its lettering would be much too expensive».
An attractive selection of new and old – the football goes back to the 1966 World Cup.
For children furniture, toys and accessories are presented in a colourful blend of the modern, the classical and the nostalgic, including many in handmade small series.
Chairs: all second-hand from different countries.
The crocheted baby shoes are a fair trade product from Kyrgyzstan and are distributed by the Swiss firm Hundh
Owner Marisa Wagner reports that her foreign customers are particularly interested in those pieces which show clear signs of wear and which accordingly radiate a special charm.
Moroccan carpet from the Swiss Hersberger's carpet collection / Monkey: Anne-Claire-Petit, Holland
Wooden train by Antonio Vitali, Switzerland
«This train is much too precious to sell; it's one of my favorits» - Marisa Wagner
The net bags were discovered on a trip and are produced in Germany
In its showrooms raum49 holds regular, theme-based exhibitions of selected furniture and accessories for both young and old.
Marisa Wagner and Bettina Ginsberg have old wine crates made into bedside tables at a workshop for the disabled