Thursday, 20 October 2011

Jessica T Inspired By...Tschuggen Bergoase

Thursday, 20 October 2011
Sometimes ideas and designs come from the most mundane of beginnings …

While sitting on a small plane on my way from Hong Kong to a remote part of China, I began to read one of the on-board magazines to pass the three hour flight. Quite surprised that the mag had some sections in English (the airline I was flying with is a small southern China operator) I came across an article about the Tschuggen Bergoase Spa in Switzerland.

Image via Architonic

Designed by Swiss architect Mario Botta, the nine "light trees" bathe the below four floors of treatment and therapy rooms in light. The bold geometric lines of the trees pierce the mountain landscape behind. 

Image via Travel Tales

Taking stock of this, I wanted to create a wallet that was simple yet bold, while still maintaing its functionality - after all, we use our wallets every day! The final embossed pattern on the wallets is a mix of static and curved lines, the circular closure piece mirrors the curved lines within the embossed pattern. 




And as for the name...Tschuggen Bergoase is a little tricky to pronounce, so I put my own spin on it, removing the T and one G from 'Tschuggen' and the a from 'Bergoase'.

Say 'Shoe - gen Ber - goes' (Schugen Bergose)

Definitely less European-sounding, but much easier for us lazy English speakers to say!


xo Jess

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