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SHIFTING TOWARDS CIRCULARITY – ARCHIVE SALE

SHIFTING TOWARDS CIRCULARITY – ARCHIVE SALE

Our future is circular. The shift away from the old, linear “take-make-waste” model to a circular economy impacts every aspect of how we make our everyday goods. From raw materials and hardware to...

circularityPURPOSE BEFORE PROFIT – BECOMING A B CORP

PURPOSE BEFORE PROFIT – BECOMING A B CORP

Interview by: Anna Dorothea KerIn the absence of widespread regulation on environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing, the B Corp certification steps into the void, signifying companies...

qwstion criticATTILA LENGYEL, BARISTA AND PHOTOGRAPHER AT OTOTO

ATTILA LENGYEL, BARISTA AND PHOTOGRAPHER AT OTOTO

Earlier this year we were invited to Bucharest by the wonderful Raluca Simiuc, co-founder of concept store OTOTO – she asked us to collaborate on a special installation for Romanian Design Week, ab...

qwstion criticDAVID GLÄTTLI, CREATIVE DIRECTOR AND DESIGN CONSULTANT BASED BETWEEN TOKYO AND ZÜRICH

DAVID GLÄTTLI, CREATIVE DIRECTOR AND DESIGN CONSULTANT BASED BETWEEN TOKYO AND ZÜRICH

David has lived and worked in Japan for several years, where he connects Japanese brands with upcoming European designers – notably in his role as creative director of furniture brand Karimoku New ...

qwstion criticISABELL AND KYLE SOLÁ, INDUSTRIAL DESIGNERS, SOLÁ SOLÁ STUDIOS

ISABELL AND KYLE SOLÁ, INDUSTRIAL DESIGNERS, SOLÁ SOLÁ STUDIOS

Our connection with Isabell and Kyle, the founders of Solá Solá Studios goes way back. QWSTION’s creative director Christian actually got to know them individually through his industrial design s...

bananatexT-SHIRT OF TOMORROW

T-SHIRT OF TOMORROW

We’re reimagining an iconic wardrobe item We’ve been overwhelmed by the interest in our prototype testing program for the Bananatex® T-shirt of Tomorrow – all 100 spots have now been taken. To ever...

qwstion criticMARKUS RINDERKNECHT, VISUAL MERCHANDISER

MARKUS RINDERKNECHT, VISUAL MERCHANDISER

Markus currently works as a Visual Merchandiser for the world's largest and most trusted resource for authenticated luxury resale in San Francisco, CA. He owns the new Bananatex® Tote Bag XL in Pal...

circularityA BLUEPRINT FOR PLANET-POSITIVE DESIGN

A BLUEPRINT FOR PLANET-POSITIVE DESIGN

  What if caring for the planet involved creating “footprints to delight in, not lament”? This is the invitation of William McDonough and Michael Braungart, founders of circular economy fra...

FOREST BATHING

FOREST BATHING

In the concrete jungles of industrialised societies, nature’s inherent wisdom can often feel far away. So how can we reconnect with all that nature has to offer – and to teach us? As the promise ...

qwstion criticMARCO DESSÍ, FOUNDER OF STUDIO DESSí AND PRODUCT DESIGNER

MARCO DESSÍ, FOUNDER OF STUDIO DESSí AND PRODUCT DESIGNER

Marco Dessí lives and works in Vienna as an Industrial Designer. He establishment his own design studio in 2007, and has been responsible for many projects with a number of acclaimed Austrian comp...

circularityMADE TRANSPARENT

MADE TRANSPARENT

Nowadays, "Made in Italy" rarely means what we are made to believe, since production is now a global affair. Cotton, for instance, does not grow in Europe, and most metals are mined in other parts...

QWSTION at Mode Suisse

QWSTION at Mode Suisse

Bananatex Rollpacks© Alexander PalaciosMode Suisse, the bi-annual event of Swiss fashion design, gave us the stage to show a series of sculptural looks we created using our bags.Our catwalk took p...

circularityTHE PLASTIC CYCLE

THE PLASTIC CYCLE

Recycling plastic is not the solution – we must stop using it. THE CARBON CYCLE Nearly every piece of plastic begins as a fossil fuel, and greenhouse gases are emitted at all stages of the li...

qwstion criticNICOLAS ROCHAT, MOVER FOUNDER AND CEO

NICOLAS ROCHAT, MOVER FOUNDER AND CEO

  Nicolas Rochat is the Founder and CEO of MOVER Plastic Free Sportswear. We collaborated with them the create the QWSTION + MOVER Hip Pack. Nicolas owns and uses the Roll Pack. God save the banan...

bananatexFABRIC OF CHANGE

FABRIC OF CHANGE

BANANATEX® IS NOW CRADLE TO CRADLE CERTIFIED®. A LOOK AT HOW WE GOT THERE – AND WHAT IT MEANS INTRODUCTION Our mission to generate positive change for the planet and all living beings is a constan...

REGINA RUEFENACHT, HEAD OF SALES, LINCKS CERAMICS

REGINA RUEFENACHT, HEAD OF SALES, LINCKS CERAMICS

Bananas, Eh?! I’m convinced that the Zip Pack is a sustainable product – very future-oriented and innovative. Regina about her Zip Pack@rue_regina OUR CONNECTION TO REGINA RUEFENACHT Regina Ruef...

qwstion criticMARIANA MUNOZ, CONSCIOUS STYLIST

MARIANA MUNOZ, CONSCIOUS STYLIST

Mariana by Julia Ishac OUR CONNECTION TO MARIANA Our Co-founder and Art Director Matthias Graf met Conscious Stylist Mariana during a collaborative photoshoot. Mariana's focus on pre-loved cl...

circularityBREAKING DOWN THE BAG

BREAKING DOWN THE BAG

Circularity means eliminating waste by keeping materials in cycles. This way, at the end of the bag’s life span, it can be taken apart and all its components can either biodegrade naturally or be r...

qwstion criticSTEFANIE MOSHAMMER, PHOTOGRAPHER

STEFANIE MOSHAMMER, PHOTOGRAPHER

OUR CONNECTION TO STEFANIE We first heard of Stefanie’s intriguing photographs when starting work on our Qwstion Store in Vienna. After meeting personally and getting to know each other we prese...

BEHIND-THE-SCENES WITH BIOLIGHT

BEHIND-THE-SCENES WITH BIOLIGHT

TEXT BYANNA DOROTHEA KERWith the Biolight Collection we challenged ourselves to make lightweight bags from plants instead of plastic – which unfortunately is not the norm these days, and easier sai...

qwstion criticYAËL ANDERS & KIM PHAM, DESIGNERS

YAËL ANDERS & KIM PHAM, DESIGNERS

  QWSTION designer Aline first met Kim during her studies in Lucerne – Aline was pursuing product design, and Kim textile design. A few years later, their paths crossed again in Zurich, and led Al...

qwstion criticMICHELLE NICOL, CO-FOUNDER OF STRATEGIC AGENCY NEUTRAL

MICHELLE NICOL, CO-FOUNDER OF STRATEGIC AGENCY NEUTRAL

  OUR CONNECTION TO MICHELLE Michelle Nicol, co-founder of Zurich strategic agency Neutral, met stylist and QWSTION Wholesale Manager, Caroline, at Art Basel, and later became her boss when Carolin...

qwstion criticYANNICK AELLEN, FOUNDER MODE SUISSE

YANNICK AELLEN, FOUNDER MODE SUISSE

OUR CONNECTION TO YANNICK Our Co-founder and Art Director Matthias got to know Yannick while they both were working for the Swiss Textiles Award several years ago (side note: that award helped ki...

circularityECOCULT WEIGHS IN ON THE LEATHER VS. PLASTIC DEBATE

ECOCULT WEIGHS IN ON THE LEATHER VS. PLASTIC DEBATE

As soon as natural leather alternatives are available that don’t require us to compromise on sustainability and longevity, we will use them. Christian Paul Kaegi,QWSTION Co-Founder and Creative ...