Sunday 24 October 2021 – La Minute Monocle
THE FASTER WAY / TYLER BURNT
Zurich, Tuesday evening: Could it be that the holiday season is already in full swing? If so, thank goodness! Gathered in our reading and radio lounge on Dufourstrasse, a large team of Zeit Magazine in Berlin, Swiss journalists and authors, beautiful premises and the usual contingent of Monocle. The reason for the impromptu celebration? Another new magazine launch. In the wake of their new culinary title Wochenmarkt, the Zeit Magazine the editors have launched a biannual swiss supplement and i am co-facilitator with their editorial director Christoph Amend. Standing around our radio table, we discuss our respective ties to the country (sort of all roads lead to the Bernese Oberland), why the whole place seems to work and the impact Zsa Zsa Gábor can have on an impressionable young Canadian boy. The party continues at the bar of the new Kunsthaus designed by David Chipperfield, where the charming Mischa takes care of us, singer Ava Vegas takes the court (watch her) and Herr Amend suggests some future double acts. Stay tuned.
Zurich, Wednesday noon: I am about to board the Swiss flight to Los Angeles. This will be my first real long-haul trip (Dubai doesn’t really count) in almost 20 months and I’m pretty excited. Then, in an instant, everything is off. Canadians are welcome in the United States, but not through the EU. Somehow, in the midst of all the bookings, confirmations, forms and checks, this little detail was missed. The good news is that there is a new date for the event in LA and I look forward to seeing all of our Southern California readers in early December.
Zurich, Wednesday evening: Why not go to Copenhagen instead? So in Stockholm for the weekend? I reserve it.
Zurich, Thursday evening: Genesis has just opened a large showroom on Bahnhofstrasse and we are holding a series of lectures in the lower level auditorium on the state of the luxury goods sector. In the background, a “live” image of Seoul at sunrise on a wraparound screen and I am suddenly transported to the South Korean capital. Will a real business tour in Asia be possible before the end of the year? Here’s hoping.
As the days get shorter, Copenhagen becomes more comfortable. Dark clouds have fallen and, as restaurants and cafes prepare for the lunch rush, the candles go out and the lights are dimmed.
Copenhagen, early Friday morning: “You can take off your mask,” said Mikael, the driver, the second I walked through the gates of Kastrup Airport. “You will have heard that the pandemic has passed here. The last time I was in Copenhagen was at the end of May and even then I felt the Danes were done with it. But now Copenhagen looks a lot like its good ol ‘me, and for a blustery Friday it’s packed. The tourists are plentiful, the shops and restaurants are lively, and there is a distinctly vibrant energy in the place.
Copenhagen, Friday mid-morning: As the days get shorter, Copenhagen becomes more comfortable. Dark clouds have fallen and, as restaurants and cafes prepare for the lunch rush, the candles go out and the lights are dimmed. How do they achieve perfect lighting in almost any environment? And most importantly, how did they manage to overcome the dead light of LEDs? While waiting for Goods (a great men’s store) to open, I go to a lighting store down the street to see if I missed a light innovation and if there is a special hygge bulb that doesn’t. ‘is only available over the counter in Danish. citizens. “Is there a new LED bulb, dimmable and giving off a pleasant light? ” I am looking that up. “You don’t look like the kind of person who has lamps less than two years old,” she said curtly. “So no. Such a bulb is yet to be invented. May I interest you in some of our vintage inventory?” With a little flourish, she features a shelf full of old-fashioned bulbs. “15, 20, 25 , 40 – we have all the comfy watts you need. ”If you need a little Christmas coziness and a good glow, it seems any Danish lighting store has what you need. you need.
Stockholm, very late Friday evening: I am at the Ett Hem hotel; most of the guests came for the evening but our little table is still as solid as ever and we are readjusting the music and the atmosphere. I put on a song by Louane (“Give me your heart” to be exact) and one of our group gets down to it as the lyrics go by. pop hits that fill the airwaves and dance floors, and, as he finishes a glass of Barolo, makes the most cutting-edge sighting of the year. “What’s with the French? he asks. “No matter what they sing, it always sounds amazing. Does she read the phone book or sing about her tax returns? Everything is so good. Skål and health so that.
Next stop? Our events in Munich on Tuesday and in Geneva on Wednesday. I hope to drink then. Details via [email protected]