While Switzerland is one of the smallest countries in Europe, Swiss craftsmanship has a huge international reputation for quality.
The Swiss have a tradition of precision craftsmanship and demand reliability in everything they do. A synchronized timetable and good connections keep trains in Switzerland punctual and reliable—even in the beautiful and rugged terrain. In their train systems and products, the Swiss design for function but never forget the importance of form.
Adalbert Fässler leads his sixth generation workshop for handicrafts on the Gaiserstrasse in Appenzell.
In his workshop, all motifs and ornaments are produced or restored according to ancient tradition. From an early age, Fässler was often in his father's workshop—learning everything it takes to develop a passion for the traditional craft of metal stamping. In his work as a restorer at the Historical Museum in Basel, Fässler refined his sense for the restoration of old objects.
Everything is lovingly made by hand: belts, suspenders, shoe buckles, dog collars and of course, our very own Kommode pull.
The Mätzler joinery company was founded in 1888 by master joiner Anton Mätzler at Kirchgass in Berneck.
Today, Urs Mätzler carries the family tradition as a fourth generation craftsman. His company places great emphasis on quality and strives to lead the way in design and joinery excellence—mixing traditional techniques with innovative technology. Their expertise in special woods and materials, simple connections and joinery enhance the architectural design of any piece.
Mätzler's craftsmanship is the benchmark by which all other artisans are judged—honesty instilled from the passion and care that can never be replicated in mass manufacturing.
Thomas Seitz, descendant of ceramicists Jakob and Ulrich Johann Seitz, is a fifth generation craftsman from the municipality of Berneck.
The family run workshop in Au has been precision machining for nearly thirty years. Through the use of CNC machines, lathes, milling machines, drill presses, saws and grinders—the workshop produces a large number of intricate parts for traditonal and modern machines across Northern Europe.