Who's Walter?

 

Randomly, I wandered into this little shop a couple of weeks ago. Tucked down a side street next to Zurich's famous Freitag tower, I must have walked past it at least a dozen times before without ever noticing it. As soon as I entered I was instantly won over: the coffee pot by the entrance, the dog sitting under a table and the undeniably warm atmosphere made it feel like coming home. Only, to a much cooler more industry-chic home than I've ever had...

Walter was established six months ago by Bettina Bucchéri. After her own search for industrial style furniture in Switzerland failed she decided to fill the niche present in the market by creating her own shop that brings together old and new in an effortless and authentic way. Despite the shops trendy feel, you won't find ridiculous mark-ups on the products. There's something to fit everyones need and price range - with glass jars starting at only 3 francs a pop. I love the shops no-fuss approach and small details that hark back to days past - raw bits of brown ribbon that tie together packages and factory style heavy-duty paper to wrap gifts. It's exactly the sort of no-nonsense simple approach that I'm after.