Once upon a time there was a Swiss Zen archer who made all his own bows from fine woods and bamboos. To do this he used methods which today have largely become forgotten. With the same attention to artistic detail he also produced wooden combs. One of these found its way to the Zen archer Alice Krüsi (Design A), upon whom the versatility of wood exercises a tremendous fascination. Inspired by this, she took up the idea and designed a comb shape for everyday use, the Royal Comb. In a sense, the genesis of the comb already carried within it the concept of a fitting hairbrush. The designer considered the 100 brushstrokes per day which make hair healthy and glossy, and turned her attention to the development of a suitable tool. Drawing upon the know-how and support of a traditional brush-maker, she created a hairbrush which is both functional as well as an aesthetic object. Woods steeped in history such as 100 year-old rosewood from a private source or yew wood from the trees of Kyburg are transformed by skilful hands into wood for brushes. In a sheltered workshop, specialists exercise painstaking precision to draw tufts of bristles from free-living Chinese wild boar or the hair of Swiss goats into the brushes by hand. The finished brushes are pleasing haptic and visual experiences, unique items manufactured in Switzerland, which become loyal companions. The fine woods and silky surface treatments of perfect Chinese lacquer
or dragon’s blood polish invite and encourage users to handle the hairbrushes with great care and attention.