When you think of outer space, you think, Star Wars (Han Solo in particular), black holes, "that's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind", and Hal in "2001: A Space Odyssey".
HOWEVER, Da Draussen, a tiny cosmic concept shop located in the "Altstadt" of Zurich makes everything SPACE seem so much cooler. Selling everything from baby onesies, to UFO trinkets, vintage gold charm bracelets and moon globes collected from around the world, walking into Da Draussen is like walking into a mini rocket-ship.
TQ found the concept so unique we wanted to know how it all came to be and decided to sit down with the owners, Katharina and Ben Moore for a quick one on one on what it was all about.
TQ: Why Weltraum? What made you open a concept shop all about it? (TQ translation of space in German)
DD: Space is cool! Everyone loves space... For Ben it was obvious reasons. Ben is a Professor of Astro Physics at Zurich University, but for me (Katharina) as an ex lifestyle journalist, I just like pretty things!
Katharina realized after moving in with Ben that they both had a passion for collecting beautiful objects based around space and that not everything was geeky or cheap. There was actually a lot of beautiful, handmade stuff that represented what they both loved.
Their most prized and Katharina's hardest items to part with in the shop are their vintage moon globes. Any of these made before 1960 has a complete black space on one side as The Apollo mission had yet to get there, making them quite valuable.
TQ: Ben, what do you love most about being a professor?
DD: You have your own research groups investigating topics that interest YOU and you're making discoveries that haven't been made before.
Ben's current research is about understanding the origin of the universe and planets with a focus on astrobiology and how it could evolve.
DD: Such a big topic and it is what my most recent book was based on (Da Draussen). It is about what life could be like out there and what we can learn about it from earth, not just based on the the biochemistries that we know, but also on the bio chemistries that have yet to appear in life.
If you feel like getting your space knowledge on, Ben has written two books; his first being "Elephants in Space" and second being "Da Draussen". They are available in both English and German and illustrated by Katharina.
Their ever popular "Astro-photography apero" will continue happening and potentially turn into workshops in Spring/Summer 2017. If you have ever wondered how to catch that clear, starry night sky on camera, this is one to definitely check out.
Has this cleared our phobia of the vast, dark and cold outer space? Absolutely not, but we definitely are interested to know more about it.
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