Design Switzerland is initiated by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council.

Hors Pistes Project: about exploration

Hors Pistes «Argentique» Valentine Dubois & Emanuel Ilboudo and his workshop - Ouagadougou 2013 ©Émile Barret

Hors Pistes Project in London:

London designjunction
Bargehouse & Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank, London SE1 9PH
20 and 21 September:
11:00 – 20:00

Created in 2013, Hors Pistes initiates exchanges between artisans and designers from all over the world.

Through the organisation of residencies, Hors Pistes initiates creative exchanges between artisans and designers. During a month long residency, designers and craftsmen share their respective skills and explore a craft technique. The resulting collaborations foster the transfer of artisanal know-how and question its heritage and future, by proposing new applications to traditional manufacturing methods. An editorial team follows the workshops by capturing the working atmosphere of the residence and living environment. By going “off-road”, Hors Pistes offers professionals the opportunity to participate in a multidisciplinary laboratory and to reflect on conventional production models by encouraging innovative creative processes.








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The application portal myprohelvetia will be updated from 1.1.-7.1.2024. Due to these changes, open applications must be finalized and submitted via the current online portal ( by the latest 23:59 on 31 December 2023. Until this date, the deadlines and criteria outlined in the current guidelines and calls for applications apply. New applications can be created and submitted in the application portal as of 8 January 2024.