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

Call for Projects: FLAT, FOLD, BEND!

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About NOV

Founded in 2013, NOV is a Geneva based contemporary design gallery that aims to bring forth the work of emerging designers limited edition pieces. NOV Gallery provides a showcase for Swiss design with a balance of contemporary aesthetics and superior craftsmanship.

Inspired by the Japanese origami technique, FLAT, FOLD, BEND! is a Call for Projects initiated by Geneva-based NOV Gallery.

The five exhibited projects will be exhibited by NOV gallery at the Galleria Rossana Orlandi, on the occasion of the next international furniture fair in Milan.

For more than 500 years, origami artists have created mythical and real animal sculptures from a simple sheet of paper. This art has long been valued for its versatile properties of creating fairly complex shapes starting from a few delicate folds on both sides. More specifically, origami became useful in understanding how materials can be folded into very compact shapes, which can then be unfolded to deploy larger and more complex devices. When using new materials instead of paper, origami helps to explore the unlimited potential of folding principles, opening new perspectives for designers.

This Call addressed to product design, ranging from furniture to accessories. All submitted projects shall incorporate the principles of folding and new material into a new context.
Detailed information are available on NOV Gallery website



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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.