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

Style and sustainability by LEIT & HELD


LEIT & HELD collections has been supported by our latest Call for Projects.

Next Call for Projects is now open – More information here

LEIT & HELD is a young collective from Zurich and Berlin.

Founded by Nina Kunkel, Pia Held and Dana Mikoleit, their aim is to create products with a strong commitment for sustainability and foster its implementation from the first sketch to the final product. The interdisciplinary trio is interested in the raw materials and focus on the traceability of the whole value chain. Their products will result in long-lasting leather goods that tell their story but also narrate their own.

Upcoming maintenance work

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.