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

Design matchmaking in Copenhagen

Twist, Renaud de Francesco, edited by Normann Copenhagen (c) Renaud de Francesco

Matchmaking programme

Pro Helvetia offers to a selection of young Swiss design studios to take part in a tailor made matchmaking programme. The matchmaking will be operated in cooperation with Copenhagen Design Agency, which specializes in communication and strategies for the creative industries through PR, promotion concept development, destination marketing, collaborations and branding. Their deep experience, understanding and network in the local design industry make them an ideal partner to help the designers reach their specific goals.

For the fourth year in 2020, Pro Helvetia invites Swiss designers to be present in Copenhagen parallel to the 3 Days of Design, the most important yearly design event in Denmark, taking place this year from 3 to 5 September.

The 4 studios selected are:

  • FILIPE & VIRICEL – Both graduated from ECAL in 2013 , Filipe & Viricel is a design studio founded in 2018. Rich of their own experiences, they decided to team up and start a practice driven by the common purpose to achieve high care and refinement in the draughtsmanship. In 2019, they were awarded the Swiss Federal Design Award. Micael Filipe (1990) is a Swiss-Portuguese designer. He joined Jasper Morrison’s team in 2016, where he is also working. Romain Viricel (1987) is a French designer. He worked for Jörg Boner until 2016.
  • YVY – The brand YVY was founded in 2013 in Switzerland by Yvonne Reichmuth, developing seasonal-independent designs where traditional craftsmanship meets innovation. All designs are made from the finest Italian leather by Yvonne’s team in Zurich and Florence. Blurring the lines between traditional accessories and clothing, many of them being genderless, YVY’s range of pieces varies from bracelets and body harnesses, to full dresses and handbags.
  • Renaud Defrancesco Studio – Since launching his studio in 2017,  Swiss designer Renaud Defrancesco has been developing products as varied as collaborating with local craftsmen or using new technologies. He is very interested in the analysis of the environment and our connection to products and his artistic approach creates synergies between materials and functionality.
  • Frottee di Mare – Founded in 2016 by artist Nina Hebting and architect Jan Leu, Frottee di Mare develops and distributes unique terry towels for the bathroom and the beach. Here, art is literally interwoven with an everyday product. Because the towels are woven and not printed, they have two different sides. With small editions and unique designs, Frottee di Mare aims to increase awareness of locally manufactured and sustainable products. All products are made in Austria of 100 percent high-quality cotton.