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

Call for Participation: Design Retreat


To take part in the Design Retreat 2023, register via the following form until 7 June 2023

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Place of the Retreat: Sutra House

Set into a forested hillside near above the Rhine valley and village of Riehen, Switzeland – A sanctuary where one can re-connect to the inner life.

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Pro Helvetia, the Design Prize Switzerland and the Zurich Silk Industry Association (ZSIG) invite you to apply to our Call for Participation “Design Retreat”, taking place from 6 to 9 July 2023 at the Sutra House in Basel.

The Design Retreat offers emerging talents from the Swiss design industry the opportunity to take a break in a particular place and for several days to consciously reflect on their own projects and working methods.

Experts offer exciting inputs on the topics of circular design and innovation, as well as strategies for integrating workdays into a healthy workflow in a sustainable way.
Exclusive food design insights will build a bridge between circular economy, productivity, sustainable consumption and design.

The Design Retreat creates added value on different levels:

  • The knowledge transfer around the topics circular design, innovation and food design is promoted.
  • The discourse on one’s own projects and the establishment of a healthy working culture lead to new insights.
  • The shared experience of the new Design Retreat format expands the network between young design practitioners from different design disciplines.

Experts Design Retreat 2023

Participation criteria: 

  • 6 design studios will be selected by a jury
  • The applicants must formulate a clear motivation for participation.
  • The applicants may submit a project up to seven years after completing their studies or founding their studio 
  • The applicants must be Swiss citizens or permanently reside in Switzerland 

To take part in the four-day retreat, please register via this form until 7 June 2023 (midnight). 

We are looking forward to receiving your application and will get back to you by mid-June latest. Please don’t hesitate to contact Helen Muggli or Benjamin Moser should you have any questions. 

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.