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

Partner Call: Paris Design Week


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Please fill in the following form  by Sunday June 11 2023 (midnight).


In August of 2022, the ZSIG and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia combined their commitment to promote Swiss fashion designers in Switzerland and abroad. After an Open Call for projects looking for forward-thinking platforms and projects, the jury has decided to entrust MAISON SHIFT with this promotion.

Maison Shift is a collective by and for designers, makers and creatives. They are committed to sustainability and textile creation in Switzerland and connect fashion designers and promote creative exchange through networking and community events. Their partners include the Zurich Silk Association ZSIG and the City of Zurich (national activities) and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia (international activities).

Paris Design Week

During Paris Design Week,  MAISON SHIFT – the new house and home of Switzerland’s sustainable fashion community – is partnering up with Mkrs. Paris and the Centre culturel suisse. On tour for a Franco / Suisse design exchange around the shared quest for holistic creation, production and business practices.

What they offer: Swiss design studios are showcasing, selling, discussing and celebrating their work in conversation with a like-minded local ecosystem of artisans and thinkers during a three-day event in their temporary Pop-Up Market & Maison.
When & Where: September 14 – 16, Paris 3d arrondissement (Le Marais), France
Who can apply:
  • Fashion, textile, accessories, and jewelry design studios pursuing the relevant SDGs
  • Brands with a unique point of view, commercial reach and a running online shop
  • Swiss citizens or designers who permanently reside in Switzerland
  • Applicants up to seven years after completing their studies or founding their studio
  • Designers willing to travel to Paris with us 13 – 16.9., 2023 (set up / event / deinstallation)

What will the 5 selected studios benefit from: 

  • Upfront coaching and support in July / August
  • Opportunity to exhibit and sell their products on site in a dynamic setting
  • Promotional measures in Paris to advertise the different activities
  • Participation in workshops / round tables with international guests
  • Peer learning / exchange with the local design community
  • Accommodation / travel for one person per studio


11.06.2023: Application Deadline
12.06-14.06.2023: Selection process with a visionary jury of independent professionals
14.06.-16.06.2023: Jury selection communicated to the applicants
01.07.-31.07.2023: Public announcement of the selected participants
13.09.2023: Arrival & Set up day at the Marais Location
14.09.-16.9.2023: Market & Maison events like Shop, Vernissage, Concert, Round Table, Book Launches… etc
17.9.2023: Packing up and train back to Switzerland

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.