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Call for participation: Design Days Geneva

Switzerland Design Days 2017 (c)

4 October 2021

About Design Days

As the only platform for the promotion and communication of design in French-speaking Switzerland, the Design Days are aimed at professionals, design enthusiasts as well as the general public in order to open up the discipline and bring together the various actors of design with a wide audience.


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The 13th edition of Design Days will take place from 19 to 28 November 2021 in Geneva.
An opportunity to celebrate design for 10 days and to give designers the chance to meet the public and  experts from the industry.
The magazine Espaces contemporains and the association Design Days are setting up a route through the city. Shops, showrooms and workshops in and around Geneva will host selected designers in partnership with Pro Helvetia.

This year, Pro Helvetia is supporting a selection of young Swiss designers through stands and installations in the shops along the Design Days route and through a matchmaking programme. The studios will be chosen from among the participants of this call. This  initiative helps emerging Swiss studios gain visibility, establish professional networks and achieve their commercial goals.

Briefing and requirements: 

  • To be eligible, designers must be Swiss citizens or long-term residents in Switzerland 
  • Designers in the fields of furniture and product design, lightning or textile design may apply up to seven years after completing their studies or founding their studio 
  • Pro Helvetia is looking for designers and studios with innovative ideas, responding to current challenges and addressing the needs of society, environment and industries

To take part in this programme, please send your application to before 4 October 2021.

The application file must include:
– A portfolio and/or website link
– 3 visuals of what you would like to present to the Design Days 2021
– a short presentation text, in French or English


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.