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

Call for participation: Milan Design Week 2021

Italy ALCOVA 2021 Ph. Delfino Sisto Legnani

29 November 2020

Pro Helvetia is pleased to offer young Swiss designers the opportunity to participate in a major event for the design branch: the Milan Design Week (13-18 April 2021).

For the first time, Pro Helvetia is excited to collaborate with Alcova, a platform for independent design which activates forgotten locations of historical significance in and around Milan, temporarily recasting them as venues for exhibition and events. After two successful editions visited by more than 100,000, Alcova is preparing for an exciting new edition in a unique location in 2021, just a few steps away from the Inganni metro station. Located in three historical buildings of a former military hospital, immersed in a luxuriant park, Alcova will host over 50 exhibitors including the Design Switzerland exhibition.

The selection of the participating studios is made through this present call for participation, open until 29 November 2020.

Through this call, Pro Helvetia is looking for projects that have in common ambitious and radically new solutions to current challenges. They should significantly improve people’s lives in an innovative, smart, engaging and sparkling way in fields such as product design, mobility, environment, well being or health.
Project owners may submit a project up to seven years after completing their studies or founding their company. This call is open for designers who are Swiss citizens or permanently reside in Switzerland.

Besides the showcase, the designers will be offered opportunities to participate in matchmaking and networking events organized in collaboration with local partners such as the Swiss Consulate in Milano.

The selected studios will benefit from the following services:

  • Be part of the Design Switzerland exhibition
  • Access to personalized matchmaking opportunities
  • Financial support for travel & accommodation expenses (CHF 700.- / per studio)

To take part in the 2021 Design Switzerland delegation, please send your PDF application to until Sunday, 29 November 2020.

The application file must include:

  • Studio contact information
  • Short biography (max 500 signs including spaces)
  • Short description of the project you want to show (max 800 signs including spaces)
  • Images of the project
  • Entrepreneurial goals regarding the project and your presence during Milano Design Week.

We are looking forward to discover your projects and will get back to you shortly mid December.

*The 2021 Design Switzerland showcase is planned subject to new constraining government measures or the cancellation of the Milan Design Week 2021 enacted regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. In the case of the cancellation of the Milan Design Week, we will do our best to provide the studios with online alternatives.