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

Call for participation: Milano Design Week 2020


1 December 2019

Milano Design Week 2020: 21 – 26 April 2020

For the third year at Milano Design Week, Pro Helvetia is thrilled to show a selection of young innovative Swiss design studios at a brand new location under the Design Switzerland  label.

Design Switzerland aims to connect emerging Swiss design with the national and international markets. Initiated by Pro Helvetia, Design Switzerland enables young Swiss studios to gain visibility, build professional networks and reach their business goals.

A part from being the most important design event worldwide, Milano Design Week offers numerous opportunities to meet future business partners and pairs. It is about showing and promoting your work on a global stage and networking with the right people.

Pro Helvetia is launching a call for participation to all young Swiss design studios eager to present their latest projects. The showcase will bring together a selection of up to 8 studios within a site specific exhibition.

For this event, Pro Helvetia is looking for projects that have in common ambitious and game changing solutions to current challenges. They should significantly improve people’s lives in an innovative, smart, engaging, 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.

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 2020 Swiss design delegation, please send your PDF application to before Sunday, 1 December 2019.

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
  • Your 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 after December 9th.