Design Switzerland is initiated by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council.
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Design Switzerland Matchbox: Industry Connect


18 April 2021

«Bridges to the Future»

The cultural sector is undergoing profound transformation due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Pro Helvetia is therefore developing specific instruments to provide the best possible support for artists and cultural practitioners under the changed circumstances.

«Design Switzerland Matchbox: Industry Connect» is part of the «Bridges to the Future» package of measures, offering cultural practitioners the opportunity to continue developing their ideas and formats and to create a basis for the future.

Please visit Pro Helvetia’s website for details on the measures adopted in the various disciplines.

To Pro Helvetia's website

Are you working in the field of furniture, lightning or textile design and are eager to meet international industry partners to grow your network and possibly work on new projects?

Apply today to the Design Switzerland Matchbox: Industry Connect – a tailor-made online matchmaking service organised in partnership with Medelhan, the Salone del Mobile spinoff and leading business design network, working among others with Kartell, Devon&Devon or Cappellini.

In order to be best represented on the Medelhan digital platform and to be ready to meet potential partners from the industry that fit your specific needs, we will offer you the chance to fine-tune your studio presentation and train your pitching skills with international coaches.

Giulio Cappellini, art director of the Italian design firm Cappellini, will give us the honour to launch Design Switzerland Matchbox: Industry Connect during an online event by end of June 2021.

The selected studios will benefit from the following services:  

  • Accompaniment of the pitch creation phase by two international coaches  and creation of a short video presentation
  • Be present on the professional online matchmaking-platform Medelhan
  • Be officially introduced and directly connected to leading industry partners

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 submit a concept up to seven years after completing their studies or founding their studio
  • Designers must have first experiences in the market and a knowledge of their long-term business goals
  • The designers must be willing to work closely on this project in the next months
  • Pro Helvetia is looking for designers and studios with innovative ideas, responding to current challenges and addressing the needs of society, environment and industries

The application file in English must include

  • Designers’ contact information incl. website
  • Short biography and portfolio (including information about your origin, spoken languages and date of graduation/foundation of the studio) (max 500 signs including spaces)
  • Business plan and a description of the studios’ USP, specialisation as well as references about sustainability in the studios’ projects
  • Information about the current stock list and current collaborations within the industry
  • Information about the business objectives of the studio and description of profiles of potential partners to meet

To take part in the «Design Switzerland Matchbox: Industry Connect», please send your PDF application in English (max. 12 A4 pages) to until Sunday, April 18, 2021 (midnight). 

We are looking forward to receiving your application and will get back to you by end of April.

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.