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

Style and sustainability by LEIT & HELD

LEIT & HELD is a young collective from Zurich and Berlin. Founded by Nina Kunkel, Pia Held and Dana Mikoleit, their aim is to create products with a strong commitment for sustainability and foster its implementation from the first sketch to the final product. The interdisciplinary trio is interested in the raw materials and focus …

© Julia Seemann

Zurich based fashion label: Julia Seemann

Julia Seemann‘s inspirations span from underground music, workwear and counterculture. During her studies in Basel, she interned with Vivienne Westwood and Meadham Kirchhoff in London. Upon the completion of her degree, she submitted her graduate collection to the New York-based collective Vfiles, and was chosen as one of the winners. The day after the award, …


Design promotion: Now Open

Supporting creativity and facilitating market access Pro Helvetia has developed a four-step promotion model for young Swiss designers, as part of the «New models of collaboration (Culture and Business)» pilot programme. Designers within the fields of fashion, product design, furniture, graphic and textile design can apply to this Call. The selected project will benefit a tailored …

Schoenstaub © Robert Shami

schoenstaub’s next destinations

Nebula, Tropicana, Athletica or Paradiso…schoenstaub’s collection names refer to their motto: “Every journey starts at home”. During the last 6 years Schoenstaub has developed into a respected name within the Swiss interior scene: it is regularly featured in magazines, several of their carpets have joined the Zurich Museum für Gestaltung permanent collection in 2017 and they have …

Xénia Lucie Laffely, exhibition at Last Tango (Zurich) © Kilian Bannwart

«Don’t forget to sleep» by Xénia Lucie Laffely

Between modern digital techniques and traditional craftsmanship Xénia Lucie Laffely has a polymorphic approach of design, and maintains an ongoing dialogue between  fashion, textile, ceramics, drawing, scenography, and jewelry, in order to create complete, narrative and generous universes. Her latest project «Don’t forget to sleep» focuses on our most intimate space: the bed. A collection of …

Poplin Project © Katharina Rippstein

Swiss fashion with a cause – Poplin Project

Socially responsible brand, designed in Zürich, made in Ivory Coast. Many years spent in the fashion world have prompted Susann Schweizer   to ask herself questions about its globalization and impact on the environment. Passionate about crafts and inspired by West African culture, she launched in 2017 Poplin project, a socially responsible label combining the creativity …

BRUT Collection © YVY

YVY – Wearable leather pieces of art

Blurring the traditional lines between accessories and clothing. YVY’s range, varying from bracelet, headpieces, harnesses to full dresses shortly became Hollywood’s favorite and featured in the most prestigious international editorials. The brand’s philosophy is opposed to mass production: selected materials, finest italian leather and handmade production, allowing YVY’s team to  fulfill customer’s specific wishes. Recently, …

RDM20 © Varia Instruments

Varia Instruments: High quality audio equipment, made in Switzerland

Quality comes first Varia Instruments responds to the growing demand of a high quality DJ mixer as an alternative for the cheap mass products available on the market. Their portable DJ mixer, the RDM20, was launched 2 years ago and has achieved a first commercial success. In 2018, they have launched the TTW10, an innovative …

Detail of shower curtain «INSIGHT» collection © kollektiv vier

kollektiv vier invites you to a journey

“Travel without leaving” or the art of escaping, without leaving your home. The bathroom is a place of well-being, where people take care of themselves. Convinced of the importance of feeling good in this intimate space, kollektiv vier seeks to enrich and personalize it. While working on «INSIGHT» kolletktiv vier aims to create a collection …

Sketch «INSIGHT» collection © kollektiv vier

The results of the Call for Projects

Fashion, product design, furniture, graphic and textile design. With its Culture and Business programme (2016–2020), Pro Helvetia has developed various formats with which to provide targeted support for projects by Swiss designers at all stages of the value chain: concept, prototype, production, project expansion. For this third Call for projects, a total of 89 applications …