Design Switzerland is initiated by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council.
Kraft (c) Jerome Rütsche / Leon Laskowski

«Kraft»: exploring lightweight and sustainable material

«Kraft» is a material research project, focusing on the properties of a 100% bio-based and biodegradable Swiss made material, commonly used in the electrical industry. The designers Jerome Rütsche (Crisp ID) and Leon Laskowski teamed up for this research project and have examined the potential of this massproduced material for worthwhile uses in other valuable …

«Tense» (c) Panter&Tourron

Nomadic inspiration by Panter&Tourron

«Tense», the latest project by Lausanne-based studio Panter&Tourron, explores the evolution of living in a time of global mobility and transitional identities. The particularity of the collection is that each piece is easily transportable, flat-pack and screw-less, and entirely connected by the force of tension. The project becomes an opportunity to rediscover the nomadic origin of …

Rafael Kouto (c) Robert Shami

Rafael Kouto’s e-shop is now open

The brand Rafael Kouto is focusing on sustainable design and production systems, mixing upcycling with couture technics and crafts. Swiss-born textile and fashion designer, with Togolese and Italian roots, Rafael Kouto has been raising international interest with his recent collections DRAG ME TO THE AFTER HOUR ON THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON / THE …

Teo Jakob, Speed Mentoring

PITCH and MATCH LAB at Designers’ Saturday

Initiated by Pro Helvetia and under the label Design Switzerland, PITCH and MATCH LAB is a platform that connects young Swiss designers with potential partners from industry. The prototypes of 7 studios will be exhibited within the lounge, allowing the public to get a closer look at a variety of products: an innovative wheelbarrow, a …

(c) NOV Gallery

Call for Projects: FLAT, FOLD, BEND!

Inspired by the Japanese origami technique, FLAT, FOLD, BEND! is a Call for Projects initiated by Geneva-based NOV Gallery. The five exhibited projects will be exhibited by NOV gallery at the Galleria Rossana Orlandi, on the occasion of the next international furniture fair in Milan. For more than 500 years, origami artists have created mythical and real animal sculptures from a simple sheet …

Design Switzerland at London designjunction 2018 (c) Teo Zanin

Impressions from Design Switzerland at London designjunction

The exhibition Design Switzerland at London designjunction showed a variety of emerging Swiss studios, staged by London-based Swiss scenographer Livia Lauber in London Southbank’s industrial premises. London designjunction is the most important fair taking place within the frame of London Design Festival. Founded by a team of industry experts, designjunction is adressed to leading architects, …

Hors Pistes «Argentique» Valentine Dubois & Emanuel Ilboudo and his workshop - Ouagadougou 2013 ©Émile Barret

Hors Pistes Project: about exploration

Created in 2013, Hors Pistes initiates exchanges between artisans and designers from all over the world. Through the organisation of residencies, Hors Pistes initiates creative exchanges between artisans and designers. During a month long residency, designers and craftsmen share their respective skills and explore a craft technique. The resulting collaborations foster the transfer of artisanal …

«AETHYRLAB» © Julien Deceroi

AETHYRLAB – Alchemy in motion

AETHYRLAB is a disruptive rugby equipment line including helmets, shin guards and body protection items, presented by designer Ulysse Martel. The designer developed the idea of creating this collection after combining neurological research with industrial innovations. His ultimate goal is to merge design and sports apparel, with a strong emphasis on both performance and aesthetics. After …

Lucie (c) Verity

Lea Pereyre, from Verity Studios, talks at Istituto Marangoni London

How will job roles change in the future thanks to advancements in technology? Lea Pereyre, designer at Verity Studios talks within the frame of the IM DESIGN Talks, within the frame of the London Design Festival. Istituto Marangoni London devotes a day of LDF to short, impactful talks, exploring today’s design scene and bringing light …


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.