Design Switzerland is initiated by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council.
Heated rug, «Anuvad» (c) Chhail Khalsa

«Anuvad™»: Translating crafts 

«Anuvad™» blends a love of craft with an exploration of the possibilities offered by e-textiles. Designer and Design researcher Chhail Khalsa is an alumna of the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad (India) and from the Hochschule Luzern, where she first developed «Anuvad™» as her master thesis while working as a research assistant. The key aim of …

«psD Against The Epidemic» exhibition at the Power station of DESIGN, Shanghai

Online talk: «psD Against The Epidemic»

Taking place at the Power Station of Design, «psD Against The Epidemic» is an exhibition involving 21 designers from across the world, exploring social life under the “new normal”. The project first developed as an online exhibition on the museum’s Wechat account, before unfolding across three floors of the museum for an exhibition taking throughout the …


Design Switzerland at Vienna Design Week 2020

Switzerland is the guest country at the 2020 edition of the VIENNA DESIGN WEEK, taking place from 25 September until 4 October. On this occasion, Pro Helvetia presents young Swiss design with the exhibition Design Switzerland, organised in cooperation with Design Prize Switzerland. The participating studios have been selected through a call for participation. They …

(c) Project Circleg

Results of the call for projects – Design

19 projects have been selected for this year’s call for Design projects, as part of Pro Helvetia’s focus on «New Models of Collaboration – Culture and Business». With this new promotion model, the foundation is testing support instruments that focus on the development process – from concept to production and marketing – with the aim …

Easy Aluminium, Egli Studio (c) Division

From the drawboard to the market: «Easy Aluminium» by Egli Studio

A look-back at the development of Egli Studio‘s «Easy Aluminium» «Easy Aluminium» is an outdoor furniture system built entirely out of aluminium. The particularity of «Easy» resides in its injected connection parts: thanks to this ingenious system, only the standard tubes used for the top and the feet vary in dimensions to decline in various …


Video: Swiss Design Accelerator in San Francisco

In January 2020, 5 Swiss design studios took part to the Swiss Design Accelerator in San Francisco. This pilot project was initiated by Pro Helvetia, swissnex San Francisco and Design Preis Schweiz. After a preliminary coaching phase in Switzerland, the studios were offered a skill development and pitch training and matchmaking meetings. Hear the impressions …

Neo Neo

Swiss graphic designers against the epidemic

«psD Against The Epidemic» is a special design campaign to raise awareness of the Covid-19 epidemic. psD has invited 20 designers based locally or abroad to design posters as a response to the current situation. 2 Swiss studios are among the selected candidates: Neo Neo and Oficio. The poster designs are currently showcased online on …


Shop local: our list of e-shops

Stay home and shop your local creators In times of Covid-19, as we all continue to adapt to a new reality, one way to support small businesses is to consciously shop local when possible. To face the shops’ shutdowns, independent labels are going online to reach existing and new clientele. Here is a non-exhaustive list …

«Hot Wire Extensions» Studio Ilio © H.R.Rohrer

Cancellation: Design Switzerland at Shenzhen Creative Week 2020

Due to the current situation of Covid-19, Pro Helvetia and Pro Helvetia Shanghai have decided to suspend the Design Switzerland delegation and exhibition to the Shenzhen Creative Week, to be held from 12-15 June 2020. Four young Swiss design studios were selected through a call for participation launched by Pro Helvetia & Pro Helvetia Shanghai …


Speedmentoring for young Swiss designers

Speedmentoring allows young talents to benefit from valuable experiences and exchanges with industry players. On 27 February 2020, five designers will take part to this event in Zurich, organised by Pro Helvetia, in collaboration with teo jakob: Josefina Muñoz Laure Gremion Cosmos Luca Gorissé Sebastien El Idrissi  The participants were selected based on their innovative …


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.