Design Switzerland is initiated by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council.
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Young Swiss fashion at Paris Fashion Week

Mark your calendars: from 28 February, the hottest upcoming Swiss fashion designers take possession of a space in the heart of the Marais district during the Paris Fashion Week Women. Founded in early 2017, the DACH Showroom was conceived by founders of Berlin Showroom, the Austrian Fashion Association and Mode Suisse to unite and give …

(c) Carolien Niebling

Cancellation: Design Switzerland at Milan Design Week 2020

Following the cancellation of the 2020 Milan Design Week due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the Design Switzerland exhibition, organized by Pro Helvetia, Design Prize Switzerland and NOV gallery, and to be held at Alcova on June 16-21 2020, is cancelled.  

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Klaesi Holdener at the Paris Fashion Week

Berlin-based label Klaesi Holdener will unveil its Fall/Winter 2020 collection at the Paris Fashion Week on Friday 17 January with the support of Pro Helvetia. Inspired by the paintings of French artist Franck Rausch, this new collection is centered around the figure of a modern vagabond travelling with his belonging that include many important elements …

«The Sausage of the Future» Carolien Niebeling (c) Emile Barret

Swiss Design Accelerator about to kick off

It’s finally here: the design studios selected to be part of the first Swiss Design Accelerator are about to fly to San Francisco where they will attend tailor-made coaching, skill development and matchmaking sessions during their week-long stay. The five design studios selected for the Swiss Design Accelerator are: AATB WormUp Carolien Niebling Douma / …

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Information Day: Call for Projects – Design

Do you seek grant funding in support of a project in fashion, product design, furniture, graphic or textile design? Pro Helvetia supports projects which have potential to reach international markets with innovative and high quality content. We will show you best practice in how to prepare your submission for the next Call for Projects (deadline for submissions …

YVY (c) Philipp Mueller

Results of the Call for projects – Design

Pro Helvetia supports young designers and strives to facilitate their market access as part of its focus on «New Models of Collaboration – Culture and Business 2016–2020». Aimed at Swiss designers, funding is meant to promote conceptual work and distribution, including prototype development and production. In response to the 5th Call for Projects (in summer …


The Textile and Design Alliance: call for applications

The innovative Artist in Residence Programme TaDA launches a call for applications offering a unique opportunity to work together with renowned textile companies in Eastern Switzerland. TaDA is a joint cultural promotion programme run by the cantons of St.Gallen, Appenzell Ausserrhoden and Thurgau. The aim of the Textile and Design Alliance is to enable constructive …

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Swiss Design accelerator San Francisco: participants announced

Discover the five design studios that have been chosen to be part of the Swiss Design Accelerator in San Francisco! They have been selected through an open call launched last September for this pilot program initiated between Pro Helvetia, swissnex San Francisco and Design Preis Schweiz. The designers will fly to the West Coast of the …

(c) Carolien Niebling

Design Preis Schweiz: 3 Pro Helvetia-supported projects awarded

The palmares of the Design Preis Schweiz has been unveiled on Friday night in Langenthal and three Pro Helvetia-supported designers are going home with an award. After Work Studio (AWS) wins in the «Fashion Design» category with the collection «You must remove belts before walking through the metal detector». AWS are Karin Wüthrich & Matthias …

«Tense» (c) Panter & Tourron

Panter & Tourron wins Dezeen award

Great news for Lausanne-based design studio Panter & Tourron. Their «Tense» collection has just been awarded Furniture Design of the Year at the prestigious Dezeen Awards. Presented in April 2019 at Milan Design Week and more recently at Design Days (Geneva), «Tense» is a collection of flat pack furniture including a table, chair, screen dividers, …