Design Switzerland is initiated by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council.
«Reagiro» Reto Togni

Reto Togni : design scientist

Reto Togni is strongly interested in how people use things and explores how technology can interlock familiarity and novelty. Reto Togni was trained at the Zurich University of Arts, Royal College of Art and Imperial College London. He is currently pursuing a PhD at ETH Zurich. For the Design Switzerland exhibition, Reto Togni will present two …

«Sunny Side Up» Clock, AATB

AATB – Practice for Non-industrial Robotics

AATB explores how robotics can be utilised outside of industry for creative means. At Palazzo Litta, AATB will be presenting two projects: «Sunny Side Up» clock and a «Phasma» lamp. «Sunny Side Up» is a wall clock that proposes a different take on the experience of time, inspired by the traditional Japanese clock, the Wadokei, …

«Designflex» Bertille Laguet

Bertille Laguet: designer and blacksmith

Inventing new forms and mastering traditional techniques Bertille Laguet is fascinated by foundry techniques. Her ongoing research, awarded by a Swiss Design Award in 2017, focuses on inventing new forms and mastering traditional know-how. In her own words, she is interested in our gestural and material heritage. At Milano Fuorisalone 2019, the designer will present …


Call: Creative Business Cup Switzerland 2019

The Creative Business Cup is the Olympics for startups in the creative industry. Each year, national partners around the world host national Creative Business Cup competitions. The winners from each national competition meet in Copenhagen in July and compete for the Creative Business Cup in Copenhagen. In Switzerland, Creative Hub organizes the selection of the …

© Earlybird skis

Earlybird: sustainable freeskiing with a design touch

Freeskiing is an outdoor sport where the athlete is nature’s guest. Ski touring requires to keep our environmental impact as low as possible : based on this observation, Hanno Schwab developed the idea to build sustainable skis, without compromising on the performance aspect. Today Earlybird skis offers three different models, all based on its own …

Hypercollection by Egli Studio & Matthieu Girel

Swiss Designers at Shenzhen Creative Week

For the second year in a row, Pro Helvetia Shanghai organises the presence of Swiss designers to China’s leading design fair. The Shenzhen Creative Week is a strategic platform: by introducing these young Swiss talents with Chinese manufacturers, investors, and brand managers during side events, they embrace an unique opportunity to discover China’s creative industry …


Sensory fashion by Collective Swallow

Collective Swallow’s designs are not driven by season nor gender but are inspired by the visual and sensory experience of food. «We found the idea of creating clothes guided by gustatory perception extremely compelling as it is generally ignored by visual design and art, even though “having good taste” is vital in these fields in …

«Sunny Side Up» Clock, AATB

Milano 2019: selected designers are announced

For the second year in a row, Pro Helvetia is pleased to show a selection of eleven young innovative studios at Palazzo Litta, under the label Design Switzerland. The selected studios have in common ambitious solutions that significantly improve people’s lives in a smart, engaging and sparkling way. The exhibition will take place at the …

Instant Windows Project

Instant Windows Project

Instant Windows is a project at the intersection of humanitarian aid and design. After realizing how a broken window can affect the lives of people living in crisis areas, co-founders Wendelin Federer and Reto Togni imagined a cheap, universal, transparent insulation off the roll. They have produced a  first prototype that met considerable interest in …

Manon Briod, Experiment Diary

Manon Briod: the design potential of synthetic biology

«Growing Stones» is an ongoing research project focused on the exploration of a technique, bacterial biomineralization, paving the way to new manufacturing processes. Recent advances in synthetic biology offer unexpected development opportunities in the field of design. Some microorganisms have the ability, under certain conditions, to «produce» limestone, and thus to act as cement in …