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

Milan Design Week

Design Switzerland exhibition

4 to 12 September 2021 | Italy © Raphaelle Mueller

4 September 2021 till 12 September 2021


Via Simone Saint Bon 1, 120147 Milano

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Pro Helvetia is pleased to offer 10 emerging Swiss designers the opportunity to participate in a major event for the design branch: the Milan Design Week, taking place this year from 4 to 12 September.

The Design Switzerland exhibition will take place at Alcova, a platform for independent design which activates forgotten locations of historical significance in and around Milan, temporarily recasting them as venues for exhibition and events. Alcova will take over an unique location in 2021, just a few steps away from the Inganni metro station:  three historical buildings of a former military hospital, immersed in a luxuriant park.

Design Switzerland’s exhibited projects have in common ambitious design solutions to current challenges and aim to significantly improve people’s lives in an innovative and smart way. They will be showcased in a site-specific scenography by Lausanne-based studio iiode.

Selected studios:

Partners: Création Baumann, APPIA, Superposition
Project lead:

Image (c) Raphaëlle Mueller

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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.