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Deadline 26 June 2020

Switzerland is the guest country at the 2020 edition of the VIENNA DESIGN WEEK. Taking place from 25 September to 4 October, it is Austria's largest curated design festival, that welcomes over 40'000 visitors to around 200 events per year.

During ten days in autumn, VIENNA DESIGN WEEK proves that Vienna is a «City Full of Design». Overlooked corners of the city turn into stages for design, both critical and playful approaches, entry-level communication and professional discourse explore new perspectives on the objects around us and design as well as manufacturing processes are revealed often in experimental ways specific to their location.

Pro Helvetia – in collaboration with Design Prize Switzerland - is launching a call for participation for young professional designers to present their design-driven and innovative product or services to the visitors of the Vienna Design Week.

Up to 10 selected Swiss studios will exhibit their work in an exclusive exhibition in the heart of the festival. Additionally, they will benefit from a targeted matchmaking programme and network with potential business partners.

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Friday, 30 October 2020
12:30 to 6:00

Design for lifecycle - through design to a circular product!

There is no way of avoiding a circular economy in the future. But realising it means overcoming a variety of major challenges: which prerequisites will companies have to fulfil in order to achieve the transition from a linear to a circular value chain? How can design be applied as a methodical and creative solution?

Further information

This event is aimed exclusively at members of Swiss Textiles, guests of the Design Preis Schweiz and media representatives. Participation in this year’s KONTEXT Annual is free of charge. The invitation is personal, non-transferable and will be sent out in August. Registration opens mid of August. The number of participants is limited.

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 Prize Switzerland. After a preliminary coaching phase in Switzerland, the studios were offered a skill development and pitch training and matchmaking meetings.


Thirteen winners out of the 44 nominations were announced at the prize-giving ceremony of Design Prize Switzerland on Friday, 1 November 2019. The evening became a networking hotspot of the Helvetian design industry for the 800 guests from all parts of the country and various industries.

In short, the awards went to solutions that did not simply create added value by solving problems in a comprehensive and practical way. The award-winning entries also underline the fact that design is a key economic discipline and, as a driver of innovation, plays a central role in successfully managing the continuing transformation of all areas of life.