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.
The selected studios will benefit from the following services:
- Be part of the Design Switzerland exhibition
- Access to personalized matchmaking opportunities
- Financial support for travel & accommodation expenses CHF 850.- / per studio
Briefing and requirements:
- Project owners may submit a project up to seven years after completing their studies or founding their company
- For this event Pro Helvetia is looking for products, projects and services that are ambitious, game-changing, smart and holistic. Solutions have to offer a contextualized response to current challenges and address the needs of society, environment, economy and industries.
- They should be a potential business case and significantly improve people’s lives in an innovative, smart and engaging way in fields such as product design - B2B (materials, machine etc.), consumer goods, textiles, digital solutions, furniture, interior solutions, and food design.
- The proposed product, project or service must be physically available. A minimum of a prototype with delivered proof-of-concept is required. Project owners may also present a service e.g a design approach or a methods service-model. However, to be eligible, project owners must at least submit one product best representing the result of this service that demonstrates the studio’s skills and how it differs from its competitors.
- The project owners has a business model and goals for the product or company and a given interest with specific goals in the Austrian market. Project owners must have the ability to respond to potential business partners with a concrete proposal.
To take part in the delegation, please send your PDF application to e-mail before Friday 26 June 2020.
The application file must include:
- Studio contact information
- Short biography (max 500 signs including spaces)
- Short description of the project you want to show (max 800 signs including spaces)
- Images of the project
- Business model and entrepreneurial goals regarding the project owner’s presence during Vienna Design Week.
We are looking forward to receive your application and will get back to you shortly after 16 July
Friday, 30 October 2020
12:30 to 6:00
Kontext also organises an annual event that picks up on current and relevant topics for the design industry. It presents business cases from various industries that can act as impulses and stimuli for other sectors. Kontext Annual is interdisciplinary and non-seasonal.
Speakers from the fields of design, applied arts, research and industry provide insights into their activities and the issues they are currently involved with and fascinated by. Design-related achievements, projects and pioneering technologies are also presented at these events. Pursuing an interdisciplinary understanding of trends means identifying the drivers behind pioneering developments.
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?
Be there when experts present their concepts and ideas.
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.
Neutral Zurich AG,
Managing Partner, Curator
studio colony GmbH,
CEO and Co-Founder
LE LAB DE SOULIERS (FRA), Founder
Dr. Thomas Dienes,
USM U. Schärer Söhne AG
Group Product Development Director
Dipl. Des. Karsten Bleymehl,
The Circular Materials GmbH (DEU),
CEO and founder
Bert van Son,
MUD Jeans (NLD),
November 21, 2019
Future Expo, Congress Center Basel
8:45 am – 5:20 pm
At the Swiss Innovation Forum, Design Prize Switzerland is presenting a selection of the nominated and prize-winning products and projects, which have successfully faced the socio-cultural, ecological and economic challenges with new approaches – and the amount of risk required. It will be possible to test and appreciate them in line with the slogan «Try». Gain greater insights and meet the people involved on site.
The leading innovation conference in Switzerland is geared towards 1,100 decision-makers from the world of business, science, research, education, politics and media and will be taking place on 21 November 2019 at the Congress Center Basel. The Swiss Innovation Forum will again be offering a varied and exciting programme this year.
Further information and registration:
Programme Prize Giving Cermony
November 1, 2019
Who's going to win? The jury's decisions will be revealed at the
prize-giving ceremony; a fixed date in the Swiss design calendar. Join
us, and be inspired and network with our audience from business, design,
politics and culture.
5:00 pmVernissage of the public exhibition Design Prize Switzerland,
Depot for Design Langenthal
7:00 pmPublic Prize Giving Ceremony in the Markthalle, Langenthal
Dinner in the Markthalle Langenthal for registered guests
Dinner tickets can be purchased for CHF 110. p.P. Places for dinner are limited.
Kurt Aeschbacher and Anne Carrard will guide us
through the evening in German and French.
November 2-10, 2019
Nominated and awarded projects
VenueDesign Prize Switzerland, Mühleweg 14,
Opening hoursdaily from 3:00 to 8:00 pm
Guided toursdaily at 6:00 pm
We are happy to organize customized guided tours
and events for groups.
Entrance fee/concessions: CHF 12./8.
with catalogue CHF 22./17.
Order the catalogue for the Prize Giving Ceremony
at CHF 10. plus postage.
By Stefanie Hütz
Fostering innovation for the business of the future: this was the focus of the 2019 “Kontext Annual” forum. The fully booked event that was jointly organised by Swiss Textiles and Design Prize Switzerland and held at the end of August in the Kosmos in Zurich featured a variety presentations, plus an exhibition and opportunities for exchanges. It was attended by specialists from a broad variety of fields. Everyone shared the view that innovation calls for collaboration extending well beyond the existing business sector boundaries.
“The ongoing transformation in business and society is profound. In order to overcome the challenges of the future, we have to work differently than we did in the past, think more openly and be more prepared to take risks.” This was the message of the organisers of the event: Evelyne Roth, Artistic Director of Kontext; Michel Hueter, Director and Curator of Design Prize Switzerland; and Mirjam Matti Gähwiler, Head of Communication and PR at Swiss Textiles. Their ambitious goal: to “change the mindset positively”. The title of this year’s Kontext Annual, which was moderated by Michelle Nicol, co-founder of “Neutral Zürich” strategy agency, was “The Pursuit of Happiness – Product Innovation in the Context of Self-Optimisation”.
The Pursuit of Happiness – Product Innovation in the Context of Self-Optimisation
The traditional client is becoming a thing of the past. The focus of the market is now on the individual, who wants to be understood as such. Conventional client classification by age, gender, status and purchasing power is on the way out.
While in the past the objective of self-optimisation was to enhance performance leading to success, the focus is now on happiness and well-being. Simple fun is giving way to meaning and responsibility.
Convenience connotes the fusion of on- and offline business into a “customer journey” that is characterised by availability, serial individualisation, experiences and personal contact with the provider.
Design-driven approaches to solutions that facilitate a fresh take on product innovation, the value chain, the “customer journey” and the sales market are required.
Building on current findings of behavioural economics, Kontext 2019 will address newly structured design processes and best practices of both established and recently formed companies and identify options for action.
Context Annual filters up-to-date trend knowledge, identifies future-oriented developments and promotes the exchange and networking of designers and the industries.
Sport and sustainability in the focus at Kontext annual conference.
Initiated by our partner Swiss Textiles, Kontext successfully encourages the multidisciplinary approach to stimulate future-oriented solutions in the creative and industrial sectors. Presentations will be held in English.
Expo Beaulieu Lausanne
Hall 16, Booth S401
Kooperationen bringen Synergien: durch die Zusammenarbeit der Design Days mit der Messe Habitat-Jardin werden inhaltliche Verbindungen geschaffen und somit mehr Menschen erreicht, die sich für Gute Gestaltung interessieren. Die führende Design-Plattform der Westschweiz, legt den Fokus bewusst auf Schweizer Design.
Mit von der Partie ist der Design Preis Schweiz mit einer Selektion der Edition 2017/18. Schweizer Design verkörpert Innovationskraft, Können, Werte und Identität auf pointierte Weise. Diese Merkmale sind in allen Arbeiten und Disziplinen von Möbeln, Fashion, Kommunikation, Forschung über Konsum- und Investitionsgüter wiederzufinden. Jungtalente wie etablierte Marken überraschen, lassen begreifen und überzeugen mit einer Vielfalt an Ideen und konkreten Lösungen. Die Selektion richtet einen Fokus auf Arbeiten der französischen Schweiz, wie auch auf Themen, die sich mit der Überalterung der Gesellschaft auseinandersetzen.
Conference: Intelligent Materials
Design Days – Beaulieu Lausanne
Convention Center, 8. März 2018
Innovative Technologien durch designgetriebene Forschung und Entwicklung: dadurch werden die sich rasch ändernden gesellschaftlichen Bedürfnisse beantwortet und nachhaltige Lösungen für künftige Generationen entwickelt.
Die Materialwissenschaft steht im Mittelpunkt vieler technischer Revolutionen und war schon immer einer der Haupttreiber der Designentwicklung. Seien Sie dabei, wenn vier Experten Einblicke in unterschiedliche Materialeigenschaften und deren Technologie geben.
Teilnahme gratis, Anmeldung obligatorisch:
Presentations in English
«Revolution in Ceramic»
Head of Design Laufen Bathrooms AG
«Schoeller E-Soft-Shell - A material innovation
in heatable clothing»
Product Development Schoeller Textiles AG
Founder and CEO of FluidSolids AG
l’Ecal et MIT – Massachusetts Institute of Technology
15-minute question-and-answer session
Fair Basle – Hall 2.0,
Booth E1, G2, H1
Innovation and design are the winners: Design Prize Switzerland presents a selection of outstanding and revolutionary projects from the current edition 2017/18. In the selection you will find lighting solutions from leading companies, products from a wide variety of disciplines and interior design possibilities. Creative ideas as well as innovative solutions in the construction and residential sectors will be on show.
A special emphasis has been placed on the new ‘Design Leadership Prize: Ageing Society’ category, which offers new opportunities and solutions in response to the social need for action associated with demographic change.
Meet the experts and the movers and doers on site, and find out more about the quality of the projects which demonstrate the best Switzerland can do!
Sonderausstellung @ Swissbau Basel
Raumwelten - Halle 2.0, Stand B4
Innovative Ideen oder geforderte Lösungen können Auslöser für Materialentwicklungen sein. Dabei ist eine gute Zusammenarbeit zwischen Designern und Handwerkern ausschlaggebend. An der Sonderausstellung von World Crafts werden in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Design Preis Schweiz Beispiele solcher Prozesse präsentiert.
Presentations in German
Existing challenges and recommendations for action will be discussed with our competence partner ‘Age Stiftung’.
What is the correct definition of the much discussed term ‘demographic change’?
Because life expectancy has increased, the ratio of pensioners to wage earners has risen and continues to grow.
How can we counter the lack of knowledge among experts, producers, users and society generally?
It is important that all the groups concerned should be aware of the changes associated with growing older. This would make it possible to examine products and services to determine whether or not they are suitable for senior citizens.
Some things remain constant – the personality for example, along with personal preferences and the need to be taken seriously as an individual person.
The body and the senses, on the other hand, undergo changes. The eyes and the ears become weaker, fine motor skills are diminished and the volume of muscle degrades more quickly. In addition, there are changes in the speed with which sensory input can be processed – older people are slower not just in their movements, but in their perceptions as well.
Often it is a sufficient basis for coming up with effective solutions if you just keep these changing needs consciously in mind.
What kind of challenges does an ageing population present to the construction and housing sectors?
There is no such thing as ‘the elderly’ – which means that service providers and suppliers must consider carefully just which target group of senior citizens they aim to address, and what needs they are hoping to meet.
Sometimes a well-situated barrier-free dwelling place is all that is required; but in some cases senior citizens need access to specific services. Older people take more time than younger ones to adapt to changes in their living circumstances.
‘Universal design’ means creating product solutions and services for the greatest possible number of different users. What kind of influence is this theory likely to have on the future?
Good products are not so likely to ‘handicap’ the people using them. When objects can be operated by people whose manual dexterity is impaired, they are less likely to need help from other people. For example, shower trays with a non-slip coating minimise the risk of a fall; pans with two handles are easier to lift; and telephones with a user-friendly control panel can be used for longer and by a bigger customer group.
Our partnership with EnergieSchweiz aims to show the added value of the relationship between energy efficiency and design.
What are the responsibilities and associated obligations of EnergieSchweiz?
As a programme established by the Swiss Federal Council, EnergieSchweiz promotes energy efficiency and renewable forms of energy. With this aim it raises Swiss people’s awareness of energy issues, subsidises innovative projects and supports the training and further training of specialists.
In close partnership with Design Prize Switzerland, EnergieSchweiz has instituted the SwissEnergy Lighting Prize. What are the aims of EnergieSchweiz in this connection?
The partnership with Design Prize Switzerland is aimed at motivating designers, developers and manufacturers to develop energy-efficient solutions. These solutions are presented to the wider public with a view to demonstrating that highly efficient lighting solutions can show outstanding light quality and superlative design.
And what does energy efficiency have to do with design?
Good design is not just restricted to an elegant appearance. Rather it stands for exceptionally effective technical solutions which can be realised in convincing products. Such a product is one that can be used by a wide target group, is convincing in practical use and (last but not least) is economically attractive and environmentally friendly. Energy efficiency combines the last two points – as a matter of principle, only so much energy is used as is needed for the desired operation. This cuts costs and relieves the burden on the environment.
Has any progress been made towards the more efficient use of energy in recent years?
In recent years energy efficiency has come to be increasingly viewed as an opportunity – one with great economic potential for commerce and industry in Switzerland. No longer is someone speaking of energy efficiency today just a voice crying in the wilderness – this approach long since became part of mainstream thinking. Only using as much energy and money as required is just dictated by solid common sense.
What, in the context of Swissbau Focus events, is being put across under the motto of ‘collaboration’?
In the construction industry of the future, digital construction means that collaboration will be an increasingly important aspect. Swissbau Focus events not only highlight possible technical solutions for digital construction – they also raise awareness of the imperative cultural shift in the direction of closer collaboration and cooperation. This is a challenge, but at the same time it offers opportunities, not least with regard to energy efficiency.
Prize Giving Cermony
November 3, 2017
Private view, Design Prize Switzerland, Langenthal: open to the public, free entry
Prize Giving Ceremony in the Markthalle Langenthal: open to the public, free entry
Dinner in the Markthalle Langenthal
Dinner tickets: CHF 90 per person.
Places for dinner are limited
– please book by e-mail
Kurt Aeschbacher and Anne Carrard will guide us through the evening in German and French.
November 4–12, 2017,
nominated and awarded projects
VenueDesign Prize Switzerland, Mühleweg 14,
4900 Langenthal, Switzerland
Opening hoursFriday to Sunday, 3.00 to 8.00 pm.
Guided toursdaily at 6.00 pm
We are happy to organise customized guided tours
and events for groups.
Admission: CHF 10.--, concessions CHF 6.--,
with catalog CHF 20.--/15.--.
Information about the side events and further exhibitions will be found at www.designpreis.ch.
September 18, 2017 – nominated projects and products
The showroom is, upon request, exclusively at disposal for interested individuals, institutions and companies.
Messe Basel - Hall 1.0, Booth A33
Energy Efficiency and design win: Design Prize Switzerland
and SwissEnergy present excellent lighting solutions by leading Swiss companies:
Lightpad by REGENT provides an optimised light diffusion in office spaces. RIBAG’ luminaires collection VERTICO convinces us by combining functional features and aesthetics that are a perfect fit in private and commercial environments. FEZ by BALTENSWEILER seduces with a poetic, yet reduced, appearance and multifunctional. Meet the designers and producers at our stand.
How are elder generations use new technologies nowadays?
Sociologist and Design Prize Switzerland nomination expert PHD François Höpflinger shares his insights about the transforming lifestyles of elder generations at the Ineltec Trendforum
12.09.2017, 1:35 pm–2 pm
Hall 1.1 / A90
Presentations in German
Design Leadership Prize: Focus Ageing Society
About Ageing and Design
Consciously or unconsciously; ageing affects us all and at all times over the course of our lives. We now live longer, our needs are changing.
Demographic changes, the ageing of industrialised societies is a fact,
which we prefer to avoid, it is unappealing and fraught with problems.
We find this unjust and are therefore identifying an opportunity to rethink
past lifestyles and standards. The Design Prize Switzerland is initiating
the Design Leadership Prize: Focus Ageing Society, which will be seeking design solution capable of breaking down barriers and with an appeal for the old and
The exhibition Ageing Society 2.0 presented on the occasion of the Designers’ Satuday 2016, is staged as an editorial office and fearlessly takes on this phenomenon and begins writing and talking about it today. Take a fresh look with us on our ageing society and take back with you inspiring food for thought.
November 4 – 6, 2016. Location „City Center – depot for design
A selection of 23 nominated and prize-winning products and projects of Design Prize Switzerland, Edition 2015/16 will be shown at different locations on the occasion of Business of Design Week and deTour Hong Kong.
deTour / PMQ, 25.11. – 4.12.2016
Showcase of a selection of Young Talents, Textile and Fashion
– refer to listing
PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong
Store No. S207, 2/F Staunton
11.00 am – 8.00 pm
Presentations and Talks:
1 December 2016, 7.00 – 9.00 pm
PMQ, S710-711, 7/F Staunton
Design Prize Switzerland and the leading Swiss Universities of Applied Arts and Design invite you to explore practice -based educational approaches that cope with the rapid transformations of design.
New basis of knowledge, possibilities, globalisation and the influence of design are evolving at a fast pace. The increasing complexity of problems to be met by design approaches is permanently transforming the designers’ profession.
Gaining international as well as multi-levelled knowledge driven by experience and collaboration at an early professional stage, does positively influence the designers’ readiness for the job market.
Testimonies from different disciplines, backgrounds and nationalities share their experiences and projects.
Cees de Bont,
Dean of School of Design & Swire Chair Professor of Design, PolyU, Hong Kong
Presentators / Panelists:
ECAL -University of Art and Design Lausanne
Alexis Georgacopoulos, Director of écal
HEAD, Geneva University of Arts and Design
Magdalena Prozda, Assistant - Master Fashion Design and Accessories
Hong Kong Design Institute and Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education
Leslie LU, Principal
Lucerne University of Applied Science and Arts
Dr. Jan Eckert, Head of Master in Arts and Design
University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland FHNW
Juan Ferrari, Alumni Student – Institute for Integrated Design, Masterstudio
Zurich University of Applied Arts- Design - ZHdK
Jonas Christen, Research Associate Knowledge Visualization at ZHdK
Presentations and Talks:
– by BIG GAME, Switzerland
3 December 2016, 5.00 – 6.30 pm
PMQ, S710-711, 7/F, Staunton
InnoDesignTech Expo, 1. – 3.12.2016
Innovative LED products and a OLED research as well as Product Design innovations – refer to listing
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong (Harbour Road Entrance)
Inspiration Hall, Booth No. 3E-B09
1 – 2 December 2016
9.30 am – 7.00 pm
3 December 2016
9.30 am – 6.30 pm
Connecting Space, 1. – 11.12.2016
Reduced selection of products/projects on display until 4.12.2016
Full selection of products/projects on display as of 5.12.2016
G/F, Wah Kin Mansion, 18-20 Fort Street, North Point, Hong Kong
Nearest MTR stations: Fortress Hill, North Point
Opening - open to the public
30 November 2016
7.00 – 9.30 pm
Exhibition - admission free
1.00 – 11.00 December 2016
1.00 – 9.00 pm
For group booking of guided visits, please contact:
Presentations and Talks:
GAME CHANGER – Pecha Kucha
5 December 2016, 7.00 – 9.00 pm
Connecting Space Hong Kong
The global society, demographics, the environment and the economy are in constant change just as are technologies, materials and our knowledge and experience. How do we reply to changing needs and problems by leaving common tracks? By no surprise this year’ topic of the Hong Kong design week is Game Changer as not only design as such, but as a way of thinking proves to be an innovating approach to holistic solutions that deploys not only change but also added-value.
Join us for this Pecha Kucha – a series of short presentations – featuring Swiss and Hong Kong based designers, entrepreneurs and educators from different design fields.
Xavier Aymon, Dr. Jan Eckert, Reto Schmid, Augustin Scott de Martinville, Mugi Yamamoto and many more.
Old Truman Brewery | Stand No. S32 | Hall S2 WORLD TOUR – DESIGN PREIS SCHWEIZ EDITION 2015/16
September 22 – 25, 2016
Anciens Ateliers Mayer & Soutter, Renens
WORLD TOUR – DESIGN PREIS SCHWEIZ, EDITION 2015/16
September 29 – October 2, 2016
MassChallenge / UniverCité
Chemin du Closel 5, Renens
30 septembre 2016, 13h00 – env. 18h00
Dans les pays industrialisés, pour 64% des consommateurs, l’image véhiculée par les marques en matière de design est un facteur influençant leur comportement d’achat.
Aujourd’hui, le design est bien plus que la simple élaboration d’un produit. Il comporte un processus de réflexion interdisciplinaire, porteur d’innovation, qui lui confère une plus-value. Cette méthode intitulée «design thinking» et développée aux États-Unis rencontre de plus en
Le Prix Design Suisse en collaboration avec les Design Days Rado et Teo Jakob, vous invitent à en découvrir les principes et la manière de les mettre en pratique avec succès au cours d’un workshop dirigé par Isabelle Hauser, professeur en design industriel et design.
14. Oktober 2016
13:00 – 18:00 Uhr
Am prominent besetzten, halbtägigen Forum SDA 50 diskutieren wir über die Perspektiven des Designs und blicken in die Zukunft. Welche Chancen und Herausforderungen bieten Digitalisierung und Deindustrialisierung für das Schweizer Design? Welche neuen Berufsfelder entstehen? Welche Rolle spielt das Design als Innovations- und Wertschöpfungstreiber? Und welche Kompetenzen braucht es, um in einem sich rasant verändernden Umfeld bestehen zu können?
20:00 – 23:00
Facts & Figures
Swissbau is one of Europe's biggest trade fairs for the construction industry and constitutes a central meeting point for Switzerland's construction industry every two years. During the five days of the fair, around 1,100 exhibitors meet up with more than 100,000 visitors in Basel. Visitors have the opportunity to acquire a comprehensive overview of the market and familiarise themselves with a large number of new products and services. The dialogue between exhibitors, associations, institutions and visitors promotes the exchange of knowledge and fosters networking. This similarly holds true of Swissbau Focus, with its 60 or so events dedicated to the following subjects: initial and further training, spatial development, the construction industry, the energy U-turn, architecture and planning, construction systems and materials, interior design, use and maintenance, and building services engineering.
nominated and prize winning projects of
Design Prize Switzerland, Edition
2015/16 will be shown.
Design Prize Switzerland, Mühleweg
4900 Langenthal, SWITZERLAND
Friday to Sunday, 3.00 to
Guided tours every Saturday at 3.00 pm, groups and company
events on request.
CHF 10.–, concessions CHF 6.–,
catalog CHF 20.–/15.–.
blickfang Zurich – buying good design
Whether in Hamburg, London, Tokyo or New York, one can buy the same things the world over. However, things are different when the blickfang design tradeshow is on. This curated design shopping event brings together new ideas and new designs, furniture, fashion and jewellery that no one has, but everyone would love to have. It is held at the Kongresshaus in Zurich from 20th to 22nd November: for style lovers, individualists and all those who love the extraordinary. Talk to the designers and you will find that your clothes acquire a personality and your furniture character. It means that you will be able to buy things that not only set off your home and wardrobe – but enhance your lifestyle, too.And those who do not want to wait until the tradeshow opens its doors can now shop around the clock at [www.blickfang-onlineshop.com.]