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Open Call for Exhibitors:
Milano Design Week 2024

The House of Switzerland Milano is a joint project by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia (PH) and Presence Switzerland (PRS). This three-year initiative (2023-2025) is a platform to present the ingenuity and innovative power of Swiss design and its importance as a design nation during Milano Design Week. It is aimed at offering participants …

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Milano Design Week 2023 | 17–23 April 2023

“Urgent Legacy” exhibition programme at House of Switzerland Milano  Seven days, seven exhibitions, three floors and a joint roof. During the Milano Design Week 2023, House of Switzerland Milano will be hosting Swiss designers, studios, brands and a variety of institutions operating in the field of design. The programme comprises diverse approaches to the «Urgent …

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Milano Design Week 2023 | «House of Switzerland»

«Urgent Legacy»: How is the Swiss design scene shaping the future? At the Milano Design Week 2023, the Swiss design scene shows how it is dealing with pressing issues of our time. The group exhibition «Urgent Legacy» brings together emerging designers, independent studios, established brands as well as education and research institutions at the «House …

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Milano Design Week 2022

With the Design Switzerland exhibition at this year’s Milano Design Week, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia is presenting nine of Switzerland’s most promising up-and-coming design studios. For the first time at the world’s most important design fair, the representatives of the Swiss design scene will be united under a single roof, the House of …

Design Switzerland at Teatro Litta, Milan Design Week 2019 © Raphaelle Mueller
Design, Interactive Media

Long-term support of design and interactive media

The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia is officially establishing «Design & Interactive Media» as a fully-fledged division offering long-term support to Swiss creatives in these two branches as of 2021. The creation of a new division «Design & Interactive Media» comes as the highlight programme «New models of collaboration – Culture and Business» draws to …

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Innovation & Society

Results «Close Distance»

The call for projects under the heading «Close Distance» has now closed after two months and with 591 projects submitted. Pro Helvetia’s aim was to encourage the creation of art formats with an innovative approach to coping with the distance imposed by Covid-19 and its medium and long term impact.   «The overwhelming number of applications shows that …

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The Arts Council

«Close Distance»: Seeking New Cultural Formats

The Covid-19 pandemic has drastically reduced our mobility within a very short time, in some cases down to zero. Cultural life in public has ground to a halt. This unprecedented situation is posing great problems for the arts and cultural scene and requires innovative solutions. What creative strategies and alternative formats can be applied when …

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Design: Results of the Call for Projects

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 …


Design: Results of the Call for Projects

As part of the focus on «New Cooperation Models Culture and Business 2016-2020», Pro Helvetia is promoting the creativity of young designers and facilitating their access to markets. Swiss designers receive backing from concept to prototype development and production through to marketing. For the fourth call for proposals in spring 2019, a total of 77 …

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Design, Interactive Media


As part of Pro Helvetia’s first interactive media initiatives (GameCulture, Mobile), digital creators have expressed a need for support in finding international business partners. Matchmaking, or the art of organising matches based on several criteria designed to identify affinity, is essential to promoting Swiss talent in an extremely competitive market. Since 2016, Pro Helvetia has …

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Design Promotion

Supporting creativity and facilitating market access: Pro Helvetia has developed a tailor-made incentive for young Swiss designers as part of its «New collaborative models – Culture and business» focus: from concept to prototype development, from production to marketing. For this third call for design projects, Pro Helvetia received more than 89 applications, of which the …

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London designjunction 2018

Under the label «Design Switzerland», Pro Helvetia is presenting a selection of seven studios at London designjunction, the flagship event for the design industry, taking place this year at the iconic central hub of the South Bank. The presentation of young Swiss talents on the international scene is part of Pro Helvetia’s new model for …