Our Offices & Partners Abroad

Florian Hauswirth im Atelier © Pro Helvetia

Designer Florian Hauswirth at his studio

Florian Hauswirth was born in Zurich. After spells in Basel, Lausanne, New York and London he now lives in Biel. For the past ten years, he has been working there in a former factory building. Pro Helvetia paid the industrial designer a visit at his studio. Sometimes he takes a large moulding cutter in hand, …

Diiis Designstudio © Pro Helvetia

Design Duo Diiis at their Studio

Products by the design duo Diiis are playful, plain and adaptable to individual requirements. Pro Helvetia paid the two product designers Susanne Roser and Martina Staub a visit at their studio in Liestal.  Susanne Roser and Martina Staub can be found in their studio by a forest at the edge of Liestal on most days …

Swiss Participation “Body of us” @ London Design Biennale 2018 © Stefan Schmidlin
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London Design Biennale 2018

From 4 to 23 September 2018 the second edition of the London Design Biennale will take place with up to 40 countries, cities and territories, that will exhibit at Somerset House in response to the theme Emotional States. Switzerland will present «Body of us» by curator Rebekka Kiesewetter. The London Design Biennale explores how design relates to …

Schoenstaub, «Athletica» (c) Schoenstaub

Support for design

As part of its «New models of collaboration – Culture and Business»  initiative, Pro Helvetia supports young Swiss design talent, from the ideas stage through to market launch. In response to the second call for projects that took place in spring 2018, the 78 applications submitted covered an extremely broad spectrum, encompassing fashion and furniture …

Rafael Kouto at his studio © Pro Helvetia

Designer Rafael Kouto at his studio

Rafael Kouto transforms old and used goods into something new and unique. By what is known as upcycling, the Swiss fashion designer turns discarded clothes and textiles into customized new items. Pro Helvetia visited him at his studio in Zurich. After returning from an internship in Paris, Rafael Kouto started manufacturing garments in his new …



Six Swiss design studios were present at this year’s Salone del Mobile from 17 to 22 April in Milan under the SWISS ❤ DESIGN banner: Diiis design studio (Liestal), Egli Studio (Renens), Florian Hauswirth (Biel), Kollektiv vier (Basel), Alain Schibli (Aarau) and schoenstaub (Zurich). Their design creations were showcased in the Copper Room and in the …


Design: the results of our call for projects

Our new promotion model for design received a great response: a total of fifty-six projects were submitted in reply to our first call for proposals, ranging from fashion to furniture and from product to industrial design. The elected jury assessed the proposals in a two-stage process and ended up selecting eighteen projects. This new model …


Young Swiss design in London

The global design scene is due to gather for the London Design Junction lasting from 21 to 24 September. As one of the most important design trade shows in the world, it attracted around 27,000 visitors in 2016. Pro Helvetia’s new promotion model for design enables four young Swiss studios to take part in the …


Design and globalization

How does globalization influence design? How does the market change? And, does artistic creation need to adjust? International experts discussed this at the symposium COSMOPOLITAN – Switzerland organized by Pro Helvetia at Milans XXI International Triennale Exhibition.   «78 % of Chinese consumers use the internet for shopping», says the Shanghai design journalist Mimi Yan at the symposium …


Symposium COSMOPOLITAN – Switzerland

For its last event during Milan’s XXI International Triennale Exhibition, Switzerland continues its cosmopolitan exploration of the theme «Design after Design». Organized by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, the closing symposium focuses on globalization. How does it affect creation? How does it change the market? Can we continue to produce the way we are …

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London discovers design «made in Switzerland»

Swiss design will be on display this autumn at two of the highlights of the London design scene, the London Design Biennale (7–27 September 2016) and the London Design Fair (22–25 September 2016). Switzerland’s contribution to the London Design Biennale comprises seven Swiss designers, each showcasing their project in an exhibition curated by Giovanna Lisignoli …