The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia is presenting contemporary Swiss design on two platforms in London this September. At the London Design Biennale, the Swiss contribution demonstrates an artistic and reflective take on the shaping of friendly relations. At the London designjunction, seven young Swiss studios from the domains of interior and product design will be putting their latest creations on display.
Pro Helvetia promotes contemporary Swiss design at all stages of the process, from concept to market. The range of work presented on the two major international platforms in London in September reflects the bandwidth of design supported by the Swiss Arts Council.
London Design Biennale (4–23 September): The Design of Friendship
The second edition of the London Design Biennale has been placed under the motto «Emotional States». It explores the various ways in which design influences our daily life and emotions. Curator Rebekka Kiesewetter is responsible for the Swiss contribution to the Biennale. She and her team will present «Body of Us», a project that deals with the design of friendly relationships as a fundamental element of human existence and as an ethical and emancipatory form of shared living. «Body of Us» investigates and questions the web of our relationships with fellow humans, with other forms of life and with inanimate objects by means of a physical and an audio installation, combined with a publication and an associated website bodyofus.ch.
London designjunction (20–23 September): worm composting and costumed drones
London designjunction is one of the most important international exhibitions in the field of interior and product design. Under the «Design Switzerland» label, Pro Helvetia and partners will be presenting projects and products of seven Swiss design studios on a floor space of over 120 square metres. The creations displayed range from household composting systems using worms by WormUp GmbH from Zurich and minimalistic sports gear by Ulysse Martel from the French-speaking part of Switzerland to the highly spectacular light choreographies of costumed drones by the Zurich-based Verity Studios.
PRESS DATES AND INFORMATION
- Guided press visits to both platforms in London incl. drone show:
Thursday, 20 September 2018, 11am–5pm
Information and registration (by 30 August 2018)
- Press preview for London Design Biennale:
Monday, 3 September 2018, 9am–4pm, Somerset House
- Press preview for London designjunction:
Thursday, 20 September, 9.30–11am
Oxo Tower Wharf and Bargehouse, South Bank
- Press kit with picture material and additional information on Switzerland’s presence in London:
Lisa Stadler, Communication
Tel. +41 44 267 71 51, firstname.lastname@example.org
Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia
Media Release from 23 August 2018