Building on Switzerland’s excellent reputation in the field of design, swissnex San Francisco hosts the Design Preis Schweiz (Swiss Design Award) exhibit on its premiere stop in North America from November 20 to December 19, 2008. Featuring groundbreaking works by talented Swiss designers, the exhibit showcases select pieces from the prestigious biannual awards.
An opening night reception, featuring a Design Talk with Bill Moggridge, Heidi Wegener, Yves Behar, Pierre Keller, Thomas Liebe and Frederic Dedelley kicked off the exhibit on November 20. Read more about this event here.
Our opening reception was followed by a special “Design Detective” conference event with Frederic Dedelley, on November 25. More about it here.
Held every two years, Design Preis Schweiz is a product of the Design Center Langenthal. It is a prestigious happening in the Swiss design industry, encouraging innovation, serving as a stimulator for market-oriented design ventures, and presenting design as a factor of market success.
Innovation-fueled design and design-fueled innovation are emphasized through 5 award categories: Market, Newcomer, Research, Swiss Textile Design and Swiss Product Design.
The award competition itself is always followed by a touring exhibition that takes the road for a period of 2 years.
While the exhibition has so far been shown in all major European design cities including Milan, Paris, London and Berlin, San Francisco and swissnex will be the first to host the event on North American soil.
The San Francisco version of the show focuses on industrial design, with potent asides in fashion textile and graphic design, and shows a keen bent on supporting innovation and sound direct-to-market approaches, including the works of Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, NOSE Design Intelligence, COMA Amsterdam/New York, Ruckstuhl, Beth Kottonau, Martin Woodtli and many more.