Adrien Rovero creates 120 playful modules for SF Design Week

San Francisco Design Week (SFDW) will present Swiss artist Adrien Rovero’s “Shore,”– an interactive installation that celebrates this year’s SFDW theme of community.

Courtesy Adrien Rovero

Event Details


Pier 27 Cruise Terminal
Embarcadero, San Francisco, California 94133 United States


June 20, 2019 - June 22, 2019


Installation Free; Events $25 - $150

During the Opening Night of SF Design Week, an installation by Adrien Rovero occupies approximately 2,000 square feet at the Design Hub, Pier 27. The installation, “Shore,” features 120 “Dolos” modules — playful, inflatable two-sided seats that can easily flip in different directions. The Dolos grouping, presented in a vivid blue palette, creates a common gathering space for conversation and community. The Dolos shape was inspired by giant concrete blocks designed in the 1960s by engineer Eric Mowbray Merrifield as seashore erosion protection.

Adrien Rovero’s work is rooted in his keen observation of the details and needs of his surroundings. This inspires highly inventive designs, as uncluttered as they are effective, and comprising a formal vocabulary built up out of assemblage, repurposing and shifting around shapes, materials, references and purposes.

Also on June 20, there will be discussion about the “Shore” installation between Rovero and Jon-William Murphy, engineer at the global development and manufacturing company PCH.


Adrien Rovero

Adrien Rovero holds a Master’s in Industrial Design from the ECAL/University of art and design Lausanne, Switzerland. Active in the realms of furniture, lighting and exhibition design, he opened his studio in Renens in 2006. He conceives objects for such high-end brand stores as Hermes, Pfister, Droog Design, Campeggi, Nanoo, Tectona and the Cristallerie Saint-Louis. His pieces are on display in renowned galleries, including the Galerie Kreo (Paris), Libby Sellers (London), and the Galerie Ormond (Geneva). His exhibition design clients include such institutions as the Centre Pompidou (Paris), the Grand-Hornu Images (Belgium), the Manufacture de Sevres (France), the mudac (Lausanne) and the Villa Noailles (France). The Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), the Grand-Hornu Images (Belgium) and the mudac (Lausanne) have acquired works by this young designer to add to their collections.


Talk with Adrien Rovero

June 20, 2019 (Thursday) 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

A discussion about the San Francisco Design Week “Shore” installation project between Swiss designer Adrien Rovero and Jon-William Murphy, engineer at the global development and manufacturing company PCH. Tickets required.

SF Design Week Opening Night 2019: A Party on the Waterfront

Jun 20, 2019 (Thursday) 6:30 – 9:30pm

Kick-off of SF Design Week on June 20th at Pier 27 for a party on the waterfront with the theme of Community. Tickets required.

SF Design Week

Launched in 2006, San Francisco Design Week (SFDW) is an essential week-long regional festival that showcases the unique intersection of ideas, design, business & entrepreneurism that makes the Bay Area the birthplace of the future.

Through approximately 350 events, SFDW celebrates this spirit of newness by providing approximately 45,000 attendees unique access to exhibitions and conversations with the designers who are shaping the future — from architecture to fashion, product design to digital services, and everything in between.