Frederic Dedelley: Design Detective

Switzerland’s “Design Detective” Frederic Dedelley takes listeners on a journey to the heart of design: seeing and perceiving.

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
730 Montgomery St., San Francisco, 94111 United States


November 26, 2005 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)

Swiss designer Frederic Dedelley has created liturgical furnishings, seating for parks, and experimental studies in new materials, among other things. His camera is a constant companion; he photographs curious objects and situations worldwide–spontaneous, “homemade” design solutions, accidental sculpture, and the like. His book “Design Detective” looks at how his encounters with these naive and other designs inform his own work.

In this talk event accompanying the Design Preis Schweiz/Swiss Design Award exhibition on show at swissnex (November 20 – December 19), the renowned Zurich-based product designer will illustrate the process of transforming every day impressions and images into new objects.

A crucial exploration of design thought, based on the recently published volume “Design Detective” (Lars Mueller Publishers). In parallel to the event, the book will be on sale close to swissnex, courtesy of our neighbors at William Stout Architectural Books.


6:00 pm doors open, mixer
6:30 pm Design Detective talk, Q&A;
8:30 pm doors close



Born in 1964, Frederic Dedelley received his education in Product Design at ECAL in Lausanne and at the Art Center College of Design (Europe) in La-Tour-de-Peilz, Switzerland. Since 1995 he heads his own design studio in Zurich, focusing on products, furniture and interiors.

Also a Professor at the University of Art and Design, Basel (2001 – 2008), Dedelley has been awarded several distinctions for his work, including the Max Bill – Georges Vantongerloo Foundation Prize in 2000 and the Swiss Design 2004 award.

His work on exhibition and museum designs in Switzerland includes “Swiss Design, désir design” for the MUDAC in Lausanne, “Oui!” for Expo.02 in Yverdon-les-Bains, and several projects for the Museum of Design in Zurich. His work on the curches St. Theresia and Neumünster, both in Zurich, received considerable attention as well, with the Neumünster project nominated in the Interior Design category of the latest Design Preis Schweiz / Swiss Design Award edition.


Photograph: Myleen Hollero