Swiss designers are known for style, creativity, and detailed execution. In February, the best of Swiss Design comes to California with the biennial Design Preis Schweiz, or Swiss Design Award exhibition. Works include Martin Leuthold’s magical Secret Garden, Pollock fabrics, Nopicnic’s Pacemaker for Tonium (a fully integrated DJ system no bigger than an MP3 player), and Colin Schaelli’s V30 Skid, a modular furniture system for Freitag.
Dwell Magazine’s Aaron Britt moderates the opening panel discussion on February 10, 2011, which brings Swiss and West Coast designers together.
The Design Preis Schweiz competition is open to Swiss designers living in Switzerland and abroad as well as foreign designers who make their products in Switzerland. Organized by the Design Center in Langenthal, Switzerland, the awards in communications, textiles, products, furniture, fashion, and more are handed out by an international panel of judges that has included greats such as Konstantin Grcic and Jasper Morrison.
According to organizers, the role of Design Preis Schweiz is to give uncompromising encouragement to adventurous ideas and honor outstanding achievements. The current showcase of nominated and award-winning designs also features works from Albert Kriemler (Akris), Atelier Oï, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Claude Zellweger (One and Co.), Christa Michel, and more and has traveled around the world from Geneva to Shanghai to Tokyo to Chicago. Recently, the exhibition was presented at Design Miami/. Los Angeles audiences can catch it at the A+D Museum between January 28 and February 4, 2011, just before it comes to swissnex.
The Design Preis Schweiz tour is made possible by swissnex San Francisco, Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council and the US-wide program ThinkSwiss-Brainstorm the Future. As a leading country in science, research, and technology, Switzerland is working with its American counterparts to address key global topics such as sustainability to better understand trends and arrive at solutions.
Exhibition February 10 – 25, 2011Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm. Let us know in advance if you are coming to see the exhibit.
Opening panel discussion February 10, 2011 Moderated by Dwell Magazine’s Aaron Britt More information and registration details announced soon.
Photo: Myleen Hollero