Open Studio: A Living Lab for Collaboration

For SF Design Week, our open studio offers a sneak peak into the how and why of swissnex as a Living Lab. Join us for demos, drinks, snacks, and spectacular views.

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
Pier 17, Suite 800, San Francisco, California 94111 United States


June 22, 2017 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)



How will we collaborate and create in the future?  Anchored within swissnex San Francisco at Pier 17, the Living Lab is a testing ground to explore the future of work and collaboration. Our open space hosts a diverse resident community of universities, startups, corporate innovation outposts, artists, designers, a gallery and two event spaces. Under one roof, we bring together product, technology, and research partners that each contribute toward building an innovative space and community that experiments and learns together. For San Francisco Design Week, our open studio offers a sneak peak into how and why we do this.

The evening includes a presentation by Zürich-based typographer and comedian Ursus Wehrli and music from DJ Josette Melchor. Admission includes entry to the ECAL Graphic Design exhibition at swissnex Gallery. Meet us and a select group of our partners and residents for experiences, drinks, snacks and spectacular views. 


6-9pm: open house, experiences and walkthroughs, dj set by Josette Melchor
7:30-7:45pm: comedian and designer Ursus Wehrli presents “Tidying Up Art.”

We will be running an Instagram contest during the event, find out how to participate.

Food and drinks will be served throughout the evening.


Vitra: The Living Lab at swissnex would not be what it is without the vision and support of VITRA who helped us create the concept and product layout for a workspace design that can adapt. Our open studio will feature the first refresh, new elements as well as multiple experiences that will make visitors question whether they are in the workplace or in the comfort of their own home. @vitra

View Dynamic Glass: Situated at the intersection of human wellness, smart technology, and energy efficiency, View Dynamic Glass makes the architectural glass that ensures our incredible view can be enjoyed all day long. Visitors will be able to try a unique View Virtual Reality Experience during the open studio. @viewglass

Ruckstuhl: For over 130 years, Ruckstuhl has manufactured premium carpets and acoustic solutions, combining sustainability, quality, and design. At our modern pier, Ruckstuhl’s warmth and comfort helps transform business meetings into friendly hangouts. During the open studio, visitors will also be able to enjoy Ruckstuhl’s recently installed acoustic solutions throughout the space. @ruckstuhlcarpets

Nestle: Nestle’s Silicon Valley Innovation Outpost works side by side with us at Pier 17, testing ideas with our community and prototyping in our space. As part of our open studio, visitors will get the chance to play with the team’s newest smart home product the GoodNes skill for Amazon Alexa, a unique ‘visual voice browsing’ experience for the kitchen. #nestlesvio

Logitech: As a Living Lab partner, Logitech connects us to Switzerland and beyond, enhancing virtual and video collaboration from the desktop or the conference room. For our open studio, Logitech showcases how it designs products to have an everyday place in people’s lives, bringing people together through music, gaming, video and computing. @logitech

Ideapaint: Ideapaint helped transform our co-working areas into active collaborative environments, and our community space into the home of our Pier family. For the open studio, visitors can enjoy an artistic application and create themselves. @ideapaint


Ursus Wehrli

URSUS WEHRLIUrsus Wehrli is left handed, a broad thinker and a trained typographer. For over 25 years, he has been touring alongside Nadia Sieger as the comedy duo Ursus & Nadeshkin from Zürich to Berlin and New York, winning multiple awards with this constellation – including the New York Comedy Award. His books, including The Art of Tidying Up, have have sold over half a million copies worldwide. Ursus Wehrli lives in Zürich as a comedian, cabaret and freelance artist.

Josette Melchor

Josette Melchor is a Community Organizer, Curator, Entrepreneur, DJ, Queer Mexican Woman programming life at the intersection of art and technology. She founded Gray Area Foundation for the Arts– a leading nonprofit media arts center– more than a decade ago and is driven to serve diverse audiences with her work.


Emina Reissinger

Emina REmina Reissinger is the Head of Partnerships at swissnex San Francisco, where she built and runs the resident, as well as corporate partnership, programs. By leveraging external networks of ideas and resources, she’s become a firm believer in innovation through community + space + shared learning. Emina most recently launched the Living Lab at swissnex. Through the Living Lab, Emina focuses on building a collaborative platform through prototyping ideas and projects within the resident community; working with partners to strategically implement products, design and technologies that are integral to a creative and collaborative ecosystem; and sharing learnings in a quarterly foresight workshop.

Photo: Myleen Hollero / Swissnex SF

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