From June 15–25, 2020, for the third year in a row, swissnex San Francisco partners with SF Design Week to bring Swiss Design to the Bay Area. This year’s theme Intentional Distortions presents a virtual edition featuring the online exhibition by AATB Handshake and a Studio Crawl with three Swiss design studios.
At the studio crawl you will meet and hear exclusive insight into the work of three young leading Swiss Design Studios – AATB, Douma/Guittet, and Panter&Tourron. These three ECAL educated studios invite us into their studios and homes in Marseille, Paris and Lausanne for a closer look at their practice.
Both AATB and Douma/Guittet participated in the Swiss Design Accelerator program in January 2020 implemented by Pro Helvetia, swissnex San Francisco and Design Preis Schweiz. This cultural program at the interface of art and technology was held in San Francisco and used swissnex SF’s long-established network to enable participants to access key players relevant to the development of their entrepreneurial goals.
In 2020/21 swissnex San Francisco invited AATB to develop workshops, virtual events and exhibitions for a longer term engagement and residency in the Bay Area.
The exhibition Handshake: A Interactive Robotic Installation, was initiated by swissnex Boston and AATB, in close collaboration with the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York, the Swiss Federal Office of Culture, and swissnex San Francisco. This project and its global reach were made possible by the generous support of the global swissnex network, Présence Suisse, and Pro Helvetia.
08:30pm–09:00pm — Studio Crawl
AATB | Andrea Anner & Thibault Brevet | aatb.ch
AATB are Andrea Anner & Thibault Brevet, both graduates from ECAL. Having previously worked on interactive objects, the tandem then explored the use of industrial robotic arms, crystallizing their research and leading them to investigate the potential of robotics and industrial automation outside of the factory.
Douma/Guittet | Salim Douma and Victor Guittet | douma-guittet.com
Douma/Guittet is a Paris-based design studio founded by ECAL alumnis Salim Douma and Victor Guittet. They collaborate with startups and SME to design innovative products and meaningful experiences. They intervene in different sectors as medical, mobility, connected devices and office and living furniture design.
Panter&Tourron | Stefano Panterotto & Alexis Tourron | pantertourron.com
Panter&Tourron are ECAL alumnis and a studio based in Lausanne which researches new formal codes and visual experiences exploring the intersections of technology, design and society. Through material investigation and technical innovation they work to define a new vision of luxury for tomorrow. Collaborating with clients and partners offering expertise on commercial works and creative research across spatial and product design, creative direction and consultancy.