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Press release

(not to be published before: 25 August 2015, 10.30 am)


Announcement of the NOMINATIONS

Langenthal, 25 August 2015 (3070 characters with spaces)

With an enhanced competitive structure and a new category of Product Design Investment

Goods, Design Prize Switzerland is responding to recent developments in the design industry. As a result of this tightening up, every discipline now has its own prize category.

The industry showed its appreciation of this reform, with 450 entries submitted, out of which 42 have now been nominated. These include world innovations and smart solutions which emphasise the competitiveness of Swiss design.

More than ever before – this yearʼs edition of Design Prize Switzerland clocked up 450 submitted entries, an increase of 50 percent in comparison with the last time. One reason for this growth is the diversified competitive structure. This reflects the way in which Switzerland, as a centre of craft and industry, increasingly uses design as a holistic approach in the innovation process, with a view to developing solutions which are socially and economically relevant. In the light of this, the enhanced interest in the Design Prize is hardly surprising. Even just a nomination constitutes recognition in the industry.

Working together to get new things moving – together with its industrial partners, Design Prize Switzerland has launched new categories dedicated to specific promotional aspects. One of these is the Sustainable Impact Prize, awarded to energy-efficient lighting solutions and so underlining the theme of sustainability. Another category claiming the limelight is the Rado Star Prize Switzerland for Young Talents. This will be presented for the first time to young designers in all specialist fields, and attracted a great number of entries. Finally, the Swiss Textiles Prize for Young Fashion and Textile Entrepreneurs introduced a new format for supporting the further development of young fashion designers who have already achieved first market success.

Expanded expertise: the internationally prestigious jury, consisting of Jasper Morrison, Robb Young, Lars Müller, Ascan Mergenthaler and Liesbeth inʼt Hout, has been reinforced by the addition of Wolfgang K. Meyer-Hayoz, an industrial designer specialising in investment goods – a response to the growth of this market sector.

The jury commended this yearʼs entries, which add up to an impressive selection of smart marketable products and innovations with future potential. They also paid tribute to the fact that a great many of the manufacturers and designers taking part in the competition not only are committed to ecological materials and energy-saving production methods – they also want to deliver efficiently processed products with a long service life.

Finally, the jury underlined the fact that four completely different research projects have been nominated in the Research category. They see this nomination record as indicating that design research is now recognised as being an integral component of the design industry.

Media contact Design Prize Switzerland, Raphael Rossel, media responsible, Mühleweg 23, 4900 Langenthal, Switzerland, Tel. +41 78 665 99 22, raphael.rossel@de-lay.ch Visual materials of the individual nominations are available for download: www.designpreis.ch All further information on the following 10 pages.

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The jury of Design Prize Switzerland 2015/16 is made up as follows:

– Liesbeth inʼt Hout, Co-Director Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam – Ascan Mergenthaler, Senior Partner, Herzog & de Meuron, Basel – Wolfgang K. Meyer-Hayoz, Meyer-Hayoz Design Engineering Group, Winterthur – Jasper Morrison, Jasper Morrison Ltd, London, Paris – Lars Müller, Lars Müller Publishers, Baden – Robb Young, Contributing Writer, International New York Times, London Partners and Financing The Design Prize Switzerland is an association and a private initiative that invests all income in the platform. Our partners encourage design by conviction with the aim to foster the exchange, mediation and promotion of Swiss design.

Additionally to our main partners – RADO, Swiss Textiles and SwissEnergy, Design Prize Switzerland is being supported by the Jaberg Foundation, IKEA Foundation Switzerland, Emil and Rosa Richterich-Beck Foundation, swiss design association, the Zürcher Seidenindustrie Gesellschaft (Zurich Silk Industry Society) as well as Mrs. Christa Gebert.

Granting agencies are the city of Langenthal, Bern Economic Development Agency, the Department of Culture of the Canton Berne/Swisslos as well as the Office for Labor and Economy of the Canton of Zurich – Business and Economic Development Office.

Swiss Textiles Swiss Textiles has been one of the principal partners of Design Prize Switzerland since 2003, and so helps support awards for outstanding performance by talented Swiss designers. ‘Switzerland enjoys an excellent reputation all over the world in the field of textiles and fashion design,’ says Peter Flückiger, Managing Director of Swiss Textiles. ‘Swiss textiles stand for supreme quality in terms of design, materials and functionality.’ The new Swiss Textiles Prize for Young Fashion and Textile Entrepreneurs will be awarded in future years to a start-up company in the fashion and textiles sector. ‘We would like to encourage innovative entrepreneurship and support a talented startup company in its development,’ Peter Flückiger concludes.

Rado Rado is a globally recognised brand, famous for innovative design and its use of revolutionary materials to create some of the world’s most durable watches. Ever since its beginnings in Lengnau, Switzerland, Rado has had a pioneering spirit, with the brand philosophy “if we can imagine it, we can make it” still holding true today. Design is at the heart of what Rado does and this is underlined by the 30 prestigious international design awards Rado has won for its watches.

About Rado Star Prize The Rado Star Prize is an established property that has regularly run in seven different countries around the world and which supports young, unestablished designers, giving them a platform to show their work. Far from focusing on just one field of design, Rado aims to attract projects and ideas from numerous design disciplines to create a project that could benefit the lives of individuals or communities now and in the future.

SwissEnergy The SwissEnergy programme of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) is aimed at promoting the knowledge and competence of the population at large, and of important target groups, in relation to energy questions. It works to ensure that Switzerland will be prepared for structural change on the energy markets by having the support of the best professional talents. At the same time EnergieSchweiz offers a platform for the market testing of innovative ideas, by supporting and accompanying promising new conceptions designed to encourage reduced energy consumption or promote renewable sources of energy to the point where they are ready to be launched on the market.

Programme of the Award Ceremony on October 30, 2015

5.00 pm Private view, Design Prize Switzerland, Langenthal: open to the public, free entry

7.00 pm Award ceremony in the Markthalle Langenthal: open to the public, free entry

8.30 pm Dinner in the Markthalle Langenthal Dinner tickets: CHF 90 per person.

Places for dinner are limited – please book by e-mail to designpreis@designnet.ch Exhibition: 31 October to 13 December, 2015 All nominated and prizewinning projects of Design Prize Switzerland, Edition 2015/16 will be shown.

Exhibition venue:

Design Prize Switzerland Mühleweg 14 4900 Langenthal


Opening hours: Friday to Sunday, 3.00 to 8.00 pm.

Guided tours every Saturday at 3.00 pm, groups and company events on request.

Admission: CHF 10.--, concessions CHF 6.--, with catalog CHF 20.--/15.--.

Catalog can be ordered at CHF 25.--.

Information about the side events will be found at www.designpreis.ch.

Contact: designpreis@designnet.ch, +41 (0)62 923 03 33 Mission Statement Design Relevance Economic and cultural relevance are our top priorities.

The competition, which takes place every two years, is aimed at enhancing the significance of Swiss design. It awards prizes for outstanding achievements in all design disciplines relevant to industry. With the help of carefully planned activities and programmes, the nominated and prizewinning works are presented to the professional world and the general public, with the objective of anchoring the added value of design in industry and society.

Design Excellence The nominators and jury are committed to a position from which design is understood as the result of an integrated development process, that unfolds added value along the value chain.

The competition is addressed to Swiss designers, brands, companies and institutions active either within Switzerland or abroad. Also eligible to take part are foreign designers who study or work in Switzerland or are employed by Swiss companies.

We provide Opportunities As an institution Design Prize Switzerland observes and leaves a stamp in the market and is prompting for uncompromising ideas, that bring Swiss Design on the agenda and into awareness;

nationally and internationally.

With the help of carefully planned activities and programmes, the nominated and prizewinning works are presented to the professional world and the general public, with the objective of anchoring the added value of design in industry and society.

List of the Nominated Entries Communication


Institute of Fashion Design,Academy of Art and Design, FHNW in Basel Claudiabasel Team: Priska Morger (Creative Direction), Andrea Sommer (Editor-in-chief), Jiri Oplatek (Art Director), Kurt Zihlmann (Administration) www.doingfashion.ch www.claudiabasel.ch Metaflop Marco Müller, Alexis Reigel In collaboration with: Linus Romer Supported by: TeX Development Fund, USA www.metaflop.com Solothurner Filmtage Raffinerie AG für Gestaltung Gestaltung und Konzeption: Christian Haas, Simon Fuhrimann, David Lüthi www.raffinerie.com Furniture Appia, a chair collection Christoph Jenni (Product Design) In collaboration with: Maxdesign: Massimo Martino (CEO);

POL: Chantal Meng, Luca Fuchs (Graphic Design, Photo Concept) Activa: Luigi Cappelin (Engineering) www.christophjenni.ch USM Privacy Panels USM U. Schärer Söhne AG Team: Alexander Schärer (CEO), Thomas Dienes (Head of Product Development), Carole Gerber (Head of Marketing Switzerland and Export Markets), Adrian Braun (Project Leader) In collaboration with: atelier oï: Armand Louis, Aurel Aebi, Patrick Reymond (Co-Founders) www.usm.com www.atelier-oi.ch Spatial Krönlihalle Bar Kollektiv Krönlihalle Seraina Borner (Kunstumsetzerin, meinweiss), Barbara Brandmaier (Think Tank-Mitarbeiterin), Markus Läubl (Grafiker, Weicher Umbruch), Christoph Menzi (Filmeditor), Andrea Münch (Grafikerin, Weicher Umbruch), Thomas Stächelin (Schreiner, feuerholz) brandmaier@hotmail.com Textbau. Schweizer Architektur zur Diskussion Holzer Kobler Architekturen GmbH Tristan Kobler, Laura Murbach, Ingo Böhler Auftrag durch: Schweizerischer Architekturmuseum S AM www.holzerkobler.com www.sam-basel.org Product Investment Goods Aeon Phocus Catheter Steering System Bureau Sturm Design GmbH Team: Dominic Sturm (Designer, Owner), Dominique Schmutz (Junior Designer), Salome Berger (Junior Designer), Manuel Rossegger (Junior Designer) Client: Aeon Scientific AG, Zürich www.bureau-sturm.ch Joulia-inline Shower with heat recycling Joulia SA Team: Reto Schmid, Christoph Rusch, Roman Svaton In collaboration with: Creaholic SA Supported by: Klimastiftung Schweiz und der Stiftung für technologische Innovation STI www.joulia.com Outdoor Lighting Modell: GO jörg boner productdesign In collaboration with: ewo, Outdoor Lighting www.joergboner.ch www.ewo.com Stanserhorn Cabrio


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