Swiss Design Awards 2022 
13 – 19 June 2022 
Hall 1.1, Messe Basel
(new location)

Swiss Design Competition

All Swiss designers and designers working in Switzerland can take part in the Swiss Design Competition. The jury consists of the seven members of the Federal Design Commission and invited experts. In a first step, the jury looks at the dossiers submitted to the competition and makes a selection for the second round, held at the exhibition in Basel about two weeks before the opening. There, the exhibited projects are judged, and the 17 Swiss Design Prizes are awarded. The prize money is CHF 25’000 per award.

Swiss Design Awards Exhibition

The Swiss Design Awards exhibition takes place in parallel with Art Basel and Design Miami/Basel and attracts around 12’000 visitors every year. On display are around 50 projects by the finalists of the Swiss Design Awards. Since 2018, works by the winners of the Swiss Grand Award for Design have also been displayed. (Further information on the Swiss Grand Award for Design can be found on the website).

The exhibition is the most important annual meeting place for the Swiss design scene. In an international context, the Federal Office of Culture showcases all aspects of contemporary Swiss design. To stimulate discourse, the projects are not only awarded prizes and presented to a broad audience, but also placed in a wider context with a rich supporting programme.

Opening hours
Mon10 am–7 pm
Tue–Sat10 am–8 pm
Thu10 am–10 pm
Sun10 am–4 pm


Public tour
Tue–Sun    2.30–3.30 pm
(deutsch, français,
italiano, english)

Swiss Design Shop
Concept Store by JUNE Basel
with products by the finalists
of the Swiss Design Awards

Monday 13 June, 10 am–7 pm
Soft Opening
Drinks reception 5–7 pm

Monday 13 June, 5–7 pm
Face-o-mat Sai Bot by Tobias Gutmann

Tuesday 14 June, 8 pm
Award ceremony
Drinks and conversations 9.30 pm

Wednesday 15 June, 5.30 pm
Panel discussion (in German)
Designer*in und Unternehmer*in
with Sherida Kuffour, Martina Walthert
and Simone Züger
Hosted by Noemi Gradwohl (journalist)

Thursday 16 June, 8 pm
mubing imiji jeonsihagi
(proposed by Adeena Mey) in collaboration with the Swiss Art Awards

Friday 17 June, 2.30 pm
Tour and exhibition talk
with finalists AIZI, Noam Benatar,
Selina Bernet, Clemens Piontek
and members of the jury.
Hosted by Sara Zeller (curator)

Friday 17 June, 5.30 pm
Tour and exhibition talk
Media and Interaction Design
with Jürg Lehni (interaction designer, artist and member of the jury) and the winners of the category

Friday 17 June, 6.30 pm
Ikaro by Johan Pardo

Saturday 18 June, 10.30 am
Tour and exhibition talk
Product Design with Jörg Boner
(product designer and jury president)
and the winners of the category

Saturday 18 June, 2 pm
Panel discussion (in German)
Lebendiges Archiv–Schweizer Innenarchitektur im Fokus in collaboration with AI-S (Archiv Innenarchitektur Schweiz) with Verena Huber (interior architect and Swiss Grand Award for Design 2022 winner), Richard Hersberger (interior architect) and Myriam Kamphues (registrar). Hosted by Ariana Pradal (curator and journalist)


Federal Office of Culture, Bern

Project Lead

Anna Niederhäuser, Bern

Head of Programming and Communication

Marie-France Lombardo, Zurich


Exhibition design

Exhibition coordination

Mathieu Musy, Fribourg

FOC Team

Andrea Rosser-Stulz, Bern
Alexandra Schwab, Bern
Zoé Spadaro, Bern

Federal design commission

Jörg Boner, Product Designer, Zurich (President)

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Jörg Boner (b. 1968 in Uster) lives and works in Zurich. He trained as a cabinet maker and design draughtsman before studying product design at the Basel School of Design. Since graduating in 1996, he has developed a wide range of lamps, furniture and other products, initially in Basel and then from 2001 at his studio “jörg boner productdesign” in Zurich. He designs for industry and furniture manufacturers and frequently produces one-off pieces for specialist galleries. Works by Jörg Boner are featured in the permanent collections of the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Museum für Gestaltung in Zurich. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York displayed his Ajax desk in 2001 as part of the exhibition workspheres. His designs have won a number of national and international prizes. In 2011, the Swiss Confederation presented him with the Swiss Grand Award for Design. Alongside his design work, he lectured at the Lausanne University of Art and Design (ECAL) from 2003 to 2014. Jörg Boner has been Chair of the Federal Design Commission since 2018.

Marietta Eugster, Graphic Designer, Zurich/Paris

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Marietta Eugster (b. in St. Gallen) lives and works between Zurich and Paris. After graduating from the Lausanne University of Art and Design (ECAL) in visual communication, she studied art history, photography with technical studies and cinema at the University of Zurich. She founded her independent studio in 2012, focussing on editorial design and collaborating closely with artists, photographers, art institutions, publishers, magazines and fashion houses. Her most notable collaborations and clients include Edition Patrick Frey (Zurich) as well as the Centre Culturel Suisse (Paris), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), Tate (London), Kunsthalle Bern, Kunsthalle Basel, Aargauer Kunsthaus (Aarau), Swiss Institute (New York) and Istituto Svizzero (Rome). Many of her publications have been honoured with the Most Beautiful Swiss Books prize, and she has won two Swiss Design Awards (in 2018 and 2014). In addition to her practical work, she also teaches at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). She joined the Federal Design Commission in 2020.

Cécile Feilchenfeldt, Textile Designer, Paris

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Cécile Feilchenfeldt (b. 1973 in Frankfurt am Main) lives and works in Paris. Swiss by nationality, she grew up in Munich and studied textile design at the Academy of Art and Design in Zurich before founding her own knitwear design studio in Zurich. Her final-year project won the prestigious Micheline and Jean-Jacques Brunschwig Prize for Applied Arts in 1999. Always keenly self-reliant while at the same time curious about unfamiliar if related disciplines, Cécile Feilchenfeldt initially worked as a costume designer, later becoming a set designer at various major national theatres in Paris. Since her work was discovered by the designers at the haute couture fashion houses of Paris and Milan in 2012, she has worked with labels such as Armani Privé, Maison Schiapparelli and Christian Dior as well as cult Belgian designer Walter van Beirendonck. She has also developed knitted fabrics for concept car interiors for the automotive manufacturer Citroën. Cécile Feilchenfeldt won the Swiss Grand Award for Design in 2018 and both the Innovation Award Bavaria and the Grand Prix de la Création de la Ville de Paris in 2019. Her own one-off knitwear designs can be found in the fashion collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Museum für Gestaltung in Zurich and the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg.

Davide Fornari, Professor R&D, ECAL, Renens

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Davide Fornari (b. 1979 in Mantua) is associate professor at The Lausanne University of Art and Design (ECAL), where he leads the applied Research and Development department. After studying architecture at IUAV in Venice and the Barcelona School of Architecture, he earned a Ph.D. in design sciences from IUAV in 2010. Together with Silvia Sfligiotti, he co-edited the magazine Progetto grafico (2015–2017). With Robert Lzicar, he co-edited the book Mapping Graphic Design History in Switzerland (Triest Verlag, Zurich 2016). He co-coordinated the research project Swiss Graphic Design and Typography Revisited (2016–2019) and co-edited Swiss Graphic Design Histories (Scheidegger & Spiess, Zurich 2021). Davide Fornari joined the Federal Design Commission in 2018.

Nathalie Herschdorfer, Director, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Le Locle

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Nathalie Herschdorfer (b. 1972 in Switzerland) is a curator and art historian specialising in the history of photography. She is Director of the Museum of Fine Arts Le Locle (, where she has organised many important shows featuring such names as Louise Bourgeois, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Stanley Kubrick, Sol Lewitt, Vik Muniz, Alex Prager, Viviane Sassen, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Andy Warhol and Garry Winogrand. Highly active in contemporary photography and closely following its trends, she has been invited to organise numerous exhibitions in different countries. She teaches the history of photography at the Lausanne University of Art and Design (ECAL) and is the author of several books, including Body: The Photography Book; Mountains by Magnum Photographers; The Thames & Hudson Dictionary of Photography; Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast; and Afterwards: Contemporary Photography Confronting the Past, and New Swiss Architecture. Nathalie Herschdorfer joined the Federal Design Commission in 2022.

Aude Lehmann, Graphic Designer, Zurich

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Aude Lehmann (b. 1976 in Saint-Imier) lives and works in Zurich. She graduated from the Cantonal School of Design in Biel in 1996 and has worked as a freelance graphic designer in Zurich since 1998. She primarily designs books and publications in the fields of arts and culture. Aude Lehmann worked with Tan Wälchli on the trilogy Whyart–Aura, Glamour, A La Mode, which was published between 2004 and 2009. In 2005, she was invited to take part in the competition to design a new series of Swiss banknotes. Between 2010 and 2012, she designed the catalogue for The Most Beautiful Swiss Books and worked on a variety of publications in close collaboration with artists such as Aubry/Broquard, Shahryar Nashat and Shirana Shahbazi. After lecturing at the Lausanne University of Art and Design (ECAL) from 2002 to 2006, she taught at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht in 2007. Aude Lehmann is also regularly invited to hold workshops and talks and adjudicate for various other design schools in Switzerland and abroad. She received the Jan Tschichold Award in 2008 and has won three Swiss Design Awards. She has been a member of the Federal Design Commission since 2016.

Vera Sacchetti, Design Critic and Curator, Basel

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Vera Sacchetti (b. 1983 in Lisbon) is a Basel-based design critic and curator. She serves in a variety of curatorial, research and editorial roles, most recently as programme coordinator for the multidisciplinary research initiative Driving the Human (2020-2023) and curator of the initial edition of architecture festival Archipelago: Architectures for the Multiverse (2021). She is co-curator of The Edge of Knowledge (TEOK) in Basel and one half of the curatorial initiative Foreign Legion. Vera Sacchetti was associate curator of the fourth Istanbul Design Biennial, A School of Schools, curatorial advisor for the BIO 50 Biennial of Design in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and, as part of editorial consultancy Superscript, headed the Towards a New Avant-Garde event series at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. She has recently edited Design as a Tool for Transition: The Atelier Luma Approach and Design As Learning: A School of Schools Reader. Her writing has appeared in Disegno, Metropolis, and The Avery Review, among others. Vera Sacchetti teaches at ETH Zurich and the Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD) and joined the Federal Design Commission in 2020.


Joy Ahoulou, Fashion Designer, Berlin

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Joy Ahoulou is a fashion designer born in Lucerne. He currently lives and works in Berlin, where he runs a fashion design and made-to-measure studio. He is a frequent guest lecturer at the Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD) and works as a product developer for fashion brands, costume designers and clothing companies. Prior to completing his diploma-studies in fashion design at the Basel Academy of Art and Design (HGK), Joy Ahoulou finished an apprenticeship as a tailor in Lucerne. He won Swiss Design Awards in 2008, 2009 and 2011, and in 2013 he received a project grant from the Canton of Lucerne. The prototypes of his spring-summer 2010 collection were purchased by the Federal Design Collection. 

Jürg Lehni, Interaction Designer and Artist, Zurich

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Jürg Lehni works collaboratively across disciplines, dealing with the nuances of technology, tools and the human condition. His works often take the form of platforms and scenarios for production, for example various computer-controlled drawing and mark-making machines, as well as software-based structures and open-source frameworks, such as Paper.js and Scriptographer. Jürg Lehni has shown work internationally in group and solo shows at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, Walker Art Center, Centre Pompidou, Institute of Contemporary Arts London, Victoria and Albert Museum, Design Museum London, Kunsthalle St. Gallen and others. His works have been acquired by the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), the House of Electronic Arts (HEK) Basel and the Christoph Merian Foundation. He has run an independent practice in Switzerland since 2002 but has lived and worked around the globe: as associate professor at Parsons in New York, the Arts Council Visiting Professor at the UCLA Department of Design Media Arts from 2012 to 2013, running his own studio in London from 2008 to 2011, on a Swiss Design Awards residency in New York in 2007, and on a research residency at Sony SET Studio in Tokyo in 2006.

Adrien Rovero, Product Designer, Lausanne

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Born in 1981, Adrien Rovero holds a Master’s in Industrial Design from the ECAL/University of art and design Lausanne Switzerland. Active in the realms of product and exhibition design, he opened his studio in Renens in 2006. He thinks up and designs objects for such highend brand stores as Hermes (France), Pfister (Switzerland), Campeggi (Italy), Sèvres cite de la céramique (France), Freitag (Switzerland), Swatch (Switzerland) and the Cristallerie Saint-Louis (France). His pieces are on display in a number of renowned galleries, including the Galerie Kreo (Paris) and the Spazio Nobile (Belgium). Clients availing themselves of his exhibition design talents include such institutions as the Centre Pompidou (Paris), the Grand-Hornu Images (Belgium), the NMNM (Monaco), the MUDAM (Luxembourg), the MUCEM (France), the ADAM (Belgium) and in Switzerland :  the MUDAC, the MEG and the MAH. Adrien Rovero’s work is rooted in his keen observation of the details and needs of his surroundings. This inspires highly inventive  designs, as uncluttered as they are effective, and comprising a formal vocabulary built up out of assemblage, repurposing and shifting around shapes, materials, references and purposes. The Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), the Grand-Hornu Images (Belgium), the CNAP (France), the Museum für Gestaltung (Switzerland) and the mudac (Lausanne) have acquired works by this young designer to add to their collections.


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Swiss Design Awards
June 13 – 19 2022
Halle 1.1, Messe Basel
Design ResearchDesignforschungRecherche en designRicerca in design
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Mediation and ScenographyVermittlung und SzenografieMédiation et ScénographieMediazione e Scenografia
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Design ResearchDesignforschungRecherche en designRicerca in design
Fashion and Textile DesignMode- und TextildesignDesign textile et de modeDesign tessile e della moda
Graphic DesignGrafikdesignGraphismeDesign grafico
Media and Interaction DesignMedia und Interaction DesignMedia et Interaction DesignMedia e interaction design
Mediation and ScenographyVermittlung und SzenografieMédiation et ScénographieMediazione e Scenografia
Product DesignProduktdesignDesign de produitsDesign di prodotto