The year 2017 marks the hundredth edition of the “Swiss Design Awards”, which took place for the first time in 1918. Since then, it has had two goals: first, to give direct economic support to help designers go past prototyping and into productio; second, to give indirect freedom and will to innovate to participating designers. Financial freedom without restrictions allows them to develop and try new and unusual design solutions. A selection of five projects in the category of Products and Objects was presented in the exhibition Inédito within the scope of Design Week Mexico 2017.
Gris Fonte by Bertille Laguet
Laguet’s focus on a material and a production method (gray welding) is very attractive for the Federal Design Comission and its expert. Her skillfull exploration of the tecnique has created two types of products: a radiator and two objects for a design gallery.
As If by Kueng Caputo
The porcelain creations by Sarah Kueng and Lovis Caputo were developed in collaboration with artisans from Artia, Japan. The design and execution of the bowls and vases are equally impressive, the shape and color reinforce eachother, while the objects also work as spacial illusions, with their colored varnish becoming lit shadows.
Celeb Bowls by Damian Fopp
In the design medium, different situations require different points of focus. Fopp’s sensible handling towards traditional shaped and the materialization of his products is clear in all of his shown pieces. Damian Fopp presents an intriguing catalogue of his work from the past three years.
O-Tidy by Michel Charlot
Michel Charlot designs contemporary products for clients with a design culture – Eternit, Kettal, Vitra. He finds simple and easy to use shaped for illumination, stools, and boxes that he skillfully fabricates using plastic and industrial tools
Basic Chair by Sebastian Marbacher
Sebastian Marbacher’s basic chair is made from solid wood planks paralell to eachother. It’s geometry makes it comfortable to sit on and easy to stack. Simplifying production design, Marbacher created a piece that is coherent with sculptural qualities.