The First Design Biennale Zürich

An important event for Switzerland’s design hub: the first ever Design Biennale Zürich was held in September 2017.
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Zurich lies at the heart of the Swiss design scene. The Design Biennale Zürich pays tribute to this as a major cultural event.

For four days, Zurich completely devoted itself to design. At six special locations in the city, designers working in the most diverse of fields explored the burning issues surrounding the event’s  “Hello Future” theme. How is digitalization transforming design and manufacturing? What can active materials do, and what is the role of experimental design?

From sound-absorbing crystals through doodling machines to experiments with new materials and unusual design processes – the program was packed with impulses relating to all kinds of design disciplines.

In the course of round tours, workshops, talks, and a conference, designers and inquisitive visitors were given ample opportunity to exchange ideas and discuss the thought processes behind design.


As home to highly reputable higher education institutions such as ETH Zürich and Zurich University of the Arts, as well as important museums and establishments devoted to design, art, and technology, Zurich is a dynamic center and motor when it comes to design and the creative industries. The Design Biennale provides the vibrant designer scene with an important platform for interdisciplinary exchange and reflects the international significance of the city of Zurich.

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"Zurich is the hub of Switzerland’s creative scene. The influence of people from all over the world can be felt here in this very compact space."

Felix Keller, President Swiss Design Association | Guest
 
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"The international contacts you have here are nothing less than sensational given the size of the city. Zurich is pretty much at the cutting edge when it comes to design."

Alexander Häberlin, Student Zurich University of the Arts | Guest 
 
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"I really enjoy Zurich for its public spaces, and I think this is something that Switzerland as a whole does very well."

Bess Laaring, Student at ETH Zürich | Supervision Robotic Pavillon
 
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"Sure, culture is big here, and Zurich is an international, very well-known location."

Arlene Moos, Student at Lucerne University | Exhibitor
 
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"It was very easy to find partners for the Design Biennale Zürich in the city, whether among institutions, museums, or in places of higher education."

Andreas Saxer, Industrial Designer & Lecturer | Curator
 
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"Many things are happening in the Design field, Art field. I have the feeling I keep learning all the time in Zurich."

Léa Pereyre, Drone Costume Designer at Verity Studios | Speaker
 
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"One of my favorite places in Zurich is the Botanical Garden, which is in the middle of the city. It’s a place to be discovered."

Jesús Medina Ibáñez, Computer Designer & Architect | Supervision Robotic Pavillon