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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