Swiss By Design
Swiss By Design is indefinitely on hiatus while Jennifer Davies is on leave.
Exploring Switzerland’s contemporary culture and creative scenes, every week Jennifer Davies looks at the art, architecture, products and people shaping our everyday lives.
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Swiss By Design: Art and argument, Karl Moser and Big GameWednesday, 15 December, 2010Jennifer Davis joins an art debate in Zurich, visits architectural highlights at the city’s Kunsthaus and talks to Swiss Federal Design Prize winner Big Game in their studio in Lausanne. And as usual, there’s a round up of Switzerland’s cultural events for the week ahead:
Swiss By Design: The art of madness and Sigmar PolkeWednesday, 1 December, 2010Jennifer Davies explores the link between madness and artistic genius and pays tribute to the artist Sigmar Polke who died earlier this year. As usual, she also points out the unmissable cultural happenings taking place all over the country:
Swiss By Design: L'ensemBle baBel and the Davos sledgeWednesday, 24 November, 2010Jennifer Davies learns of a musical group, L’ensemBle baBel, who get their inspiration from great architectural spaces like the Rolex Learning Center in Lausanne. And as snow arrives across the land, she discovers the history behind the Davos sledge, a Swiss design classic. Plus, the top cultural events from around the country:
Swiss By Design: Ronan Bouroullec, Chinese comic books and lost placesWednesday, 17 November, 2010Jennifer Davies explores sibling working relationships with French designer Ronan Bouroullec, discusses Chinese comic books in Basel and discovers the appeal of lost places in Bern. And, of course there’s a round up of Switzerland’s cultural events:
Swiss By Design: Traditional architecture and new design directionsWednesday, 3 November, 2010Jennifer Davies looks at the architecture of Gion A. Caminada, focusing on one of his most unusual buildings, a mortuary in the village of Vrin. Also, Alexis Georgacopoulos, product designer and future director of the University of Art and Design Lausanne (ECAL), talks about his new role and on being the youngest ever head of the design institution. Plus, a preview of the best of next week’s cultural events:
Swiss By Design: Picasso and eco architectureWednesday, 13 October, 2010Jennifer Davies previews the Picasso retrospective at Zurich’s Kunstmuseum, its most expensive exhibition to date, and asks if sustainable buildings will ever have real sex appeal. Plus, she guides you through the best of the week’s upcoming events:
Swiss By Design: Shnit festival, cement lamps and bunker havensWednesday, 6 October, 2010Jennifer Davies explores the rise of short films at the Shnit Short Film Festival in Bern and looks at a Swiss design classic, the “Mold” lamp by Michel Charlot. She also discusses alternative uses for Switzerland’s bunkers. And there’s a guide to the best of the week’s upcoming events:
Swiss By Design: Zurich's Nagelhaus and Basel's SmashWednesday, 29 September, 2010Jennifer Davies discusses Zurich’s controversial “no” vote on the Nagelhaus project in the city and asks if politics should interfere with architecture. And we get a portrait of Graffiti artist Smash as he opens his first sculpture exhibition. Plus a look at the week’s top cultural events:
Swiss By Design: Padded precincts, Pierre Keller and Alexis GeorgacopoulosWednesday, 22 September, 2010This week Jennifer views the final phase of the Im Viadukt project in Zurich and she talks to the outgoing and the incoming directors of Lausanne’s famous ECAL design school. Plus she checks out the best arty events across the country for the next week:
Swiss By Design: Yuppie furniture and California dreamingWednesday, 15 September, 2010With the Wall Street sequel about to hit our screens soon, Jennifer Davies uncovers nostalgia for Yuppie design. She also finds out how Californian architecture was transported to Switzerland by architect Richard Neutra. And, as museums and galleries open for a new season across the country, she previews the best of next week’s cultural events: