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: Design with a future, animation and AfricaWednesday, 8 September, 2010Jennifer Davies talks to world-renowned designer Alfredo Häberli about the future of the Swiss design industry. As the Fantoche festival takes place in Baden, Jennifer also explores the role of animation today and she discusses the Africa programme at Le Bâtie in Geneva. Plus, as usual, a look at the week’s top cultural events.
Swiss By Design: Surfaces and sacred spacesWednesday, 1 September, 2010Jennifer Davies looks at the link between body image and product design. She also explores architecture, looking at Mario Botta’s Ticino masterpiece Chapel of Santa Maria degli Angeli and previews the best upcoming cultural events from around the country this week.
Destination architecture: 5 feats of design worth the tripFriday, 23 July, 2010Modern architecture tells you as much about a society and culture as its ancient constructs. So maybe it’s the tendency of Swiss architects to avoid being labelled as image-conscious “star-chitects” that has led, over the last 20 years, to so many public buildings in Switzerland that defer to their surrounding landscapes. And since these are best seen outdoors and in good weather, what better time than summer to hit the road and soak in the natural brilliance:
Swiss by Design: Alessi and Häberli to Herzog and de MeuronWednesday, 7 July, 2010In the last show of the season, Jennifer Davies looks back over some highlights with interviews from top designers Alberto Alessi and Alfredo Häberli, architects Herzog and de Meuron and art critic Tim Marlow. If you’re missing a little culture from your life over the summer, she has a guide to the best events all over the country to keep you going until autumn.
Swiss by Design: Swatch, subjectivity and fantastic filmsWednesday, 30 June, 2010Jennifer Davies discusses the design legacy of Swatch inventor Nicolas Hayek, who died this week. She explores the bond between photographers and their subjects with Lorenzo Castore. She also asks the director of the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival about what makes “film fantasy” different from “fantastic films”? All this and a preview of the best of the week’s cultural events:
Swiss by Design: Clouds, concepts and covert artWednesday, 23 June, 2010Jennifer Davies chases the clouds away with a Swiss design classic. She learns of a project by Kueng Caputo, who aim to solve the public’s design dilemmas and she reveals the alternative art agenda at the Belluard Bollwerk festival in Fribourg. There’s also another round of cultural events for the week ahead.
Swiss By Design: Art Basel SpecialWednesday, 16 June, 2010Jennifer Davies goes to the 41st Annual Art Basel event—now the biggest art fair in the world. She talks to gallerists and curators on preview day to gain an inside perspective on the art scene. All this and a preview of the best of the week’s cultural events.
Swiss By Design: Football finesse and a walk on Zurich’s wild sideWednesday, 9 June, 2010Jennifer Davies preludes the start of the World Cup this Friday, talking architecture and football stadium finesse with resident expert Inge Beckel. As Zurich’s Langstrasse becomes an urban renewal project, she asks if regeneration really benefits all. All this and a preview of the best of the week’s cultural events.
Swiss By Design: Frédéric Dedelley and is nude really rude?Wednesday, 2 June, 2010Jennifer Davies revisits some classic personalities, talking to designer Frédéric Dedelley and also discussing the controversial role of nudity in photography. This week she’s de-mystifying the movement, Art Constructivism. There’s also a round-up of arty events over the coming week in Switzerland.
Swiss By Design: A citrus classic and 10 years of MUDACWednesday, 26 May, 2010Jennifer Davies looks at an unusual Swiss Design Classic: the Sicilia lemon and lime juice bottle. And as the MUDAC in Lausanne celebrates its 10th anniversary, she learns how marketing company Trivial Mass Production has been vital to the success of the institution. Plus get a design news update and grab your fix of cultural events for the week ahead.
Swiss By Design: From the Kunsthaus to the Venice BiennaleWednesday, 19 May, 2010Following the news that curator Bice Curiger has been appointed to one of the art world’s biggest posts at the Venice Biennale, Jennifer Davies focuses on Zurich’s Kunsthaus and looks at the institution’s use of YouTube to celebrate its centenary. She also discusses the merits of the Rolex Learning Center in Lausanne with Inge Beckel.
Swiss By Design: Anti-minaret posters and the power of graphic designWednesday, 12 May, 2010Since the infamous Swiss poster “Stop minarets” sold in a major auction in New York, Jennifer Davies examines the impact of its graphic design and the power of this political image in Switzerland and across the world. She talks to the designer of the controversial picture, along with experts from home and abroad.
Swiss By Design: Global design, plus here’s one for the GuggenheimThursday, 22 April, 2010Jennifer Davies looks at how globalization has affected design since the 1970s. She asks why Swiss architects seem to be off the billing when it comes to sustainable architecture, and she learns of a gift from architects in Geneva to the Guggenheim in New York that’s tickling their taste buds. Plus there’s the usual round-up of events for the coming week.
Swiss By Design: Rockefeller, graffiti and railwaysThursday, 15 April, 2010Design Jennifer Davies visits Nelson A. Rockefeller’s dining room, designed by Fritz Glarner in 1966 and transported from New York to Zurich. And she asks if graffiti has lost its power now that it’s a mainstay of the art world. She also introduces a new project that aims to convert railway bridges in Basel into a cultural space for creative, as well as the usual arty events update for the week.
Swiss By Design: Under the Zurich archesThursday, 8 April, 2010Jennifer Davies heads to Zurich’s new “Im Viadukt” area under the railway in the city’s trendy Kreis 5. And she finds out if contemporary Swiss art can really claim to have a national identity. Plus some of the latest news stories in art and architecture, and a round-up of events to book into your diary.