tips for excursions
Two exciting design events are taking place this weekend: the Blickfang fair in Zurich and the Christa Gebert / Ambiente *design award in Rapperswil-Jona. What to expect there.
Christa Gebert / Ambiente *Design award
Every two years, the Gebert Foundation for Culture in Rapperswil offers young Swiss designers a platform as part of an exhibition in the old factory. Twelve Swiss designers have been invited to this year’s exhibition, which will take place from November 19 to January 15, to present their works in the fields of textile, furniture, industry, interior and product design.
Among the exhibitors are, for example, Ticino fashion designer and last year’s design prize winner Rafael Kuoto, Lausanne designer Sarah Bounab, Vaud furniture and product designer Fabien Roy and Zurich product designer Sebastian Marbacher.
The exhibition opens tonight, November 18, with the presentation of the Christa Gebert/Ambience Design Prize to one of the exhibiting designers. The winner receives prize money of CHF 10,000. In addition to the Foundation’s president Christa Gebert, the jury also includes the Biel designer Dimitri Bähler, the curator of the Kunstmuseum Luzern Alexandra Blättler, St. Gallen textile designer Martin Leuthold and Rapperswil interior designer Fredy Hörler.
Christa Gebert / Ambiente Design Award 2022/23
From 19 November 2022 to 15 January 2023
In the old factory in Rapperswil
The exhibition is open on Wednesdays from 12pm to 6pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 5pm. Admission is free
Opening with the presentation of the Christa Gebert/Ambience Design Award on Friday 18 November at
The international design fair Blickfang takes place this weekend (from November 18 to 20) at the Kongresshaus in Zurich. Designers from the areas of furniture, fashion and jewelery will be there again this year. There are a total of 180 exhibitors presenting their innovations. The products can be seen on site and also purchased directly.
The Blickfang fair was founded almost 30 years ago by Dieter Hofmann with the idea of presenting designer jewelry away from the big shopping streets and furniture stores. “Anyone who follows the zeitgeist knows that individuality today goes hand in hand with consciousness,” says project manager Jana Klein. The exhibitors would prove this with innovative approaches, honest design and a deeper meaning behind the products.
As always, a jury of mentors and curators will select the winners of the “Future Forward” funding call. This year the award went to Studio Krach, who created a timeless chair with its “Sihl” design that impressed with its simplicity and craftsmanship. Designer Lukas Baumgartner and carpenter Severin Meier are behind the colored lacquered ash chair. In return, «Raina Möbeldesign» received an award. Ralph Steiner also focuses on the origin and craftsmanship of the wood with his pine designs. It is produced where the Swiss pine is native: in Val Müstair.
There is also an attraction for younger guests: the new special area “Kids auf der Blickfang” shows what a children’s room should offer space for. Here you can frolic, but also rest.
18.-20. November 2022
Access and opening hours
Friday: 14:00 – 20:00, Saturday: 11:00 – 19:00, Sunday: 11:00 – 18:00. A day ticket costs