About the year 2007
This year, 206 designers participated in the Swiss Federal Design Competition 2007. In the two-stage jury process, the Swiss Federal Design Commission, under the chairmanship of Lorette Coen, and supported by experts, assessed in a first round the dossiers submitted, and then in a second round the original work. Following the commission‘s recommendation, the Federal Office of Culture rewarded 25 projects of 31 designers.
The winners have the choice between the prize money of CHF 20‘000.--, and a six month stay in a studio in London or New York, or a six month internship with an internationally renowned design company abroad. The internships, in particular, are an important instrument in the systematic career development and have already enabled some of the young designers to work abroad on a long-term basis.
The present catalogue is appearing to accompany the exhibition 'Swiss Federal Design Grants 2007', which will take place this year at the 'Musée de design et d'arts appliqués contemporains' (mudac) in Lausanne. In her contribution to the catalogue, Lorette Coen elucidates the objectives set as well as the Swiss Federal Design Commission's current discussion about the improvement of design promotion at the federal level. At the same time, she mentions the difficulties that currently have to be overcome in order to achieve the objectives set. We are pleased to realize the new intention to award prizes to distinguished Swiss designers already this year, on the occasion of the exhibition opening at the mudac. For the first time, and with a lot of creativity and commitment, this catalogue has been designed by BONBON (Diego Bontognali, Valeria Bonin with Esther Rieser).
Apart from the awarding of prizes, the catalogue as well as the exhibition is the most important instrument in the federal design promotion. Due to these instruments, the award winning works can be presented to the general public.