From 16 to 25 November, Design Days will be bringing together major design players, galleries, workshops and private venues in an urban itinerary through the heart of Geneva. New design projects, on-site installations, augmented reality experiences, curated exhibitions combining art and design, contemporary jewellery and accessories by young designers, as well as conferences, round tables and seminars are the highlights of this not-to-be-missed event for design culture and the emerging Swiss scene
With an urban itinerary that crosses the city in various cultural axes by districts, the 14th edition of Design Days brings together about thirty places and fifty designers. By combining design culture with the promotion of Switzerland’s emerging design scene, Design Days has established itself as a key event for promoting the creative power of design to professionals and the general public alike.
In a spirit of openness and sharing, the event aims to unite a community around design, raising awareness and recognition of design as a creative discipline while promoting its dynamism and economic impact.
Design Days is a unique opportunity to discover projects, exhibitions and installations, and to meet designers and artists.
Molteni&C is honouring the work of Giò Ponti, one of the most influential Italian architects and designers of the 20th century, with a selection of works from the Heritage collection. The Geneva showroom is also hosting a round-table discussion with Salvatore Licitra, Giò Ponti’s nephew, and Francesca Molteni, curator and founder of Muse – Factory of Projects.
Gowen Contemporary is opening up to design with a group exhibition entitled Domesticity, a dialogue between art and design curated by Patricia Lunghi. With works by Martin Parr, Antonio Riello, Joana Vasconcelos, Juri Roemmel, Fabio Hendry, Sébastien Mettraux, Luciano Dell’Orefice & Xavier Aymon and Donald Judd. Curators Laura Gowen and Patricia Lunghi.
Teo Jakob is putting Swiss design in the spotlight with several exhibitions. A fruitful dialogue between established brands and emerging designers, including the food design project Spirulicius by Annick Persechini, a recent graduate of ECAL/Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne.
The Cour du Mail is hosting the New Swiss Kitchen Essentials exhibition, a selection from the magazine Espaces contemporains. The aim of this aesthetic and culinary exploration is to showcase objects conceived and produced in Switzerland, with stories that combine the land and the territory.
Base Design is hosting the Prints exhibition, a series of digitally printed drawings. This mural project by designer Arno Mathies and artist Audrey Julien is in dialogue with the creations of designer Laure Gremion, who is presenting Ré-flexions.
NOV Gallery has asked seven young designers to explore paper as a renewable resource for the Paper Trail exhibition, with works by Léa Debernardi and Juri Roemmel among others.
The Polomarco gallery is hosting two exhibitions. On the one hand, the winning projects of the Bourses déliées design 2023 from the Fonds cantonal d’art contemporain (FCAC), with six female graduates from HEAD-Genève, and a selection of virtual reality projects for the USM Design Grant, devised by interior architecture students from HEAD-Genève.
Large/Kiosk presents a selection of objects by the young Italian-Zurich design studio Salienti and the Swiss-German duo designers Martin Schenk & René Odermatt.
Domum is presenting the Flock collection by Italian furniture publisher Tacchini and the Les Vases Flottants series by Lausanne designer Renaud Defrancesco, whose exhibition continues at the Domum Pop- Up.
Tips unveils a group exhibition that brings together three young designers and focuses on experimentation with materials. Research, drawings, models and prototypes can be discovered in an installation that recounts the creative and production process through the work of Elen Gavillet, Noémi Niederhauser and Marie-Aurore Stiker-Metral.
The event is also an opportunity to discover some exceptional venues, including Maison Belmont and Maison Dimanche, Dorothée Loustalot’s workshops, Espace Dukat and ID Genève, the watch brand based on recycling and the circular economy, which has just received financial backing from Leonardo di Caprio.
Not forgetting inaugural venues such as the new UniFor showroom in Eaux-Vives and the new Stratégies Obliques exhibition space in Carouge.
The event also offers a rich programme of festive events, meetings, conferences, round tables and seminars.