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Design Bureau Colin Schälli

PFISTER InteriorDesign Award


Interior Design


'con.temporary furniture'


'Con.temporary furniture'

'Con.temporary furniture'

'Con.temporary furniture'

'Con.temporary furniture'


The wooden furniture developed under the banner of 'con.temporary furniture' has been based on a logically thought out push-fit system. Made of plywood boards, the individual components are easy to transport and can be assembled with little trouble. No tools, screws or nails are needed to do this. Orders can be placed at an 'Own-Line Shop', which will issue production instructions to a local joiner's firm. The latter makes and packages the furniture, and then dispatches it directly to the end customer.

Born in 1980, the designer Colin Schaelli grew up in Chur and now divides his time between Tokyo and Zurich. Following an apprenticeship as a draughtsman with Peter Zumthor's architectural office, he studied at the College of Art and Design in Zurich, where he acquired a diploma in Industrial and Product Design in 2006. In the same year he set up his own design studio. In 2009 he won the Newcomer prize of Design Prize Switzerland. He invested the prize money in the development of con.temporary furniture – an intelligent investment which has now earned him the Pfister Interior Design Award.

Comments of the Nominators:
A theme quite familiar in itself has been realised in simple and at the same time sophisticated style. The product makes a succinct and powerfully characterised impression. The overall concept, comprising design, production and sales, is consistent and convincing. 

Comments by the Jury:
This furniture has been simply and clearly designed. Remarkably, it can be put together without any nails or screws – but the structure is nonetheless surprisingly solid. A particularly interesting aspect, and one that points the way for the future, is the idea of having the furniture made by local joineries and so saving energy and transport costs.