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About the Awards 1998

Competition

The Swiss Federal Office of Culture is responsible for promoting and supporting design work in Switzerland in the long term at the national level, with advice from the Swiss Federal Design Commission.Since the new funding model was introduced five years ago, the Swiss Federal Office of Culture promotes design mainly through the Swiss Federal Design Competition, which is open to designers up to the age of forty.

The competition makes awards to objects that exist only as potentially successful prototypes or are already in serial production, and also to purely experimental work used by designers to providean insight into fundamental research that may well point the way forward. A glance at the statistics for recent years shows that designers from fields that have formerly tended to be underrepresented are increasingly entering the competition. So this year's winners include many jewellery designers and a strikingly large number of industrial designers, as well as professional groups like photographers, graphic designers and representatives of the fashion industry. Reorganizing the competition made it possible for the Swiss Federal Office of Culture to put funding in place that works more actively. The Swiss Federal Office of Culture sees itself as a key player in an versatile, constantly growing design network based on numerous contacts with established figures who are active as theorists, practitioners and mediators. In the last few years this network available to the designers who win awards in the competition has clearly become more resilient and vigorous: they can opt to forgo a money prize or period in a studio in favour of an internship with a distinguished design company at home or abroad. In this way the prize is individually matched to a career and aids integration into the national and international design scene.

The Swiss Federal Design Commission examines up to 250 dossiers in a first round for the competition, and about 50 high-quality pieces of work and projects in the second round. Extraordinary mastery of design, innovative elements, a convincing concept and production technique are only some of the criteria applied in the assessment process. About a fifth of the entrants are finally awarded the prize, and thus are given an opportunity to move on from being 'the young talent of today' towards being a 'top designer of tomorrow'.

ATTILA, lyrisches Drama in einem Prolog und drei Akten von Giuseppe Verdi

ATTILA, lyrisches Drama in einem Prolog und drei Akten von Giuseppe Verdi
© Winner

Tibetische Pilger und Soldaten der chinesischen Volksbefreiungsarmee am Lingkhor in Lhasa, Tibet
© Winner

Porträts (Motorenstrasse 14 / PLD)
© Winner

Iran, Primarschule in Masooleh
© Winner

Foto tratta dal lavoro «ACCIAIERIA»
© Winner

Les objets réalisés en verre soufflé sont des objets creux, vides, légers.
© Winner

Illustrationen
© Winner

Objets: bois, métal, gouache, carton, laque
© Winner

www.optimo.ch
© Winner

«... Rot zeigt Aktivität, Kraft, Wille. Rot ist eine tatkräftige, dynamische Energie.»
© Winner

Objekte
© Winner

Pendentif, limaille de fonte, acier inox.
© Winner

«Warenkette K22»
© Winner

A fashion collection
© Winner

«La tête et les pieds»
© Winner

A fashion collection
© Winner

A fashion collection
© Winner

«As pure as hope - As boring as truth»
© Winner

Jury

President

Peter Fierz
Architekt BSA/SIA, Basel


Members

Lorette Coen
directrice de projets culturels, Lausanne

Alberto Flammer
fotografo, Verscio TI

Ruth Grüninger
Modedesignerin, Zürich

Pierre Keller
artiste et Directeur de l'Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne, Grandvaux VD


Secretariat

Patrizia Crivelli, Kunsthistorikerin,
Leiterin Dienst Gestaltung, Bundesamt für Kultur, Bern


Experts

Werner Hutterli, Bühnenbildner, Bern
Dieter Thiel, Industriedesigner, Basel
William Ewing, Directeur du Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne
Monica Guggisberg, Glasgestalterin, Nonfoux / Essertines-sur-Yverdon
Ralph Schraivogel, Grafiker, Zürich
Setsuko Nagasawa, céramiste, Genève
Carole Guinard, créatrice de bijoux, Lausanne
Esther Brinkmann, Schmuckgestalterin, Genf
Bernhard Schobinger-Strba, Schmuckgestalter, Richterswil ZH
Martin Leuthold, Textildesigner, Winden SG