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Franco Clivio

© FOC / Melanie Hofmann

© FOC / Melanie Hofmann

Franco Clivio

Product designer and teacher, Zürich

After completing his studies at the Hochschule in Ulm in the 1960s, Franco Clivio went on to design products for firms such as Gardena (garden products), Erco (lamps) and Lamy (stationery). He collects anonymously designed objects in order to demonstrate ′a different kind of seeing′. These are products that show a startling degree of functionality, intelligence, good use of materials and quality. This collection is continually added to and has proved invaluable over the more than 20 years during which Franco Clivio has lectured at the Hochschule für Gestaltung Zürich. His method of transmitting knowledge is unique. He tirelessly encourages students under the motto: ′motivate, understand, see′, always with an eye to practical application. He has supervised the development of several intakes of notable designers.

The Swiss Confederation is honouring Franco Clivio for his significant contribution to Swiss design and for his activities as a designer and educator.