Swiss Design Competition

Swiss designers are eligible to take part in the Swiss Design Competition.
The jury is made up of seven members of the Swiss Federal Design Commission, selected by the Federal Assembly and invited experts. The members of the Swiss Federal Design Commission and the experts appraise the submitted dossiers as part of the first stage and agree upon a selection for the second round. The exhibited works are judged in the second round and the awards are decided upon. Some 15 prizes are awarded each year.

Please note the entry conditions in our rules!

Award ceremony of the Swiss Design Awards and the Swiss Grand Awards for Design

14 June 2016
6 pm: Award ceremony: Swiss Design Awards and Swiss Grand Awards for Design.
From 7 pm: Refreshments

The exhibition runs from 14 to 19 June 2016 and is open daily from 11 am to 7 pm. Admission is free
Hall 3 of the Messe Basel

Special events
Visiting exhibition: mudac, "Bijoux en jeu - The Swiss Confederation and the mudac contemporary jewellery collections"

Design Day, in collaboration with Pro Helvetia, Engagement Migros and Design Preis Schweiz, from 2 to 6 pm. Free admission

Public guided tours: Tuesday to Sunday, 3 to 4 pm.

Press Talk
Monday, 13 June 2016, from 11 to 12, Halle 3, Messe Basel

Exhibition Swiss Design Awards

Since 2002, the Swiss Federal Office of Culture holds an exhibition that presents the award-winning works of the Swiss Design Competition. Since 2013, this exhibition is presented in Basel.
The exhibition Swiss Design Awards, taking place parallel to Art Basel Fair and Design Miami/Basel, presents works and projects by the nominated participants and winners of the Swiss Design Competition. The exhibition also shows film portraits and photographs of the Swiss Grand Award for Design winners.

The Swiss Design Awards exhibition intends to present the creative process of Swiss design by exhibiting the works of designers to an interested audience. In order to stimulate debate, the works and projects are not simply presented and documented but also put in a wider context by a series of various conferences and events permitting a closer look of current design trends.


Swiss Federal Office of Culture (FOC)
Design Promotion
Patrizia Crivelli
Hallwylstrasse 15
3003 Berne

How to apply

Both your application form and your project portfolio must be submitted online.

The application and portfolio submission are processed ONLINE at:

The call for application has ended.

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