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 Federal Design Commission, selected by the Federal Council and invited experts. The members of the 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 16 prizes are awarded each year. Each award is worth CHF 25,000.

Please note the entry conditions in our rules!

Exhibition Swiss Design Awards

Since 2002, the 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 DesignMiami/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
Hallwylstrasse 15
3003 Berne

How to apply

The call for submissions has ended.


The next call for submission for the Swiss design competition will open in autumn 2018. The exact application dates will be communicated.

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