Exhibition 21.09. – 17.11.2012
at the Eco Design Showroom
A project by Nicole Lehner and Luzia Kälin

The Project

Enthusiastic about the variety of traditional craftsmanship with its peculiar charm, product designers Nicole Lehner and Luzia Kaelin have attempted to discover new directions for handicrafts.

In intense collaboration with four Swiss craftspeople, a variety of products for everyday use have been developed. The objects emphasise the qualities of the four particular crafts in a specific manner without being constrained by the demands of serial production.

Projekt Handwerk unites traditional craftsmanship with contemporary design and creates modern interpretations of hand-made products. The new forms have given the hand-crafted products a fresh, up-to-date makeover, and in doing so arouse enthusiasm for Swiss crafts and sustainable regional manufacture while furthering the existence of the extraordinary craft techniques.


The product designers Nicole Lehner and Luzia Kaelin, working together under the alias  designasyl, see their responsibility in design as rethinking objects from the their origins – this includes understanding traditional techniques, observing habits, carefully selecting materials, as well as always closely communicating with the manufacturer. They are convinced that hand-crafted and locally manufactured products will lead the way to a better future.

The following specialists supported Projekt Handwerk:

Matteo Gonet, Glassworks GmbH

Hans Mösli, Weissküferei Mösli

Petra Haldimann, Manufactura Tessanda Val Müstair

Tamara Shontshang, ceramist

Laurin Schaub, ceramist

Christoph Hauri, artist

Marianne Brüngger, ceramica d’arte

Financial support