Hannes Wettstein (1958-2008) was a renowned Swiss designer. After Wettstein’s death architect and designer Stephan Hürlemann continued the agency in collaboration with a collective of designers. Studio Hannes Wettstein designed various successful products for Maxdesign. The Zurich company was renamed Hürlemann in 2016 when Stephan Hürlemann had emerged as its creative head.huerlemann.com
Hannes Wettstein was one of the most innovative and influential designers of Switzerland. His background alone did not follow a standard pattern: born in 1958, Wettstein completed an apprenticeship as a structural engineering draughtsman and then trained himself as a designer and architect. Technology transfer from design resistant fields, years of scientific work on an idea or a material and a fine sense of brand quality Hannes Wettstein shape a world in which he sought to comprehend the essence of things that surrounded him. Pure, unspectacular, functional design was the stamp of his lights and furniture. Again and again he returned to sleek form and classic modern lines. These suited his vision of the world and society in that, even before his time, he knew that only self-evident design can be endurable. Hannes Wettstein designed elegant and perfect objects for daily use that maintained their identity and remained timeless even in the changing flow of fashion. Also in room design he created archetypes: complete and sensitive solutions for specific locations, interior fittings or set designs. The comprehensive way in which he helped designed the world lives on today in the company he founded in 1991, Studio Hannes Wettstein.www.studiohanneswettstein.com
Born in Siena in 1963, the design of Marco Maran is the result of a research, synthesis and improvement of the idea. He works with several leading companies of the design and participates in national and international exhibitions. For many of his projects receives awards and prizes: first prize at competition Young & Design 1995 with the chair Sinué. Second prize at competition Young & Design 1996 with the design Zip. The International Prize 1997 Grandesign Award and 1997 IIDA Product Design Achievement Awards with the project Chiacchiera. In 2003 he wins the GOOD DESIGN Award of Chicago with the So Happy and in the 2004 in occasion of the SIDIM Montreal, wins the first prize with So Happy and Nuda & Cruda. In 2005 with the X3 chair wins the Catas award for most innovative chair. In 2006 he wins the GOOD DESIGN Award of Tokyo with Ricciolina and So Happy. In 2006 the project Body to Body is selected for ADI DESIGN INDEX. In 2008 he wins the GOOD DESIGN Award of Chicago with the Body to Body and the International Award 2008 with the project Grandesign Lovely.
Christoph Jenni was born in 1976 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil , the as a son of Swiss immigrants. After moving to Switzerland, he studied industrial design at FHNW in Aarau. Until 2010, he was a furniture designer at Studio Hannes Wettstein in Zürich, before opening his own studio in Aarau. Christoph describes his work as a synthesis of his Brazilian heritage and Swiss education, combined with the acribic an formally calm experience he made while working for Hannes Wettstein.
Tomás Alonso has been travelling since the age of 19 to pursue his career as a designer. He has been living, studying and working in the USA, Italy and Australia before moving to London to complete a MA at the Royal College of Art. In 2006 he co-founded the design collective OKAYstudio with 5 other recent graduates from the RCA. His work has been widely published and exhibited, from the Design Museum, Aram gallery or Whitechapel Gallery in London to exhibitions in Italy, Spain, France, Canada, Japan. He has been recently included in the permanent collection of the Design Museum in London. He has also received numerous international awards including the First prize in the Promosedia International Design Competition 2008 with his chair No.7 His practice is based in Stoke Newington, North East London, alongside the activities of the collective his work specialises in furniture, product, lighting, interior and exhibition design. He combines his research and commercial design work with occasional teaching and workshops; most recently he has been teaching the product design Master course at ÉCAL in Lausanne, Switzerland. There is a strong human influence in Tomás’ work. He is interested in the relationship we have with objects and how these objects relate to us and other things around us. He also experiments with different materials to make the most of their properties to find new ways to create structure.