Switzerland

In-between: The Utopia of the Neutral

Seven Swiss design studios have partnered with seven specialist industrial manufacturers, each with niche knowledge of a particular field, for In-between: The Utopia of the Neutral - a project that reflects upon cultural identity, design tradition and exchange of knowledge. It's an interpretation that draws on Switzerland's traditions of political neutrality and Swiss design history, and has led to experimental collaborations that demand 'speculation, fluidity and dialogue'. Against a perception of the neutral as the hidden, static or indifferent, the project imagines the 'in between' as a fundamental space to probe neutrality as a catalyst for movement.

Administering Bodies: Embassy of Switzerland in the United Kingdom; Pro Helvetia — The Swiss Arts Council
Design Team: Dimitri Baehler with Mouvement; Adrien Rovero; Joerg Boner; Sarah Kueng & Lovis Caputo; Stephanie Baechler; Sybille Stoeckli; Dominic Plueer & Olivier Smitt; Damian Fopp (installation design)
Curator: Giovanna Lisignoli
Supporting Bodies: Industrial partners of the different design collaborations; Presence Switzerland; Pro Helvetia