Projects

    3D-Häkeln it is a method of creating a new product through manual labour. The idea of the method is to produce volume out of a rope. The principle of 3D-Häkeln forms a stable shape without additional elements, and the creating process enables returning to process and redoing earlier steps. Because of easy production and repeatable steps maker can experiment and try new ideas during the weaving. Depending on the material the results are different despite the same way of production.

    The Circular Economy Award is an award for ideas and their implementation by organisations, companies and individuals who play a pioneering role in the Swiss circular economy. The transformation process is made visible and public through its documentary recording in the form of portraits, interviews, photography, etc. The idea of the Circular Economy is not new, but it still occupies a niche. Due to the changing social zeitgeist and global challenges (environmental pollution, scarcity
    of resources, global warming, etc.), the Circular Economy vision is becoming increasingly important. The award is intended to take account of this significance as an information and networking platform.

    co-co-co creates collaborative processes to develop sustainable products, strategies and services. Together with our partners we address current challenges and create concrete solutions. We work in our formats with interdisciplinary teams and methods based on design thinking. In doing so, we create a framework for mutual learning and an actively exchange of knowledge within the organisation and with stakeholders. The collaborative process promotes initiative action, creates a common vision and solutions carried by all participants. Our collaboration aims to establish a sustainable culture change and a self-sustaining innovation culture in the organisation.

    The Cultural Challenge scholarship programme offered in cooperation with Atelier Mondial and the Susanna Biedermann Foundation between the cities of Basel and Marrakesh.

    In February 2020 filmmaker Rim Mejdi took part in the Swiss Cultural Challenge programme. For the development of her new film, she cooperates with students from the Visual Communication Institute at the Academy of Art and Design FHNW. Rim Mejdi completed her Master studies in directing at École Supérieure des Arts Visuels de Marrakech (ESAV) in 2014. She is the co-organizer of SAAED Meetings for emerging filmmakers in Casablanca, director and film producer. In Basel she lived and worked at Atelier Mondial – International Arts Exchange Program.

    Image credits: Summer Vacation 2045. Short animation film. Author: Rim Mejdi. Year of production: 2021. Location: Morocco/Switzerland. In the development stage.

    Futuress is a feminist publishing project that wants to counteract blind spots, untold stories, and missing narratives in the wider design discourse. Promoting an intersectional approach to feminism, Futuress reacts against all underrepresented, marginalized, oppressed, or suppressed histories and viewpoints — not just those of women. For us, feminism, is all about a common drive to establish political, economic, personal, and social equality. And we believe in the power of discourse in fighting for this equality. Futuress books still need to be researched, written down, or published. They do not yet exist as finished publications – but they should. While the project currently takes the form of a continuously growing online repository, our vision is for Futuress to actually start filling those gaps and become a publishing house that uses the power of the digital age to fulfill its civic mission. 

    HEYNA – the artisan resource and design collaboration platform – is first of all an online resource platform where students, designers, historians, craftsmen/women and anyone who is interested can find curated articles from artisans all around the world who still pursue their traditional (textile) craft and would like to share it. An online space truly focused on giving the artisans a platform to show their craft, preserve their knowledge and cultural heritage. Furthermore creating a sustainable support system for the artisans by building an interactive network and community program for equal and honest collaborations between artisans and designers. Supporting small businesses, sustainable thinking designers and conscious partners.

    More than ever, people live far away from one another, and binding symbols are lacking. People need meaningful objects, such as heirlooms, mementos, keepsakes to maintain a connection. Symbol of connection IKON is a combination of physical and digital worlds. It is a piece of jewellery with unique qr-code, that links to a personal web-safe. IKON was designed as a gift between loved ones, that not only symbolically brings them closer together, but also allows them to share their emotions and sentiments in a digital way. With the gift of IKON, the recipient receives personal messages, so cold “modern blessings” from the gift giver – in the form of audio, video, pictures or texts. Modern blessings are significant for both. It could be main life advise for a child, best wish for a friend, inside joke for a loved husband, secret family recipe for a partner, the best picture together for a wife… Design your IKON, you know how! Designed IKON empowers, uplifts and connects giver and receiver through shared positive experience.

    By designing a non-binary closure system I question gender relations and norms of the existing female and male closure systems. The implementation of a gender diverse closure systems in clothing has the potential to stimulate a debate on gender relations and to make a practical proposal into an aesthetic of equal rights.

    If equality is to be achieved in society, it must also be achieved in clothing. Design decisions in fashion have produced male and female closures that are reproduced and influence social coexistence up to and including legal customs issues. Jeans, for example, whether produced for women or men, are only made with a male closure. This has the simple reason that the import of men’s clothing is subject to lower customs duties than women’s clothing declared as luxury goods. Beside that, binary Western closures exclude (rhetorically) socially marginalized groups and persons who position themselves outside the binary gender spectrum.

    SPAAC is a multidisciplinary design practice, that aims to create unique eating experiences, widening the definition of guests’ involvement in them. We design food oriented spatial concepts, whose realizations vary from installations, stage design and performances to exhibitions. Our practice attempts to tell stories about culture, rituals and people rather than designing the appearance of food on a plate. Food is our artistic medium, which is able to commentate historical and contemporary realities to enhance people’s communication and to activate their senses and memories. The food-centered actions we create can help people relate to each other, question their reality and also simply get in good spirits, marvelling at the unexpected while eating or drinking.

    Too many, rare tree species in Europe, are used in large quantities for interior design and furniture. This means that these woods have to be imported from faraway countries. At the same time, a significant amount of Swiss beech logs is exported at very low prices due to a lack of demand. The aim is to increase added value by enhancing the visual appeal of beech wood. In addition to examining a natural modification technique for the beech’s optic, the wood is also upgraded by combining it with other materials. Among other things, this is to be achieved with a furniture collection for customers.

    The No-Residence is an artist-in-residence program that doesn’t require the artist’s continuous, physical presence, while providing the same professional/technical support and exposure as traditional programs.
    As a consequence, the No-Residence provides a more accessible and open creative environment: less exclusive to the underprivileged and all those who are unable to relocate for any personal, financial or political reason. It sees and welcomes artists for who they are: grown-up professionals having permanent jobs, families or other responsibilities. Networking and long-distance collaborations are made easier than ever by online technologies. Physical presence is not a necessity anymore and actual trips can be reduced. As such, No-Residence is also more environmentally conscious.

    The «Zentrale für Umweltausstellungen» [Center for Environmental Exhibitions] tackles local and regional environmental issues against the background of climate change and makes the existing environmental commitment in Basel visible. Its thematic exhibitions combine transdisciplinary knowledge and presentation practices from art, design and natural science. The Centre explores environmental issues from multiple perspectives and in an aesthetically stimulating and interactive way, with the aim of communicating them to the general public and fostering sustainable thinking in Basel. 
    «Plan B.», the first exhibition of the Centre, will open in summer 2020. It will focus on the key role of urban trees for our life in the city, in particular in light of the growing threat of climate change.