The jury unanimously chose the design ‘Volumes, Patterns, Textures and Colors’ by Swiss designer Dimitri Bähler (1988). The jury honoured his strong presentation that focused on research into materiality and tactility. Bähler surprised the jury with a subtle interaction between pared-down objects and lively patterns, a clever colour palette and innovative coatings.
Photo credit: Raphaëlle Müller / HEAD for the CERCCO
The result of my research is a collection of objects that plays with different variations of volumes, patterns, textures and colors, a kind of dictionary. Always close to an essential abstraction, these shapes can be used as pedestals, fruits bowls, vase, pencils / fruits holders,... Together, they create a dialogue between functionality and non-functionality, minimalism and decoration, questioning the concept of usefulness in our homes.
After studying at Écal in Lausanne and the Design Academy in Eindhoven, Dimitri Bähler founded his own design studio in Biel in 2014. As a finalist in the 2013 Design Parade in Hyères (France) and nominee for the 2014 and 2015 Swiss Design Awards, he was frequently invited to international residencies and workshops, such as Rethink the Modular for USM in Boisbuchet, France or Ishinomaki Laboratory in Japan. At the moment Bähler works for Swiss and international labels such as HAY, USM, Dadadum, Hors Pistes, Marlo&Isaure and work with different galleries around the world.
Photo credit: Anja Fonseka