In-between: The Utopia of the Neutral

Seven Swiss design studios 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 reflected upon cultural identity, design tradition and exchange of knowledge.

It was an interpretation that drew on Switzerland's traditions of political neutrality and Swiss design history, and led to experimental collaborations that demand 'speculation, fluidity and dialogue'. Against a perception of the neutral as the hidden, static or indifferent, the project imagined the 'in-between' as a fundamental space to probe neutrality as a catalyst for movement.

1 of 1

Photography: Ed Reeve


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)


Giovanna Lisignoli

Supporting Bodies:

Industrial partners of the different design collaborations

Presence Switzerland

Pro Helvetia

2016 Exhibitors