Over the course of one year emerging Swiss Design will be presented at umlaut¨ on Fashion Street, off Brick Lane in London. This initiative was taken to give the vibrant, innovative design movement in Switzerland a presence in the context of one of the world’s leading cultural cities, examining the scope of contemporary design questions and approaches.
This series of design exhibitions is the result of a close collaboration between the Swiss Cultural Fund UK (SCF) and Blattler Ltd to give emerging graphic design, product design, design theory and research, digital design and contemporary making a platform in a not-for-profit framework to establish an intercultural dialogue between Swiss designers and the London public.
Gallery opening times: weekdays from 9am to 5pm.
For this edition am[ ]bit is curated by MIGRANT, a six-issue print-only journal exploring the circulation of people, goods, information and even fauna and flora around the world, and the transformative impact they have on contemporary life. While migration is part of humanity's genesis, it seems the phenomenon has become ubiquitous, happening faster, with complex ramifications.
MIGRANT aims at exploring the relationship between these elements, events, journeys and spaces linked together by the idea of 'migration' in all its forms, in order to understand today's society.
Isabel Seiffert is a German-Swiss graphic designer with a strong focus on editorial design and typography. She set up her own studio in Zurich in early 2015, and her work has been featured in ZEIT Magazine, Wallpaper* and It’s Nice That, among others. Besides commissions and collaborations, Isabel engages in research and investigates critical issues within the fields of design. Her book ‘Not the End of Print’ was published in 2014, and won the TDC 61 award in New York. She studied Visual Communication in Germany and Editorial Design at Zurich University of the Arts where she received an MA in Communication Design.
Christoph Miler is an Austrian-Swiss designer and author. He worked as Associate Art Director for COLORS Magazine and is currently part of the design team of Bern University of the Arts. Besides his work as an applied graphic designer he explores contemporary phenomena of society and globalization. His book ‘Nowhere Men–Illegal Migrants in the Stream of Globalization’ was published last summer and was awarded a bronze medal at the Best Book Designs from all over the World 2015. He studied design at the art universities of Dornbirn, Zurich and Sydney and holds an MA in Communication Design. Apart from great storytelling, he loves cakes.
Justinien Tribillon is an editor, writer and urbanist. Born and bred in Paris, he has been based in London since 2009. Justinien explores cities with ideas and concepts, texts, images, quantitative and qualitative data — at the crossroads of design and social sciences. He works with architecture practices, local authorities and research centres in Paris and London. Justinien is a regular contributor to The Guardian along with other publications focusing on urban issues such as MONU. He holds a BA in Political Science and an MA in Urban and Regional Strategies from Sciences Po (France) and an MSc in City Design and Social Sciences from the Cities Programme, London School of Economics.
Catarina de Almeida Brito is a Portuguese designer and freelance writer for Wallpaper* Magazine and other publications, who is currently completing her architecture education at the Royal College of Art in London. She grew up in Brussels and after studying architecture in the UK and France and working in Portugal and Spain, she ventured into the world of ‘architecture beyond architecture’ and obtained a Masters at the LSE Cities. She has taught at the Architectural Association Summer School, and worked on the 2014 Venice Biennale while at Rem Koolhaas’ practice. Catarina’s interests lie in architecture diplomacy, as well as architecture and all its ramifications.