Born in 1958 in Ascona, Hannes Wettstein was one of the most innovative and influential designers of Switzerland. His background alone did not follow a standard pattern: Wettstein completed an apprenticeship as a structural engineering draughtsman and then trained himself as a designer and architect.
Technology transfer from design resistant fields, years of scientific work on an idea or a material and a fine sense of brand quality, Hannes Wettstein gave shape to a world in which he sought to comprehend the essence of things that surrounded him. Pure, unspectacular, functional design was the stamp of his lights and furniture.
Again and again he returned to sleek form and classic modern lines. These suited his vision of the world and society in a way that, even before his time, he knew that only self-evident design can last.
Hannes Wettstein designed elegant and perfect objects for daily use that maintained their identity and remained timeless even in the changing flow of fashion. Also in room design he created archetypes: complete and sensitive solutions for specific locations, interior fittings or set designs. The comprehensive way in which he contributed, designed the world we live in today.
In 1991, the same year he became a lecturer at the ETH of Zurich and at the Hochschule fur Gestaltung in Karlsruhe, he founded the company that goes by the same name – Studio Hannes Wettstein.
Nowadays, Studio Hannes Wettstein continues to thrive, now under the leadership of Stephan Huerlemann, supported by the fact that much of the work produced by the Studio Hannes Wettstein has received awards. The most recent prizes are: The Designers’ Saturday Silver Award for the horgenglarus installation and a «Special Mention» for Formpark at the German Design Award 2015.
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