This first solo exhibition of the internationally renowned Zurich designer Alfredo Häberli shows the variety of products and projects that he and his studio make for firms such as Alias, Camper, Iittala, Kvadrat, and Schiffini. The exhibition — divided into different thematic areas — provides insight into the intellectual background and environment from which these works that shift between functionality, precision, lightness, and a playful charm, are created. Following the Overture, the Laboratory — conceived of as a display depot — facilitates an approach to the design process. Exhibits from Swiss design history that have influenced Häberli — the majority from the Museum’s design collection — are presented in three Chalets. Abstract houses form theatrical backdrops for Spots, in which the objects displayed offer a view of the profession of the designer and his work, while cartoons by Häberli give visitors an insight into his thought processes and the backgrounds to the projects. A further area with the recently produced textile collection and a conceptual kitchen can be seen as a look into the future.
Achermann, Alfredo Häberli (Hg.), Alfredo Häberli Design Live, D/E, Birkhäuser Verlag