100 Years of Swiss Design offers a new perspective on Switzerland's achievements in furniture and product design. The book presents the most important historical designs in chronological order, from their regionally rooted beginnings around 1900 to the globalized network of today. Through text and image, thirty essays by acclaimed experts shed light on the themes typical of the different periods. In addition to the design process, manufacturing techniques, sales, and reception, the focus is on the changing roles of the designer as a mediator between form and function and as an entrepreneur, social worker, and brand creator. Featuring one hundred key works from the Museum für Gestaltung's Design Collection, the world's largest collection of Swiss design, this reference work is the first to present a comprehensive show of works by Swiss designers, from the anonymous to the famous.
Essays by the editors and Claude Enderle, Meret Ernst, Fredi Fischli, Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Sebastian Hackenschmidt, Christof Kübler, Peter Lepel, Claude Lichtenstein, Stanislaus von Moos, Anne-Claire Schumacher, Christina Sonderegger, Klaus Spechtenhauser, and Sophie Wirth Brentini.
This book is also available in German.