Hannes Wettstein


Hannes Wettstein was one of the most innovative and influential designers of Switzerland. His background alone did not follow a standard pattern. Born in 1958, Wettstein completed an apprenticeship as a structural engineering draughtsman and then trained himself as a designer and architect.

With years of scientific work on an idea or a material and a fine sense of brand quality, Hannes Wettstein shaped a world in which he sought to comprehend the essence of things that surrounded him. Pure and 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 that, even before his time, he knew that only self-evident design can be endurable.

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 helped design the world lives on today in the company he founded in 1991, Studio Hannes Wettstein.

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