The Design Preis Schweiz is intended to highlight the importance of Swiss design. Economic and cultural relevance are the features sought after. In the light of top quality prize-winning work, the innovative effect of design as a business success factor will be reflected. The Design Preis Schweiz both observes and makes an impression on the market, honours outstanding achievements and sees its role as that of giving uncompromising encouragement to adventurous ideas which will create new paths for the future of design. Interdisciplinary contacts will encourage dialogue between designers and companies. Support will be provided for new visions, research projects and implementations in keeping with the market, enabling them to achieve breakthrough.
Designers’ Saturday is a unique occasion on the Swiss design scene. It takes place at the locations where design is actually created - at the workshops of the Langenthal design industry. In a biennial rhythm that started in 1987, around 70 national and international exhibitors have been putting on atmospheric presentations of themselves and their products at six sites - on the corporate premises of Création Baumann Langenthal, Girsberger Sitzmöbel [Girsberger Seating Furniture], Glas Trösch, Hector Egger Holzbau [Hector Egger Wood Construction], Ruckstuhl Langenthal and in the Langenthal town centre. The 14th edition of Designers' Saturday will take place on 3-4 November 2012.
The Design Center aims to strengthen and promote the importance of design in Swiss industry, and raise the sensitivity of the general public to the value of good design. It also encourages the spread of knowledge about design and its exponents, and works to publicise top-quality Swiss design both within Switzerland and abroad. In order to reach these objectives, the Design Center operates two platforms - Design Prize Switzerland and Designers’ Saturday. These take place in Langenthal every two years in alternation.