Alfredo Häberli has been named “A&W Designer of the Year 2009” by the internationally-renowned magazine Architektur & Wohnen. Since 1997 the prestigious prize has honoured design icons such as Achille Castiglioni, Ingo Maurer, Philippe Starck og Konstantin Grcic. Alfredo Häberli is being honoured for his ability of uniting functionality, elegance and a subtle playfulness in his work for world-famous brands.

Editor of the A&W magazine Barbara Friedrich says: “Alfredo Häberli is not only an excellent designer – he is also an admirable personality. But we have chosen him as Designer of the Year because he, like no other, unites the function of the subject with a cheerful sense of humour. Often these sophisticated details do not appear before the second glance when you are looking at his designs. But if you are using his subjects you can feel it at first. “

For Frededericia Furniture, Alfredo Häberli has designed the sofa-system Seracs which was currently on display at the International Furniture Fair in Cologne and Stockholm Furniture Fair.

Alfredo Häberli was born in Buenos Aires in Argentina in 1964, but moved to Switzerland in 1977, where he trained as an industrial designer at the Höhere Schule für Gestaltung in Zürich, graduating in 1991. Since 1993 he has had his own design studio, with his most famous works being the stripy porcelain he designed for the Finnish company Iitalla, furniture for Mosors and furnishings for stores such as the Camper store in Paris and the Kvadrat showroom in Milan. Over the last 17 years Alfredo Häberli Design Development has become a prestigious international design studio. Mr Häberli has taught at design schools throughout Europe and the United States, and has participated at a host of exhibitions worldwide. He has also received a number of prestigious awards for his work.

Alfredo Häberli finds inspiration for his elegant, minimalist designs in everyday life – gathering impressions into themes so he can always draw on them if he suddenly finds a use for them in a new context. His products are so ingeniously simple, they can all be described in just a few phrases. One method he uses is to keep observing his work again and again throughout the process: “Observing is the most beautiful way to think. I am constantly discovering new things in a single object,” he says about his work.


1964
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina

1977
Resettles in Switzerland with his family

1980 – 1984
Trains as a superstructure draughtsman and attends vocational college in Zurich

1986 – 1991
Degree in industrial design at the Höhere Schule für Gestaltung Zurich; awarded the school’s Diploma Prize

1989
Practical experience at Siemens in New York and at Product Development Roericht, Ulm, Germany

1988
First collaborative project with the Museum für Gestaltung Zurich; since 1988 designer and/or curator of numerous exhibitions at the museum

1991
Launches career as freelance designer
IKEA Foundation grant for a project in the field of «Ecology in Draft Form», together with Martin Huwiler and Christophe Marchand

1994
Awarded the Achievement Prize of the Höhere Schule für Gestaltung Zurich, together with Christophe Marchand

1999
Marries Stefanie Bachmann
Son Luc born

2000
Alfredo Häberli Design Development Atelier established.

2002
Daughter Aline born

2006
Guest of honor at the 20th Biennale Interieur 06, Kortrijk, Belgium

2008
Monographic exibition in the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich. "Alfredo Häberli Design Development - SurrondThings"





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