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From Killjoys to Joys’ Sparks by Fatima Wegmann Guinassi & Karen Pisoni

A Design & Sound installation.

How can ‘joy’ – the theme of the House of Switzerland - manifest itself in the framework of artistic practices, but also in the current socio-political context? 
Istituto Svizzero invites the artist, producer, scholar and DJ Fatima Wegmann Guinassi and the designer Karen Pisoni to explore various aspects of ‘joy’. The artist and the designer share the view that 'joy' is always an active choice that we opt for and that this decision for joy is always also inherent in a resistant political gesture. Karen Pisoni focuses on the various sensitive levels of joy, which can also manifest itself as a real physical sensation in the haptics of materials or in the feeling of light. Fatima Wegmann Guinassi fills the space with an audio piece in which she continues her research into the potential of science fiction storytelling: How can we fabulate about a joyful and lustful future by drawing on fictional speculation in a bleak present?

Istituto Svizzero
Via del Vecchio Politecnico 3, Milano
15. - 21. April 2024

15. April 2024: 2pm - 8pm
16. - 20. April 2024: 10am - 8pm
21. April 2024: 10am - 6pm
Reception 16. April 2024: 6pm - 8pm


Swiss Design Map

Experience the diversity of Swiss design at Milano Design Week 2024

We all know how challenging it can be to navigate through the Milano landscape during the Design Week. A great number of Swiss designers, studios and companies present their latest projects at this important industry event. The Swiss Design Map makes the Swiss presence visible as a whole, showing the variety, innovative potential and high quality of Swiss Design. Find your way to the various exhibitions and events with the Swiss Design Map. Curated by the Swiss Design Association. With the support of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Presence Switzerland and the Consulate General of Switzerland in Milano.

If you are a Swiss Designer, institution, brand, company, studio or gallery and are showing your work or curating an exhibition for someone else during Milano Design Week 2024, fill out the form to be featured in the Swiss Design Map.

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Switzerland Global

Living Design

“Living Design” is the name of the collective exhibition presented this year by Switzerland Global Enterprise.

In a distinct but complimentary way, two companies propose solutions and concepts to improve living and workspaces without limiting the aesthetic pleasure. 

MAXAKUSTIK is a young company from Flurlingen that has already won admirers from all over the world thanks to its cutting-edge acoustic solutions, in which the aesthetic detail is born of meticulous research that naturally enhances the beauty of the spaces.

SCHINDLER a well-known and established multinational company which develops elevators, escalators and moving walks, moving more than 2 billion people every day. Since 1874, Schindler has been pioneering new technologies for future mobility to make cities more livable.
Thanks to this approach, which perfectly blends tradition and innovation, the project can be considered a true example of Swissness.

Spazio Left, Via Tortona 14, Milano
15. - 21. April 2024


It was a pleasure to welcome you to the House of Switzerland Milano 2024!

See you next year at the Milano Design Week! Save the date: 7.–13. April 2025

What’s all about?

At the 2025 Milano Design Week, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and Presence Switzerland will once again showcase the wealth of Swiss-related talents from the world of contemporary design.Under the theme of “Collaboration” and how it nurtures design, the collective exhibition will bring together emerging designers, studios, universities, brands, and galleries.

While giving a physical platform to the Swiss design industry, the initiative seeks to give visibility and connect its players with the international design industry.

Do you want to join the 2025 edition?

The Open Call for projects will open at the end of Summer. Just as the previous years, the selection will be curated by an external jury.

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Casa degli Artisti
Corso Garibaldi 89/A
Via Tommaso da Cazzaniga
20121, Milano, IT

Opening hours
10am – 8pm


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