Swiss Design Award
LDD – Award 19
Sponsored by Palo Alto SA

Swiss LDD Design Award - Award 19

LDD – Award 19
Swiss Design Award
Sponsored by Palo Alto SA

Swiss LDD Design Award - Award 19


LDD – Award 19 is promoted and organized by artecasalugano – LDD, the innovative Living Expo. The competition recognizes the particular skills of all design disciplines: design for living, design for work, design of technological systems and product design.

The goal of LDD – Award 19 is to enhance and spread quality design by involving designers, architects and companies operating in the sectors as in point 9 of the regulation (see attachment).

The Award nomination gives visibility to the general public, professionals and companies in the sector. The products that passes the selection will be exhibited in the LDD section during the event in three possible ways (see regulation in point 5).

LDD is one of the most important events dedicated to design that will host famous names in the local, Swiss and international scene. Simultaneously with the Furnishing and Complement Salon, born in 1963 in Lugano to promote artisans and the furniture industry, and incasa, the most complete path between services and everyday life, LDD is a district in the heart of the city where designers, architects, influencers, decision makers meet, discuss and share their visions on new trends in the sector.

Culture, insights, events: LDD is a real hub where ideas take shape and where doing business is combined with the pleasure of a themed food and wine experience, accompanied by musical entertainment.

The winners of the LDD – Award 19 will be unveiled and rewarded during a special evening in the presence of the jury, made up of authoritative Swiss professionals, city institutions and the press.


The candidate projects are rewarded by a jury of recognized experts in the field of architecture and design.

Architect – President of the jury

Renato Stauffacher was born in in Zürich in 1951; he moved then to Lugano where he attended the primary and the secondary school. However, his academic career started in Geneva, where he got the architect diploma. After the graduation, he moved back to Lugano to open his own studio. He dealt with several projects, among these, he designed single-family houses, carried out building’s renovations and designed interiors for private as well as commercial buildings; also, Renato Stauffacher was awarded in several contests concerning homes and real estates.

In 1982, he started a partnership with Alias, a design company based in Bergamo, Italy. In the meanwhile, Stauffacher became Alias CEO, managed the marketing of the company, by coordinating events for designers and promoting new projects and collections of products such as laleggera and teak table, items that were later awarded by Compasso d’Oro.

In 2018, he decided to carry on his activity as freelancer.


Graduated in Architecture at Politecnico di Milano in 1982, he practiced at Mario Botta’s studio. He projected several buildings both residential and industrial, fittings for public exhibitions and furniture. Along with being architect and designer, Mr. Blumer is also Professor at several Academia such as IUAV in Venice and IED in Milano. His design products got many recognitions, among those “Design Preis Schweiz” in 1997 and “Compasso d’Oro” in 1998. In 2010, his chair “Laleggera” for Alias and “Entronauta” for Desalto have been added in the MoMA (New York) permanent collection. Also, he is the director of the Architecture Academia in Mendrisio since 2017, where he is teaching.

Industrial Designer

Alfredo Häberli was born in Buenos Aires in 1964 and moves as a teenager to Switzerland with his family, where he studied Industrial Design at the Zurich University of Arts (ZHdK). Already as a student he organized exhibitions at the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich (MfGZ) and founded his own studio in Zurich in 1991.

His clients include internationally renowned companies such as Alias, Georg Jensen, Iittala, Kvadrat, Moroso and Vitra. For the system-house-builder Baufritz located in Germany he developed a house-ensemble between object and architecture and for BMW he explored the mobility of the future.

Apart from many restaurants, there are a number of other interior projects to highlight: More than two dozen shops have been created for the Spanish shoe manufacturer Camper, as well as the entire interior of the Swiss Embassy in Copenhagen in 2016. The biggest project was probably the Hotel 25hours Zurich West, which opened in 2012. He was responsible for the overall interior decoration and designed more than 60 products for the hotel.

His works were shown 2008 in the monographic view «SurroundThings» in the MfGZ, many exhibitions and some years later also in the Museum Paul Klee in Berne.

With his exhibition-concepts, architectural-projects and design, he is one of the most sought-after designers in the world. He can combine tradition and innovation, joy and energy in his projects. This is how he sets the mark for signs in design history and receives the «Grand Prix Design» from the Swiss Federal Office for Culture in 2014.


Marco Romanelli was born in Trieste, Italy, in 1958. Designer and critic, he graduated in architecture at the University of Genoa in 1983. He was editor of the magazines Domus, Abitare, and Inventario. He curated exhibitions such as Aperto Vetro 2000 in Venice, Gio Ponti: A World, Bruno Munari in Tokio, Design, una storia italiana in Rome and Design behind Design in Milano. He edited monographs about Gio Ponti, Joe Colombo, Gino Sarfatti, Ico Parisi, Bruno Munari, Umberto Riva, Paolo Ulian and many others. He currently operates in the interior design and furniture design field.


Constantly shifting the area of application between industrial production, indipendent production, community design and gallery work, Francesco Faccin, belives in design without boundaries or limits: «I am interested in design that sparks connections, thought and debate, above all those that are a product of in-depth studies beyond the object itself. Design is a fantastic opportunity to deepen our relationship with the world around us.»
Born in Milan in 1977. In 2004, after a collaboration lasting almost 2 years with Enzo Mari, he began to work with the lute-maker Francesco Rivolta. In 2007 started his own studio in Milan. From 2009 to 2015 he was consultant for Michele De Lucchi. Currently, he leads a course in product design at the Free University of Bolzano, as well as teaching in many other Italian and foreign universities. Italian Fellow at the prestigious American Academy in Rome in 2013. Studio Francesco Faccin collaborates on a regular basis with Italian and international clients such as design galleries (Rossana Orlandi,Nilufar), private companies and public institutions, NGOs.
His work has been published in the most important worldwide magazines


Bruno Huber, born in Lugano in 1957, after the high school diploma, graduated in architecture at Politecnico Federale in Zurich ETHZ in 1982.

Bruno Huber Architects is active from 1993 in the fields of architectural design, restoration and refurbishment, competitions, urban planning, interior design and industrial design. The studio also active in the field of real estate consulting and valuation.
The studio is composed by experienced architects who assist chief-architect Bruno Huber in the design and the construction of the works.
The main design focuses of the studio are the hospitality, the retail and the residential sectors.

Architect and Designer

Andrea Nava was born in Stabio, Switzerland, in 1984. He studied at CSIA in Lugano where he got the diploma at the beginning of the new millennium. Due to his deep interest in industrial design, Nava enrolled at SSSAA in Lugano, where he specialized in technical industrial design; his career does not, however, focus only on the design field; in fact, he got his Bachelor’s diploma at SUPSI and his Master’s degree at the prestigious Architecture Academy in Mendrisio, Switzerland.
After some years of practice in a couple of studios in the Italian speaking part of Switzerland, he founded his own Atelier in Stabio with the Architect Federica Botta.
Besides running his studio, Andrea Nava is Professor of interior architecture at CSIA.


Antonio Latella started his educational path in Lugano, to continue his studies at the Ecole pour l’automobile Creative le Design et l’Engineering in Grandson. After the graduation, in 1994, he interned at Centro Stile Alfa Romeo in Arese; in the very same year, Latella founded his own studio, Nexus Design, in Manno, Switzerland. During his activity, Latella dealt with several projects concerning consulting, communication and brand management; also, he is co-founder of Aceair SA and Réservé, a magazine about food and tourism. Among the most relevant cooperation, it is remarkable the one with Cromodora Wheels, Aekis200 and Monticello Wines.


Guido Desigis set up his own studio in 2008. The Architect deals mainly with exhibition’s fittings, real estate and interior design projects. He graduated at the Polytechnic Federal University in Luasanne and, later on, at the Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio, Switzerland.
Since 2012, Guido Desigis is Professor of architecture and design at CSIA in Lugano; in 2018 he was asked to cooperate with Riccardo Blumer for Madworkshop in L.A. Among other collateral activities, he’s member of Archijeues, a Swiss Association, which supports the mediation of architecture for the new generations.


  • Fill in the Application Form (1) in its entirety with personal and / or company data
  • Fill in the Object Description Form (2) for each candidate object
  • Pay the registration fee for each candidate object
  • Fill in the Admission Form (3), which will become a contract only if the object (s) will be selected by the Jury
  • Fully accept the Award’s Regulations (4)

All forms and requests must be sent to the following email address:


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