Colin Schälli: A Journey in Design

Born in Chur, Switzerland, in 1980, Colin Schälli's artistic path began with an apprenticeship as a draftsman under Peter Zumthor, renowned for his meticulous approach to detail. This experience instilled in Schälli a deep understanding of design principles that continues to influence his work.

Schälli further honed his skills at the Zurich University of the Arts, studying industrial design and exploring various disciplines like graphic design, typography, and layout. It was here that his creative vision began to solidify, leading him to create designs that are both visually striking and intellectually stimulating.

Following his studies, Schälli collaborated with FREITAG, a renowned Swiss label known for its recycled bags. This opportunity allowed him to showcase his versatility and refine his design style, contributing significantly to the company's graphic and packaging design.

In 2006, Schälli established his own design studio, embarking on a path of creative independence. Since then, he has worked with numerous national and international companies, focusing on both corporate and product design. His ability to seamlessly blend form and function has earned him numerous accolades, including multiple Design Prize Switzerland awards.

Schälli's work has been exhibited internationally, gracing venues like the Museum für Gestaltung Zurich and the Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris. His designs have also been featured in prestigious publications and magazines, solidifying his reputation as a talented and innovative designer.

Beyond individual projects, Schälli actively shares his expertise through lectures and serves as a design jury member. He is committed to fostering a vibrant design community and inspiring future generations.

Today, Colin Schälli continues to push boundaries and create thought-provoking designs that leave a lasting impression. His dedication to his craft and artistic vision make him a leading figure in the Swiss design landscape and an inspiration to many.

Artistic Achievements and Recognition

• 2x Design Prize Switzerland
• Red Dot Design Award
• Foundation for Grisons Arts and Crafts
• Culture Promotion Prize of the Canton of Graubünden

Financial support:
• Grant from the Foundation for Innovation of the Canton of Graubünden

• Genuine Swiss, Swiss Design Symposium Tokyo
• Sangsangmadang, Seoul
• Lucerne School of Art and Design, Lucerne

• Tokyo Arts and Space – Genuine Swiss, Swiss Design Symposium

Design Jury:
• Die Besten 2011, Hochparterre

Exhibitions: various exhibitions in L.A., Paris, Milan, Zurich, Tokyo and Kyoto. For example:
• exhibition of FREITAG Hangtag and V30 POS Skid in the Museum für Gestaltung Zurich
• exhibition of con.temporary furniture at Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris
• exhibition of V30 POS Skid at the A+D Museum in Los Angeles
• exhibition of con.temporary furniture at Design Tide in Tokyo
• exhibition of con.temporary furniture at Showcase in Tokyo
• exhibition of con.temporary furniture at Salone del Mobile Milan
• exhibition of con.temporary furniture at the IFFT interior lifestyle exhibition in Tokyo
• exhibition of I AM URBAN at Urban Research Gallery in Kyoto
to mention a few

Notable publications:
• published under Birkhäuser Verlag; Wonderwood
• published under Lars Müller Publishers; FREITAG Ein Taschenbuch & Spielwitz und Klarheit
• published in magazines such as Esquire, Hochparterre, Milk, Brutus, Casa Brutus, Schöner Wohnen and Ideales Heim
• published in newspapers such as SonntagsZeitung, NZZ am Sonntag, Z Magazin, Südostschweiz, Bündner Tagblatt
• published online at Core77, Designboom and Domus
to name a few


Colin Schälli
c/o Beat Ris
Forchstrasse 232
8032 Zürich

Currently employed at Designers' Club Zurich Switzerland