Studio for Art Direction

Biography: Colin Schälli, born in 1980, grew up in Chur, Switzerland. He is a self-taught art director who learned that craft from Peter Zumthor, Markus & Daniel Freitag and Ralph Steinbrüchel. Furthermore, he learned photography from Noë Flum. Colin Schälli completed his design studies at the University of Art and Design in Zurich. After that he lived in Mendrisio, Tokyo and Paris until he moved home to Zurich, where he currently lives and works.

From sketch to picture: Colin's work has specialized in generating content, stories and storyboards and having them photographed either by professionals or by himself. He creates all content and storyboards himself that are required for the projects. In addition, there is the planning, casting and production of the shootings, which he organizes and directs himself.

Graphic Design: Colin Schälli also does graphic design, for example for books or magazines, campaigns and websites. Colin Schälli's graphic spectrum is large and there is almost nothing he wouldn't do. In general, he specializes in layout and editorial, as well as typography and logos.

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

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

Colin Schälli
c/o Beat Ris
Forchstrasse 232
8032 Zürich

photo: Sebastian Mayer