Eva Christandl is a fashion designer and dedicates her label Christandl to sustainable clothing. For this purpose, Christandl has founded a network of creatives and created “Love Pieces” in a combination of minimalist aesthetics and collaborative high-end craftsmanship. The collection AW 16/17 is mostly made of remnants and is unique in its execution. After first work experience during internships at Sisi Wasabi (Berlin), Sophia Kokosalaki (London) and Ivana Helsinki (Helsinki), Eva was responsible for the design and development of the Actlive collections at Marithé+François Girbaud in Kitzbühel. Eva was then responsible for the design of all women’s collections at KJUS (Hünenberg). Eva Christandl studied fashion and textile design at Reutlingen University of Applied Sciences and at the Masterstudio FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basel.
TaTeTec is the name of a system with which musicians can learn rhythms and practice their accuracy. Tatetec combines metronome, notation and teacher in a unique way. The system consists of two parts: a smartphone application and a sensor to physically hold in the hands. Rhythms can be created by entering numbers and characters in the text field of the application. The created rhythm is then played via headphones using the play button. The musicians practice by hitting the sensor with their hands to the rhythm that they hear. By checking the app after playing, the musicians can learn more about how distinct their sense of rhythm is. TaTeTec is suitable for percussionists, music teachers, students and hobby musicians.
I Never Read, Art Book Fair Basel is an art publishing fair taking place in June during the Art Basel week. It focuses on printed matter, gathering national and international, institutional and independent publishers. The fair is accompanied by a radio station for audio contributions about traditional art mediums as well as future practices in the arts.
Kathrin Blikinsdorf completed the pre-study design course at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts in 2012. During this time her passion for three-dimensional design became apparent. Following her fascination for product design, she applied to study Industrial Design FHNW Academy of Art and Design . During the summer holidays, Kathrin completed various internships in order to gain more experience the world of industrial design in many of its facettes from interior design to carpenter workshops. During her intensive studies, Kathrin Blikinsdorf acquired knowledge about product design, benefited from the lively exchange and critical input of her fellow students and put her heart and soul into the various projects. With her project ‘Shoes for Freitag’, Katrin Blikinsdorf wanted to deal with the topic of sustainable and resource-conserving production and develop this project into a viable business idea as part of the Swiss Cultural Challenge.
Katja Müller is a designer specializing in sportswear and outdoor apparel. After studying fashion design at ESMOD Munich, she worked for several years in the textile industry, initially as a designer at Terrathree GmbH, a start-up company and global licensee of Adidas Sailing, based in Hamburg. There she designed and developed a total of five Adidas Sailing collections in a small team and in close cooperation with adidas HQ. After two and a half year she joined the Mammut Sports Group in Switzerland where she was responsible for the segments Skiing/Boarding and Rock Climbing. At the beginning of the winter semester 2015/16 she returned to the university and is currently in the third semester studying integrative design in the Masterstudio at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design. Within the framework of this interdisciplinary study, she uses the opportunity to expand her design field and to rethink her approach. She is interested in the consumer behaviour of society and wants to investigate global as well as economic connections and processes in the development of a product. She experiments with various materials and products that have already been discarded. The aim of her work is to develop a brand that is able to produce high-quality products without wasting new resources with the help of sophisticated processes and structures.
Sabina Brägger (*1989) has been an independent product designer and materials scout since January 2016. She investigates the potential of wasted production materials that remain unconsidered and leverages them for product design. It is her highest credo to guarantee quality and sustainability with her works. Her company “SABINA BRÄGGER – swiss design, products and materials” has been oppertating since she optained her masters from the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts in her studio near Bern. Among other materials, she works with sturgeon leather. In addition, she extensively explores the capabilities of bison wool. Materials produced by Sabina Brägger are often used in collaborations with other companies such as ochs und junior from Lucerne or Tropenhaus Frutigen. Their projects have already received several awards, including the NZZ Best Bachelor Award and the Sustainability Award of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. During her bachelor studies Sabina Brägger completed an internship at the Dutch design platform Konvex in Bern and worked for six months as an intern in Amsterdam for the design studio Ulf Moritz.
Having grown up in a musical home, Sarah Chaksad was fascinated by music from an early age. During her school years she played in various ensembles, including the jazz ensemble of the Kantonschule Wohlen under the direction of saxophonist and composer Matthias Baumann. During high school she discovered her great passion for composing. In 2004, she completed the preliminary course at the Swiss Jazzschool Bern. From 2005 to 2008 she studied at the Pädagogische Hochschule Bern and completed her training as a primary teacher. From 2008 to 2013 Sarah Chaksad studied saxophone at the FHNW Hochschule für Musik with Daniel Blanc, from 2010 with Domenic Landolf, and successfully completed her Bachelor’s degree in 2011 and her Master’s degree in summer 2013. In the same year she was accepted by the Pro Argovia Foundation for the 2013/14 season. During her studies at the FHNW Hochschule für Musik she had the opportunity to play in various ensembles and projects, to participate in sessions and workshops and to attend various master classes with Andy Scherrer, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Guillermo Klein, Jorge Rossy, Larry Grenadier, Malcolm Braff, Mark Turner, David Liebman, Seamus Blake and Esperanza Spalding. As bandleader and composer of the band Neighborship, a 13-piece pop-soul band, she produced their first EP in 2011 and the first album in 2014, which was produced by Peter Wagner and released by Fontastix. Playing in big bands and composition lessons with Lars Lindvall and Guillermo Klein finally sparked her desire to write and perform for her own jazz orchestra and so she founded her own Sarah Chaksad Orchestra in November 2012. After two successful concert tours, her first album windmond will be released by Neuklang Records in November 2016. In addition to her work as a musician, she is also active in the cultural field.
Valentin Hebel was born in Stuttgart in 1992. He began playing the guitar at the age of 6 and studied jazz guitar at the Musikhochschule Basel after graduating from the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart. Already in his youth he was active as an actor, musician and composer at the Staatstheater Stuttgart and played in numerous bands and orchestras. He has already worked with Grammy winners Casey Benjamin, Guillermo Klein and the SWR Big Band and received lessons from Wolfgang Muthspiel, Jesse van Ruller, Mikkel Ploug and Larry Grenadier. He currently gives regular concerts with the experimental postpunk band “ANORAQUE”, whose debut “DISTURBING GRACE” has been highly acclaimed by the German magazine Visions. He also performs with the fifteen-piece “Sarah Chaksad Orchestra” and the pure improvisation band “Das letzte Kollektiv”. Concert tours took him to Germany, England, France, the Netherlands, Denmark, Austria and Switzerland. In addition, he is a much sought-after sideman and studio guitarist between pop/rock, jazz, classical and experimental music. Besides his work as a musician, he continues to appear as an actor, composer and musician in films and plays, organizes concerts and works as a booker, manager and promoter for the music agency Radicalis Music Management in Basel and manages the bands mantocliff and Evelinn Trouble.
Claudio Gallasch (*1989), who grew up in Basel, is founder and industrial designer at Staub & Gallasch.After graduating from the Gymnasium Kirschgarten with a focus on creative design, he travelled for a year. He spent 6 months on his bicycle, travelling through Europe, the Balkans and North Africa. He then spent several months in the Middle East, including three months in Syria to teach himself Arabic.
After a 6-month internship at the Museum für Gestaltung Zurich, he began his studies in industrial design at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design. In addition to his studies, he also led the project “Blick-Wechsel-Auf-Aus-Aus-Stellung” for the Museum der Kulturen Basel together with Anina Jendreyko and worked as a trainer and corporate identity manager for CrossFit Basel. During his time at CrossFit Basel, he took part in the CrossFit European Championships three times and won a Swiss championship title in powerlifting. His passion for sport led him to pause his studies for two years and in 2015 he designed his final thesis at the FHNW together with Stefan Staub. They received the Swiss BA Design Award for their work.
Born in 1985 and raised in Bern, Switzerland, Stefan Staub is a founder and industrial designer at Staub & Gallasch.
His professional career began in 2002 with an apprenticeship as a polymechanic. After completing his training, he worked for two years as a Geometry Mechanic at Georg Fischer Ltd. in Bern and Biel, before beginning further training as a HF technician at the Technician School in Bern and successfully completing this in 2011. Since 2010, he has been working as a technician in the Research and Development department at Georg Fischer Ltd., where he gained initial experience in project management as well as working as a CAD designer.
He began studying industrial design 2012 at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design graduated 2015. In addition to his studies, he also worked 50% in the research and development department at Georg Fischer Ltd. Due to his past in mechanical engineering, he perceives himself as a technically oriented designer who is very keen on the interdisciplinary discourses, which he considers to be an indispensable fuel of creativity.
It was during his diploma semester at the FHNW that he met Claudio Gallasch with whom he decided to tackle the final project. Their cooperation turned out to be so successful that they founded Staub & Gallasch GmbH.
Jacqueline Brügger (*1988), born in Bern and raised in the Bernese Oberland, is a graphic designer at Staub & Gallasch.
In 2005 she began her training as a polygraph at Berner Druckerei Stämpfli AG. Accompanying her apprenticeship, she completed her professional design Matura, completing both in 2009. She then worked for two years as a graphic designer and polygrapher for a small communications agency in Berne, where she was also jointly responsible for training apprentices.
In 2011 she began her studies in visual communication at the the FHNW Academy of Art and Design with a focus on typography and successfully graduated in 2014. After completing her studies, she worked for the Büro für Kommunikationsdesign at the FHNW for about two years.
Since October 2016 she has worked for the communications office skop in Berne and as a freelance graphic designer at Staub & Gallasch.
In addition to graphics, Jacqueline Brügger is also interested and committed to the cultural sector. Since the beginning of her studies in 2011, she has been working for the concert and party venue ISC Club in Bern. She has been on the board of this association since 2013 and heads the advertising and communications department. In summer 2016 she also took over the presidency of the club.
After the preliminary course at the School of Design in Bern and Biel, David Hostettler (*1987) completed an apprenticeship as a graphic designer EFZ in a communications and advertising agency. After successfully completing his studies in social work at the Bern University of Applied Sciences, he now works as a social worker and freelance graphic designer. He is currently working on a project at Staub & Gallasch.
Juan Palencia (*1981) is an architect and designer, co-curator of the TEOK informal lecture series and an avid social media user with a fine eye for internet imagery. Following his training at ETSAM Madrid, Juan developed projects with award winning studios, among them Langarita-Navarro Arquitectos, Estudio Luis Úrculo and HHF Architects, while simultaneously conducting an independent architecture and design activity. Juan is currently based in Basel, Switzerland, where he is an architect at Burkhardt+Partner.
Vera Sacchetti (*1983) is a design writer and critic. She is co-curator of TEOK Basel, managing editor at the Barragan Foundation and co-founder of editorial consultancy Superscript. She was formerly curatorial assistant for the BIO 50 design biennial in Ljubljana, web editor at Domus, co-editor of The Adhocracy Reader for the 1st Istanbul Design Biennial, and head of international communications at EXD’11/LISBOA. With Superscript, she is working on Counter Borders, an Associated Project of the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale, and she headed the Towards a New Avant-Garde event series at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Her writing has appeared in Domus, Disegno and The Avery Review, among others.