Sustainable Suisse

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They are everywhere: materials are indispensable innovation drivers for almost all sectors of the economy. New materials can contribute to solving urgent questions of the future, in areas such as mobility, climate and environmental protection as well as in architecture or health.


Many scientific institutes have been researching new, more compatible materials for years, with surprising results.

However, the stormy discovery of potential for improvement has recently led to disappointment. The awakened mobilisation of will and ability comes up against limits in implementation. Many of the new materials do not find their way into serial production and have therefore not yet reached the masses. New materials are simply too expensive for many companies or are simply not known. Thus industrial, environmentally damaging production remains.

The Sustainable Suisse exhibition is dedicated to the question of the extent to which prototypes for everyday products can be designed that later undergo a successful innovation process up to market launch. The exhibition therefore not only presents experimental aesthetic and functional models but also shows the possible barriers in the innovation funnel during implementation as well as paths to overcoming them.

Sustainable Suisse focuses on speculative product innovations based on novel materials. The exhibition, curated by Pascal Johanssen, supported by Pro Helvetia.


Opening reception

Wednesday, 22. 11. 2023

7 p.m.

RSVP until November 15, 2023 via e-mail visit@direktorenhaus.com



Mit Unterstützung der Schweizer Kulturstiftung Pro Helvetia

Participating Artists

Carlo Clopath, Zuber Salzmann Studio, Hot Wire Extensions, Fabio Rutishauser, Hanna Egger, Hochschule Luzern, Jeanne Blatter-Vallat, Martina Häusermann, Matteo Bauer-Bornemann, Patricia Kindler, Augmented Weaving, Sébastien El Idrissi, René Odermatt, UpBoards