Juror at Spark Awards

news/juror-spark-awards | posted: 05.08.15

Beat Karrer acted as a juror at the 8th Annual Sparks Award, followed by the great Ceremony in San Francisco. Felicitations to the winners!

Link / www.sparkawards.com

New Specter by Toss b

news/new-specter-toss-b | posted: 02.04.15

Toss B redcently lauched our new lamp SPECTER. Its appearance is characterized by the two elyptical cut-outs. It will next be presented at Euroluce in Milan:

14 April till 19 April 2015
Rho Fiera Milano
Pavilion 13, Stand M10

Link / www.tossb.com
Serial / Specter

Soirée du matériel

news/soir-e-du-mat-riel | posted: 06.08.15

Beat Karrer talks about FluidSolids at Offcut Club Basel.

Thursday 20th of August
18:30 - 20:00

Offcut - Materialmarkt für kreative Wiederverwertung
Dreispitz Basel
Venedig-Strasse 30
4142 Münchenstein

Link / www.offcut.ch
Research & development / FluidSolids

SkateboarZ at Giardina

news/skateboarz-giardina | posted: 15.03.15

At Giardina 2015, BURRI public elements exclusively presented three new product developments including our new SkateboardZ stand. These were on show at “les urbanistes”, the largest installation at the trade fair, which won the Gold Award in the “Special Garden Show” category at the opening.

Link / www.burriag.ch
Serial / SkateboardZ

iF Design Award 2015

news/if-design-award-2015 | posted: 23.02.15

Beat Karrer was designated juror of iF Design Award 2015.
Together with more than 50 experts from all over the world he gave his vote to the selection of the 2015 iF Design Award Winners.

iF Design Award
Jury / January 2015
Hamburg DE

Award Ceremony / 27. February 2015
Munich DE

Link / www.ifdesign.de


Innovationsforum Lucerne

news/innovationsforum-lucerne | posted: 09.01.14

At the Innovationsforum on the occasion of Swiss Plastics Fair in Lucerne, Beat Karrer speaks about his experiences while developing FluidSolids.

Swiss Plastics
Tuesday 21. January, 10:00 - 15:30
12:00 Beat Karrer: Biowerkstoffe für Designbauteile
Messe Luzern, Halle 4

Link / swissplastics_innovationsforum
Link / www.fluidsolids.com
Research & Development / Fluidsolids
Know-how Transfer / Lectures

Sustainable business - sustainable design

news/sustainable-business-sustainable-design | posted: 09.01.14

The organization "Swiss Design Transfer" invites to a discussion. Topic is design and its relation to sustainability - facing ecologic, economic and social factors.

Janez Zekar (Bioburn)
Beat Karrer (FluidSolids)
Rolf Senti (Bagno Sasso Mobili)

Claudia Acklin (Swiss Design Transfer)
Michel Hueter (Design Preis Schweiz)

Tuesday 14. January 2014, 17:30 - 19:15
Design Center Langenthal
Mühleweg 14, 4900 Langenthal

Places are limited. Registration by e-mail:

Link / www.swissdesigntransfer.ch
Research & Development / FluidSolids
Know-how Transfer / Lectures


Salon D - Gutes Morgen

news/salon-d-gutes-morgen | posted: 09.01.14

Certain designers, developers and inventors, as well as other innovatiors, are working today to ensure our future is a positive one. What ideas, opinions and developments do they have in store for us? We'll find out at Salon D - we wish everyone who attends our very first issue and primiere a positive future (Gutes Morgen).
Attendance is free. As the number of seats is limited, we recommend registering well in advance by mail: salon-d(at)dreiform.de

Eckard Foltin (Head of Insight & Foresight Management)
Barbara Busse (Creative Direction Colors & Materials, Deutsche Telekom)
Stephan Rahn (General Manager Communication, 3M Deutschland GmbH)
Beat Karrer (Industrial Designer, FluidSolids)
Dr. Sascha Peters (Material Specialist, Haute Innovation)
Steve Rommel (Fraunhofer Institut IPA)
Lorenz Potthast (Media Designer)

Gerrit Terstiege (Design Publicist)

16. January 2014, 19:00
Geisselstrasse 103 a
50823 Cologne DE

Link / www.dreiform.de/salon-d/

Beat Karrer on air

news/beat-karrer-air | posted: 20.01.14

After a lecture Beat Karrer gave in Beijing Design Week, he talked to Voices From Other Lands, telling about the development of FluidSolids during the past six years. Have fun.

Listen / Pushing Existing Material to Their Limits

Design Preis Schweiz

news/design-preis-schweiz | posted: 05.09.13

We are very happy that FluidSolids is nominated for the Design Prize Switzerland.
Keep your fingers crossed for the award ceremony on the 01.11.2013.
Following the ceremony, all the nominated projects are exhihibited at the D'S Design Center in Langenthal from 02.11.13 - 26.01.2014.

Link / www.designpreis.ch
Link / www.architonic.com/the-shapeshifter
Link / www.fluidsolids.com
Research & Development / FluidSolids

Beijing Design Week

news/beijing-design-week | posted: 05.09.13

The biodegradable composite material FluidSolids® we developed together with FluidSolids® corporation will be on display during the Beijing Design Week from 26.09 - 03.10.2013.
The exhibition called "Swiss Design Kaleidoscope", organized by Designpreis Schweiz, showcases 27 actual positions of Swiss Design - communication, product, fashion and research.

Link / www.bjdw.org
Link / www.designpreis.ch
Link / www.fluidsolids.com
Research & Development / FluidSolids

Skopje Design Week

news/skopje-design-week | posted: 06.09.13

Switzerland is the country in Focus of this years Skopje Design Week.
The installation PROJECTED SPACE by Beat Karrer shows two different approaches to design: product design and material design. The exhibition gives an insight into the development of the material FluidSolids and shows an installation made with some elements of the Architonic Concept Space IV - illuminated by a bunch of SPIN lamps by TossB.

Link / ministryofpleasure.net
Link / www.fluidsolids.com
Link / www.architonic.com
Link / www.tossb.com
Serial / Spin
Research & Development / FluidSolids
Unique / Architonic Concept Space


news/herbstsession13 | posted: 01.09.13

Our SPIN lamp is on display at the showroom Seleform in Zollikon am See. The autumn session will be hold on 5th September, 17:00.

Link / www.seleform.ch
LInk / www.tossb.com
Serial / Spin

Designing materials

news/designing-materials | posted: 18.11.12

On the ocassion of Blickfang we'll speak about social, economic and environmental performance of new materials and about our experience on the relationship between design and material development.

Sunday, 25th of November, 14.00h
Kongresshaus Zürich

Link / www.fluidsolids.com
Link / www.blickfang.com

Concept Spave IV in Cologne

news/concept-spave-iv-cologne | posted: 28.11.12

During the Orgatec fair the Concept Space IV has been on display in Cologne. The stand we designed for Architonic is composed from over 100 pieces made from FluidSolids, a new biodegradable Composite-material.

Read the article on Dailytonic > www.dailytonic.com

Link / www.architonic.com
Link / www.fluidsolids.com
Unique / Architonic Concept Space
Research & Development / FluidSolids

Growing family

news/growing-family | posted: 17.11.12

BRIGHT STRIPES has become a little sister. Since the LED technology is getting better yet smaler, BURRI public elements AG commissioned us to redesign BRIGHT STRIPES outdoor luminaire. The quality of light and the design language remain - but in a much thinner and lighter body.

Serial / Bright Stripes
Link / www.burriag.ch
Link / www.ims-ag.ch

Fablab Zürich

news/fablab-z-rich | posted: 17.11.12

Finally, Zurich marks a new dot on the growing map of Fablabs around the World. And the best thing is, it's located just in the same haouse as the studio.
Opening > Thursday 22nd of November, 18:00 to 22:00h
          Zimmerlistrasse 6, 8004 Zurich

Link / http://zurich.fablab.ch/

Postfossiles Design

news/postfossiles-design | posted: 31.08.12

The Forum Schlossplatz Aarau dedicates one month to sustainable design. It is possible to visit the design collectiv Postfossil in their public working space and to participate at open discussion panels. Beat Karrer is one of the guests at the panel discussion «Liquid wood & Co. - The future of wooden composites».
Postfossiles Design, auf dem Weg zu einer nachhaltigen Produktegestaltung
Forum Schlossplatz Aarau
Vernissage 25. August 2012
Podium discussion 07. September 2012, 19:30
Finissage 23. September 2012

link / www.forumschlossplatz.ch

Material Matters

news/material-matters | posted: 20.08.12

There is an interesting double page about the development of FluidSolids and the Bioplastic workshops at Boisbuchet in the new material publication "material matters".

Unique / FS Stool
Knowhow transfer / Manufactured nature
Books / books

Molecular Utopia

news/molecular-utopia | posted: 10.04.12

We had a great time holding a lecture and teaching a workshop about do it yourself bioplastics at the Institute of Technology in Architecture at ETH Zürich. Thanks to Manuel and the students.

Link / www.caad.arch.ethz.ch/blog/
Know-how Transfer / molecular utopia

From the Lab to the Museum

news/lab-museum | posted: 19.05.12

The objects we designed during the GlassLab sessions are part of the exhibition "Making ideas" at the Corning Museum of Glass.

May 19, 2012–January 6, 2013

Link / www.cmog.org
Unique / GlassLab
Exhibitions / Making ideas 

FS Stool awarded

news/fs-stool-awarded | posted: 23.11.11

We are proud that the FS Stool we designed for FluidSolids® has been awarded a Materialica Gold Award.

Link / www.materialica.de
Link / www.fluidsolids.com
Unique / FS Stool
Awards / 2011

Summer school at ETH

news/summer-school-eth | posted: 19.09.11

Together with Misch and Ernst-Jan we were leading a workshop about furniture design, organized by ETH sustainability. Two inspiring weeks with 10 students from 5 countries.

Link / www.sustainability.ethz.ch
Know-How transfer / ETH Summer School

At the GlassLab

news/glasslab | posted: 15.07.12

The Vitra design museum invited us to collaborate with the fabulous glassmakers of the Corning museum of glass. What a stunning experience.

See the movie > www.youtube.com/watch

Link / Corning Museum of Glass
Link / Vitra Design Museum

Cover model

news/cover-model | posted: 03.06.11

The good people from 7788culture in China have choosen SPINNAKER we designed for Offecct as the cover model for the March issue of their beautiful magazine called Ingenuity - well, we feel honoured.

Link / www.7788culture.com
Link / www.offecct.se
Serial / Spinnaker

Substitutes in Berlin

news/substitutes-berlin | posted: 02.06.11

Formfjord invited us to contribute an exhibit to the SUBSTITUTES exhibition at gallery berlin-weekly.com - thanks Fabian!
Opening on the 4th of June at 18.00h.
See all the Substitutes online at

Link / www.berlin-weekly.com
Link / www.formfjord.com

Spin for TossB

news/spin-tossb | posted: 07.04.11

On the occasion of Euroluce the Belgian manufacturer TossB is launching SPIN pendant lamp.
Have a look in Hall 15, Stand C36, welcome!

Check the movie > http://vimeo.com/23015746

Link / www.tossb.com
Serial / Spin

Spira at Via Montenapoleone

news/spira-montenapoleone | posted: 04.04.11

During the Milan furniture fair you will find SPIRA we designed for Tossa at the openair exhibition "Montenapoleone Design Experience".

12.-17.04.2011, Via Montenapoleone, Milan.

Link / www.tossa.ch
Link / www.cosmit.it
Serial / Spira
Exhibitions / Montenapoleone Design Eexperience

Cooking in Basel

news/cooking-basel | posted: 06.04.11

For a client in Basel we designed a kitchen that reduces the domestic landscape to a block and a stripe.

Photos / www.leerobertsmith.com
Link / www.voellmy.ch
Unique / kitchen

Mark magazine

news/mark-magazine | posted: 04.04.11

A wonderful reportage about what we do and why we are doing it has been published in the 30th issue of the fabulous MARK magazine. Hat tip to Terri & Arthur!

Link / www.mark-magazine.com

On display in Shanghai

news/display-shanghai | posted: 08.10.10

NIGHTSHADE designed for BURRI public elements AG and DO IT YOURSHELF designed for Designerslabel made their way to China. They are both part of the "Zero Carbon International Design Exhibition" at the London ZED Pavilion of the Urban Best Practice Area of the Shanghai Expo.

Link / en.expo2010.cn/
Link / www.zedfactory.com/
Link / www.dongdao.net/en/
Link / www.burriag.ch
Link / www.designerslabel.com
Serial / Nightshade
Serial / Do-it-yourshelf
Exhibitions / Zero carbon design exhibition

The ideal form

news/ideal-form | posted: 06.10.10

A statistical approach to the prediction of good design. During the 6th Swiss Design Network Conference we speak about a cross-disciplinary research project in which a statistical modelling technique is used to optimise decision making in the field of industrial design.

Link / www.sdn2010.ch
Know-how Transfer / Ideal form

Duo at the Swiss National Museum

news/duo-swiss-national-museum | posted: 08.09.10

The adjustable shelf DUO which we designed for Röthlisberger is one of the exhibits at "Swiss homes & furnishings", a permanent exhibition at the Swiss National Museum. Curated by Christina Sonderegger, Scenography by Atelier Oi.

Link / www.roethlisberger.ch
Link / www.musee-suisse.ch
Link / www.atelier-oi.ch
Serial / duo
Exhibitions / Swiss furniture and interiors


Stage 3 of the biopolymer-workshops

news/stage-3-biopolymer-workshops | posted: 02.06.10

Working with bioplastics - Natural artificiality.
This years summer workshop at the Domaine de Boisbuchet will be held from 18th to 24th of July - welcome!

Link / www.boisbuchet.org
Research / know-how-transfer

New books featuring our work

news/new-books-featuring-our-work | posted: 02.06.10

Recently three beautiful books have been published in which also some of our work is shown - product design as well as material research projects.

Made of ... Neue Materialien für Architektur und Design
By Christiane Sauer
Editor Gestalten Verlag
ISBN: 978-3-89955-293-5

Moderne Möbel, 150 Jahre Design
By Fremdkörper
Editor H.F.Ullmann Verlag
ISBN: 978-3-8331-5628-1

Exploring Materials : Creative Design for Everyday Objects
By Inna Alesina and Ellen Lupton
Editor Princeton Architectural Press
ISBN 978-1-5689-8768-2

Link / www.formade.com
Link / www.gestalten.com
Link / www.fremdkoerper.com
Link / www.ullmann-publishing.com
Link / www.elupton.com
Link / www.alesinadesign.com
Link / www.papress.com
Books / books


news/facebook | posted: 31.05.10

We also made our way to reveal some internals of our social sides in a network.

Link / www.facebook.com/StudioBeatKarrer


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Intensive Care

news/intensive-care | posted: 13.01.10

How would design education in 2050 look like? Beat Karrer and Kristina Pröhl showed the potential of external design workshops inside the education area of the singapore design festival. The showcases of the two Boisbuchet Vitra Design Museum workshops "manufactured nature" and "molded nature" helped to point out the advantages of a - slightly or very - different view onto the design process.

Link / www.singaporedesignfestival.com
Link / www.boisbuchet.org
Know-how transfer / manufactured nature
Know-how transfer / molded nature


Swiss design association

news/swiss-design-association | posted: 13.01.10

The swiss design association's website has been updated and relaunched. It is now possible to search for sda-members by alphabet, name, region and specification. Have a look.

Link / www.swiss-design-association.ch

Kick scooter stand

news/kick-scooter-stand | posted: 02.11.09

Burri public elements AG launched KickboardZ, a kick scooter stand for schools and public spaces - graphical, durable, robust.

Link / www.burriag.ch
Serial / KickboardZ

DUO and SPINNAKER in Barcelona

news/duo-and-spinnaker-barcelona | posted: 02.11.09

DUO designed for Röthlisberger Kollektion and SPINNAKER designed for Offecct are both nominated at the Delta Award '09 competition.

Link / www.adifad.org
Link / www.roethlisberger.ch
Link / www.offecct.se
Serial / Duo
Serial / Spinnaker

"Molded nature" workshop

news/molded-nature-workshop | posted: 11.09.09

During this year’s workshop at Boisbuchet we have been giving shape to semi-fabricated biopolymers - for example by casting, vacuum forming or extruding the materials. Regards to the participants, the sponsors and the staff.

Link / Article on Architonic
Link / www.boisbuchet.org
Link / www.jakob-winter.de
Link / www.fkur.de
Link / www.swiss-composite.ch
Link / www.saropack.ch
Link / www.bioresin.de
Know-how transfer / molded-nature


news/dingsboom | posted: 26.05.09

Good news for those of us who are feed up with daily bad news. Introducing DINGSBOOM, a lighthearted project reflecting the current state of the world, to which we contributed the revolving mirror TURN AROUND.

Link / www.dingsboom.ch
Link / buy online from designselection.ch
Link / buy offline at einzigart

Flying Carpet ready to take off

news/flying-carpet-ready-take | posted: 25.05.09

For the German theater festival "Theaterformen" we designed a flying carpet that overspreads the Festival Centre based in the courtyard of the Staatstheater Hannover. The flying carpet will take off on the 10th of June and fly until the 21st. During that period the Festival Centre with it's cafe, bar and stage will host bands, DJ's, artists, performers and last but not least the visitors, wellcome!

Link / www.theaterformen.de
Unique / Flying carpet

After Stockholm

news/after-stockholm | posted: 02.03.09

Speech at the "After Stockholm" event at Kontorrama in Oslo. Together with Ross Lovegrove, FURNID and Andreas Störiko.
5. March 2009, 17:00
Kontorrama, Brynsengfaret 6, 0667 Oslo

Link / www.kontorrama.no
Serial / Spinnaker
Know-how transfer / lectures

Architonic Product Letter

news/architonic-product-letter | posted: 06.01.09

Producing plastics from renewable raw materials is nothing new, but in spite of this the overall proportion of biopolymers is still relatively low. Swiss designer Beat Karrer has for some time now been researching new processing methods which are aimed at increasing the prospects for the use of biodegradable plastics on an industrial scale. We have been able to take a look at his laboratory. Read the Architonic Product Letter:

Link / www.architonic.com

Furniture of the year

news/furniture-year | posted: 21.10.08

DUO shelf designed for "Röthlisberger Kollektion" is one of the ten pieces that are nominated for the award "Furniture of the year 2008" organized by the Swiss magazin "Raum und Wohnen". You can see all the selected products online and - of course - vote for your favoured one.

Link / www.raum-und-wohnen.ch
Link / www.roethlisberger.ch
Serial / Duo

Superstudio at the Orgatec

news/superstudio-orgatec | posted: 28.09.08

Ballfinger lighting presents Superstudio at Orgatec in Cologne. October 21st to 25th, hall 08.1, stand B071. Welcome!

Link / www.ballfingerlighting.com
Serial / Superstudio

"Manufactured nature" workshop

news/manufactured-nature-workshop | posted: 26.08.08

From August 10th to 16th Annina and Beat tought another Summer Workshop in collaboration with Vitra Design Museum. Warm thanks to the 23 participants from 11 different countries who joined us on our journey into the exploration of new materials.

Link / www.boisbuchet.org
Know-how transfer / "Manufactured nature"

Seen in Hong Kong

news/seen-hong-kong | posted: 18.06.08

Unfortunately we're not able to translate this article, but have a look at the graphics and the pictures. For a detailed view, please see the pdf-document below.

Serial / Nightshade
Serial / Rotor
Serial / Spinnaker
File / Article U-Magazine 104.pdf

Design Deutschland at the museum

news/design-deutschland-museum | posted: 14.04.08

The exhibition "Design Deutschland" including DO IT YOURSHELF is now shown at the "Neues Museum" in Nürnberg. 25. July - 5.Oct. 2008, Opening 24. July

Link / Neues museum nürnberg
Link / www.german-design-council.de
Serial / Do it yourshelf
Exhibition / Design Deutschland

Bright Stripes launched

news/bright-stripes-launched | posted: 17.03.08

BRIGHT STRIPES, a new luminaire developped in collaboration with BURRI public elements AG has been launched.

Link / www.burriag.ch
Link / www.ims-ag.ch
Serial / Bright Stripes

On the shortlist at "Lights of the future"

news/shortlist-lights-future | posted: 11.02.08

NIGHTSHADE is one of the finalists at the LIGHTS OF THE FUTURE 2008 COMPETITION at the light+building fair Frankfurt. Please keep your fingers crossed.

Link / www.light-building.messefrankfurt.com
Serial / Nightshade

Do it yourshelf on display

news/do-it-yourshelf-display | posted: 11.01.08

DO IT YOURSHELF is shown at the exhibition "Case Study 08" during IMM Cologne. 14. - 20. of January 2008, Messeboulevard Nord.

Link / www.german-design-council.de
file / casestudy08.pdf
Serial / Do it yourshelf
Exhibition / Case Study 08

NapfNapf available now

news/napfnapf-available-now | posted: 20.12.07

NapfNapf child's plate holder for Kidsmodern is making sure that the food ends up in the child's stomach and not on the floor.

Link / www.kidsmodern.com
Serial / Napfnapf

RÖ presents Duo

news/r-presents-duo | posted: 02.09.07

Presentation of the new DUO shelf for the 8th edition of Röthlisberger Kollektion during the factory event at the Röthlisberger Schreinerei AG. We hope to meet you at that occasion from 07. - 09.09.07 in Gümligen.

Serial / Duo

Groove nominated

news/groove-nominated | posted: 09.02.07

After having received a "Materialica Design Award" last October, GROOVE table is now nominated for the "German Design Award". This Design Award is the official recognition of excellence in design offered by the Federal Republic of Germany. It is the central thrust in the campaign of the Federal German Ministry of Economics and Technology to promote good design.

Revamped Meeting Room

news/revamped-meeting-room | posted: 26.07.07

The reorganisation of the Studio Karrer's meeting room is completed.

Who / Team

New product out: Nightshade

news/new-product-out-nightshade | posted: 25.05.07

Swiss company Burri Public Elements commissioned us to develop a new reflector for their outdoor luminaire Public Light System.
The result is NIGHTSHADE. Thanks to the newly developed principle of controlling the light, NIGHTSHADE minimizes light contamination and achieves a high efficiency as well as a targeted light distribution. And last but not least NIGHTSHADE gives the luminaire it's distinctive appearance.

Link / www.burriag.ch
Serial / Nightshade

1000 Nails / 1000 Cords workshop at Boisbuchet

news/1000-nails-1000-cords-workshop-boisbuchet | posted: 24.05.07

The Vitra summer workshop, hold from 13 - 19.05.07 in Boisbuchet, was a great experience and a real adventure.
Thanks to all participants and to the crew!

Link / www.boisbuchet.org
Know-how transfer / "1000 nails/1000 cords"

Avverati at the Milan fair

news/avverati-milan-fair | posted: 24.04.07

SPIRA, BANTAM and ROTOR were on show at the avverati - a dream come true exhibition during the International Furniture Fair in Milan. You can find those projects as well in the book edited for this occasion. Avverati - a dream come true, Fondazione Cosmit Eventi

Serial / Spira
Serial / Rotor
Serial / Bantam

Architonicguide displays

news/architonicguide-displays | posted: 15.02.07

We made the new design for the displays of the architonic guides at the imm cologne 2007.

Link / www.architonic.com

"Design in aluminium" Flipbook is printed

news/design-aluminium-flipbook-printed | posted: 05.01.07

Technical advisor to the editors of the Architionic Design in Aluminium flipbook.

Link / www.architonic.com