ART AND DESIGN
'Unbroken Sideboard' is currently in the autumn issue of ROOM Diseno Magazine.
The lifeline we pursue, straight and in peace, is constantly disrupted by a battle of piercing inputs that, while threatening to disturb us, wisely managed, can become our greatest allies. This conscious lesson is what the artistic showcase of Fabian Bolliger symbolizes.
Pierced by ten steel bars, the furniture remains weightless while supported by the lattice that seems to break it. This opens up like a halo, consecrating the horizontality of white and paying tribute to the calm, so often disturbed by the blows we receive in our daily lives. Each coat of paint on the chest represents a layer of routine; and each sanding, a learning experience.
The Swiss carpenter and artist makes it clear: his work seeks to merge abstract art with his life experiences and unify imagination with the functional aspect of each idea. The result is cutting-edge, radical, and highly contrasting design, transformed into a harmonious storage space with an unbreakable spirit.
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Meet me at the international Salone del Mobile in Milano.
Together with the two amazing designers Laure Gremion and Ginger Zalaba we show our latest projects and products at the Salone Satellite in our Swiss Designers Pavillion organised by Swiss Business Hub Italia and the Consulate General of Switzerland.
Check out our Booth E06 from the 18 - 23.04.2023
Swiss Designers is a collective project organised by Swiss Business Hub Italia and the Consulate General of Switzerland in Milan, which will be present for the first time at the Salone Satellite in Milan from 17 to 22 April 2023.
Founded by Marva Griffin in 1998, SaloneSatellite is the Salone del Mobile. Milano event dedicated to designers under 35, which aims to facilitate the relationship between business and young designers preparing to enter the profession, post-study, and the market.
A unique project for the high quality of the projects on display, which the Consulate General of Switzerland and Swiss Business Hub looked upon with great enthusiasm for the promotion of some of the most promising young Swiss studios previously selected and approved by the Salone Satellite.
The three selected designers Fabian Bolliger, Laure Gremion and Ginger Zalaba are singular expressions of the varied and rich contemporary Swiss design scene. Although they come from different territories and educational backgrounds, they present a common vision of tradition in which aesthetic research is driven by the practicality of their creations.
A vision that stems from a close interaction with the territory both in the use of materials and the natural influences reflected by the play of light in the solutions on display.
Wall and ceiling light
The human eye. Fascinating, functional and unique. A wonder of nature. So rich in expression that any word just seems paltry and insignificant in comparison.
“Iris“ is a tribute to that very masterpiece of nature. Its lampshade is hand-curved like a lens and designed using my unique painting technique that attracts the attention, while the hand-curved pupil, like in a real eye, is responsible for its main function. This combination of form and function makes it more than just an artwork.
It is a functional element that indirectly illuminates every room from the wall or ceiling with light of the desired levels of intensity and color in a subtle way.
Studio Opening in Baden.
19./20. August 2022
19.8 Invited Guests
20.8 Public opening (10:00 - 22:00)
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Nominated for the Formforum Masterpiece Price 2021
"I would give my life for this bag"
"This bag is everything"
"All you need is this"
A powerfull and expressive furniture about the needs of us humans
Interview for the Digital Design Week Milano on fuorisalone.it
Art or Design, is there a border between the two?
They are actually two different things. While in design, functionality in everyday use plays a major role, in art the message and the pure self-realization of the artist is usually important. But I don't see a border between the two. Both are almost boundless. Perhaps design is even a little more predictable. But why not combine the predictable with the unpredictable?
How did you develop your technical skills? What kind of education did you receive in this regard?
The 4 years of carpenter training in Switzerland have certainly laid the foundation of my skills. Afterwards, there were many attempts and also many failed attempts, which brought me to new methods or from which I could learn and improve myself. Various job changes and independent house conversions, which promoted my manual dexterity and experience in general. And last but not least it was certainly the various journeys on which I got to know one or the other technique. Apart from that, for me too, it's often simply: lets see how this works.
Limited edition or Unique piece, design is also choosing this path and some trade events are more and more proposing this concept, what do you think of that?
I myself am a very big fan of unique pieces or a limited edition. Practically all my room equipment consists of unique pieces. Okay, I am a carpenter myself. But still, for me, the less there is of a piece, the more unique it is. Additionally, limited editions or unique pieces usually show a high level of quality. Also in points like choice of material and production there is less saving and many other aspects than only the profit are considered. In addition, the furniture is valued much more because of the slightly higher price and the high level of individuality and quality.
In which way do you think your work is evolving in the coming years? Which are the areas in which you would like to work?
In the coming years my work will be shown mainly nationally and internationally at various fairs and art exhibitions. I will definitely keep my style and guarantee the best possible combination of art and design. Nevertheless, due to the fact that there are various small series design products in the queue, I would not be averse to moving towards an independent and own design brand.
Which is your source of inspiration?
I claim that our brain is very much inspired by external influences without us really noticing it. So some of my works go so far back into childhood that I never imagined that at some point this would serve as inspiration for my works today. For many other works I am inspired by stories, cultures, the people around me and the general world situation. But my most important source of inspiration are my journeys, which I was allowed to experience. I experienced feelings and situations in a completely different way and looked at many things from a completely new perspective.