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Modern Bio: Alfredo Häberli

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Boy some folks just have it all, don’t they? Not only is famed Argentinian-born, Zurich-based designer Alfredo Häberli extraordinarily talented, he’s good-looking to boot! Known for his designs for Iittala, it’s his strange and wonderful marriage of Argentinian colors and boldness with Swiss simplicity and clean lines that makes his — Continue reading …




 

 

Boy some folks just have it all, don’t they? Not only is famed Argentinian-born, Zurich-based designer Alfredo Häberli extraordinarily talented, he’s good-looking to boot! Known for his designs for Iittala, it’s his strange and wonderful marriage of Argentinian colors and boldness with Swiss simplicity and clean lines that makes his designs of tableware, glassware and more so deliciously modern.

But Alfredo’s work is more than good looks; he ascribes to Swiss design ideals of engineering and functionality: “If you compare Scandinavian or Finnish design to Swiss design, they’re more inspired by nature and day-to-day living certainly. It’s simplicity that we have in common, not minimalism, but simplicity. I think this is why Iittala approached me and why I have such a good working relationship with them. They appreciate the fact I have a clear concept and a story behind my products: they’re not just a shape.” (from an interview in Wallpaper*). While we were delighted to welcome absolutely every single item from our new collaboration with design brand Iittala, we confess to having a very soft spot for the designs Alfredo created for them: he’s responsible for the zippy and colorful stripes of the Iittala Origo series as well as the classic and sexy Essence glasses — and more!

 Bulleted history

  • Born in 1964 in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Resettles in Switzerland with his family in 1977
  • Trains as a superstructure draughtsman and attends vocational college in Zurich between 1980 – 1984
  • Obtains a degree in industrial design at the Höhere Schule für Gestaltung Zurich between 1986 – 1991
  • Gets lots of practical experience at Siemens in New York and at Product Development Roericht Ulm, Germany in 1989
  • Designs his first collaborative project with the Museum für Gestaltung Zurich in 1988; since designing and/or curating numerous exhibitions at the museum
  • Launches his own design studio and wins the IKEA Foundation grant for a project in the field of Ecology
  • in Draft Form in 1991
  • Keeps busy between 1993 – 1999 with projects for numerous international companies including Alias, Authentics, Edra, Eternit, Danese, Driade, Luceplan, Thonet, Wohnbedarf, Zanotta, either alone or in collaboration with Christophe Marchand
  • Awarded the Achievement Prize of the Höhere Schule für Gestaltung Zurich together with Christophe Marchand in 1994
  • Marries Stefanie Bachmann in 1999
  • Son Luc born in 1999
  • The Alfredo Häberli Design Development Atelier established in 2000
  • Daughter Aline born in 2002
  • Currently keeps busy with numerous projects, including assignments for Alias, Camper, De Sede, Fredericia, Georg Jensen, Iittala, Kvadrat, Luceplan, Moroso, Ruckstuhl, Schiffini and Vitra.

Works of Note

  • Eine neue Art Schuh, shoe system, Bally, 1990
  • Filzliege, felt lounge chair, SfGZ, 1991
  • Mira, flowerpot, Eternit, 1997
  •  Carrara, floor lamp, Luceplan, 2000
  • Easy Long, extendable table, Cappellini, 2000
  • Florence, modular sideboard, Zanotta, 2000
  • Bowl & Bowl, bowl series, Atlantis, 2001 
  • Stuhl XX, foldable chair, Cappellini, 2001 
  • Knot, carpet, Asplund, 2001 
  • Essence, range of glasses, Iittala, 2002 
  • KidsʼStuff, tableware, glasses & cutlery, Iittala, 2003 
  • Senta, range of glasses, Iittala, 2003 
  • Take A Line For A Walk, lounge chair, Moroso, 2003 
  • Lady, Lord and Milord, armchair and pouf, Zanotta, 2003 
  • Skate, low chair and tables, Moroso, 2005 
  • Take Off, upholstered chair, Moroso, 2005 
  • Tris, votive candle, Iittala, 2005 
  • Spin, low chair, Durlet, 2006 
  • Sky, lighting system, Luceplan, 2007
  • Lane, wall lamp, Luceplan, 2007 
  • Animals, Tangram and Village, curtain collection, Kvadrat, 2008 
  • Field and Highfield, upholstery collection, Kvadrat, 2008 
  • Hang By Hand, cloth hanger, Mater (Solid Trays, Solid Coat hanger, Solid Bookend), 2008 
  • Origo Mix (Ten Years), extension to existing table service, Iittala, 2009 
  • Essence Cocktail Bowl, extension to existing glas series, Iittala, 2009 
  • Jill, mould plywood chair with different bases, Vitra, 2010

 

Buy some Alfredo Häberli for your home today:

iittala Essence Wine Glasses, Champagne Glasses and more
iittala – Origo Egg Cup
iittala – Origo Bowl 16 oz
iittala – Origo Dessert Bowl 8.5 oz (Set of 2)

What’re you waiting for! Check out  Alfredo Häberli and Iittala on 2Modern, as well as all our previous bios, Alvar AaltoRichard Sapper, Philippe Starck, Mario Bellini and Frank Gehry.

Images: Wallpaper*, Architonic

 

 

 
 
 

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