ALFREDO HÄBERLI was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1964. He moved to Switzerland in 1977 and graduated 1991 with distinction in Industrial Design at the Höhere Schule für Gestaltung in Zurich. Today, he is an internationally established designer based in Zurich and is working for some of the leading companies of the international design industry such as Alias, BD Barcelona, BMW, Camper, FSB, Georg Jensen, Iittala, Kvadrat, Luceplan, Moroso, Schiffini and Vitra. He manages to unite tradition with innovation, joy and energy in his designs and his work is strongly influenced by his early childhood in Argentina as well as his curiousness and studies in everyday life. The results are works with a strong expression and emotionality. Alfredo Häberli's work and designs have been shown in numerous exhibitions throughout Europe and he has received many awards for his work during the past 16 years. A personal monograph «Alfredo Häberli - Sketching My Own Landscape» was published by Frame Publishers in Amsterdam and in October 2006 he was guest of honour at the 20th Biennale of Design in Kortrijk, Belgium. In this context the book «Alfredo Häberli Design Live» with photos of some of Switzerlands most influential Artists, interpreting Alfredo Häberlis work, was released and published by Birkhäuser. With his own retrospective exhibition «SurroundThings» in 2008 at the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, for which he was responsible for numerous exhibitions since 1988, a personal dream came true. In 2009 he was awarded by A&W magazine (Architektur & Wohnen) as the «Designer of the Year 2009» and honoured with a monograph exhibition on the occasion of the international furniture fair - imm cologne. Alfredo Häberli has been curating «Atelier Pfister – Neues Schweizer Design» by Pfister AG since 2009. Alfredo Häberli's most extensive project to date, the 25hours Hotel Zurich West, was inaugurated in November 2012. He was responsible for the overall interior decoration and designed more than 60 products for the hotel. In 2014 Alfredo Häberli received the prestigious Swiss Grand Prix of Design from the Swiss Federal Office of Culture. // MELANIE SEIFERT Dipl.-Ing. Univ. Fachrichtung Architektur, geb. in Nürnberg | Die freie Redakteurin und Autorin schreibt als FrauSEIFERT für Fachzeitschriften und Unternehmen aus Architektur und Bauhandwerk. Ihre Beiträge wurden u.a. veröffentlicht in: AIT, Baumeister, DBZ, Detail, e:bau, metallbau, PLOT oder Stein. Auch die öffentliche Hand und Verbände wie die Bayerische Architektenkammer, der Deutsche Naturwerksteinverband sowie die MGS – Münchner Gesellschaft für Stadterneuerung arbeiten seit Langem mit der Journalistin aus (jüngst) Seefeld zusammen. Live war die 37-Jährige als Moderatorin des Deutschen Natursteinpreises 2015 zu sehen sowie als Guide auf geführten Messetouren im Rahmen der Stone+tec in Nürnberg oder der FARBE in München. Gelernt hat sie „ihr Schreibhandwerk“ als Volontärin in der Münchner Redaktion Stein – Zeitschrift für Naturstein. Ihr Architekturdiplom erhielt sie 2006 von der Technischen Universität München, an die sie nach ihrem Germanistik- und Geschichtestudium von der Universität Regensburg wechselte. www.frauseifert.de
MARTIN HALLER A new challenge every time – each project is a new challenge – this is our motto at Caramel architekten which was founded in year 2001 from Martin Haller, Günter Katherl and Ulrich Aspetsberger. Caramel relies on its successful participation in international architecture competitions and is often awarded contracts and commissions – including its most recent construction projects. Besides the realization of large projects like Science Park Linz, adidas world of sports west Herzogenaurach, WIFI-Dornbirn, Operation Workshop Building Ansfelden, and Federal School Centre Krems the trio’s members apply themselves to design studies and innovative single family house projects. Idealism and inventive talent play a major role in their designs. Caramel’s lecture series, courses, and art projects like the contribution for the Austrian pavilion at the architecture biennale 2016 in Venice are the salt in the soup of everyday architectural life.