Established in 2010, we are a international multi-disciplinary design studio based in Zürich, Switzerland. Our focus lies on the intersection of objects, furniture and interior spaces.
We offer creative consultancy, product design, interior design, retail interior design, exhibition design, trend forecasting and art direction.
Isabell Gatzen graduated in 2005 with a degree in Industrial Design from University of Art and Design Zürich. Her work has been exhibited internationally and she received awards and accolades.
After working with major global players in consumer electronics, such as Microsoft and HP, as well as sportswear brands like Burton and Adidas, both in Switzerland and the US, Gatzen established her own studio in Zurich in 2010.
Her work is based on deep appreciation the user experience. From mass-produced consumer products to limited editions, she creates objects designed to last a lifetime. She aims to challenging conventions with new classics that combine simple, minimal designs with a poetic narrative.
2015, Special Mention, German Design Award
2009, IDSA Bronze Award, Industrial Designers Society of America
April 2017, 20 YEARS SALONE SATELLITE, Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan, Italy
November 2016, Light & Reflection|Group Exhibition, Kissthedesign Gallery, Lausanne, Switzerland
April 2015, Salone Satellite, Salone del Mobile, Milan, Italy
January 2015, artgenève, Genève, Switzerland
November 2014, Les EspAces du design, Design Days, Langenthal, Switzerland
September 2015, Designjunction, London, England
September 2014, Les EspAces du design, Renes, Switzerland
June 2014, one-off, Affaire 46, Zürich, Switzerland
March 2012, Sitzgelegenheiten, Depot Basel, Switzerland
June 2006, Exhibition European way(s) of life, Le Lieu Unique, Nantes ,France
since 2011 Mentoring Students at Master of Arts in Design at the University of Art and Design Zürich
2013 Jury Member of the Industrial Design Bachelor / Master and Style and Design Bachelor at the University of Art and Design Zürich
2013 Jury Member of ISPO AWARD Products (www.ispo.com)
2010 founded Studio Isabell Gatzen
2010 - 2013 working as a Freelance Experience Designer for the Telekom Future Forum, Germany
2009 - 2010 working as a Senior Designer at Smart Design, San Francisco, USA. (www.smartdesignworldwide.com)
2007- 2009 working as a Designer for Astro Studios Inc., San Francisco, USA. (www.astrostudios.com)
2005 - 2007 working as a Designer for Grand Studio, Zürich,Switzerland. (www.grand-studio.com)
2005 Diploma at the University of Art and Design Zürich, Switzerland, Department Industrial Design (www.zhdk.ch)
2003 - 2005 Education for Industrial and Product Design, University of Art and Design Zürich
2000 - 03 Education for Industrial and Product Design, University of Art and Design Kiel, Germany
1999 - 2000 Internship at Teams Design, Esslingen, Germany
1997 - 99 Art college including Apprenticeship as an Industrial Design Assistant, Aachen, Germany