Gabriela Chicherio is a product designer with her main focus in concepts, exhibitions, furniture and accessories. She develops products for manufacturers such as ligne roset or Stuhl und Tisch Klingnau, produces small series, works as a freelancer and teaches as a visiting lecturer at the ZHdK. She is a founding member and co-curator at the Design Biennale Zürich, that took place for the first time in September 2017. Since autumn 2018, she has headed the office of the Made in Zürich Initiative.
The product designs by Gabriela Chicherio are functional, elegant and always have an appealing little catch. A funnel, a modular cabinet, a valet stand, as well as several chairs, stools and lamps show her stylish design. The funnel YPSI, a cylinder turned upside-down, does not fall off the bottle. The modular cabinet BABEL consists of stackable, rotating segments with different materials. And the valet stand TANGO is something like a grown-up hanger.
Already during her studies at ECAL Lausanne, Gabriela designed the funnel YPSI, which was subsequently produced by Ligne Roset in 2004, the year of her graduation. This was the beginning of a successful collaboration with the renowned manufacturer: both the modular cabinet BABEL (2006) and the lamp AMIS DE JEAN (2012/2015) have been incorporated in Ligne Roset’s product range.
After graduation, she joined the industrial design team of Beat Karrer to hone her talent to experiment with design ideas, materials and shapes. In the following 11 years, Gabriela developed projects with and for the designer and has been involved into the material innovation FluidSolids responsible for the visual appearance. In parallel, Gabriela was teaching as an assistant in industrial design at the Zurich University of the Arts. Amongst other things, she supervised the exhibitions at the Designers‘ Saturdays in Langenthal, conceptualized diploma shows and supported class projects and bachelor thesises. Gabriela Chicherio opened her own design studio in 2011.
Her aim to convey design to a larger public leaded to her engagement for the Design Biennale Zürich. Gabriela Chicherio is a Co-Founder and Co-Curator for this event that presents design as a thinking discipline and highlights experimental and process-oriented projects. The first edition in September 2017, entitled «hello future», showcased how design thinks the future.
«Design always takes a mediator role: between art and commerce, between culture and economics, between humans and products, between form and function.»
Member of swiss design association
now Designer and owner, Gabriela Chicherio Product Design
Co-curator / founding member Design Biennale Zürich
Office manager of Made in Zürich Initiative
Freelancer, communication, Luca Zanier Photography
Guide Design Promenade Zürich
2018 – 2019 Art director at Stuhl- und Tischfabrik Klingnau
2012 – 2019 Guest teacher, transdisciplinary modul at ZHdK
2015 – 2018 Shop manager, vintage furniture store Viadukt*3
2011 Foundation of Gabriela Chicherio Product Design
2007 – 2012 Assistant at the ZHdK, Zurich / industrial design
2005 – 2015 Designer at Studio Beat Karrer / Fluidsolids AG, Zurich / product design, communication
2004 Diploma in industrial and product design, écal Lausanne
2003 Internship at Studio Aisslinger, Berlin / furniture design
2002 Internship at e-team design, Zurich / product design
2000 – 2004 Industrial design dept. at écal, Lausanne
2017 SaloneSatellite. 20 Years of New Creativity
2013 Blickfang Locals, Zurich
2012 BIO23 Design Relations, Biennial of Design, Ljubljana
2011 Take a seat, Zurich
Feuille blanche, Zurich
CH Box – CHarity exhibition for Japan (various places)
La placette, Lausanne
2009 Vienna Design Week Schaulabor
Airbags Radostar Exhibition, Geneva
2008 Concept store by Aebischer//Chicherio, Salone Satellite Milano
2007 Participation at Talents, tendency lifestyle (Frankfurt)