Total home design harmony?

Textile concepts from 1970-1990

“Total home design harmony” was announced by an advertising slogan of the Swiss textile company MIRA-X, whose innovative textile design became an international talking point from 1970 to 1990 and which set new standards. The exhibition focuses on three designers and design teams, respectively, who designed extensive collections for the company: Verner Panton, Trix & Robert Haussmann, as well as Alfred Hablützel and Jean-Philippe Lenclos. Details

27. April 2018 - 30. September 2018

Fabrikanten & Manipulanten

An exhibition on the history of the Eastern Switzerland's textile industry

For English-speaking people, part of the title of the exhibition may strike a chord. Not the first word, which is local dialect and means as much as “threaded” (as in needle), but the second and third words: Fabrikanten will easily be decoded as “manufacturers”, which makes sense, and Manipulanten as “manipulators” – but then who would manipulate what in the textile industry, and quite officially into the bargain? The question is soon answered, for the term – which actually even sounds curious in modern German – used to denote the contractors, without whom the other protagonists of the exhibition, namely the workers, designers, inventors and entrepreneurs, would have found it difficult to operate at all. Details

from 29. April 2017