kollektiv vier – Mirjam Huwiler, Eva Zuberbühler and Johanna Widmer. Photo by Gian Marco Castelberg
We are Eva, Johanna and Mirjam. Together we form kollektiv vier, a Swiss design studio for textile and surface design. We develop interior products and concepts.
Travel without leaving
"Travel without leaving" is the core of our design philosophy. With our designs we tell stories that fill our customers with their own thoughts and dreams. They lead you into new worlds while showering and let your everyday life end in adventurous excursions. Our focus is on textile products for the bathroom. A space where you spend precious time with yourself. A private wellness oasis - giving it a new life is our mission.
Since 2014 we have been working together as kollektiv vier. We got to know each other during our textile design studies at the HSLU Design & Kunst in Lucerne. That is when we discovered the valuable synergies of our cooperation, which are formed by the exchange of thoughts and creativity. The results electrify us and a new handwriting emerges, which is not that of Eva, Mirjam nor Johanna, but the handwriting of kollektiv vier.
Garten Eden are printing.
The base of the design process of kollektiv vier is teamwork. Six hands work on the same design and three heads think in different ways towards the same goal. An approach that we have discovered for ourselves. It is the driving force behind our work and leads us to a precise result.
We consciously choose sensible materials. One example of this is the materiality of our shower curtains. The biological cotton feels pleasant on the skin and guarantees a water-repellent function due to the coating.
We look for the matching manufacturing technique and include its possibilities as a design element in the development process. An example of this is the relief effect, which we explore to the limit of technical feasibility when designing terry towels.
It is important to us that the products are manufactured to a high quality so that they become long-lasting companions. We carefully select our partners. Our aim is to produce as locally as possible, taking into account economic and qualitative arguments.
Studio of kollektiv vier. Photo by Thomas Kunz
Studio and correspondence address
kollektiv vier design studio GmbH
Awards / Grants
2018 Production grant "INSIGHT bath collection" / Pro Helvetia
2018 Project grant "Swiss Cultural Consulat Copenhagen" / Kulturfond Appenzell Ausserrhoden
2017 Project expansion grant "Product line collective four" / Pro Helvetia
2016 Project grant "Darling, it's summer" / IKEA Foundation Switzerland
2015 Project grant "Viva la doccia" / IKEA Foundation Switzerland
2014 Design Angel "collective four" / Pro Helvetia