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Stephan Wespi

Where at the ZHdK can you be found?
I like to begin a typical working day with a cup of coffee at Chez Toni. That gives me enough time to plan my day and answer the most important e-mails before I move on to my actual place of work in the office. My role at the Department of Design involves organising and running events and exhibitions. Because of the interaction with the ZHdK services, I am rarely in the office for a whole day. You’re more likely to meet me in the corridors between exhibitions rooms, workshops, studios and material stores.

With whom would you like to switch roles for half a year?
I would like to join the team of the museum workshop for a while. I’m interested in the challenges of creative practicalities. For every exhibition, new individual solutions are required. As workshop manager, Jürg Abegg cultivates a pleasant and respectful working atmosphere and always coordinates the tasks in the workshop with a pinch of humour – no matter how stressful a situation might be.

What is your favourite design object?
In my view, the term «design object» itself actually illustrates a fundamental problem in the field of design. I doubt there are any man-made objects which were not designed. The term «design» would therefore be redundant. Is the term «design» only used then to give added value to an object so it can be distinguished from other objects?

Returning to the question of my favourite design object: I find it impossible to decide on one specific object. I tend to have a greater fondness for objects where I know how and where they were created, and by whom. Still, if a fire broke out in my apartment, I would very likely try to rescue my record collection. It has grown over many years and there are many memories attached to it.

Funktion
Coordinator Events, Department of Design
Jahr
2020
Stephan Wespi
Photo: David Jäggi. © ZHdK.
Photo: David Jäggi. © ZHdK.
Workshop view. SGABELLO GUDO stool (2021) by Stephan Wespi and Christoph Goechnahts.
Workshop view. SGABELLO GUDO stool (2021) by Stephan Wespi and Christoph Goechnahts.
SGABELLO GUDO stool (2021) by Stephan Wespi and Christoph Goechnahts.
SGABELLO GUDO stool (2021) by Stephan Wespi and Christoph Goechnahts.