Hannes Wettstein was one of the most innovative and influential designers in Switzerland. Born in 1958 in Ascona Switzerland, Wettstein completed an apprenticeship as a structural engineering draughtsman and then trained himself as a designer and architect. He was fascinated by technological developments as well as art history and architecture; and somewhat alchemical and ingenious, his unique way of developing ideas never disappeared. Hannes Wettstein designed elegant and perfect objects for daily use that maintained their identity and remained timeless even in the changing flow of fashion. He founded his own studio, Studio Hannes Wettstein, in 1991. In addition he was a lecturer at the ETH of Zurich, and taught at the Hochschule fur Gestaltung in Karlsruhe. He passed away in 2008 from cancer.