INTERIEUR AWARDS: Dimitri Bähler

Dimitri Bähler's collection of colourful, tactile ceramics was lauded with the Grand Prize in the Objects Awards 2016. Two years later, the Swiss designer is one of the jury members who will elect this year's winner.

What did winning the Interieur Award mean to you? I feel very honoured to have won this price. At the time, I couldn’t believe it when they called me to say I was the winner. Winning the Grand Prize also gained me quite a lot of attention from journalists and press, which is always nice for a starting designer. Getting my name out was definitely helpful for the next steps in my career. My collection had already been on show at Villa Noailles in Hyères and the combination of both opportunities was really a big chance for me.

How did you prepare yourself for your application? As it often goes in a contest, it was a very last-minute decision. I had already developed the 'VPTC' project and a few days before the deadline i just decided to go for it, which turned out to be a very good decision

What are you up to now? I just moved in a new studio in the small city of Biel in Switzerland. I’m working on a lot of things actually. Some of the VPTC pieces are on show in Tokyo and Zürich at the moment. I just launched a series of three side tables for Moustache at Maison & Objet in January which is a kind of development of the VPTC series, and will soon release a floor lamp series for Established & Sons, which will also be presented during the Milan Design week. Next to that, I’m also working on a project called ‘Sumida Contemporary’ in collaboration with an urushi craftsman, exploring Japanese lacquerware.