Zurich’s main railway station, track 21. The LRT exits the tunnel and heads toward Uetliberg. From the stop at Binz you continue by foot up the slope to no. 37 Grubenstrasse. Architects, graphic designers and designers have taken up the first floor of the 1970s house – working in one very spacious room with large windows. This bright world also structures the everyday life of Jörg Boner, whose studio is located here, too. The Swiss designer and his team devise furniture and luminaires, tweak discerning structures and are busy fine-tuning the model for the “Stylepark Architects Lounge” for the Light + Building. The design model stands on a table to the rear of the studio – it features a large zone complete with café and miniatures of the purpose-developed installations. Soon Jörg Boner’s design will become the meeting point for the expert crowd at the trade fair in Frankfurt.
Refined quilting seams
Jörg Boner’s no-frills designs, all of them thought through in great depth, are typified by the great care paid to the details and discerning technical solutions. Boner is a trained cabinetmaker, and immediately after graduating in design in Basel went freelance – and his ideas have since won many an international award. The Zurich-based designer draws on 1950s-1970s furniture for his inspiration. What interests him about the pieces created by Swiss designers Max Bill, Bruno Rey and Edlef Bandixen is the way they bond sculptural look and innovative production.