Alfred Hablützel

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Alfred Hablützel (born November 13, 1931 in Vaucresson near Paris ) is a Swiss photographer , graphic artist , advertiser, design consultant , editor, book author and exhibition designer .


In 1938, Alfred Hablützel's family moved to Zurich, where he began an apprenticeship as an upholsterer-decorator in 1947 and then completed an apprenticeship at the Zurich School of Applied Arts . He was a student of Willy Guhl , Hans Bellmann (1911–1990) and Benedikt Rohner , as well as the Bauhaus lecturer Johannes Itten . With his fellow student Kurt Thut , he found a connection to the emerging designer scene in Bern.

In Teo Jakob in Bern in 1955 his career as an interior designer, graphic designers and to 1976 started his autodidactic work as a photographer and concept developer. The Luna spherical luminaire, which is still available today, is to be regarded as a coincidence . The hanging ball lamps that were thrown away in large numbers during building renovations inspired Hablützel to create the table lamp with the frame shaped by Bernhard Luginbühl .

In 1958 Teo Jakob and Peter Haussmann founded the Swiss Design group with Hans Eichenberger , Kurt Thut and Robert Haussmann with the aim of making their designs known internationally. Hablützel was also heavily involved.

1963–1966 he was editor and designer of the magazine Interieur and then in 1966 founded the advertising agency Hablützel & Jaquet with a colleague. In 1976, Hablützel found a job with the chair manufacturer Strässle in Kirchberg SG , where he was responsible for marketing and product development.

In 1979 he opened his own studio in Wil SG for visual design, photography, communication and design consultancy for the interior design industry. In 1981 the collaboration with the general design institute of Robert and Trix Haussmann began to develop new concepts for home textiles with manneristic and illusionistic design elements.

Together with Stefan Zwicky, he designed the exhibition 30 Years of Textile Printing in the Textile Museum Krefeld in 1983, which was repeated in 1984 in the Kunstgewerbemuseum Zurich. In 1989 he designed the exhibition Mobilier Suisse, Création Invention at the CCI Center Georges Pompidou , Paris. From 1995 Hablützel worked with Thomas Petraschke in a studio in Basel and has lived in Perreuse / Treigny , France , since 1997 .

Alfred Hablützel's work for leading designers and interior design companies made him a central figure in the Swiss furniture scene as an initiator, mentor and advertiser.


Posters for exhibitions (selection):

  • 1958: New metal furniture , ZHdK, poster
  • 1984: 33 years of textile printing - Printed by Taunus , poster and invitation card
  • 1971: De Sede is Latin for sitting , poster
  • Collection in the Museum of Design in Zurich


  • 1991: Swiss Design Prize , Prize for Merit


  • 1974: ZHdK , cultural posters from Switzerland by Alfred Hablützel , March 19, 2005 to December 31, 2005.
  • 2005: ZKdK, design collection, Zurich, Swiss furniture in pictures , photography
  • 2009: ZHdK, Every Thing Design , participation with photographs of furniture


  • Peter Röthlisberger, Alfred Hablützel, Trix Haussmann and Robert Haussmann: The General Design Institute with Trix and Robert Haussmann. Furniture for the Röthlisberger collection. Niggli, 2011, ISBN 3-7212-0817-X .
  • Alfred Hablützel and Stefan Zwicky: Schweizer Möbel-Lexikon: Lexicon of Swiss furniture making over 80 years. Offizin, Zurich 2006, ISBN 3-907496-40-X .
  • Alfred Hablützel and Verena Huber: Interior architecture in Switzerland 1942–1992. Association of Swiss Interior Architects VSI , Niggli, 1993, ISBN 3-7212-0276-7 .
  • Alfred Hablützel: The birch - meaning and material in design and art. Niggli, 1996, ISBN 3-7212-0297-X .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. The moon has risen , Etzel Verlag, classic PDF, accessed March 1, 2014.
  2. e-museum , accessed on February 28, 2014.