Special Exhibition

Photo: Roswitha Schneider


March 23 – June 11, 2019


How do users and craftspeople enter into a dialogue via an object, ideally on an equal basis? What connects them? What relationships bind craftspeople together? What remains stored as history in an object of utility? On the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the Werkraum Bregenzerwald all member firms were invited to choose and present something “handcrafted” from the workshop of another craftsperson.


The chosen objects might have been a deliberate purchase, a gift, or an exchange. Primary relevance was placed on their history as a piece of handicraft and their relation to the workshop where they were produced. The objects are agents, variously transporting reciprocal esteem, regional value creation, and social and economic interrelations – and thus the fields of cooperative action – in the Werkraum Bregenzerwald and beyond. The presentation on a long table enables the objects to enter into dialogue with one another, as though round a table commune, a communal table. The comments and stories relating to the objects – which can be accessed through an audio guide – convey the multiformity and heterogeneity of the cooperative activities.


Martin Bereuter, craftsman and chairman of the Werkraum Bregenzerwald, tells you more about the exhibition in the audio guide (only German available): Kapitel 01_Informationen zur Ausstellung (Chapter 01_Information on the Exhibition).


Idea and concept

Martin Bereuter


Project management, exhibition organisation and sound recordings

Andrea Masal, Pia Ammann


Exhibition design and realisation

Martin Bereuter, Georg Bechter


Sound technics and editing

Martin Beck, Michael Summer


Audio guide







Photo: Nikolaus Korab


New ways of doing crafts –

new ways of doing business

January 26 – March 16, 2019


Even the most beautifully designed and most perfectly executed objects are of no use, if they don’t find their market in the end. New approaches are needed in the development, marketing and design of products; methods that stand out from conventional, industrial mass production. Teams of NDU students and Werkaum members worked on tailor-made product designs and prototypes for individual businesses and also drafted concepts and strategies for their financing and usability in the framework of manual production, with the Werkraumhaus shop serving as a potential point of sale.



Special exhibition

„Neues Handwerk Neues Wirtschaften“

In cooperation with the Bachelor program Manual and Material Culture, New Design University St. Pölten/Austria

January 26 – March 16, 2019

Werkraumhaus, Andelsbuch







Foto: Johannes Fink


Learning Lab

Werkraumschule Bregenzerwald

26 January – 11 June, 2019


The Werkraumschule Bregenzerwald (Werkraumschool) is a pilot training project for vocational orientation in crafts and trade. The cooperative project was started in 2016 by the Werkraum Bregenzerwald and the Bezau Wirtschaftsschulen (BWS – Commercial Colleges); it is structured into five school grades with a curriculum covering commercial and dual vocational training in crafts. Training takes place in the BWS, the craft workshops in the region and temporarily in this “Learning Lab”.


The five years of the Werkraumschule act as a seamless transition between secondary school and apprenticeship, supported by coaching and practical experience in the regional craft companies. An intensive vocational orientation phase and individual support in the first three years help in the choice of occupation. The curriculum includes general education, commercial and creative basics and a broad-based knowledge of crafts and skills.


In the Learning Lab set up here the pupils get together each week for their training in crafts. The location is ideal for knowledge- and experience-sharing with the focus on an active approach and dialogue. Furthermore, children and young people, visitors, member companies and guests are invited to discover the “open workshop” in the Werkraumhaus and to take part hands-on themselves.


Find out more at www.werkraum.at/werkraumschool



Foto: Johannes Fink



The Werkraumschule Bregenzerwald is supported by the State of Vorarlberg, the Vorarlberg Chamber of Commerce, the Vorarlberg Chamber of Labour, the Regio Bregenzerwald, the Federal Ministry of Education, also the partner enterprises and private sponsors such as Würth and the Hypo Spendenfonds.






Photo: Adolf Bereuter



Award Winners

Handwerk + Form 2018

November 17, 2018 – January 12, 2019


The important design competition took place already for the eighth time in 2018. It was founded more than two decades ago on the initiative of the Craft and Trade  Association of Andelsbuch in cooperation with the graphic designer Harry Metzler. The Werkraum Bregenzerwald has been inviting submissions for the competition every three years. It is an important catalyst for the regional culture of crafts and trades in cooperation with designers from home and abroad. The competition is only open to submissions from a Bregenzerwald craft or trade.


Out of 122 objects in the submission categories of product, the craft of building and experiment, an international jury of specialists selected thirty winning projects in the award categories distinctions, acknowledgements and commendations. Criterion was the synergy of craftsmanship and original design. Particular attention was paid to regional aspects, materiality, functionality and sustainability; meanwhile, priority is given to versatility and powers of innovation in all genres of crafts and trades.



Elke Delugan-Meissl (AT), Marianne Goebl (CH), Philipp Kuntze (CH), Rianne Makkink (NL), Thomas Machhörndl (AT), Harry Metzler (AT), Hermann August Weizenegger (DE)








Photo: Diaméter Collective



Designing Craft

Crafting Design

November 17, 2018 – January 12, 2019



The joint venture of the Werkraum Bregenzerwald with Royal College of Art students in London takes an artistic and documentary approach in exploring a collective work process. Under the guidance of the collective Diaméter, the culturally diverse and interdisciplinary group reflected upon their positions as creatives socialised in the urban environment in relation – or in contrast – to the practice of crafts in the Bregenzerwald. The exhibition shows film footage of the young designers’ encounters during a week-long workshop and of the objects resulting from the work process with the master workshops. The experimental research was based on three key focuses: the material culture of the Bregenzerwald, the visibility and invisibility of handicraft, also the re-contextualisation and rethinking of materials and practices.


After venues including the Vienna Design Week and the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg, the project is to be seen for the first time after Handwerk + Form 2018 in the Werkraumhaus. A comprehensive documentation of the project – supported by the State of Vorarlberg – can be viewed on the website dccd.show.



Media information Designing Craft – Crafting Design





Alphabet of Life – Nature’s Learning Lab

June 23 – October 6, 2018

Werkraumhouse Andelsbuch





What design principles might we learn from nature that can be applied to
designing, producing and managing life in a resource-efficient and sustainable
way? The exhibition tells the story of a tree’s eco-system and thereby
demonstrates nature’s strategies and patterns that have been envolving for
more than 3.8 thousand million years. The audience is introduced to the
framework and the practice of biomimicry by learning from ordinary and
innovative applications in various crafts and design professions.
This transdisciplinary exhibition project is underpinned by extensive
collaborative research and oriented toward educating all stakeholders. Thus,
the exhibition brings together science, crafts and artistic production in an
inspiring learning lab for the whole family. 


Elisabeth Kopf, Project- and Communicationdesigner, Design Buero Baustelle
Regina Rowland, Professor and Biomimicry-Expert

Natural Scientist
Timo Kopf (Zoologist), Christian Rammel (Ecologist) und Birgit Gschweidl (Botanist)


Opening hours: Tue – Sat, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sun, Mon and public holidays closed


Press Release Alphabet of Life