Special Exhibition

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