Rundgang_Handwerk+Form ©Roswitha Natter




Handwerk + Form (Crafts + Form) is one of the most important activities of Werkraum Bregenzerwald. It is a competition uniting local craftsmen with international designers and architects. The competition originated in 1991, when the Craft and Trade Association of the community of Andelsbuch in Bregenzerwald celebrated its bicentennial anniversary. For this occasion, the Association wanted to present a contemporary image of the trade with foresight. A project group in cooperation with designer Harry Metzler came up with the idea of a competition bringing together craftsmen and designers. It was so successful that what was a single jubilee event became a triennial tradition since 2000 with Werkraum Bregenzerwald as organizer.


The exhibition Handwerk + Form following the competition shows all submitted works in various locations within the community of Andelsbuch. Old workshops (a bakery, a blacksmith’s foundry, a sawmill, a butcher’s shop and barns) are adopted as exhibition spaces. The ambience of the old buildings adds an interesting light to the modern exhibition, reminding the visitors of a long craftsman’s tradition in Bregenzerwald. Visitors can stroll from one location to another, with time for reflection and discussion. Works designed for outside use are exhibited along the way. Simultaneous to the exhibition a journal is published documenting all works.


Handwerk + Form not only serves to revitalize the local tradition and industry, but also has the potential of becoming an impetus for modern designers.


During the Exhibiton of Handwerk + Form the Werkraumhouse serves as meeting and info point, with a shop and a childs construction site.


Jury 2018

Elke Delugan-Meissl, Vienna, Delugan Meissl Associated Architects

Marianne Goebel, Helsinki, CEO artek
Hermann August Weizenegger, Berlin, Atelier HAW

Philipp Kuntze, Bern, Founder of World Crafts

Rianne Makkink, Rotterdam, Studio Makkink&Bey

Thomas Machhörndl, Vienna, domus
Harry Metzler, Schwarzenberg, Grafic Designer


Exhibition and round trip

13/14 and 18/19/20/21 October 2018, Andelsbuch, 10am – 6pm


Media Information

Press Release Handwerk + Form 2018


Handwerk + Form Packages Hotel Partners of the Werkraum Bregenzerwald

Adler Rössle in Au

Krone in Au

Hotel Post in Bezau

Krone in Hittisau

Hotel Bären in Mellau

Schtûbat in Andelsbuch



Call for Entries

Handwerk + Form 2018_Call for Entries