People Fabian Bolliger


My name is Fabian Bolliger and I’m from Baden, in Switzerland.
I spend a lot of my free time sketching and making Designer furniture and paintings
I have always wondered why I do this. And then I found the answer. Plain and simple: It gives me great pleasure and I'm good at it. To be able to work with my hands and at the end of the day be able to see the results of my work, that's what I wanted. That's how I got into carpentry. Even then I was fascinated by the texture of wood and how well it can be processed. How it can be combined with other materials, how you can create simple elegance or abstract forms.
As a carpenter you work to plan. You have to work precisely and keep to deadlines. But how i said, you work to a plan. It was clear to me pretty soon that I don't want to be limited by plans all my life. The art of carpentry offers an almost infinite range of creative possibilities. The desire for independence was born.
But first I packed my bags and set off on my first long journey abroad. During these months I learned a lot about the arts and crafts of other cultures, was able to talk about them with many people and started to deal with art.
I was impressed how artists all over the world express their thoughts and feelings with their art. Back home I tried to capture these impressions and my thoughts in a painting.
That’s how I started to combine my paintings and my furniture. Bring them together to create a unique piece with its own story. Playful art that meets design, quality and practicality. Always with the aim of perfection and individuality, so that the new owner gets the perfect piece of furniture for himself.

The interview

The version of Fabian Bolliger about Fuorisalone

Art or Design, is there a border between the two?

They are actually two different things. While in design, functionality in everyday use plays a major role, in art the message and the pure self-realization of the artist is usually important. But I don't see a border between the two. Both are almost boundless. Perhaps design is even a little more predictable. But why not combine the predictable with the unpredictable?

Limited edition or Unique piece, design is also choosing this path and some trade events are more and more proposing this concept, what do you think of that?

I myself am a very big fan of unique pieces or a limited edition. Practically all my room equipment consists of unique pieces. Okay, I am a carpenter myself. But still, for me, the less there is of a piece, the more unique it is. Additionally, limited editions or unique pieces usually show a high level of quality. Also in points like choice of material and production there is less saving and many other aspects than only the profit are considered. In addition, the furniture is valued much more because of the slightly higher price and the high level of individuality and quality.

Which is your source of inspiration?

I claim that our brain is very much inspired by external influences without us really noticing it. So some of my works go so far back into childhood that I never imagined that at some point this would serve as inspiration for my works today. For many other works I am inspired by stories, cultures, the people around me and the general world situation. But my most important source of inspiration are my journeys, which I was allowed to experience. I experienced feelings and situations in a completely different way and looked at many things from a completely new perspective.

How did you develop your technical skills? What kind of education did you receive in this regard?

The 4 years of carpenter training in Switzerland have certainly laid the foundation of my skills. Afterwards, there were many attempts and also many failed attempts, which brought me to new methods or from which I could learn and improve myself. Various job changes and independent house conversions, which promoted my manual dexterity and experience in general. And last but not least it was certainly the various journeys on which I got to know one or the other technique. Apart from that, for me too, it's often simply: lets see how this works.

In which way do you think your work is evolving in the coming years? Which are the areas in which you would like to work?

In the coming years my work will be shown mainly nationally and internationally at various fairs and art exhibitions. I will definitely keep my style and guarantee the best possible combination of art and design. Nevertheless, due to the fact that there are various small series design products in the queue, I would not be averse to moving towards an independent and own design brand.

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