About Estelle

Estelle Gassmann (*1981) studied Textile Design at the Art and Design School of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Since 2006 she has been working as an independent textile and product designer in Zurich, as well as pursuing her own individual research as an artist.

Her objects and products are designed from disparate starting materials and developed by means of elaborate processes. Each object is orchestrated as an aesthetic counterpoint to its functional character, which is thus given a totally new and unusual dimension.

But what can be seen in these fragile narrative objects, created from such unexpected combinations of materials as ceramics, historic gum tragacanth and plastic? And in her everyday products such as bedlinen, crockery and glassware, which are always at the same time exhibition objects?

Here one can never be certain, because the designer and artist loads her objects with the visible, structural movement of their own creation, a movement much greater than a mere distracting moment.

The resulting products completely fulfil their function while nevertheless remaining far from it. With a surreal aspect and embedded in stories which always originate in the eye of the beholder. Apropos of nothing, they lead our memories of everyday objects to a poetic elsewhere, without us ever really knowing where it is that we’ve arrived.


Estelle Gassmann
Neugasse 145b
CH-8005 Zürich

+41 76 423 98 63



02–06 Textile Design Studies at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Diploma 2006

since 06 Lives and works in Zurich as a designer and artist

07–12 SiebundBrot – Studio for silkscreen printing with Anna-Katharina Wittmann and Simone Siegfried


17 Residency at Vista Alegre Ílhavo Portugal, Porcelana, Cristal desde 1824

14 Residency at the EKWC European Ceramic Work Centre, s’ Hertogenbosch (NL)


15 Museum für Gestaltung Zürich

13 Mudac Musée de design et d‘arts appliqués contemporains Lausanne


gedeckter-tisch SCHÖNER WOHNEN Januar 2017
 Wohn!Design 1/2017 Jan/Feb
20 Geschenke von Zürcher Labels ZÜRITIPP 15.12.2016
Schaufensterklub Bolero 10.12.2016 
formforumMasterpiece am Designers' Saturday
Im Schaufensterklub wird Schweizer Design erlebbar
bilanzhomes-03-2016 Mit Fantasie um die Ecke.
Blog Life at home IKEA Schweiz Mai 2016
 Ausgezeichnet: Estelle Gassmann erhält den MINI Designpreis
En Vogue – Design Schweiz
Gesehen RAUM UND WOHNEN 03/16
Con le lenzuola Homify 13.2.2016 
Neues aus der Schweiz
Magazin Z Dezember 2015
Geschenke Stil NZZ am Sonntag 29. November 2015
Lebensart Zentralschweiz am Sonntag, 29. November 2015
Mit Rosen bedacht HP 8 15
 im Hochparterre 
Schön verwirrend Brigitte 16/2015
Blog Life at home IKEA Schweiz Mai 2015
Schöner Wohnen 2012