The notion of “design” has undergone substantial changes in the past few years. The new closeness to art, the turning away from the pure industrial product and to prototypical unica has sustainably changed the market and, as a consequence, influenced the distribution and broker channels of specially designed everyday objects. Exceptional design objects are nowadays much sought-after collectibles, shown in galleries, on special fairs and traded on special auction platforms.
The international design expert Franziska Kessler has been running a gallery since 2007 in Zurich, which caters to these new tendencies with carefully curated exhibitions. The focus of the presentations lies on so-called “design art” objects by renowned designers. Since the opening of her gallery, Franziska Kessler has shown exhibitions with works by Carlo Mollino, Christian Astuguevieille, Wendell Castle, Hannes Wettstein and Jacques Tati by Domeau & Pérès. She also runs a Zurich and Paris-based consulting design company with the approach to develop personalized concepts for each client. Franziska Kessler focuses on exquisite collectibles, vintage furniture, prototypes or so-called “one-offs”, products that the designers purposely create as unica or in limited numbers.