Aekae is an idea-driven design studio founded by Fabrice Aeberhard and Christian Kaegi in 2006.
Both were born in Switzerland with multicultural backgrounds, and educated at the University of Art and Design in Zurich, where they discovered their common passion for distinctive, radical and simplistic creations. They have lived and worked in L.A, London, Munich and San Francisco, and are now based in Zurich.
With a holistic approach to design, the studio works on a diverse range of projects with international clients across multiple disciplines, including interior, furniture, product, luxury goods, transportation and branding. They have designed mass produced consumer products aswell as hand crafted editions or one offs, from idea to market. Aekae‘s work has received international critical and media acclaim and has been exhibited all over the world.
Work by Aekae goes beyond the fulfillment of a functional commercial brief. Ideas are translated to unexpected products and spaces, integrating cultural, economical, and ecological aspects surrounding a project. What we offer is distinctive, well made and long lasting design – to support your ideas, and communicate the essence of your business.
Informed by the swiss modernist design heritage, we promote an innovative, honest and conscious approach to materials and the designprocess. A special interest in our work is the re-use of materials and generally the lifecycle of objects.
We beleive in longterm thinking and quality, and have ongoing business relations with most of our clients.
CCS Paris, «Signes Quotidiens», Paris, France 2005
Shanghai MOCA, «Swiss Design Now», Shanghai, China 2006
Guangdong Museum of Art, «Swiss Design Now», Guangzhou, China 2006
Today Art Museum,«Swiss Design Now», Beijing, China 2006
IMM Cologne, «Inspired by», Nominated for Interior Innovation Award, Cologne, Germany 2006
Museo de las Ciencias, «Swiss Design Now», Valencia, Spain 2007
Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Backpack QWSTION, Permanent Collection, Switzerland 2010
National Design Center, Criss + Cross design from Switzerland, Seoul, South Korea 2011
Thailand Creative- & Design-Center, Criss + Cross design from Switzerland, Bangkok, Thailand 2011
BAK, Eidg. Preis für Kunsträume, Wäscherei (Interieur), Zürich, Switzerland 2011
MD International Media Award, retail space of the year, Komplementair, Zürich, Switzerland 2011
Die Besten 2012, Silberner Hase, Qwstion Collection, 2012
German Design Award, Nominee, Qwstion Collection, 2013
Design Preis Schweiz, Nominee, Qwstion Collection, 2013
We share our studio with creatives from various fields with common core values. This allows us to offer and direct complete design services in collaboration with our network partners. from branding and identity to visual communication including websites.
Clients like Digitec, Komplementair, Qwstion and Sire have all profited from this possibility resulting in distinctive and consistent identities.
Communication + Interaction Design
Development Never Stops
Daniel Auf der Mauer
Some of our clients
Mammut Sports Group
Swiss International Airlines