Design Milano April 2006
Cover by Ruedi Baur
For the cover of both the Milan and the Paris editions of Modem Design 2006, we gave “carte blanche” to the designer Ruedi Baur.
He works from 1975 to 1980 in the studio of Michael Baviera (Zurich) and Theo Ballmer (Basel). In 1979 he’s graduate in graphic design from the School of Applied Arts, Zurich. In 1980 after collaborating with Lars Müller, he sets up the Plus Design studio in Zurich with Sereina Feuerstein.
He starts dividing his time between France and Switzerland. In 1982 with Michael Baviera (Zurich) and Peter Vetter (Milan) he sets up the BBV studio.
In 1983 Ruedi Baur sets up his own studio in Lyon. In 1984-1988 he’s founding director of the "Projets" gallery in Villeurbanne. In 1988, he moves to Paris and works among others with Denis Coueignoux and Chantal Grossen.
In 1989 he joins forces with Pippo Lionni to set up Atelier Intégral concept. He creates Intégral Ruedi Baur et Associés. In 1989-1994, he coordinates the design department ("espace information") at the École des Beaux-Arts in Lyon, in collaboration with Philippe Délis. In 1990-1992 he is exhibition programmer at the Maison du livre, Villeurbanne, in collaboration with Blandine Bardonnet.
In 1992, he joins the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI). Philippe Délis becomes the third partner of Intégral concept, which is organized as three studios.
In 1993 during two terms he’s a visiting professor at the Hfg Offenbach, Germany. In 1994-1996 he organizes a higher degree course on the theme of "civic space and design" at the École des Beaux-Arts in Lyon.
In 1995, he becomes a teacher at the Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig, where he directs the "System Design" class. In 1997-2000 he’s Rector of the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig. In 1998-1999 the structure of Intégral concept is strengthened by three new studios (Lars Müller in Baden, Studio Vinaccia in Milan, and Lipsky + Rollet in Paris) and two designers (Christine Breton in Marseille and Pierre-Yves Chays in Chamonix).
In 1999 in Leipzig, he sets up the Interdisciplinary Design Institute (2id).
© Cendrine de Susbielle & Ezio Barbaro