Silvio Rebholz

Hello! I’m a product designer from Germany living in Lausanne. In my work, I try to take strange ideas seriously and to develop them in a rational way – always seeking for sensitive and charming answers to the constraints of everyday life. When working on projects, I very much enjoy being confronted with specific contexts that require an engagement with interpersonal interactions.
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Spezi

Spezi is a home speaker developed together with the Yamaha Design Lab which interacts between multiple music-playing devices. Where normally disconnecting a device and connecting to another is a common issue with wireless sound systems, this speaker allows a connection with four channels simultaneously. The volume of each channel can be adjusted by lifting the corresponding antenna, which also gives visual feedback on its volume. By overlaying channels, transitions in between songs from different devices become possible and turn the speaker into a music mixer.

26 x 12x 12 cm
various materials

designed with the Yamaha Design Lab

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The Lost Graduation Show

For the Lost Graduation Show at Salone del Mobile, I was part of Anniina Koivu's exhibition team. Over the course of 20/21, thousands of design students completed their studies, but couldn't present their work publicly. By organising one large exhibition, we give them this opportunity on a big stage. From numerous entries, we selected 168 projects, connecting 48 design schools from from all over the world. The exhibition’s design was governed by one pressing need: a temporary exhibition where no material goes to waste. The design was a homogeneous and at the same time varied landscape, based on Ytong bricks, which are locally sourced and part of a circular system. Once dismantled, the entire installation was returned to its production cycle.

Curated by Anniina Koivu, Exhibition design Camille Blin & Anthony Guex, Curational team Luisa Kahlfeldt, Bérengère Bussioz, Margherita Banchi & Silvio Rebholz

Oel

The use of open flames in indoor rooms usually only happens during festivities and romantic evenings. However, the warmth and naturalness of a flame can also be enjoyable in everyday situations and provide an alternative to electric light. In times of light pollution, the oil lamp offers less, but qualitative light. OEL LAMP is designed for everyday use, it takes reference from the typology of an electric table lamp. The polished lampshade reflects the flame onto the table so that there is enough light to read. The opening in the shade allows the heat of the flame to escape upwards. The oil reservoir is integrated in the leg and it can be refilled by taking off the upper part.

15 cm x 12 cm x 28 cm
steel, aluminium

TV Studio Sets

Holiday Chair

Originally designed and made from quarantine, the holiday chair looks to achieve lounge comfort without the environmental cost of foam and for a low price. Referencing the director chair typology of gaining flexibility through fabric, we aimed on creating a lot from a little. The frame is made up of three profiles all with 90Âş angle cuts, other than one angled cut on the armrests.The chair flat-packs to a box form and assembles by 12 bolts.

79 Ă— 68 Ă— 76 cm
pine, textile

Collaboration with Maxwell Ashford

What Shall We Eat This Time?

WHAT SHALL WE EAT THIS TIME, a research-based project of Ann-Kathrin Müller and Julia Schäfer is based on two cookbooks written by Dr. Erna Meyer in 1931 and 1936. Erna Meyer was involved in the Werkbund exhibition in Stuttgart in 1927 and emigrated to Palestine in 1933. Her recipes reveal the political upheaval of two states. By cooking and eating, WSWETT examines the formation of cultural identities through the process of food preparation. For the exhibition's dinner evenings at the Weissenhof Gallery in Stuttgart, I designed a furniture system which emphasises a communal and vivid food experience. Guests could get a filled tray at a counter and attach it to the stool they like. Each unit serves one person, so guests could arrange them to variable forms.

commissioned by WSWETT & Weissenhofmuseum
photos Natalie Brehmer & WSWETT

Tablec

The TABLEC coffee table is entirely made out of pine. All connections are made with dowels, which play an integral role in the design and therefore are exposed all over the piece.

75cm x 30cm x 45cm
pine wood

Azita Candles

For the launch of Candle 7 in the azita store in Frankfurt I created a series of single piece candles. They were developed and made on sight in the days before the event.

various sizes
wax

team work with Claire Wildenhues & Karl Becker

Candle 7

Candle 7 is a candle with four flames by taking reference to classical candelabras. I got fascinated by candles because of their simple functionality and their strong symbolism. Candles exist for approximately 40.000 years and even the invention of electricity could not challenge their right to exist. Around 2017, I started to make candles as birthday presents and since then I never really stopped. Candle 7 is my first reproducible candle.

20cm x 4cm x 20cm
wax, cotton wicks

photos by Sara Bastai & styling by Inès Maestre
process photos by Julia Sang Nguyen

Take Away

Take Away is seating installation, which consists of a bench made out of a folded galvanised sheet and three blankets. Each blanket has its basic form of a burrito, a wrap or a sushi roll and a printed instruction manual on it to explain how to fold and roll the particular snack. Participants are invited to be wrapped in the blankets and put on the bench waiting to be taken away.

150 x 200 x 45 cm
galvanized steel

commissioned by NACHTSICHT FESTIVAL

Wasserbank

WASSERBANK is located in a tiny lake in the Black Forest. Sitting on it, there are only superficial conversations permitted.

170 cm x 210 cm x 50 cm
wood, screws

team work with Mark Bohle