In this close connection with materials, experimentation summons both the know-how of the past and the skill of the craftsperson who processes the material and transforms it with passion and deep respect
atelier oï was founded in 1991 in La Neuveville, Switzerland, by Aurel Aebi, Armand Louis and Patrick Reymond.
The name oï, derived from the Russian word “troïka”, a team of three, conveys the dynamism and holistic energy generated by a trio. atelier oï is the result of an alliance rooted in humanity and art. It’s about sharing values and ideals. The trio has been connected for 30 years by the intangible bond of the desire to grow and venture together on a journey that, however, never prevents them from taking their own paths. The alliance brings together open and creative minds, sharing their visions.
The deep-rooted involvement of the founders with architecture, design and shipbuilding, as well as contacts with charismatic personalities such as Alberto Sartoris and Ettore Sottsass, have shaped the philosophy of atelier oï . They strive to go beyond the boundaries of a single discipline.
At atelier oï, the idea of multidisciplinarity is summed in the word “atelier”, a place of creation, intellectual knowledge and manual know-how. On an international scale, their work ranges from architecture and interior design to product and set design.
Geographically speaking, atelier oï is at the crossroads of different cultures and influences.
Their premises, located in the former motel of La Neuveville in Switzerland, halfway between northern and southern Europe and across a linguistic border, is a real tool to support both the artistic approach and the projects. The three-storey building, renamed Moïtel, houses all the activities of atelier oï on an area of over 900 m². It contains the ateliers, a library of materials, a prototype workshop, office spaces, a photographic studio and a gallery dedicated to exhibitions and experiments.
It is therefore not only an atelier oï work space but also an experimental laboratory, a place for cultural exchange and events dedicated to their work. The Moïtel ceaselessly embodies, nourishes and inspires atelier oï, reflecting its creative and multidisciplinary soul.
Since they started working together, they have wished to eliminate genres so as to highlight the possible transversality between architecture, interior design and set design. A multidisciplinary perspective, teamwork and close ties with materials and experimentation are at the heart of their creative philosophy: based on this concept, their project was founded and it has now been recognized all around the world.
The company has signed contracts with B&B Italiano, Bulgari, Driade, Foscarini, Moroso, Scottish Pringle, Röthlisberger, USM, Victorinox and Louis Vuitton.
atelier oï’s team won numerous national and international awards.
IF Design Award — Product Design International Forum Design (DE) for the Tour d’Oï shelve edited by Röthlisberger (CH)
IF Design Award — Product Design International Forum Design (DE) for the Tour d’Oï shelf by Röthlisberger (CH)
Design Plus (DE) in the context of the Light and Building Fair in Frankfurt (DE) for the Uniq lamp edited by Ribag (CH)
Living at Home Award 2007 by the Design magazine (DE) for the Allegro collection edited by Foscarini (IT)
Die Besten 2007 — Lapin d’or in the Design category by the Hochparterre magazine (CH) for the Allegro collection edited by Foscarini (IT)
Product of the Year by Architectural Record (US) for the Allegro collection edited by Foscarini (IT)
Audience Award Maison de l’année by the IdealesHEIM magazine (CH) for the Glaeser house in Saint-Aubin (CH)
F Product Design Award — Gold Award 2009 (DE) for the Allumettes collection edited by Röthlisberger (CH)
Piranesi Prix de Rome (IT) finalist for the Archaeological Museum Laténium in Neuchâtel (CH)
Prix bernois du design 2012 (CH) by the Fondation bernoise de design as accomplished designers in the fields of Design, Architecture, Interior Design and Scenography
Long Time Design special award by the D Casa Interior Design magazine for La Repubblica newspaper (IT). In the context of the Milano Design Award 2013 for the objects created for B&B Italia, Moroso, Louis Vuitton, Röthlisberger Kollektion and Venini
Innovationspreis Architektur und Technik category 1 Produkt von hoher architektonischer Qualität in the context of the Light + Building fair (DE) for the Conversio light t
Iconic Awards 2014 — Winner for the Pringle of Scotland Flagship Store in Chengdu (CN)
D’S Awards 2014 — Bronze Winner in the context of the Designers’ Saturday 2014 (CH) for the la vie en rose scenography for USM Modular Furniture (CH)
Kenneth Hudson Award in the context of The European Museum of the Year Award 2015 (EMYA) for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum in Geneva (CH)
Red Dot Award (DE)— Product Design 2015 for the Conversio lamp by Illuminartis (CH)
Design Preis Schweiz 2015/16 in the furniture category for the USM Privacy Panels by USM Modular Furniture (CH)
D’S Awards 2016 — Gold Winner in the context of the Designers’ Saturday 2016 (CH) for the Talsee scenography
ICONIC AWARDS 2017 (DE) — Interior Winner in the category New interior Design Concept for RIMOWA (CH)
BOOMSPDESIGN (BR) — Designers of the Year 2018 in the context of the monographic exhibition “Handmade Industry” at Museu da Casa Brasileira in São Paulo (BR)
Talents du Luxe et de la Création (FR) — in the category Talent de l’invention
REDDOT AWARD WINNER (DE) for Business Lounge Collection Velum for Girsberger (CH)
STYLEPARK AWARD Salone del Mobile 2019 (IT) for the Lounge Chair Aria for Desalto (IT)
Merit Award of the DFA Design for Asia Awards 2019 (CN), with The General Kyoto (JP)
ADI DESIGN INDEX 2019 (IT), with Genea for Passoni (IT)
iF DESIGN AWARD 2020 (DE), in the category interior architecture, in the discipline Hotel Design, with The General Kyoto (JP)
Archiproducts Design Awards – Winner of the 2020 ADA (IT), with E LA NAVE VA for Alias (IT)
Premio Nazionale per l’Innovazione – Premio dei Premi, in the category Industria e Servizi, Design Italiano, with Genea for Passoni (IT)