The USM Design Grant is a study grant launched by the Fondation USM to encourage innovation by rewarding a student’s project. The grant amounts to CHF 25,000. This competition takes place each year during the Design Days, alternating between Geneva and Lausanne, and is granted in turn to a student from HEAD (Geneva School of Art and Design) and Ecal (Lausanne Cantonal Art School).

The Winner of Foundation USM Design Grant
will be announced on 26 September 2019

Space Duality – Investigating Digital Reality

“Space Duality” as part of the USM Design Grant was set up as a semester project in the department of Interior Architecture at HEAD, Geneva School of Art and Design. A group of twelve students developed seven projects offering completely new space-related experiences that are immersive and deeply emotional. Entering the different VR projects while being placed inside or on top of built furnitures does transfer the viewer into an unseen environment full of surprises. While some of the projects have an enchanted charm about them, others challenge us on how we would define what “interior spaces” are in general.

Simon Husslein,
Studio tutor, department of Interior Architecture, HEAD – Geneva