FROM THE CITY — FOR THE CITY
HANDCRAFTED IN SWITZERLAND
SWISS LABEL CERTIFIED
SPUTNIK ZURICH is a manufacturer of reflective bags and fashion based in Zurich, Switzerland. Established in 2012 by owners Stefanie Sixt and Chelsea Morrissey, SPUTNIK ZURICH's aim is to design functional urban design with a beautiful simple construction and minimal form.
Chelsea and Stefanie came together to develop an open design platform transforming recycled safety vests from urban construction sites into functional bags for city dwellers. Using Zurich as their inspiration, they enjoy developing new ideas and concepts reacting to the city and the needs of the people living in it.
The bags are the product of a sustainable production cycle; a product which is from the city, for the city. The subtle change of context of the safety clothing affects the street scene and should bring people together while drawing interest and attention to the urban development of the city. This production cycle could be applied to any city, functioning as a localized satellite of the larger concept, thus the company's name: SPUTNIK ZURICH.
SPUTNIK ZURICH as a synonym for "companion and protection". Sputnik [ˈsput.nʲik] ( Спутник, a russian word meaning "satellite" or literally "fellow traveler" ) was the name of the first soviet satellites reaching the earth orbit.
COSMONAUTE Stefanie Sixt is a German architect and designer. Previously she has worked helsinkiZurich Architects in Zurich and for SNØHETTA architects in Oslo. She completed the MAS CAAD program (Computer Aided Architectural Design) at the ETHZ in 2009/2010. Working in different fields from architecture to art and design – inspired by scandinavian and japanese design and culture. Her special interests range from material research, product and fashion design, scenography and public installations to architecture and urbanism with a focus on social needs.
“My work is driven by the belief that the quality of peoples lives is directly influenced by their surroundings. We should make places for good life and believe in human being.”
COSMONAUTE Chelsea Morrissey is an American architect with special interest in construction methods, and sustainable design. After studying architecture at ISU, Ames and in Chur, Switzerland, she worked at E2A Eckert Eckert Architekten and Boltshauser Architekten in Zürich. Her passion for construction methods and materials research range from applications in architecture to product and fashion design. Her acute attention to detail can be seen in the care put into each product she designs.
“I love to work with material, directly in my hands and test connections, closures and functional details. The way that two materials connect can offer great possibilities to the quality of space they create.”