THE SWISS DESIGN PRIZE
Since its foundation in 1991, the biennial Design Prize Switzerland has been recognising pioneering design work with high social and sustainable value. We’re thrilled to be named as a 2019/2010 recipient for our creation of Bananatex®. We’ll let the statement of the jury (which included Vetements Founder and Balenciaga Creative Director Demna Gvasalia, Alfredo Haeberli, and Kim Colin) speak for itself:
"Bananatex® is the result of a unique project, which was driven forwards by QWSTION with high risks and a great deal of dedication. The fabric, which came about from a natural, renewable raw material, is innovative, absolutely contemporary and sustainable in the best sense of the term. Its product qualities give rise to the hope that Bananatex® will soon replace synthetic materials in bag production. Apart from this, the textile should also find applications in other product categories. The fact that not solely ecological but also social aspects played an important role in the development of the textile, its manufacture and further processing – key word fair trade – rounds off the positive overall picture."
Bananatex® is fully open-source and fast finding applications across a range of industries. If you’re interested in working with the textile, we’d love to hear from you.