[Cancelled] Café des Sciences: The Design Mindset

For the fourteenth Café des Sciences, we have invited Mr. Alex Sadeghi and Mr. Jean-Philippe Bonzon, two prominent designer working between Shanghai and Switzerland, to give us an idea of how designers think.

Event Details


Extra Time
Poly Shi Guang Li Plaza L1-024/025, 230 Rui Ping Road, Xu Hui District, Shanghai, Shanghai 200030 China


Cancelled - originally scheduled for February 20


Free. RSVP required

Due to the current situation relating to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, swissnex China has decided to cancel this event for the moment: your health and safety are of utmost importance to us. Guests already registered will be updated should the event be rescheduled.

We apologize for the inconveniences and thank you for your understanding and support. Stay safe!

swissnex China Team

For the fourteenth Café des Sciences, we have invited Mr. Alex Sadeghi and Mr. Jean-Philippe Bonzon, two prominent designer working between Shanghai and Switzerland, to give us a glimpse of designer’s mindset. They will discuss the art and science behind creating functional tools and spaces. What are some major steps during a design process? How do designers enhance the quality of life as well as the aesthetic element of a public space simoutaneously?

Event rundown


18:00-18:30 Registration
18:30-18:35 Welcome Speech
Dr. Felix Moesner, Science Consul & CEO, swissnex China
18:35-19:05 Presentation
Mr. Alex Sadeghi, Design Principal at Studiolite in Shanghai
19:05-19:35 Presentation
Mr. Jean-Philippe Bonzon, Founder of at Jpbdesign studio
19:35-20:00 Discussion and Q&A
20:00-20:30 Networking Reception

About the Speakers


Alex Sadeghi

Design Principal, Studiolite Shanghai

Alex Sadeghi is an architect, designer, and currently Design Principal at Studiolite, based in Shanghai and Lausanne. He is a member of the Swiss Institute of Architects and Engineers (SIA). Alex holds a Scientific Master’s Degree in Architecture from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). Before the founding of Studiolite, Alex worked at MAD Architects in Beijing, Lemanarc S.A in Lausanne, and CetraRuddy Architecture in New York. His previous architectural and design works include commercial and residential towers in New York City, large-scale cultural buildings around China, as well as public and cultural buildings in France and Switzerland. He has also worked on commercial and hospitality interior design projects in New York City, Paris, and Dubai. At Studiolite, he currently oversees the overarching design direction of the firm, focusing on conceptualization, narrative, technology integration, and crossover design strategies with international sensitivity.

Past Design Projects from Alex Sadeghi at Studiolite:

Lady M Arcades by the West Lake

This flagship store designed for Lady M China is located on the shore of the legendary West Lake in Hangzhou. A modern composition on the theme of “arches by the water”, the design invites guests to embark on a journey through a succession of spaces delineated by elegant, asymmetrical curves which channel both Chinese garden design and the charm of European water towns. A tribute to the rich cosmopolitan and composite design language of the region, Lady M’s Arcades by the West Lake aim to enhance the sweet, gastronomic experience through variations on a readable design language which bridges old and young, traditional and new, all in a setting of breathtaking beauty.

ON/OFF Fashion Store

Situated in a prominent position within Shanghai’s Bund Financial Center, ON/OFF is a multi-brand store focused on up-and-coming fashion designers. Studiolite’s design aims for a trendy,artistically-inspired experience through high-end, layered spaces. By interweaving lighting, atmosphere, artful color composition, and the whimsical collision of delicate materials, a dynamic spatial succession is formed, channeling the city’s youthful vitality.


Jean-Philippe Bonzon

Founder, Jpbdesign studio

Rewarded by many prices including the Swiss Design Awards, Jean-Philippe Bonzon is a Swiss designer based between Lausanne (Switzerland) and Shanghai. He is developing his own design brand call Jpbd based on a radical aesthetic and simple functionalities for products and furniture. He is also exploring different horizon like scenography and art installations. Paper, bamboo, enamel and jade is part of these Chinese materials he used to create and define his playful design with his own point of view with an inspiration of the Asian Culture. On the other side, Jean-Philippe is doing some workshop at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou (CAA), following the master’s degree at the Design School of Nantes Atlantic and some workshop at the Tongji University in Shanghai.

Past Design Projects from Jean-Philippe Bonzon

T-Flip is a new kind of tea ware that helps anybody to make and explore loose leaf tea in a simple and playful way. Inspired by the concept of the tea ceremony, T-Flip makes brewing a performance, literally “flip it” around to make a delicious tea. Most people drink fast-food style tea bags, even while knowing the many drawbacks in health and flavor. One reason is the convenience of tea bags as well as the unfamiliarity with loose leaf tea. T-Flip wants to change that; it is easy to use and makes brewing tea an experience not just a task. All the skills required to make your perfect cup of tea will increase with every use.


A chair made for children. The bricolo chair is inspired by the traditional wood game for kids. Assembling becomes a game and children become handyman. Construction is as important as use. The aim of this project, was to create a chair, where the user could assemble himself and here the “do it yourself” becomes a fun game.This chair is made completely with the numerical controled saw and sold in a flat package. A project made in collaboration with Fabien Cappello.

Café des Sciences

Shanghai | Every third Thursday each month 2019

Café des Sciences is a new format at swissnex China offering a monthly platform for Swiss Spotlight Scientists and Start-ups to present their projects and connect with the local community. The lectures will offer a casual setting in which speakers can present their work and engage with the attendees during a Q&A period. Audiences are welcomed to enjoy the networking reception with Swiss flavour after the talk. The lecture is scheduled to take place every third Thursday each month at swissnex China or our partner spaces.