One of the most charismatic designers of the new century, Alfredo Häberli was born in Buenos Aires in 1964 and trained as a designer in Zürich.
In 2008 he was honoured with an extensive retrospective of his work at the Museum für Gestaltung of Zurich, motivated partly by his not leaving Switzerland, the base from which he has worked for the leading Scandinavian and European companies, including Iitala, Volvo, Kvadrat, Alias, Moroso, Driade, Cappellini, Luceplan, Camper… and, of course, BD.
In 2001, the Barcelona-based company launched the collection of bar furniture under the name of Happy Hour, followed some years later when Los bancos Suizos (The Swiss Benches) went into production. A tribute to the banco Catalano (Catalan Bench), designed in 1974 by Oscar Tusquets and Lluís Clotet and also produced by BD, The Swiss Benches were awarded the ADI FAD Golden Delta Prize, the highest recognition that can be awarded to a product in Spain. The prize jury was chaired by Gillo Dorfles, a contemporary of Achille Castiglioni and Bruno Munari, the two benchmarks from whom Häberli has distilled the ingeniousness and sense of humour that imbue all his projects.