Valeria Crescenzi

Design Apéro: chapter three

15 creative talents. One beautiful location in the heart of Binz. A special guest with a local biz story about food and design. Lots of ideas and professional collaborations blossoming. These are the main traits of the latest Design Apéro: chapter three.

On November 4th a new group of professionals in the design and architecture industry gathered together for an energetic networking evening. This time a common thread was local business stories and sustainability. Even though Design Apéros do not having a specific topic to discuss by default, as the first guests confirm their participation, the theme emerges and guides my choice of later guests.

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After special guests from Copenhagen, this time I went local and we all had the pleasure to hear the story of an independent chocolate brand called Garçoa. Franziska and Andreas, the founders, made an outstanding job in developing a small batch, sustainable production chain to produce bean-to-bar chocolate. No milk or additives, just cocoa beans and brown sugar. Not the usual Swiss chocolate, I’d say. This is a story of true passion for cocoa, born when Franziska was in Peru; she and Andreas traveled the world to select the best varieties of cocoa that are now transformed into bars and other chocolate products in their factory in Wollishofen.

This presentation was very inspiring: Franziska not only shared the beautiful aspects of her job, but also the difficulties and the many decisions that stand behind the development of a project. She and Andreas really thought out every single detail. For example, the packaging and the development of the final form of the chocolate bars that are little design masterpieces. Freelancers, small businesses, and independent designers have a lot in common no matter the specific business branch they are involved in. We spent the rest of the evening talking about different aspects of our jobs.

Special thanks:

PIA GRIMBÜHLER FOTO STUDIO. Thank you Pia for opening your amazing studio to us. It’s been a real pleasure having you as host of the third Design Apéro.

MARCOS PÉREZ aka MARCAUSE – Thank you, Marcos, for being our official photographer and for working your magic in catching the gathering’s atmosphere. It feels good coming back to analog and being captured on film.

VITICOLO – Thank you, Lorenzo, for bringing us some sips of Italian wine culture. We loved the labels we tasted and the perfect pairing with chocolate.

HOME & FLEUR ONLINE SHOP – Thank you, Vita, for the lovely goodie bags as memories-to-go of the third Design Apéro.

The next Design Apéro will take place on December the 4th. I already got the first confirmations and I’m considering some applications received. If you are interested in taking part, keep reading and follow the required steps below.

Do you want to be one of the guests of the next Design Apéro? Read below what to do.

The Design Apéro is a (G)local event that takes place once per month in Zürich, a special initiative by invitation only to foster connections and start building meaningful professional relationships. If you work in the area of design and/or architecture and want to take part in one of the next chapters send me an email at with the following info (Subject: Design Apéro):

*A brief introduction of yourself

*Why do you want to take part into the Design Apéro

*Your website/portfolio/blog

*Your LinkedIn profile

In case you’ll be selected, you’ll receive a confirmation email with all the useful details

Do you want to be one of the next hosts? Or making an in-kind sponsorship?

Since the Apéros are free of charge, I’m looking for hosts and local sponsors who are willing to provide a nice venue, drinks and nibbles & more, contributing to creating a pleasant experience for all the participants. Being a sponsor means building a stronger community around your business while gaining a bit of extra exposure. I’m happy to discuss all the details during a meeting in person.

Send me an email at to plan a first meeting with me at your location (Zürich). Subject: partnership.

Curious to have a look at the previous Design Apéros? Click here.

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