People in design: Rosemarie Baltensweiler (1927–2020)
The Swiss Federal Office of Culture awarded her with the Grand Prix Design for her oeuvre early in the summer of 2019. Now Rosemarie Baltensweiler has passed away at 92 years of age. As a young interior designer she worked at Max Bill’s firm, where the plans for the Ulm School of Design buildings had just been drawn up. The success story of her own lighting company began with the Type 600 lamp that she designed together with her husband Rico, initially for their own personal use. Both the mobility of the lamp as well as the counter-reflector attached to the bulb made it unmistakable. The Baltensweiler company, which is now run by its third generation of owners, remains one of Switzerland’s key design-oriented businesses, having committed to new technologies and sustainable production at an early stage.