Carlo Clopath is a swiss industrial designer. He studied at ECAL/University of Art and Design in Lausanne. In 2012 he worked at Cecilie Manz’ Office in Denmark. In 2013 he is artist in residence at the Statens Værksteder for Kunst (Danish Art Workshops) in Copenhagen. Subsequently he installed his office in a house in the Alps (Grisons).
Pine cones (cut in half), skin from a grass snake, a golden butterfly larva, moss from the nearby forest and round stones from the stream bed of the still young Rhine. A wild hodgepodge of found forms, materials and colors are scattered on shelves, piles of books and on the floor of Carlo Clopath’s workshop. He is convinced that every experience significantly affects us: Grisons’ rugged mountains, the deep canyons and green forests, the high valleys and the gentle high-mountain grasslands left a crucial imprint on the industrial designer from Trin-Mulin – as well as memories from his time in Montréal, Lausanne, Copenhagen and several travels to Japan. «His work is richly varied and complex. His objects often awake associations and have symbolic overtones. His approach is very multisensorical – he creates atmospheres and his objects obviously live in a dialogue with histories, materials and meanings. His memories from his childhood, in the swiss mountains, influence and are often point of origin of his work.» Lars Dybdahl, (Designmuseum Danmark), Danish Art Workshops, 2013.