Stephan Hürlemann

Stephan Hürlemann (*1972) is a Swiss architect and designer with his own studio in Zurich. He studied architecture at Zurich’s ETH and partnered with designer Hannes Wettstein. After Wettstein’s death in 2008 he became the creative head of the Studio Hannes Wettstein. Since 2016 the company bears his name. Today Stephan Hürlemann is among the most sought-after designers in Switzerland. He conceives of and designs buildings, spaces, furnishings, products and installations for international clients such as Vitra, PwC, Sanitas Trösch, UBS, horgenglarus, Glutz, Piega, de Sede, Ventura and Sky-Frame.



Whether Stephan Hürlemann is developing the Master Line Source 2 Loudspeaker or re-inventing cable system lights through Hello, his thinking is that of an architect: an intelligent structure is at the core of his designs. With his furniture and product ideas he responds to everyday needs. His icon chair concept has brought the classic horgenglarus chair into the present day. With his prize-winning pattern concept Formpark for Bauwerk Parkett, Hürlemann created a new trend in the parquet world. And his popular DS-21 sofa collection energised the de Sede brand. Companies such as Vitra, horgenglarus, de Sede, Belux, Sanitas Trösch, Piega, Glutz, Ruckstuhl, Ventura or Huawai count on his designs. Stephan Hürlemann also works as an external Art Director for companies including Piega, Sky-Frame and horgenglarus. He has juried various international design awards.


With his team of architects and interior designers the ETH-trained architect conceives of and plans buildings and spaces. The architecture department at Hürlemann focuses particularly on the rituals of living and working. Here building layouts, spatial and material concepts are tailor-made for identities. Examples of these are the Glaeser Wogg offices in Dättwil or the Froriep head office in Zurich. Hürlemann often works in collaboration with renowned architectural firms as interior architecture specialist. Working with Gigon Guyer, for example, the agency won the design competition for the Prime Tower in Zurich. And with EM2N Stephan Hürlemann and his team are currently redesigning the UBS headquarters on Bahnhofstrasse, Zurich. As Art Director Stephan Hürlemann helps companies find the right spatial expression of their brands.

«A building’s heart beats within. Its inner values make it intelligent, give it identity and generate a feeling of wellbeing.»


Stephan Hürlemann’s brand presentations are highly esteemed and often prize-winning. They enable an emotional experience of a company and its attitudes, values and products. Many of his works are legendary – amongst them horgenglarus’ Giants with Dwarf and A Piece of Sky for Sky-Frame.

«I see the limitation of means as the basis for excellent designs.»


Partners: Stephan Hürlemann, Britta Herold and Barbara Hutter

Chief Designer / Chief Architect: Stephan Hürlemann (dipl. Arch. ETH, SIA)

Managing Director: Britta Herold (Dipl.-Ing. Architekt RWTH / EMBA FH)

Team Manager Architecture: Bea Knöpfel

Team: Andrea Frei (architecture), Angela Bachmann (management assistant), Barbara Hutter (installation and storytelling), Elisa Böll (design), Julia Partenheimer (architecture), Wiebke Mennerich (architecture) and Zifei Wang-Speiser (architecture).

Insights into our working life can be found on Instagram.

Job opportunities

As a small agency we do not hire often, but we are always on the lookout for talented and passionate designers and architects to work with. If you would like to be part of our creative world, email a concise and informative portfolio with examples of your work and a short cv to

Our History

Our agency was founded in 2001 by Hannes Wettstein, one of the most influential Swiss Designers. Whole story

Site Credits

Concept: Hürlemann / Design: NORM

Programming: Gold Interactive

Portrait photo: Manuel Rickenbacher

English translation: Aoife Rosenmeyer

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