Textile designer Isabel Bürgin runs a one-woman business in Basel. She weaves and sells her products herself. She is constantly developing new ideas for her collection. Her concern is to design everyday objects that combine our zeitgeist with the excellent properties of traditional materials. The focus is on designing fabrics such as floor rugs and wool blankets. Her rug collection currently includes seven standard qualities, available in individual dimensions and some in up to 40 colors. All products from Isabel Bürgin’s collection are manufactured to the highest quality. The unity of development site and production allows a high degree of individuality in the product and an exclusive service for the customer.

Cooperations and concepts
To complement her collection of carpets and blankets, Isabel Bürgin develops products and collections for industry and cooperates with other designers, such as Fiorella Fasciati for Ruckstuhl. The chaise longue grazia (2009) was a cooperation with Kuno Nüssli from kunotechnik. After training as a Colour Consultant for Architecture and the Environment at the IACC in Salzburg, Austria, she has been developing colour concepts for textiles and interiors. In autumn 2010, the Basel-based label minimö presented her carpet for children. Her cotton blanket pacoco came forth in the Utensil Kollektion Köln in 2012 and was immedately nominated for the German Design Award. Since 2013, Isabel Bürgin has been designing blankets for the Edition Interio and cooperates successfully with Véscey Schmidt Architects, Basel.

The term sustainability is currently on everyone’s lips and it is important to Isabel Bürgin to make a clear statement here. Her own contribution to conserving resources, avoiding waste and reducing energy consumption has been a matter of course for her for almost four decades. Even though her company is far too small to be environmentally certified, she relies on renewable raw materials, which she has spun and dyed in Switzerland. This means that no rivers or lakes are polluted due to the strict Swiss wastewater laws. There is no overproduction in the manufacture of her carpets, as she only works to order. She only produces small batches of woollen blankets and scarves. The few leftover yarns that are produced are either used for her own upcycling products (carpets, blankets, scarves) or – if they are too short to be woven – are sent to a Swiss industrial felt company, which processes them into insulation material. The most important thing for her, however, is the high quality of the raw material, yarn production and dyeing, right through to the craftsmanship at the highest level. This creates durablity. And if one of her rugs, blankets or scarves is damaged – which can happen in life – she is always ready to repair the item and give it a longer life.