Breathing Spaces: Designing for Well-Being



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In an era marked by instability and division, how can we cultivate community and well-being for both body and mind through the lens of spatial design?

Join us for a conversation featuring Gabriella Malavé of Friends of the High Line (NYC), Myriam Zumbühl of LIFEGARDEN (Zurich), and Annabelle Schneider, the award-winning Swiss experience designer behind “Breathe with Me” – a captivating multi-sensory installation as part of NYCxDESIGN. Through this exchange, we aim to deepen our understanding of space, exploring how environments impact mental health and well-being, whether within urban landscapes, built environments or amidst natural settings.

Step into “Breathe with Me“, where the conversation will take place within a lounge celebrating Swiss culture, design, and craft, where tranquility meets playfulness, capturing Switzerland’s spirit of serenity. Through a blend of colors, fabrics, and soft touches, visitors find solace and connection, embracing the beauty of the present moment. Soft furnishings and breathable textiles synchronized with contemplative sounds composed by musician Luc Oggier are carefully crafted to positively impact body and mind, creating an oasis in the bustling heart of Manhattan.

“Breathe with Me”, is presented by the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York on the occasion of NYCxDESIGN, a festival connecting and amplifying the broad coalition of design that fuels New York City and enriches the world.


  • 6:00pm – Doors open
  • 6:30pm – Start of conversation – Reception to follow

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“Breathe with Me” is organized by the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York in partnership with Swissnex, LAUFEN, Swiss Business Hub USA, SWISS, Vontobel, UBS, MoFi Distribution, Emmi, and Lindt.

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