Café des Sciences: Shifting Design Paradigms

Mr. Alex Sadeghi, Design Principal at Studiolite will share his practices in architecture and design as well as his insights and observation on the design trends.

On August 20th, we will invite Alex Sadeghi, Design Principal at Studiolite to give us a tour of the current architectural/spatial/crossover design scene in China. Alex will present some of his more recent projects done in China, which may be interesting to viewers for their response to general trends in the industry. For example: the online/offline dilemma, the increasing prevalence of crossover with the art world, as well as growing interest in sustainability and adaptive reuse as part of commercial strategy. He will also share his observation and opinion on the future of work from design perspective.

Event Rundown

16:00                               Webinar starts


16:00 – 16:05               Welcome Speech

(Cissy Sun – Head of Art-Science, Swissnex in China)


16:05 – 16:35                Presentation

(Alex Sadeghi – Design Principal at Studiolite)


16:35 – 17:00                Q&A Session





Previously, Alex has worked at MAD Architects in Beijing, Lemanarc S.A in Lausanne, and CetraRuddy Architecture in New York City. His previous architectural and design works include commercial and residential towers in New York City, large-scale cultural buildings in China, as well as public and cultural buildings in France and Switzerland. He has also worked on commercial and hospitality interior design projects in New York City, Paris, Dubai.

While at Studiolite, Alex has overseen the overarching design direction, developing a variety of eclectic projects around the country while focusing on conceptualization, narrative, technology integration, and crossover strategies.


This flagship store designed for Lady M China is located on the shore of the legendary West Lake in Hangzhou. A modern composition on the theme of “arches by the water”, the design invites guests to embark on a journey through a succession of spaces delineated by elegant, asymmetrical curves which channel both Chinese garden design and the charm of European water towns. A tribute to the rich cosmopolitan and composite design language of the region, Lady M’s Arcades by the West Lake aim to enhance the sweet, gastronomic experience through variations on a readable design language which bridges old and young, traditional and new, all in a setting of breathtaking beauty.

ON/OFF Fashion Store

Situated in a prominent position within Shanghai’s Bund Financial Center, ON/OFF is a multi-brand store focused on up-and-coming fashion designers. Studiolite’s design aims for a trendy,artistically-inspired experience through high-end, layered spaces. By interweaving lighting, atmosphere, artful color composition, and the whimsical collision of delicate materials, a dynamic spatial succession is formed, channeling the city’s youthful vitality.

In collaboration with

Café des Sciences

Café des Sciences is a new format at Swissnex in China offering a monthly platform for Swiss Spotlight Scientists and Startups to present their projects and connect with the local community. The lectures will offer a casual setting in which speakers can present their work and engage with the attendees during a Q&A period. Audiences are welcomed to enjoy the networking reception with Swiss flavour after the talk. The lecture is scheduled to take place every third Thursday each month at Swissnex in China or our partner spaces.