Ralph Kellenberger

dipl. Innenarchitekt HF , Creative Director | Partner
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Every designer has their own recipes. For me, every project starts with perfect insight and understanding of the wishes, needs and personality of a client for a first briefing.

As a trained carpenter, I am convinced that only things that were made with a profound knowledge of materials and their composition will last. I strive for functional, timeless design with pure details, made for the unique personality of my clients.

I am always aware that good design is created within a dialogue. The fact that I am in the position to direct this process inspires me every day.

As a son of a Croatian mother and a father from Appenzell, I grew up in the beautiful city of St. Gallen. I had to learn to combine different influences from an early age. When I was six years old, I was allowed to spend some time in my grandfather’s carpentry shop, where I internalised the process of working with raw materials. My journey from carpentry to planning gives me a broad range of knowledge, which I can constantly expand upon. The aspiration to constantly rethink and implement the work as a common thread has become my passion.

Sarah Rebecca Zimmer

Head of Studio / dipl. Industrial Designer FH / Interior & Product Designer
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„You can design and create and build the
most wonderful place in the world.
But it takes people to make the dream a reality.“
Walt Disney

My degree as a industrial designer offers a great basis for all adjacent design disciplins – with a special gusto for creating spaces. The greater picture, open to new things and most of all triggering emotions describes my personal work ethic.
Being inspired and being able to inspire.

Mixing various disciplines is a something to strive for. Equally combining the unpredictable in shape, material, color and element; and still I am a big fan of simplicity and the pure. A eclectic nomade.

Being a sunshine person I lived and worked in california for a few years – where I expanded my view on design, culture and their connection. International projects, lots of business travelling, absorbing countless impressions and bubbling with new ideas.

Besides being a member oft he COCC team I am a teacher for design sketching at the University of Design Pforzheim – making sure that future designers dont underestimate the power of hand sketching.

Mauro Salerno

Interior Architect
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My professional goal is to become an architect which will meet the needs of today’s society, environment and economy. Architecture should hold the ideals – the aesthetic values, the moral values – of the place in which the structure is being built and contribute to the daily life of the people surrounding it.

The architect must cover not only the practical needs of the people, but must create meaningful places. Knowledge, memory, perception and interpretation can be significant design-defining instruments. I believe that architects who are responsible for building, in any environment, should take this into consideration. They should preserve the memory of what is important for the people there. This is the starting point that offers a place to pick up and translate into the modern day.

In my studies of architecture, I have gained many experiences with this in mind; I hope to deepen my acquired knowledge from this exciting period, now at my internship at COCC.

Mikkel Heller

Architectual Draftsman
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The goal of a designer is to create something unique about design and function of an object that borders on perfection not only for the customer but also for the designer himself. I let my thoughts and experiences flow into my work, but I also try to be open to everything new.

My maternal roots are from Denmark near the North Sea shore, which taught me the calm and simple. As the son of a master stove fitter, who combines the old craftsmanship of the Appenzellerland with new design, I developed great interest in art, design and the execution of complex and sophisticated objects.

I was able to learn the know-how for interior design in my apprenticeship as an interior design draftsman EFZ. This was a very instructive time and has given me a solid knowledge of complex matter.

Being part of the COCC. family, I am now looking forward to working together and achieve great things.

Manuela Kellenberger

Studio & Feel-Good Manager