« It is astonishing for me to see how Annette Douglas manages to push the expansion of her company with such great determination and strong entrepreneurial thinking next to her extraordinary flair for creative work. Despite her demanding operative activities in numerous, personally implemented projects, she always finds time for excellent innovation. Thereby, she does not only maintain her leading position on the market -
she even expands it »
Marco Gruber, Partner Gruber Partner AG
Design and Engineering
Annette Douglas lives and works for textiles, design and innovation with every fibre. She is multi award-winning and successful, Swiss-based designer with British roots. She has duel British and Swiss nationality and is the third generation of her family to work in the textile industry. Her grandfather, Robert Douglas, was CEO of Dobson & Barlow Textile Machinery in Bolton, Great Britain. Her father, Keith Douglas, worked in Textile Engineering at Zellweger Uster. He translated major textile technical literature from English to German.
Annette Douglas’s special ability lies in her twin competence, design and engineering. As a designer she can draw upon her sensitivity to the subtleties of colour, shape and materials. Her technical expertise and understanding ensure that her ideas and designs actually work in practice. As a guest lecturer at Universities of Applied Science and Art, she brings in her experience and knowledge.
Stations of the education and training of Annette Douglas:
▪ STF Swiss Textile College, 1992-1993, Wattwil
▪ University of Art & Design, Textiledesign, 1993-1997, Basel
▪ ETH Textiletechnology, Visiting Student, 2003-2004, Zurich
▪ Master Class Hella Jongerius, 2008 Tilburg Netherlands
▪ Project Management R & D, HSLU 2011-2012, Lucerne
In 1999 Annette Douglas set up her own business. Meanwhile, the company is a public company based in Wettingen in an old spinning mill, a few kilometers north-west of Zurich.