The George Washington Bridge in New Jersey, opened in 1931, was based on plans drawn up by Swiss engineer Othmar Amman. (Keystone)
There are many other Swiss architects, engineers and designers who have become internationally renowned. Here are a few examples.
Alongside a whole series of significant projects (such as the extension of London's Tate Modern Gallery), Basel architects Herzog & De Meuron conceived Munich's new stadium, the Allianz Arena. (Keystone)
For more than 100 years, renowned artists have designed posters to promote Swiss tourism abroad. Philippe Giegel drew up this one extolling the virtues of Switzerland's Alpine air in 1969. (Swiss National Library)
Besides being a major architect, Charles-Edouard Jeanneret (1887-1965), known as Le Corbusier, was also an urbanist, painter, sculptor, writer and... designer of furniture: a 1928 creation, the LC 4. (RDB)
Good design and clean graphics are always sought after and appreciated by stamp collectors: this 2003 SFr0.15 stamp shows the classic 1947 Rex vegetable peeler. (Keystone)
One of the most famous designs by architect Mario Botta: San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art in front of the towers of Pacific Bell Building. (Keystone)
Textile weaving, especially embroidery, has a long tradition in eastern Switzerland's St Gallen region. The invention of embroidery machines in the 18th century heralded a golden age for the local industry. Today, St Gallen embroidery is a favourite of Paris' haute couture designers. (Keystone)
An innovative mind, imagination and a craftsman's technique: typographer Adrian Frutiger has designed many of the character sets we use. The"Paris Saint-Lazare" sign in the Paris metro is an example of the Frutiger style. (RDB)
Made from old truck tarpaulins, Freitag bags are not only used by people from all walks of life, but have even made into museums. (Keystone)
USM office furniture has always conveyed a modern image, along with refined accuracy and a high-quality finish. Some people even consider it to be a work of art. A 1963 cupboard. (RDB)
A Smart car in front of Barcelona's Palau Nacional. The tiny vehicle, ideal for city driving, was the result of a collaborative effort between Switzerland's biggest watchmaker, Swatch, and German car firm Mercedes. (Keystone)
Swiss culture made it on to banknotes. Verses from author Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz on the SFr200 note, and Alberto Giacometti's thin man on the SFr100 version, part of the series issued in 1991 and designed by Jörg Zintzmeyer. (Keystone)
Swiss architecture and design are world famous.
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