After studying textile design in Zurich and fashion at Central Saint Martins in London, Christoph started designing for Jean-Paul Gaultier and Dries Van Noten in Antwerp, where he spent 13 years as a creative assistant and was responsible for the printed fabrics. On a freelance basis, Hefti designed for Lanvin and Balenciaga, and currently works on printed fabric projects for Acne Studios.
His love for crafted textiles has taken him to Nepal, where he designs and develops his own series of hand-knotted rugs. During his visits to Nepal, Christoph rediscovered the direct interaction between the designer and the craftsman and became fascinated by the use of traditional crafts in a contemporary context. Highly esteemed as a member of juries for competitions, he himself has been awarded several Swiss Design Awards, including the ‘Grand Prix Design’ for his multidisciplinary oeuvre. In collaboration with other artists, he is also active in the field of the performing arts, where he combines music, costume design, video and live art. Hefti’s works are included in the collection of the Swiss National Museum as well as in private collections in Switzerland, the Netherlands and the US.