Antoine Cahen

Antoine Cahen

Antoine Cahen was born in 1950 in Lausanne, Switzerland. In 1975, he graduated at the Ecole d’Art de Lausanne (ECAL) after four years studies at the industrial design department. The same year, he opened ID5, his own industrial design studio. In parallel to this activity, he was professor of industrial design at the Ecole d’Art de Lausanne. In 1983, he established “les Ateliers du Nord” with industial designer Claude Frossard and graphic designer Werner Jeker.

The designers’ works were numerous and diverse, ranging from the first two Logitech mouse generations to the Lausanne metro, with other projects like ski boots, coffee machines, measuring instruments and flashlights.

In parallel to the mandate projects, Antoine Cahen created, edited and distributed himself ADN-signed objects, such as the ADN 85 and 95 watches, recognized by several international awards.

The long-term collaboration with Nespresso started in 1988. Antoine Cahen was first in charge of the design of the “classical” machines and then created, with innovative technical solutions on coffee brewing, breakthrough designs with the Concept and Essenza models. With the Concept, Cahen won the «Red Dot: best of the best» and the Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Award. The following Nespresso machines, Essenza, LeCube, Lattissima, Citiz ou Pixie were recognized with IF, Red Dot or Good design Awards.

Antoine Cahen and his brother Philippe, worked and are working with many renowned industrial companies, including Laura Star and VonRoll. This reconfirms his interest and expertise for the design of technical products and perfectly embodies the expression «Innovation by design».



Acceltec, Ascom, Bobst, Dieau, LauraStar, Leclanché, Logitech, Nespresso, Nestlé, Swatch, TSOL, VonRoll.


Lausanne, Suisse



  • Lausanne Metro

    Antoine Cahen, Vehicules
  • Steam Iron / Laura Star 2004

    Antoine Cahen, Products
  • Flashlights / Leclanché 1993

    Antoine Cahen, Products
  • Hydrante / Von Roll 2010

    Antoine Cahen, Urban