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Reto Togni

MA work


Reagiro is the world's first manual everyday wheelchair with an actual steering system. A user can control the movement of the chair through upper body movement rather than breaking and pushing. Tests with number of people with paraplegia have shown that such a system can provide immense values on different levels: It can improve body awareness and stimulates muscles that are not often used otherwise. It enables a delightful and smooth way of moving with less energy loss and above all, offers easy one-handed propulsion. Freeing one arm from controlling the chair will have significant impact on both how people use wheelchairs as well as on how society perceives them.


  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Innovation Design Engineering, 2017

  • I like mundane stuff, the normal and the unpretentious. I've got a strong interest in how people use things, what they do with them and how that, in turn, shapes who they are. I believe that design is both a driver as well as driven by material culture and needs to be aware of the complex agencies objects have. For me a great design lies at the intersection of familiarity and surprising novelty and might be achieved through clever use of technology, rigorous analysis of existing dynamics or radical aesthetic development.

  • Degrees

  • BA Industrial Design, Zurich University of the Arts, 2012
  • Experience

  • Industrial Designer, Steuri Industrial Design, Zurich, 2012-2013; Teaching Assistant Industrial Design, Zurich University of the Arts, Zurich 2013-2014; Research Associate Industrial Design, Zurich University of the Arts, Zurich since 2014
  • Awards

  • Jury-Prize & Audience Award, LED-Design Competition, Energydays, 2014; Jury-Prize, Garden Unique Competition, Spoga+Gafa, 2012; Bronze, Lista Office Award, 2010
  • Publications

  • Alexis Malefakis / Reto Togni / Thomas Laely (2017). AUTO DIDACTICA, Wire Models From Burundi. Stuttgart: Arnoldsche Publishers.