Patrick John Buchecker
CEO | Interior Architect
(B.Sc. Industrial Design)
How long have you been working for Dobas AG?
I have been working for Dobas since January 2007.
Where did your career path take you prior to this position?
From 1991 to 1994 I studied Industrial Design at the ArtCenter Collage of Design in La Tour-de-Peilz and Pasadena and earned a bachelor’s degree. 1999 I acquired the federal certificate of higher vocational education as marketing planner. Also in the 90ies, from 1995 to 1999, I was co-owner of a design agency in Zurich, where I designed trade fair booths and retail spaces, among other things. Afterwards I worked two years in the areas of furniture development and furniture trade for the European market. Prior to my position at Dobas I worked as interior designer for retail and international trade fair projects.
What are your main tasks as CEO?
I am running the company, operational and strategical. Furthermore, I am responsible for customer care. I also contribute to concepts and to the development of projects. Developing visions is part of my function as CEO too.
How do you keep yourself informed and inspired in particular?
I regularly read professional journals in the areas of fashion, design and architecture. Travelling helps also to broaden my horizon.
What materials make your senses jump for joy?
Basically, a material must be appealing to all my senses. I am most fascinated by materials which haven’t been solely produced industrially and which still show the human factor. Equally interesting to me are existing materials which can be used for further applications thanks to a new way of processing or a new composition of the ingredients.
What odds and ends can one find on your desk, which aren’t essential for your daily work but for yourself and your motivation?
The lunar rocket from the story «Destination Moon», one of the «The Adventures of Tintin».
Which room of your home would you re-design and which ideas would you bring to life?
I must admit that I am continuously re-designing our home. My head creates new ideas on a daily basis!
Professionally speaking, what fulfills you with delight and pride?
For example, to feel a project team working together very well and to see that all employees are pursuing the same target.
And what floods you with feelings of happiness in private terms?
It’s a gift to see our sons growing up, to walk with them through highs and lows and to support them while they’re approaching the working world.