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Rue Hippolyte are Bettina Russo and Chaja Lang who combine dozens of years of experience in art, architecture, design, and fashion. Together we commission site-specific art installation and produce tailor-made living situations that reflect our clients’ individual stories and interests.

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Chaja Lang: co-founder, curator

Born and raised in Zurich, Chaja studied history of art in London. After a two-year stay in New York, she was part of Bloomberg’s philanthropy team and worked as Cultural Attachee at the Embassy of Switzerland in London, before opening her contemporary art gallery BolteLang in Zurich in 2007. In 2020, the mother of three founded Rue Hippolyte with Bettina Russo and therewith created a company where her extensive experience in art, architecture and design found a combined purpose.


Bettina Russo Bernasconi: co-founder, interior designer

Born and raised in Ticino, Bettina went on to study Fashion Design in Milan. After University, she was taken under the wing of the late Vogue director Franca Sozzani and worked as designer as well as art director at Gianfranco Ferré and Trussardi. In 2006, she moved to Zurich where she began her career as independent interior designer while raising three kids. In those formative years before co-founding Rue Hippolyte, she built up an extensive network of furniture dealers and completed numerous interior design projects.

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