news
  • Dec. 01st - Dec. 05th 2021
    new project

    Design Miami: our new installation "embodied nature" commissioned by Maison Perrier-Jouët will be unveiled!
    An artistic experience to nurture sensibility to the living world

    Design Miami / 2021

  • Nov. 11th - Nov. 14th 2021
    curiosity cloud

    an updated "curiosity cloud" for Maison Perrier Jouët is on show at the 8th West Bund Art & Design fair in Shanghai. We are very happy that our collaboration with Perrier Jouët continues and insects flutter again at West Bund Art Center:
    2555 Long Teng Avenue, Xuhui District, Shanghai, China

    Westbund

  • Oct. 22nd - Oct. 31st 2021
    new project

    DESIGN ART TOKYO: First stop of our new collaboration 'I am Nature'with maison Perrier Jouet dealing about biodiversity.
    to be shown at Gyre.Food

    Design Art Tokyo

  • June 12th - Jan 9th 2022
    exhibition

    Our commissioned 'riparian cloud' is on show at the "Heimaten" exhibition at the MK&G Hamburg. The exhibition is curated by Amelie Klein

    MK&G Hamburg

  • Nov. 4th - Dec. 12th 2021
    exhibition

    "MADE IN: Crafts — Design Narratives", a Travelling Exhibition stops in Schneeberg Germany including our project 'ratio' executed in collaboration with the stonemason Beno Ogrin.

    Schneeberg

  • ongoing
    exhibition

    we had the pleasure to co-curate the new MAK Design Lab at the Museum of applied Arts in Vienna

    MAK Design Lab

curiosity cloud

an installation that celebrates a moment in nature

curiosity cloud celebrates a moment in nature and plays on the interaction between humans and the natural environment – commissioned by maison Perrier-Jouët, it was first presented in the V&A Museum during London Design Festival 2015.
The installation comprises 264 mouth-blown glass bulbs, hanging in a room. Each glass-globe contains a single, hand-fabricated insect that refers to an existing species found in nature. From a distance, the insects are quiet and calm. As visitors enter the darkened room and approach the installation, the bulbs close to the observers light up and the insects come to life. They start swirling around and flying inside the glass vessels, thus touching the glass and creating a soundscape. The glass bulbs allow the insects to appear alive, safe from the human’s touch, but still giving the possibility of interaction with the audience. The shown insects represent 25 different species from all over the world, falling into three categories: extinct or highly endangered, very common and newly discovered.
Together the insects form a selection of species that will never coexist next to each other in reality but represent a cycle of life, spanning from extinction to rediscoveries. Four of the represented species were already represented in the project ephemerā. Traditional techniques like glass blowing and metal spinning were combined with contemporary technologies like laser- and water jet cutting to produce the installation. Technical elements like motors, custom- designed circuit boards and infrared-sensors control which of the insects are ‘waken up’. The glass-bulbs were designed in three specific sizes and especially produced by Lobmeyr for the installation.

main image above: curiosity cloud for Perrier Jouët at the V&A museum in London, image credit: Ed Reeve

video of the installation at the V&A museum in London

detail view on a ebony-yewelwing dragonfly, image credit: Ed Reeve

curiosity cloud captures the magical fascination that insects have on humans and creates an engaging atmosphere

handmade insect in a glass bulb
, image credit: Ed Reeve

view through the installation, image credit: Ed Reeve

visitor interacting with the installation, image credit: Ed Reeve

various artificial insects that were used in the curiosity cloud installation. All insect were specially designed and handmade after an extensive research and testing phase

person walking through the Curiosity Cloud

“The most astonishing thing about nature is that everything is interconnected and harmonious. Every aspect of a living creature has a raison d’être, working together in an endless cycle of dialogue and correlation.”

short documentation of the developing process

working on the layout of a path through the curiosity cloud in the studio, summer 2015

studio set up in order to finalise the whole installation before shipping it to London

testing how much glassbulbs will be necessary and how the arrangement of them should be

moodboard for the project

  • material

    mouth-blown glass bulbs, artificial handcrafted insects made out of printed and lasercut foil adapted with felt, threads, hot glue and colour, metal hoods, motors, LEDs, custom made circuit boards, thermal images sensors, akuminium and steel construction

  • dimensions

    500 x 300 x 380 cm

  • special support

  • electro-technical development

    Simon Laburda
    (DKIA)

  • team

    Katharina Mischer, Thomas Traxler, Anouk Buntsma, Anais Bourcier, Maria Bauhofer

  • special thanks to

    Lobmeyr, for the beautiful glassbulbs