news
  • april 15th - mai 31th 2021
    collection release

    Entomarium extinct
    We are very happy that our collection consisting of a table lamp, a wall lamp and a chandelier, is now on show at Victor Hunt. Dealer. in Brussels.

    Victor Hunt. Dealer.

  • dec. 8th 2020 - june 6th 2021
    exhibition

    BOLD AND FREE!
    The Invasion of Hidden Objects - the second cooperation with the MAK Vienna. Creative approaches to masterpieces of applied Arts once again convey the diversity of the MAK Collection in an unconventional and imaginative way.

    bold and free /MAK

  • april 09th - sept. 12th 2021
    exhibition

    "colourful kinaesthesa"
    The workshop results from our 2019 workshop in Boisbuchet are travelling with the "Colour and the Senses" exhibition to Lille.

    COLORS, ETC.

  • april 01st – august 15th, 2021
    exhibition

    "Design by Time exhibition" — currently on show at the The Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco.
    With it our projects 'isochrone', 'day by day' and 'the idea of a tree'

    design by time

  • July 04th – July 10th, 2021
    workshop

    We are looking forward to be back in Boisbuchet this summer for a workshop, in which our group will build a new chandelier for Boisbuchet.

    Boisbuchet workshop

  • 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

entomarium extinct

a collection of lamps that seemingly brings

extinct insects back to life

detail of an entomarium extinct wall lamp with five extinct insects in bulbs, image credit: Leonard Hilzensauer

entomarium extinct appreciates moments in nature and questions the interaction between man and nature. Developed for Victor Hunt Gallery, the project is a further development of the interactive installation curiosity cloud.
Simple, contemporary glass bells form the main component of these illuminated objects. These mouths-blown glass vessels are safe settings for artificial hand-fabricated insects portraying various extinct species from all over the world. Seen from a distance, the insects appear quiet and calm. However, as soon as one approach the object, the glass bells light up and the insects start swirling around, flying inside the glass vessels. They gently touch the glass, which in turn creates a soundscape. The project allows the extinct insects to seemingly come back to life in order to be seen and thus draw attention to the loss of biodiversity.
entomarium extinct is available in various sizes. Individual glass bulbs form a table lamp or a single wall lamp, multiple glass vessels together work as chandeliers or wall chandeliers. To work smoothly in private settings, the lamps can be switched from interactive mode, where the insects flutter to a quiet lamp mode, in which the intensity of the light can be controlled.

main image above: Leonard Hilzensauer

interacting with the entomarium extinct wall lamp
image credit: Leonard Hilzensauer

extinct insects come seemingly back to life and thus draw attention to the loss of biodiversity

detail view on xerces blue hanging in the glass bulb of the table lamp
image credit: Leonard Hilzensauer

urania solanus in a big glass vessel

some of the extinct species we chose for entomarium extinct, all insects are artificially made referring to real species that once lived in the wild

drawing of the table lamp

  • material

    mouth-blown glass bulbs by Lobmeyr, metal, cables, steelwire, brass hoods, motors, LEDs, custom made circuit boards, sensors / artificial handcrafted insects made out of: printed and lasercut foil adapted with felt

  • dimensions

    table lamp: 22 x 45 x 61 cm

    wall lamp: 68 x 28 cm, adjustable in height

  • electrotechnical development

    Simon Laburda (DKIA)

  • team

    Katharina Mischer, Thomas Traxler, Elisa Polner, Monja Hirscher, Johannes Nortmann

  • special thanks to

    J. & L. Lobmeyr for producing the glass bulbs