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  • september 25, 2020 - october 4, 2020
    exhibition: naturphilia

    a mischer'traxler studio and Schloss Hollenegg for Design exhibition on the occassion of Vienna Design Week 2020!
    NATURPHILIA shows projects that strive to find a balance between the natural and the artificial, between the technological and the ecological – and, as a result, attempt to enable these various dimensions to coexist.
    come visit us at:
    Vivenotgasse 30, 1120 Vienna
    25-27 sept. 11:00-19:00 and
    2-4 oct. 11:00-19:00

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  • june 1, 2020 - january 3, 2021
    exhibition: showing our the idea of a tree project.

    The exhibition "Time Matters" displays almost 30 objects around the theme of time.

    Cube Museum

  • march 13, 2020- february 21, 2021
    exhibition showing colourful kinaesthesia and the idea of a tree

    "Kleureyck -Van Eyck’s Colours in Design" at the Design Museum Gent one the idea of a tree bench and our contribution "colourful kinaesthesia" – highlighting the results of a wonderful Boisbuchet workshop from last summer are on show.

    design museum Gent

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)

  • project assistance

    Elisa Polner, Monja Hirscher, Johannes Nortmann

  • special thanks to

    J. & L. Lobmeyr for producing the glass bulbs