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

nocturnal cloud

a chandelier that captures the fascination
for nocturnal insects

nocturnal cloud celebrates a moment in nature and captures the magical fascination that insects have on humans. The luminous piece is a further development of the curiosity cloud installation with a new focus on insects that are active during night-time. Delicate mouth-blown glass globes form a rather big chandelier.
Each glass-bulb houses a small nocturnal insect that is normally found in the Swiss-, and Middle European- region. From a distance, all insects are quiet and calm. As visitors approach the installation, the bulbs close to the observers light up and moths and beetles come to life. They start swirling around and fly inside the glass vessels, thus touching the glass and creating a soundscape.  Additionally to the moths and beetles, fireflies are newly introduced to this version of a cloud.
As well activated by the proximity of the audience, the fireflies start to fly, light up and create a glimmer of moving light. Nocturnal cloud creates an engaging atmosphere and questions the interaction between humans and the natural environment.

main image above showing the insects hanging
calmly in the glass globes,
image credit: Leonard Hilzensauer

detail view of the handmade moths in the glass bulbs,
image credit: Leonard Hilzensauer

the installation reacts via sensors in the top to the observer and the insects start to flutter, image credit: Leonard Hilzensauer

activated by the proximity of the audience, all insects start to fly and the fireflies light up and create a glimmer of moving light, image credit: Leonard Hilzensauer

person interacting with the nocturnal cloud, image credit: Leonard Hilzensauer

nocturnal cloud is an interactive piece that invites the audience to walk around the bulbs, observe the flying insects and reflect upon nature at night.

person passing by nocturnal cloud, image credit: Leonard Hilzensauer

detail of lemonia taraxaci – the autumn silkworm moth,
image credit: Leonard Hilzensauer

moodboard for the project

  • 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 and integrated LEDs for the fire-flies

  • dimensions

    105 x 150cm height between 180 – 260 cm (depending on cable length)

  • electrotechnical development

    Simon Laburda

  • team

    Katharina Mischer, Thomas Traxler, Elisa Polner, Monja Hirscher

  • special thanks to

    J. & L. Lobmeyr for producing the glass bulbs

  • collection

    the chandelier is part of the permanent collection of Mudac