• 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

    more info

  • 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

real image & finger blocks

jewellery responding to our behaviour with digital devices

  • year 2018

  • categories Limited Editions
    Products and Furniture

  • commissioned by

    chp…? jewelry

  • for

    Exhibition ‘Device People’

Devices have taken over our lives. According to British research, the average smartphone user checks their phone 221 times a day. Thanks to our smartphones and mobile Internet, there is always an open window that overlooks an infinite world of communications, information and entertainment. As Jacob Weisberg suggested in a recent article in The New York Review of Books, we have all turned into ‘device people’ and our transformation into device people has happened with unprecedented suddenness. The first iPhones went on sale in June 2007 – less than 10 years ago – followed by the first Android-powered phones in the following year. Smartphones increased in market penetration faster than any other consumer technology in history. Today, not carrying a smartphone indicates eccentricity, social marginalization, or old age.

The omnipresent screen culture is responsible for a social transformation. There are numerous situations in which our devices take away our attention and a conversation is swapped for a glance down at a screen. The chat app is what the cigarette was in the last century: a symbolic consumption good that makes a significant contribution to the running of the economy. While the most profit flows to large companies, the consumer will have comfort and pleasure in return. But somewhere in the system are hidden costs that cannot be felt immediately. In the case of the cigarette, lungs are slowly destroyed. But what is the hidden cost of becoming device people? And how can a piece of jewelry respond to this transformation?

text by: chp…? jewelry


real image

real image is a mirror in the palm of our hands, the place that normally holds our smartphone — an attempt to remind us that we are part of the here and now and not only of our digital surrounding.

the mirrored surface encourages self-reflection by actually showing how often we 'check' our devices
image credit: Buro Belén - chp...? jewelry

real image in two colours, mimicking the display of the average smartphone
image credit: Buro Belén - chp...? jewelry

finger blocks

finger blocks invite us to stop using our devices – By introducing a new type of ornament, a fingertip cover, that combines functionality with decoration, the jewelry pieces help bringing the attention from the devices back to the ‘real world’. Wearing finger blocks also signalises your attention to the sourrounding

sketch of the model

blocking two most used fingertips
image credit: Buro Belén - chp...? jewelry

finger blocks worn on a necklace when they are not in use
image credit: Buro Belén - chp...? jewelry

finger blocks necklace
image credit: Buro Belén - chp...? jewelry

on the top the real image jewelry piece looks like a normal ring

  • material

    finger blocks

    silver 925
    3D printed

    real image

    stainless steel, titanium nitride coated glass/ black coated glass

  • dimensions

    finger blocks

    2 x 4 cm

    real image

    2 x 4 cm

  • project assistance

    Elisa Polner
    Claire Garcia-Webb

  • developed for

    ‘device people’ exhibition by chp…? jewelry at Alcova, Milan Design Week 2018