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

sudden reality & the world beyond

dream elements entering reality to
form magical window displays

Reacting to Hermès’ 2019 theme “in the pursuit of dream”, we designed two different concepts as window displays for Hermès. The various scenographys were installed in all shops across Japan in the winter-season of 2019. Both concept merge reality with dreamworlds, that exist in hidden layers beyond, and bring magic and enchantment into the windows.

main image above: a drying clothesline in a painting spans into the room, image credit: Nacása & Partners Inc. / Courtesy of Hermès Japon

sudden reality

kites seem to fly out of books about kites and flying objects , image credit: Nacása & Partners Inc. / Courtesy of Hermès Japon

Dreaming often merges a surreal world with reality. Things that are ordinary items of daily life change suddenly their appearance, behaviour and scale. This is what the concept sudden reality brings into the Hermès window displays. Paintings hanging in normal “households” suddenly become reality. The painted scenes become alive and blur into the rooms with Hermès objects to create a mixture between the real and the imaginary. Various scenes can be discovered:  Reeds grow out of a painted image of a lake and help to display Hermès objects; botanical drawings on a wall become alive and fill the room with plants;  a kite gets loose on a painting of a beach with playing kids and flies into the Hermès window. On closer inspection one realizes that the kite is made out of a folded scarf; A beautiful painted colourful autumn tree defoliates and the red, yellow and orange leaves fall into reality and fill the Hermès display with foliage covering and displaying various products and last but not least a painting depicting a cloths line spans into the rooms and the cloth become delicate Hermès silk scarfs moving in the wind.

reeds seems to grow from a picture of a lake, image credit: Nacása & Partners Inc. / Courtesy of Hermès Japon

kites and reed from paintings are appearing in rooms, image credit: Nacása & Partners Inc. / Courtesy of Hermès Japon

dreams create worlds with very familiar elements but strange aspects

autumn leaves seem to be blown from the painting, image credit: Nacása & Partners Inc. / Courtesy of Hermès Japon

the world beyond

view to a hermès shop in japan with windows showing the world beyond reality, image credit: Nacása & Partners Inc. / Courtesy of Hermès Japon

Our dreams are subconscious layers of our mind. They are hiding behind our everyday life – sleeping when we are awake-  and are invisible to our rational behaviour. In the concept the world beyond these hidden layers, and especially dream creatures of the fantasy world are unveiled in various ways in the Hermès window displays. Walls are ripped open, tapestry glides down, carpets bend open. These openings allow the hidden world beyond to enter  reality. The beautiful big dream scenes and huge creatures enter the displays and bring Hermès products along. One of the creature unveiled is a huge hairy, furry lila being. Never seen in full, one can imaging the soft big, gentle beast. Hidden in his fur, on big strands of hair, Hermès products can be discovered. Another scenery is a winter bamboo forest slowly growing into the displays. The last unveiled world is again a fantastic animal. A big bird with huge colourful feathers lives in the world beyond. Resting behind in the dream world, its feathers spans into the windows and are full of Hermès objects. – They as well bring some dreams along.

a winter bamboo forest is appearing behind the wall, image credit: Nacása & Partners Inc. / Courtesy of Hermès Japon

illustration of one of the scenographies of the world beyond

surreal worlds entering reality

illustrations of paintings becoming alive and entering reality

  • material

    paper, metal, fabric, various

  • team

    Katharina Mischer, Thomas Traxler, Elisa Polner, Stephan Jäger, Monja Hirscher