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  • July 9th - September 3rd
    exhibition

    it is a great pleasure to show Colour Breeze #1
    at the exhibition
    Craft School: a summer of playful making

    Crafts Council

  • opening June 25th
    exhibition

    'idea of a tree' in Chicago
    "exploring the idea of nature in design as a multifaceted engagement with landscape, materials, technology, and traditional ways of making"

    Art Institute of Chicago

  • June 18th - September 25th
    exhibition

    'nocturnal cloud' as part of the exhibition "Listening to the Earth" at mudac Lausanne

    mudac Lausanne

  • on show till December 31st
    exhibition

    the exhibition "Forms of drinking" shows the glass as a design theme and an object of everyday life.
    Our project 'Access' is a set of six drinking glasses, confronting people with the global distribution of clean drinking water.

    Punta Conterie / Murano

  • March 27th - Nov. 6th 2022
    exhibition

    'LeveL' in the exhibition
    "the new human" at the Große Kunstschau Worpswede

    Worpswede Museum

  • ongoing
    exhibition

    we had the pleasure to co-curate the new MAK Design Lab at the Museum of applied Arts in Vienna. Within the permanent exhibition one can find as well a few of our projects like 'the idea of a tree', 'limited moths' or 'LeveL

    MAK Design Lab

sudden reality & the world beyond

dream elements entering reality to
form magical window displays

  • year 2019

  • category staging & spatial Installations

  • for

    hermès japon

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