Peep-Show // Fishes and other Objects of Desire

published in: Design By Marcia Argyriades, 19 April 2010

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Peep show installation (poster)
© Head – Genève

Undoubtedly, one of our favorite presentations in the Milan International Furniture Fair was the Peep-Show, Fishes and other Objects of Desire.  The space design installation was created especially for the event by the Interior Architecture/Space Design section of the HEAD Geneva (Haute école d'art et de design - Genève). The installation was presented in Zona Tortona via Novi 5, Milan. 

Peep-Show, Fishes and other Objects of Desire
Vue de l’exposition
Photography : Sandra Pointet
© Head – Genève

Peep-Show, Fishes and other Objects of Desire
Vue de l’exposition
Photographie : Sandra Pointet
© Head – Genève

The project was designed in such a way that it grabbed any viewer’s attention.  Despite the fact that the exterior had a subtle design it drew the viewer in to the installation by capturing their attention.   The seven different shaped spatial modules invited the viewer to experience an unusual spatial elucidation which ended up being a journey of surprise!  What drew everyone’s attention to the installation was the human factor of curiosity; seven closed doors created an urge to open them and quench our thirst of curiosity.

FreakFish
Aquarium designed by Anna Graf, Vincent De Florio, Julia Dahmen, Juliette Roduit (Interior Architecture / Space Design department)
Photography : Sandra Pointet
© Head – Genève

The installation which was composed of seven different shaped modules was set in such a way that when seen as a whole it formed separate mysterious chambers.  Placed inside in each of these modules is the aquarium – “an object of the crystallization of the imagination literally captivating” our desire of curiosity.  These chambers however had some form of communication through the peep-show, and the interaction which existed between the viewer on one side, the fish, and the viewer on the other side.  Various elements interacted to create a serene feeling of satisfaction as we were trying to peep inside the fish tank.  However, to our astonishment with a feeling of as if we were caught on the act, we realized that there was a viewer on the other side overlooking at us during our satisfaction of curiosity fulfillment.      

Habitarium
Aquarium designed by Laura Ventura, Giancarlo Mino (Interior Architecture / Space Design department)
Verre soufflé miroité
Photography : Sandra Pointet
© Head – Genève

Habitarium
Aquarium designed by Laura Ventura, Giancarlo Mino (Interior Architecture / Space Design department)
Verre soufflé miroité
Photography : Yatzer.com

The fish tank acts as the trigger of this peep show; the transparency it provides or the opacity creates various observations possible.  The fish within the tanks are the protagonists of the peep-show and they transform the installation constantly.  The “heart” of the entire installation suggests the setting of a 19th century museum of natural history.  The installation underlies the students’ contemplation of ornament in its coherent relation to the design object.  The scenography of the installation contributes to create a well presented interactive installation which creates various moods and presents multiple meanings to the viewer.  

Ice Cube
Aquarium designed by Maurane Jullien, Céline Bhend, Noémie Vauthey  (Interior Architecture / Space Design department)
Plexiglas transparent et translucide
Photography : Sandra Pointet
© Head – Genève

Ice Cube
Aquarium designed by Maurane Jullien, Céline Bhend, Noémie Vauthey  (Interior Architecture / Space Design department)
Plexiglas transparent et translucide
Photography : Yatzer.com

Ice Cube
Aquarium designed by Maurane Jullien, Céline Bhend, Noémie Vauthey  (Interior Architecture / Space Design department)
Plexiglas transparent et translucide
Photography : Yatzer.com

All seven modules and their fish tanks have been curated in such a way to make it distinctively unique.  We only hope that whoever saw it enjoyed it as much as we did.  And for those who weren’t there we hope that you can at least experience a tiny bit of what we felt through this surprising peep-show journey.

Abysses
Ambiant responsive aquarium
Aquarium designed by Fabio Colucci, Maxime Baillard (Interior Architecture department),
with Alexandre Burdin-François, Elwood-Léo Spafford and Max Mollon (Media Design Master programme)
Software development: Matthieu Cherubini, Théo Reichel
Textile découpé au laser et câbles nylon
Photography : Sandra Pointet
© Head – Genève

Scolu
Aquatic creatures on mobile devices
Leïla Jaquet in collaboration with Stanislas Bernatt (Media Design Master programme)
Software development: Douglas Edric Stanley, Pierre Rossel, Théo Reichel, David Hodgetts
Photography : Sandra Pointet
© Head – Genève

Still Life
Mobile aquarium
Clovis Duran and Nicolas Rivet
Media Design Master programme
Software development: Douglas Edric Stanley, Théo Reichel
Photography : Sandra Pointet
© Head – Genève

Versus
Aquarium designed by Nicolas Perrottet, Florence Darragon
Photography : Yatzer.com

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  • friend
    andre ass | 2010-04-20 14:55:52

    magic

  • friend
    athanase | 2010-04-21 15:11:37

    Ice Cube and Abysses are awesome , though the whole concept + application are really inventive, gracious and interesting. Wish I could have a tete a tete with the whole project!

  • friend
    Jeff L. | 2010-05-03 03:56:49

    Absolutely beautiful...what else is there to say?

  • friend
    Richard J Woods | 2012-03-14 11:26:51

    These designs are amazing, thank you for sharing them. I loved the whole concept, and how you even showed us the installation photos of the wooden furniture, very thorough. Good job!!

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