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THE IMPOSSIBLE SHOWROOM | exhibition | HEAD – Genève | 2022


The Departement of Interior Architecture at HEAD – Genève present the exhibition ‘The Impossible Showroom’ during the Milan Design Week 2022 at the ‘House of Switzerland’ in the heart of Milan in the Brera district.

The installation unveils a new typology of virtual reality environments specifically created to exhibit design objects. Developed by students of the Master of Arts in Interior Architecture (MAIA), the different VR spaces showcase a selection of furniture pieces by Swiss designers. The visitors will experience spaces that go beyond the visual vocabulary of physical representation and discover iconic furniture in unexpected ways.

To create these unique showrooms, the group was inspired by the materiality of the objects, the ethos of their designers, and the visual identity of the associated brands. The virtual spaces offer an interpretation of the worlds of Peter Zumthor, Fritz Haller, Pierre Jeanneret, Hans Coray, Atelier Oï, Big Game and Hannes Wettstein.

Students taking part in the exhibition: Nell Beller, Emma Birbaud, Kevin Chellakudam, Thomas Dreux, Samia Hilal, Vilma Hubalek, Valeria Lydia Kraehenbuehl, Emma Launay, Lisa Maahsen, Camila Perna, Sandy Pitetti, Anaïs Youssefi.


Publication ENTERING THE ROOM with VOLUME MAGAZINE.
Under the direction of Simon Husslein, with the assistance of Damien Greder, Dany Champion, Pablo Brenas

Photos: HEAD – Genève, Guillaume Collignon and Morgan Carlier

Video: HEAD – Genève

HEAD – Genève:
Director: Jean-Pierre Greff
Head of Department: Javier F. Contreras
Scientific Deputy: Valentina De Luigi
Unity teacher: Michaël Martin




















LISTENING SCULPTURE | United Nations & HEAD – Genève | 2022


The LISTENING SCULPTURE presents the United Nations as an institution that is ‘listening to the people’. It consists of a parabolic mirror that reflects sound waves to amplify the volume of a distant audio source. Recordings of spoken messages to the UN are played off a small speaker and can only be heard when sitting precisely in front of the sculpture.

The public sculpture was installed inside the galleries of the United Nations Secretariat Building in New York from May to September 2022. The department of Interior Architecture at HEAD – Genève ran a workshop with a selected group of students to design and build the installation.

The sculpture consists of 193 pieces, which equals the number of member states of the United Nations. The wooden boards used to form the mirror were leftover materials found in the wood workshop of the school. The cut offs from the production process were then integrated into the base of the sculpture and the stool.

The colourful materials refer to the diversity of the people that contributed to the recordings and to the various backgrounds of the 17 participating students with roots in Switzerland, South Korea, Belgium, Portugal, Cambodia, France, the US, Palestine, Portugal, Kosovo, the Netherlands, Madagascar and Colombia.

Students taking part in the workshop: Débora De Almeida Borralho, Lubna Behey, Ségolène Davister, Carla Duarte, Tibo Frey, Stéphanie Golaz, Célie Grobet, Hwang Gyeonghwan, Jinuk Hong, Aurora Lajci, Thaïs De Limoges, Antoine Matta, Vera Neuenschwander, Elioth Puthod, Daniel Ruiz, Louise Tjittes, Maya Saëlle Venetz.
Under the direction of Simon Husslein, with the assistance of Damien Greder

Photos: HEAD – Genève, Baptiste Coulon

Video: HEAD – Genève

HEAD – Genève:
Director: Jean-Pierre Greff
Head of Department: Javier F. Contreras
Scientific Deputy: Valentina De Luigi

Tutors and technicians: Charles Cuccu, Valentin Dubois, Sébastien Piteloud, Shizuka Saito, Alexandre Simian
Acoustics: Thomas Juguin

Construction: Atelier Good Wood








WORK AND INNOVATION | VR installation | HES-SO Genève | 2022


The project explores how virtual reality might offer opportunities to improve various professions. The 13 presented ideas include jobs such as fashion designer, architect, archivist, marketing analyst, and musician. The designs of the virtual environments are created beyond the visual vocabulary of physical representation, introducing an ‘abstract' design typology.

The project has been exhibited at ‘Cité des Métiers’ in Geneva, the largest fair for jobs and training courses in Switzerland.

Students of the Interior Architecture department at HEAD – Genève taking part in the development of the VR spaces: Oxana Streit, Gyeonghwan Hwang

Collaborating schools:

Haute école de musique de Genève, HEM, Gilbert Nouno, Philippe Spiesser, David Poissonnier, Thibaud Cardonnet, Students: Jaouen Rudolf, Nikolai Ivanov, Benjamin Gueit, Eloïse Fares

Haute école de gestion de Genève, HEG, Rene Schneider, Vincent de Vevey, Sabine Emad, Students: Mira Buzanszky, Youri Hanne, Lena Ugaz, Louis Andres Boixader, Dina Andriamahady, Kelvin Lee Ho Lam, Fanny Maillard, Benjamin Henrioud, Yan Tavares

Haute école de travail social de Genève, HETS, Marco de Monte, César Humerose, Students: Haeika Chevallier, Lisa Creti

Haute école du paysage, d'ingénierie et d'architecture de Genève, HEPIA, Yves Leuzinger, Dr. Yassin Aziz Rekik, Students: Oxana Streit, Gyeonghwan Hwang

Haute école de santé de Genève, HEdS, Aurèle Sagne, Paul Bobbink, Carole Guex, Students: Léonard Grangier, Mélanie Houzelle

Haute École d'Art et de Design, HEAD, Jasmina Barshovi, Students: Emma Birbaud, Clémence Lablancherie, Lucie Guiragossian, Quentin Langlet
Under the direction of Simon Husslein, with the assistance of Damien Greder

Images: HEAD – Genève

HEAD – Genève:
Director: Jean-Pierre Greff
Dean of Space Design: Dr Javier F. Contreras
Scientific Deputy: Valentina De Luigi

HES-SO Genève:
Director: François Abbé Decarroux
Information & Communication: Aline Yazgi
‘Cité des Métiers’ project leader: Manon Thomas

Students of the Interior Architecture department at HEAD – Genève taking part in the previous semester project: Gyeonghwan Hwang, Oxana Streit, Shanna Bennet, Tania Bersier, Audrey Besanceney, Emma Birbaud, Juliette Colomb, Pauline Gueissaz, Clémence Lablancherie, Tomislav Levak, Antoine Matta, Astrid Mayer, Thu Trang Nguyen, Etienne Poncet, Elioth Puthod, Nora Rhyner, Chloé Rouhling, Louise Tjittes, Kirill Vinokurov











HEAD STORE | interior architecture | HEAD – Genève | 2022


The HEAD Store is located in the historic James Fazy building next to the main train station of Geneva. It contains various design objects, editions, artworks, textiles, ceramics, jewellery, tableware, and books. All imagined and created by artists and designers from the HEAD community.

Students taking part in the development of the store: Juliette Colomb, Audrey Besanceney, Maya-Louis Tjittes, Pauline Gueissaz.

Students taking part in the initial project: Shana Bennett, Tania Bersier, Audrey Besanceney, Emma Birbaud, Juliette Colomb, Pauline Gueissaz, Gyeonghwan Hwang, Clémence Lablancherie, Tomislav Levak, Antoine Matta, Astrid Mayer, Thu Trang Nguyen, Etienne Poncet, Elioth Puthod, Nora Rhyner, Chloé Rouhling, Oxana Streit, Maya Louise Tjittes, Kirill Vinokurov.
Under the direction of Simon Husslein, with the assistance of Camille Bagnoud

Images: HEAD – Genève, Raphaëlle Mueller

HEAD – Genève:
Director: Jean-Pierre Greff
Head of Department: Javier F. Contreras
Scientific Deputy: Valentina De Luigi

Assistant to the initial project: Damien Greder






REFUGE TONNEAU 21 | pavillon | HEAD – Genève | 2021


REFUGE TONNEAU 21 was developed as a tribute to the iconic Refuge Tonneau by Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Jeanneret from 1938. The pavilion serves as a place to meet on the school campus. Central stairs are placed inside a colourful interior with a playful pattern of circular windows. Solar panels on the roof power a ceiling light installation displaying the names Charlotte and Pierre. The installation was first shown at the OPEN HOUSE exhibition in Genthod/ Geneva in 2021.

Students taking part in the development of the pavilion: Juliette Colomb, Élise Chauvigné.

Students taking part in the initial project: Annika Resin, Aurélie Chêne, Camille Némethy, Caroline Savary, Élise Chauvigné, Gaïane Legendre, Julie Reeb, Juliette Colomb, Karen Vidal, Krenare Krasniqi, Maria Clara Castioni, Melissa Ferrara.
Under the direction of Simon Husslein,
with the assistance of Damien Greder

HEAD – Genève:
Director: Jean-Pierre Greff
Head of Department: Javier F. Contreras
Scientific Deputy: Valentina De Luigi


Assistant to the initial project: Sven Högger
CAD support: Abeyi Endrias
Stage Mananger: Charles Cuccu
Construction: Atelier Bois Sàrl
Metallic Components: Xavier Plantevin
Electric system: Lelectro