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.

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

GALLERY X ARCHIVE | interior architecture | Fotostiftung Schweiz | 2022

The Fotostiftung Schweiz is expanding its premises with a surprising architectural concept: in addition to a new exhibition space, an open archive room is being created in which collection holdings are processed, researched and digitized. During the conversion by architects Silvia Baumgartner and Simon Husslein, the two areas were connected by a floor-to-ceiling glass door, which opens up an unusual insight into the foundation's work. In this way, the public can understand how a photograph passes through various conservation and curatorial processes on its way from the archive to public presentation. Offering visitors a look behind the scenes of a foundation in this form is a novelty in the exhibition landscape.
Interior Architecture : Simon Husslein & Silvia Baumgartner
Photos: Christian Schwager

CONTINUUM | NFT watch | Beyer Chronometrie & FTSY8 | 2022

Continuum is the first watch that consists of one single line, inspired by the way a silkworm spins its cocoon, made of one single thread. A virtual reality headset has been used to create the watch. This has been done by tracing the silhouette of a dial, three hands, a watch case, a crown, and the segments of a bracelet.

Part of the Time Warp Collection, a selection of collectible NFT watches. In collaboration with Beyer Chronometrie, the world's oldest watch store and FTSY8 Fictional Studios.
Design: Simon Husslein

Images: Beyer Chronometrie & FTSY8, Atelier Simon Husslein

Video: Atelier Simon Husslein

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


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