Perrier-Jouët, Curiosity Cloud, Curiosity Cloud by mischer’traxler, mischer’traxler, London Design Festival, 2015 London Design Festival, Norfolk House Music Room, V&A, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, insect installation, mouth blown glass, Lobmeyr,

Curiosity Cloud features 264 mouth-blown glass globes, made by Viennese glass company Lobmeyr, suspended from the ceiling at different heights. Each globe contains a ring of LEDs and a single handmade insect printed onto laser-cut foil and embroidered by hand to create a lifelike body. Over 25 insects are represented in the installation and include creatures that are extinct, commonly found, and newly discovered.

Perrier-Jouët, Curiosity Cloud, Curiosity Cloud by mischer’traxler, mischer’traxler, London Design Festival, 2015 London Design Festival, Norfolk House Music Room, V&A, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, insect installation, mouth blown glass, Lobmeyr,

When viewed from a distance, the insects are mostly still and only a few globes emit light. Once visitors enter the darkened room, motion sensors trigger the lights to flicker on and the hand-embroidered insects come to life through sound and movement. The buzzing sound of each insect is amplified as it collides with the glass and differs depending on the size of the mouth-blown glass globes. “We have created a calm, yet alluring atmosphere, where people can engage with the installation and each other,” say the designers on the London Design Festival’s website. “It is a playful experience, but also a thoughtful project pointing at mankind’s relationship to nature. We want people to be surprised and delighted.”

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Curiosity Cloud was created for the 2015 London Design Festival and will remain on show at the V&A until September 27, 2015. After the festival, the installation will be relocated to Champagne and displayed at Perrier-Jouët’s Maison.

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