Overhead scenography and signage.
Inflatable and scenic opportunities
The installation designed and produced by the studio is based on a basic grammar: the inflatable and the rope. Filled with air by an electric pump system, the inflatables are distinguished by their tubular shape. These "design" objects are inspired by the industrial object. Identical and infinitely reproducible, they are assembled to create volumes and organize space. The inflatable volumes are suspended from the roof's metal framework by climbing ropes, here rehabilitated in their structural function of limiting impact forces on the anchor points. The entire structure is weighted down by ground weights. Passing through the lifting rings, the rope makes the link with the weights, without any additional artifice. Both light and voluminous, the installation provides a signage function inside the gigantic Tour & Taxis complex hosting the show. The simplicity of the colors enables a sensitive expression of the hierarchy of elements. The soft, diffused LED light creates a warm atmosphere, specially designed for the event. With no direct relationship to the ground, this installation creates a space without roots or foundations.
"Unlike architecture that is fixed forever, this one can move and be placed in different places" (Hans-Walter Müller, 2004).
A light, mobile installation.
The project's assets
Like the inflatable architecture created in the 1970s, the scenography imagined for Collectible 2023 is easily transportable. Its weight/volume ratio makes it particularly ideal for ephemeral installation. The result of months of experimentation, the inflatables are produced in collaboration with a craftsman's workshop. Particular attention is paid to the quality of the materials sourced, and their reintegration into a re-use circuit. The device designed for Collectible is made from ropes salvaged from a climbing center and inflatables from a previous scenography (Soho House, 2022), which were later reused for a workshop (Montreal).