ski gondola re-imagined as a giant vending machine
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jul 07, 2013
ski gondola re-imagined as a giant vending machine


swiss ski icon repurposed into giant gumball machine
image © annik wetter

 

 

 

 

design miami basel 2013 presented the vernier mountain climbers exhibition, conceived and managed by three young entrepreneurs from geneva – inès flammarion, nicolas bernheim and albert schrurs. the project is a collection of vintage ski gondolas from verbier, switzerland which have been re-imagined and adapted into new, unique objects by seven of switzerland’s most recognized designers and artists. one of the more unusual and whimsical solutions displayed at the event was baker wardlaw’s ‘vending machine’. after dismantling the original structure, he refinished the original materials, filled his new structure almost entirely with quintessential vending machine goodies, and added a dispenser to retrieve your toy. the gondola is an iconic piece of swiss industrial design, and their 40-year history makes this re-purposed object a playful piece of retro art.

 

 

 


vending machine toys fill up the re-purposed ski gondola
image © annik wetter

 

 

 


a toy dispenser on the side of the vending machine
image © annik wetter

 

 

 


the swiss ski gondola: an iconic piece of industrial design
image © mountain climbers

 

 

 


the original gondolas before they had been redesigned
image © mountain climbers

 

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