aria sensorial installation by atelier oï at designers’ saturday 2010 image © designboom




swiss architecture and design studio atelier oï (aurel aebi, louis armand and patrick reymond) has created ‘aria’, an installation for the 13th edition of designers’ saturday in langenthal, switzerland. exhibited at the ruckstuhl space, the project aims to illustrate the studio’s design approach which largely feeds on physical and emotional experimentation as a point of departure.


designed as a sensorial composition which combines movement, sound, air, light, dance and perfume, the installation consists of an earlier product by the atelier called ‘danseuses’, a spinning design with a skirt-like element which fluctuates in shape depending on the speed of its whirl. the movements of the skirts were programmed to correspond to the music played in the background.


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sensorial aria installation by atelier oï at designers' saturday 2010general installation view of ‘aria’ image © designboom




also exhibited in the space was a mobile made out of raw-cut arolle. the wood, a tree from the alps known for its defense against bad weather, was suspended and balanced in air by lengths of satin cord. to celebrate the olfactory values of the wood, atelier oï collaborated with perfumer alberto morillas to create a scent for the installation that immersed the visitors in the recreated landscape.

sensorial aria installation by atelier oï at designers' saturday 2010 image © designboom



see the installation in action




about designers’ saturday: since its inception in 1987, the event in langenthal has provided a venue for professionals, designers, and interested consumers to share and explore the source of creative design. integrating all tiers and branches of creating such as entrepreneurs and manufacturers, designers’ saturday aims to be an informal rendezvous for the industry and enable dynamic exchange amongst all participants. the most innovative feature of the 3-day event is the incorporation of several active workplaces to act as venues for the participating exhibitors. the showing designs are put into context in a relevant environment while also providing visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the creating process.


about ruckstuhl: in 1999 ruckstuhl brought together and amalgamated its danish, wynau and langenthal production sites in the new kiln hall of the porcelain factory. ruckstuhl’s ambitions designs are realized here in the light of an equally high ethical goal: nature becomes culture.