An unusual pairing will likely be one of the main attractions at the 2013 edition of Stockholm Design Week. An installation composed of fragile glass and heavy industrial robots entitled ‘Glass Elephant’, set in the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities’ Skeppsholmen Caverns, will explore the properties of glass as material and muse combined with the advanced tactile technology of robots furnished by Sweden’s ABB.
Set in a cave, the exhibition will present the work of some of Sweden’s most trendsetting designers, including Åsa Jungnelius. “There’ll be a number of glass objects around the robots, fetishes from the consumer society, including a giant pink diamond.” says Jungnelius. “This is intended to create a somewhat abrasive image of the love of consumerism, something that’s in the process of changing. The desire for material things is universal, but what exactly do we become without our fetishes and the props we surround ourselves with? Cave people?”
Gabriella Gustafson of TAF Arkitekter, designers of the exhibition architecture, adds “Our basic concept originates in the cavern setting, which is completely without natural light. We want to emphasize the existing space and have added what was not already there. So the installation design has windows as a theme – they are symbolic, as you can’t see out”.
The installation is open to the public February 5 to 9, 2013 and is located in the Skeppsholmen Caverns, the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities.