The room is dark but for glowing pools of viscous, shimmering liquid. Dozens of wire shapes rise and fall from the ceiling, dipping down below the surface and slowly, silently emerging with a glistening fragile skin.
Join the swissnex San Francisco community for a contemplative evening of art and design as we near the end of a busy 2011. With the cold days settling in, let us lure you into the warm, hypnotic glow of Bubble Ballet, a magical installation that combines interior design with a playful twist on physics—using soap bubbles.
A sensation when it premiered at the 2010 Designers’ Saturday in Langenthal, Switzerland, Design Studio Greutmann Bolzern’s Bubble Ballet creates a fully immersive audio and visual environment exploring geometric shapes with mere soap, wire, water, and an array of motors and pulleys.
Enjoy the installation with light food and drinks and an informal description of the project from designers Carmen Greutmann-Bolzern and Urs Greutmann.
7:00 pm doors open
8:00 pm presentation by Design Studio Greutmann Bolzern
10:00 pm doors close
Carmen Greutmann–Bolzern (born 1956) and Urs Greutmann (born 1959) opened their practice, Design Studio Greutmann Bolzern, in 1984. Since then, they have worked on projects ranging from nail files for Sulzer Innotec to full-fledged office renovations for Denz. They focuses on comprehensive interior design solutions that take into account spatial organization, color, materials, light, ambience, and furniture.
Carmen and Urs Greutmann and their team of collaborators (designers, interior architects, model-builders) work out of an old cigarette plant on the banks of the Sihl river in Zurich’s Kreis 5 neighborhood—an operational base that provides them with their own in-house 200-sqm modeling and prototyping workshop and all operational freedom to follow their motto: research analytically, act innovatively.
Over the course of its existence, the Design Studio Greutmann Bolzern has garnered a long list of awards, including Red Dots for their “Kiki” table (1998), their “Skin and Structure” room system (2003), and most recently for their g656 office chair series for Giroflex (2011). They have designed groundbreaking product lines for Denz, Lista Office LO, and many others, and were first prize recipients at the IDA (International Design Awards) 2008 for the first-class check-in lounge for SWISS Airlines.
Since 2003, Carmen and Urs Greutmann have also been commuting regularly between Zurich and Munich, where they share a chair for product design at the renowned Akademie der bildende Künste.
Photo: Myleen Hollero