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Constance Guisset at MUDAC

Until January 15, there’s still a chance to see Constance Guisset’s poetic and playful exhibition at MUDAC in Lausanne.

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Text by Nadine Botha

“Objects are ephemeral and depend on a period, material, thought, need or even fashion. While the designer must accept this finitude, creation is nevertheless like a struggle against fading way,” writes Parisian designer Constance Guisset in the catalogue of her Anima exhibition.

Showing at MUDAC in Lausanne until January 15, the show explores material properties and colour as disguise. The ground floor of the museum has been returned to its original purpose of a private home, with two mirrored spaces that show identical furniture and product design, in neutral tones on one side, and in colour on the other. This serves to highlight the exploratory nature of the Guisset’s methodology, which starts with the formal features of the object, before using colour to evoke emotions and toy with perceptions.

“Often designing a project brings forth awareness of an illusory battle and its vanity. Pretention of wanting to bring to life new materiality, versus the suckerfish,” continues Guisset, whose experience with scenography is evident in the exhibition’s subtle visual conversations between objects. She has also included personal items that invite an intimate level of engagement.

“And yet faith in creation is the strongest, rising above dithering between accepting impermanence and desiring sustainability,” she concludes.

Chantilly lamps for Moustache, 2013
Chantilly lamps for Moustache, 2013
Cairn boxes for Petite Friture, 2011
Cairn boxes for Petite Friture, 2011
Frisk trivet for Matière Grise, 2014
Frisk trivet for Matière Grise, 2014
Culbuto USB for LaCie, 2014
Culbuto USB for LaCie, 2014
Ankara lamps for Matière Gris, 2015
Ankara lamps for Matière Gris, 2015
Spin carpet for Nodus, 2013
Spin carpet for Nodus, 2013
Drapée chair, 2014
Drapée chair, 2014
Angelin lamp prototype, 2009
Angelin lamp prototype, 2009
Anima installation view. Photo: David Gagnebin-de Bons
Anima installation view. Photo: David Gagnebin-de Bons
Anima installation view. Photo: David Gagnebin-de Bons
Anima installation view. Photo: David Gagnebin-de Bons
Anima exhibition. Photo: David Gagnebin-de Bons
Anima exhibition. Photo: David Gagnebin-de Bons

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