The idea of the vitrine had various incarnations through out the history, from the French vitrines to glass houses and the Crystal Palace, which eventually re-emerge as modernist buildings and its cousins we are now familiar with. At the same time, it seems that the very notion of showcasing has changed its meaning; from an case we look in to see objects to a case where the objects and viewer are encased together, and to the modernist buildings with glass facade where we stay inside looking outwards. These different versions of a "vitrine" form the basis for our Glass Vitrine which re-considers vitrines as a medium through which we define ourselves.
Our interest in the physicality of vitrines centres around the changing intimacy created by filter dividing the inside and the outside, and how it interprets the object within. We wanted to create the effect of vitrine coming in and out of focus by employing coloured glasses as well as fading cross hatching patterns that are laser engraved onto glass panes, all of which are interchangeable. Mirroring the construction ethos of the original Crystal Palace, the vitrine is flat packed which can be assembled by just one tool, creating a seemingly simple appearance made possible by highly sophisticated engineering and production.
Glass Vitrine is a project commissioned by Caroline van Hoek, and was launched at Design Miami/ Basel 2012