Coco Chanel once said, “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.”
And she was right. Simplicity is elegant and sophisticated. It’s clean and leaves room to breathe at the same time.
The very simple design is elegant, and showcases unique or odd objects in a way that begs us to pay attention.
Images via Gaëlle Gabillet & Stéphane Villard
The Curiosity Object is more like a Curiosity Cabinet, storing and highlighting the beauty and uniqueness of the subject inside.
There are two ways of viewing your object. One way is pictured, with the light on. With the light on, the bulb appears through a soft veil because of the black glass. When the light is turned off the bulb and socket disappear.
The top is tinted with opaque black glass. The bell (the cover) is actually made of blown glass. The base is made of blackened oak. The Curiosity Object is a work of art in itself due to it’s precious and careful construction.
This magnificent creation turns otherwise ugly objects into a quiet still life. It forces the view to observe and reflect upon whatever it is they’re viewing. For demonstration purposes, Gaëlle Gabillet & Stéphane Villard used construction debris to showcase in the Curiosity Object. There’s more to the Curiosity Object than just clever design,
This series sets different scenes of an exhibition, inciting one to observe and reflect. These lights question what is to be looked at: the object or its content? Where are we supposed to be focusing our attention in this day and age?
Under glass blown bells, the debris transforms into something beautiful and precious. From the displayed object, the glance shifts to the exhibiting object. The Curiosity Object turns something most people would overlook into something beautiful, grabs their attention spans and claims their curiosity.
Make sure to check out more photos of the Curiosity Object and other super cool designs over at Gaëlle Gabillet & Stéphane Villard.