MOÏTEL 2020

Gaïa

Collection Gaïa is the debut capsule for atelier oï PRIVÉ, produced in collaboration with Venetian glass experts WonderGlass. The collection’s name, Gaïa, references the personification of Mother Earth within Greek mythology — serving both as inspiration for the inaugural collection and a symbol for atelier oï PRIVÉ itself.

The five glass artworks that form the collection — Marea, Éos, Parhelia, Séléné and Aura — are unique and produced in a limited edition. Each work is designed to share a dynamic relationship with light, which come together to transform the static works into vibrant moving pieces. By treating glass here as a solidified liquid, the ensuing interplay between light and glass brings each work to life transforming the solid object into a vibrant moving piece, creating distinct identity, harmony and movement, akin to the natural phenomena that originally inspired them.

Together, the collection explores the often-ambiguous yet beautiful states of glass in both its solid and liquid states, and the material’s ability to change when interacting with light and dark.

‘We wanted to explore the many different states that glass can reflect, and were inspired by nature and our contemplation on its phenomena and celestial forces. Collection Gaïa reflects back to us the visceral beauty and ever- changing nature of the natural world through the beauty of the glass, as well as its transience and impermanence — the insight that the only permanent thing is change.’ — Aurel Aebi, Armand Louis and Patrick Reymond

Given the global circumstances, the event was displayed online, find here a talk between Dezeen and the founders of atelier oï.