PIERRE
CHAREAU

MODERN
ARCHITECTURE
AND
DESIGN

Diller Scofidio + Renfro was the exhibition designer for Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design presented by the Jewish Museum in New York, November 4, 2016 - March 26, 2017. In designing the exhibition, DS+R deployed various forms of technology—video projections, virtual reality, digital installations, and film—to create imagined, atmospheric scenes that convey context for Chareau’s work. The exhibition, which showcases furniture, fixtures, and interiors, as well as his renowned architectural work, the Maison de Verre, brings together works from public and private collections, as well as drawings, ephemera, and archival photographs. In the first section of the exhibition, which examines the function and aesthetics of Chareau’s furniture, projected shadows create the illusion that museum-goers are joined by a ghostly population. In the second section, where the initial impression is of four distinct furniture groupings displayed in a black void, virtual reality headsets may be donned to situate the pieces in their Parisian environments: the study in the Chareaus' residence; the Farhi Apartment; and the Grand Salon and Garden of the Maison de Verre. In the final gallery, DS+R created a dynamic and impossible view of the Maison de Verre itself—a dramatic glass block and steel frame infill townhouse in a dense urban setting for which no entire view exists. The large-scale digital installation displays various views of the house, which are synced with films that depict inhabitants moving through it, providing a working view of the extraordinary interplay of mechanical and circulation systems in Chareau’s iconic masterpiece.

  • Maison de Verre VR rendering
    Maison de Verre VR rendering
  • Projected shadows interacting with Chareau’s work
    Projected shadows interacting with Chareau’s work
  • Curated objects on view with projected silhouettes beyond
    Curated objects on view with projected silhouettes beyond
  • Visitors may use virtual reality headsets to situate the furniture in their original Parisian environments
    Visitors may use virtual reality headsets to situate the furniture in their original Parisian environments
  • Projected moving silhouettes contextualize curated objects
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  • Four distinct furniture groupings with virtual reality experience stations
  • Furniture designed by Chareau contextualized with virtual reality headset
  • Projected clipping plane view of the Maison de Verre with corresponding filmed vignette
  • Video projection showing plan and section of Maison de Verre in addition to film vignettes of the house in use
  • Rendering of viewer perspective of virtual reality experience
Project information
Location         The Jewish Museum, New York, United States
Milestones
opening4th November 2016closed26th March 2017
Credits
Principal-in-ChargeElizabeth Diller
Project LeaderJaffer Kolb and Matthew Johnson
Project TeamRoy Peer,Swarnabh Ghosh,Alex Knezo,Lindsey May,and Gabriel Bollag
    Photography by Photo by Will Ragozzino, SocialShutterbug.com,Timothy Schenck,and Will Ragozzino, SocialShutterbug.com