Curator Cabinets – A Uniquely Whimsical Piece of Art


What could be more surreal than that which lives inside the fragile confines of a bubble? Using the confines of that bubble to curate mass conspicuous consumption.


Iris van Daalen and Ruben Thier founded their studio Thier & van Daalen in 2011, the year after they both graduated from the Design Academy in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Their unique fixation with structure, color, design and technology, all come together in their series of Curator Cabinets, which made their debut at the 2012 Dutch Design Week. Studio Thier & van Daalen developed a proprietary process to create the organically-shaped plexiglass bubbles that are essentially movable curio cabinets. β€œIt all started with the idea to emphasize the current trend of mass consumption. To regain what we already have, instead of buying new products every time.” Within the context of these shapes, any existing item – a ship, a human hair, a taxidermied cheetah or insect – becomes fresh, avant-garde-


A uniquely whimsical piece of art.