Who: Through ceramics and textiles, product designer Noemi Niederhauser fully embraces the poetic power of object design.
When: Niederhauser obtained her master’s in fine art with distinction from the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, in 2014, after receiving her diploma in ceramics from the Applied Art School of Vevey in 2010. She received a Swiss Design Award in 2010.
In 2016 Noemi Niederhauser co-founded A – DASH, a collaborative artist-run project space in Athens, “which aims to encourage innovative and investigative approaches, crossing borders between different creative disciplines, cultural identities, geographical locations, political economies, crafts and new technologies.”
Where: Niederhauser has experience from multiple residencies, including Open Set LAB & Seminar: Fluid Rhythms, 2018–2019, Amsterdam (NL); RAW ACADEMY, 2018, Dakar, Senegal; the Listhus residency, 2016, Olafsfjordur (ISL); and the Aomori Contemporary Art Center residency, 2015, Aomori (JP).
Presentations of her work include the solo shows We think in squares / We love in triangles, 2017, A-DASH Space, Athens (GR) and The Wandering Parade, Akureyri Art Museum, 2016, Akureyri (ISL); and the collective shows Still Green Lemon Screen. Ariana Museum, 2018, Geneva (CH), Art For The Environment, Nunnery Gallery, Bow Arts Trust, 2018, London (UK) and A-LETHIA in Athens, as well as a collaboration with Anton Kats for Documenta 14, Athens (GR).
What: With “T’as fatigué la salade?” (literally “Did you tire the salad?”), Noemi Niederhauser presents a world of sensations rather than a series of products. She evokes a state of mind, the moment between sleeping and waking, the dizzy consciousness still surrounded by a fog of thoughts and images, where the day to come intertwines with the world of darkness and stars.
Niederhauser created a set of ceramic containers and insects along with a series of reversible dressing gowns. This eclectic group clearly does not fulfil a function. Instead they delineate sensations the user can inhabit, play with, roam around. They suggest a reality that can be activated, opened, and closed again, for later.
Why: Niederhauser challenges design to move away from functionality. Her objects suggest a dreamlike extension of the real, inviting their users to explore their own sensations and imaginations.