Good Design for a Museum Display Case: Pushing the Limits of Minimalism and Functionality
Far More than Glass and Steel Enclosures
The design and fabrication of a conservation display case is an extremely complex specialty that requires a great understanding of the issues, problems and needs that museum institutions face today.
Beyond the materials which high-quality display cases are made of, their aesthetics, performance and functionality are key selection criteria. Those will be meticulously analyzed by the conservation and design teams when acquiring new display cases for their exhibitions.
The Perfect Display Case: Meeting Everyone’s Expectations
Architects, exhibition designers, curators, conservators and archivists; although their needs may not all be the same, all have their say in the selection of a well-designed and functional display case.
The list of criteria is long: a minimalist design, a user-friendly product, a sturdy and durable construction, an invisible or even non-existent structure, the use of high-quality archival materials, a sealed art envelope, a budget-friendly product - to name just a few. The challenge is inevitably to find this specific balance between simplicity and complexity.
A Work of Art of its Own
Behind each display case hides a team of artisans, each of whom collaborates in the creation of this innovative and distinctive display case with fine and clean lines. Every detail is meticulously thought out. We are looking to create this unobtrusive display case that will subtly disappear into its environment, highlighting none other than the valuable object on display.
For some projects, the display case becomes an integral part of the building. It may even be considered as an important architectural element that must therefore be thought out and detailed from initial design planning. The range of details that need to be thought through is extensive, and the team behind its design is even more so.
An Ambitious Vision for “Invisible” Display Cases
Architects and exhibit designers all dream of this invisible display case which utopically fulfills its core functions in terms of protection and conservation.
Despite the environmental issues, we strive to minimize the structure and refine the lines. We yearn for that moment when the object on display will simply float in the void, without any visual obstruction. We focus on the smallest details to eliminate all distractions and we seek for simplicity that will give the objects the space to breathe. In doing so, we allow for the objects of real value to shine the brightest.
Floating Cases : One Step Closer to Invisibility
Collaboration between design and manufacturing teams is essential to innovate a product. Through research and development, we manage to combine new technologies, both in terms of assembly, gluing and folding, as well as opening and security mechanisms that are becoming more and more compact, discreet and efficient.
Without compromising durability and functionality, and while increasing the performance of the product, we strive to reduce the steel structure and hide the mechanics to give greater importance to the glass, a material which itself is subject to research towards invisibility. By concealing or recessing the structure, we obtain this “floating”-looking display case with a surprising, daring and ultra minimalist design, which nevertheless aims to redirect all attention towards the valuable objects that is being displayed.