Mise-en-abyme

Designers: Laetitia de Allegri and Matteo Fogale

Mise-en-abyme as seen on The Product Edit 1

I only got a chance to see a couple of shows at the London Design Festival 2015 but that didn’t matter. I fell in love. With a perspex installation called “Mise-en-abyme” in the V&A, on the bridge over the Renaissance and Medieval galleries.

Mise-en-abyme as seen on The Product Edit 2

I would have happily taken the 12 hour round trip just to experience it alone (I live way up in The Lake District). For me personally, it is teetering between the realms of art and design. It is emotive and ethereal.

The name, a French term translated literally as “placed into abyss”, refers to the artistic process of internal repetition.

Mise-en-abyme as seen on The Product Edit 3

It actually made me go “Oooh, Oh!” and laugh to my partner halfway through the tunnel when I realised what was happening to us. It plays with perspective and tricks the eye. I can’t believe I’m about to use this this phrase but… it was a delight !!

Mise-en-abyme as seen on The Product Edit 4

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The piece was supported by Johnson Tiles, their tiles on the floor serve as a framework for the perspective to be layered on to. The architectural visuals of Mise-en-abyme reference the contents of the two galleries below, that themselves illustrate the Renaissance’s discovery of one-point perspective.

Mise-en-abyme as seen on The Product Edit 5 -photo taken by Julia Jacob

Image Credits: domus (cropped) / Author’s Own / LDF on Vimeo

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Julia Jacob

I am a product and furniture designer who loves simple items. Here at The Product Edit is where I confess my weakness for all the beautiful products out there. I publish on a Friday.

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