The “Pentaphone”, designed by Studio Robert Stadler, offers a sub-space within a public environment which isolates the user from ambient noise. The object recalls the traditional telephone box, but it doesn’t integrate a phone, as we carry those on us nowadays. The inside is upholstered with sound absorbing material like that used in recording studios.
Robert Stadler was born in 1966 in Vienna.He studied design at IED/Milan and at ENSCI/Paris. His work is present in several private and public collections such as Fondation Cartier, Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, MAK – Museum for Applied Arts / Contemporary Art in Vienna, Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris. He works for clients such as Académie des César, Dior, Maison Thierry Costes, Nissan, Orange, Ricard, Take 5 Editions and Thonet. And after seeing is work and the pictures selected you will understant why. In 2012 he received the “Prix Liliane Bettencourt pour l’Intelligence de la main”, together with Siegeair’s craftsmen.
Robert Stadler intervenes in very diverse fields, obliterating all hierarchies between free proposals, industrial and public commissions. He explores the exhibition space in order to scramble the usual categories of art and design. He questions the status of the object as work of art or product as well as the border of preciousness / lowliness and the serious / the absurd.
Sometimes his work reminds one of a Dalí paint. Having the objects and crations ocupying the space like if they have life and will.
All images shot by Patrick Gries.