The University of Art & Design inLausanne, Switzerland – in Swiss-French, “L’Ecole Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne,”or ECAL for short – is one of the world’s leading names in design education. One of ECAL’s most unique attractions is the MAS-Luxury – a one-year course that aims to ready talented students for working in the luxury world, in part by pairing them with established global brands ranging from Hermès to Coca-Cola.
Such one collaboration was established with Reuge – a Swiss manufacturer of high-end music boxes established in 1865 by watchmaker Charles Reuge. The exotic items produced by the students is a new interpretation of what a music box can do.
Model Reuge “Alphorn” is made from a very rare wood, the exceptional resonance spruce.This wood which is over 200 years old is the fundamental type of wood chosen by stringed instrument makers. It combines lightness, ensuring an excellent response to vibrations, with rigidity and tonicity guaranteeing substantial mechanical resistance.
It originates from the Risoud Forest, one of the oldest forest in Europe, which is located right next to the workshop of ECAL. Even in the age of Stradivarius, specialists sourced tone wood from this forest which, thanks to its poor soil and its harsh climate, produces wood of exceptional quality.
Inspired by the idea of using your senses, “Meditation” model music box is a piece that you can enjoy visually, you can feel, you can smell and of course, you can listen to. The magical music, the candle sent with its delicate light will transport you into world of relaxation. It won’t be long before your new music box becomes your favorite ritual for relaxing at home.
This music box is simple and elegantwith a pleasant surprise, the mechanical movement makes the candle turn. The candle platform isdirectly attached to the spring-housing, so when the movement starts you can see the candle turn around the music box. Approximately 8 to 9 turns when the movement is fully charged.
“Harmony” music box is inspired by contemporary design. At first glance the music box appears to be a modern speaker or portable radio.
This look allows the piece to easily fit the modern style that speaks to a younger audience while still enjoying the soothing traditional sound of a music box. The design was created using the traditional music box materials but with a new interpretation of the design. The key, which becomes a main element in the design, takes its shape from the modern collection of Reuge music boxes and the volume button of radios and speakers. This music box can be both hung on a wall or stationed on a table.
“Discover” is surprising piece that opens in an original way. There are two metal pieces that cover the movement and protect it. These covers slide in one direction from the front to the back or in the opposite direction. Just slide the first or second cover or both and discover a beautiful golden-colored 36 note musical movement. The graphics on the first cover, made with holes, allows you to see the second cover and creates a dynamic object with an overlay of colours and materials.