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VR Recreates a Master Architect’s Lost Homes

An exhibit at the Jewish Museum of the work of French architect and designer Pierre Chareau features a unique virtual reality aspect.

Studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) worked off of photographs to recreate VR versions of four of Chareau’s most striking interiors: the study in the Chareau residence, Paris (also available to view via a browser here); the Farhi Apartment, Paris; the Grand Salon of the Maison de Verre, Paris; and the garden of the Maison de Verre.

Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design is an opportunity to return to a significant figure in every architect’s education, but one primarily known through only one masterwork, the Maison de Verre,” says DS+R founding partner Elizabeth Diller. “This exhibition is a rare opportunity to see so much of Chareau’s creative output brought together in one place. The challenge in undertaking its design was to provide a multi-faceted and imaginative backdrop that would highlight, but not compete with, his exceptional mastery of detailing and assemblage. By engaging with Chareau’s furniture, interiors, and collected ephemera, we are able to absorb and represent his idiosyncratic voice, which has had relatively little exposure in the U.S.”

“This exhibition brings together the work of two great innovators: Pierre Chareau and Diller Scofidio + Renfro,” says museum director Claudia Gould. “By collaborating with Diller Scofidio + Renfro, whose ability to integrate technology with art and design is unparalleled, the Jewish Museum is creating an especially rich and dynamic experience for our visitors.”