“Sound & Vision”, the Interactive Exhibition by ECAL at the Milan Design Week 2019

“Sound & Vision” is the interactive exhibition organized by the University of Art and Design of Lausanne | ECAL for the Milan Design Week 2019. Objects and sounds blend to create a performance that changes depending on who interacts with it

ECAL / University of Art and Design of Lausanne presents an unusual collection of interactive bells developed by Industrial Design freshmen, guided by Stéphane Halmaï-Voisard, director of the degree course in Industrial Design, and Mathieu Rivier, holding a degree in Media & Interaction Design. This project is part of the exhibition “Sound & Vision”, in collaboration with EPFL + ECAL Lab, which takes part, for the first time, in the Salone del Mobile.Milano 2019.

Ring my Bell, the exhibition designed by ECAL, is an unusual collection of interactive bells that offers an immersive experience, from tinkling bells to audiovisual music recordings.

Sound and objects are two elements that designers hardly ever combine, yet most of the objects we use every day produce a sound, such as sitting on an armchair, opening or closing a kitchen cabinet, or even switching the light. What do these actions have in common? Movement.


Movement is what connects objects and sound. With this in mind, students proposed original ideas using an everyday object that is never silent: the bell.

The exhibition can be visited at via dell’Orso 16, Milan, from 8 to 14 April, on the occasion of the Milan Design Week 2019, from 11am to 8pm.

In addition to “Ring my Bell”, you can also visit “Hand of Vision”: six interactive installations that show how objects give new life to virtual content.

[Text Giuseppe D’Orsi]

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