Objects of the Transparent Kind

Visitors who take a closer look at these objects – whether out of reverence for the oldest, most enigmatic material on the Earth or out of an interest in this couple’s passion for collecting glass – will be richly rewarded.

Feeling, seeing, knowing – this is the name of the program at the interactive stations developed and realised by SIMPLE. Here, visitors have a chance to examine objects close up. The exhibits and media libraries turn the encounter with these fragile treasures into a haptical and explorative experience.


Various processing techniques and related tools are presented as hands-on objects. When the visitor turns the rotating flap with the glass 180°, the glass is illuminated from behind. In this way, he can study the glass and get a feeling for the material by using the provided tools.

Finding out

Sliding laboratory tables encourage visitors to take a closer look at the display cases containing hundreds of items of glassware made in all kinds of ways and from all eras. A magnifying glass, writing utensils and folder help visitors find out more about the wealth of glass products.


In a revolving display case, the traditional production process of a goblet is divided into nine separate phases. A small illustration depicts the processing stages of the glass blower. intermediary phases on the outer edges of the drum support the presentation.

Media library

Sitting in a comfy armchair, museum visitors can select and watch short films on the subject of glass by activating a scroll wheel on the console. On the column, they will find literature and publications on the subject.

Portraits of collectors Helmut Hentrich and Gerda Koepff

The short film portrait of the two collectors is started at the press of a button. Sound is played into earphones.

The redesign was realised by Steiner Sarnen Switzerland.

  • Client: Museum Kunst Palast
  • Services: Concept, design, planning, construction and implementation of the interactive exhibits
  • Photos: Uli Grohs, Cologne