Dec 2, 2010
above: Air1 aquarium (top), Air2 (lower right) Air3 (lower left)
The newest AIR 3 Aquarium design (shown above) by Rémi Bouhaniche and Amaury Poudray of Lyon, France design studio Usin-e is the third in their series of modern laboratory glassware fish tanks.
AIR 1 Aquarium:
Each of the AIR series consists of a glass vessel perched atop metal legs. The first two AIR aquariums have horizontally elongated zeppelin-shaped blown glass (blown by Peter Pignat of Pignat glass) bowls perched atop metal legs.
above: Peter Pignat of Pignat scientific glass-blowing creating the AIR1 Aquarium.
The third is a test-tube like shape with a flat bottom and sheared off top, supported on an angle by white metal rods.
The AIR1 and AIR3 aquariums from a 2010 exhibit at La Bergerie, Marseille:
and the AIR2 aquarium at VIVID Gallery, Rotterdam, NL, 2010:
While it's true that these are impossible to clean, have no filter and are not the most beautiful fish friendly environments, they are beautiful as studies of material, space and balance.