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THE INSTALLATIONS THAT EMERGED FROM MILAN DESIGN WEEK THIS YEAR  

© COS x Studio Swine

THE INSTALLATIONS THAT EMERGED FROM MILAN DESIGN WEEK THIS YEAR  

For six consecutive days in April, an annual city-wide festival celebrating design, art, and innovation held in Milan welcomes droves of visitors from over 165 countries. The city is overtaken and brimming with innovation. This year was no different with the 2017 edition of Milan Design Week.

Designers, architects, and purveyors turned out to attend Salone del Mobile, a global benchmark for the latest in international furniture design, as well as the equally colorful satellite exhibits, like Fuiorisalone, running concurrently in pavilions, showrooms, and galleries around the city.

Here are just a few collaborative installations and sculptures to emerge from Milan Design Week this year.

WAVE/CAVE, SHoP Architects

Image © Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti

Exploring design on a smaller, more intimate scale, New York-based SHoP Architects collaborated with German studio NBK Keramik to create WAVE/CAVE. The large sculpture is made from 1,670 unglazed, custom fluted terra-cotta blocks. Shown at Fuiorisalone’s Interni 'Material Immaterial' exhibition, the installation starts a conversation on the fleeting attention spans caused by the obsessive use of technology and media. Visitors are encouraged to pause and reflect. “Focusing on this idea of solidity and slow-time is a reaction to what has happened to a lot of architecture over the past few years—WAVE/CAVE asks us to slow down and get back in touch with the weight and pace of architecture from other eras” SHoP’s principal, William Sharples, explains. Read more about the installation here

New Spring, COS x Studio Swine

Image © COS x Studio Swine

To celebrate their sixth appearance at Salone del Mobile, Swedish fashion brand COS tapped London-based Studio Swine for an artistic collaboration. The London design-duo is made up of Japanese architect Azusa Murakami and British artist Alexander Groves. Titled ‘New Spring’, the immersive multi-sensory installation is set inside a historic 1930’s cinema. Drawing inspiration from Japan’s Sakura cherry blossom festival, the installation draws visitors together to share an intimate yet social moment. Large translucent mist-filled ‘blossoms’ emitting every eight seconds from a tree-like centerpiece, burst and evaporate upon contact with skin but linger before dissolving on fabric. To hear Studio Swine discuss the design process and inspiration behind ‘New Spring’, check out this interview with Designboom

Tokujin Yoshioka x LG : S.F_Senses of the Future

Image © LG

Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka and LG joined forces to create an immersive large-scale light installation titled S.F_Senses of the Future. The installation is composed of 17 chairs embedded with LG’s organic light-emitting OLED displays placed around a white gallery and a wall-length OLED display of 30,000 individual light modules titled ‘Wall of Sun’ emulating the sun’s rays. The designer talks more about the installation and collaboration in this interview