For this year’s edition of Milan Design Week, COS will present a digitally fabricated architectural installation by French architect Arthur Mamou-Mani and his eponymous studio, marking the London-based fashion brand’s eighth consecutive installation during Salone del Mobile and its first collaboration with Mamou-Mani.
Mamou-Mani’s upcoming installation imagines the future of design, technology and material innovation to create an ethereal journey; utilising structural form to transport the viewer from the 16th century courtyard of Palazzo Isimbardi and into the surrounding garden, bridging architecture and the natural world.
The pathway created will be constructed of 3D printed bio-plastic modules, generated through an open-source software that uses parametric design: an algorithmic process that ensures structural suitability and optimises material use.
‘At COS, we are inspired by the way Mamou-Mani’s work opens up new opportunities in design. The considered use of renewable materials and technology develop a new language which is futuristic, yet reminiscent of traditional craftmanship. Innovation inspires our work and world view and we are excited to share this pioneering project in Milan,’ Karin Gustafsson, Creative Director of COS.
Arthur Mamou-Mani noted, ‘Our work delves into the architect as maker and the holistic nature of design processes. I hope that the combination of distributed large-scale 3D printing with bio-materials and open-source parametric tool will offer an insight into the future and showcase how this digital craft can have a positive impact on the world’.
The installation will be open to the public from 9th – 14th April, 2019 at Palazzo Isimbardi, Corso Monforte 35, 20122 Milan, a historic building dating from the 16th century.