Alex Chinneck

The world’s most talented designers and companies set up shop in Milan for Salone Del Mobile 2019. The week long showcase brought the latest creations and innovations across a variety of disciplines, including interior architecture, product manufacturing and fashion design.

With over 200,000 visitors, the brightest minds put their visions on display including — Stone Island — who showcased its Prototype Research Series in an installation by Ken-Tonio Yamamoto and Nina Heydorn; COS, who enlisted Burning Man architect Arthur Mamou-Mani for it’s bio brick garden instillation; Alex Chinneck unzipping an old Milanese building; and more.

Check out more must-see design installations from Salone Del Mobile 2019 below.

COS x Mamou-Mani

One of the best courtyard installations of the event came from COS and their collaboration with French architect Arthur Mamou-Mani. Returning to the courtyard and gardens of Palazzo Isimbardi, the 30-meter-long installation is created from 700 interlocking modular bio-bricks, 3D printed in a mix of wood and polylactic acid (PLA). Each bio-brick is printed in the form of interlocking structural lattices, optimizing material use and allowing light to permeate the structure. Arthur Mamou-Mani said he wanted to evoke “a feeling of lightness, porosity… something that also feels a little natural, bringing nature inside the courtyard,” according to W Magazine.

The bio-brick instillation features three colors, including translucent elements from PLA in its purest form, alongside added white sections and brown hues.

Dimore Studio for Dior

Dior Maison unveiled 14 exclusive creations designed by Dimore Studio. This highly exclusive collection combines the virtuoso alloying of different metals (gold, silver and bronze) with the interplay of plexiglas and natural woven rattan. Revealed at the beautiful Casa degli Atellani, the collection includes vases, trays, a candelabra, a lighter and an ashtray, place-settings, frames and an umbrella stand.

In each setting of the display, the decor is a play on illusion, a graphic theater dominated by black in which outlines of paintings and plants are etched in white chalk. Check out above.

Stone Island

Stone Island put its most cutting edge and experimental garment making technology, Prototype Research Series, on full display in an installation with by Ken-Tonio Yamamoto and Nina Heydorn. The importance of the display is to give light to research that, given their complexity of experimentation, are not yet “industrializable”.

100 pieces were created for the showcase, and were each sprayed with an adhesive substance before exposing it to the cotton flock. An electromagnetic field then straightened the fibrils. The flocked garment was then dyed with double recipe, nylon and cotton, creating distinct and singular patterns on the garment.

Alex Chinneck

Alex Chinneck unzips a building in Milan’s Tortona district. The British artist unveiled an eye-catching installation that sees an old Milanese building being transformed by a giant zipper. Looking like something out of a cartoon, the 17-meter-wide facade is seen peeling back to showcase a glowing blue hue that looks ethereal at night.

Inside, two more installations have been created. One on a wall that zips down revealing a glowing white light behind it while the other features a semi-circular hole in the floor has been unzipped giving the illusion that the cement floor peels back, emitting a bright white light from below.

Casa Ojalá 

The transportable Casa Ojalá house offers a world of infinite choices with a sustainable design. This small, 27-square-meter house is developed from a manual mechanical system composed of ropes, pulleys and cranks to create customization for any environment.

Even though it’s tiny, the house has enough room for activities. It features two bedrooms, one with a double bed and one with a single bed, a bathroom, a terrace, a kitchenette and a living room, which can also be continuously transformed into one another or become a large outdoor platform, a house with no roof and more.

Casa Ojalá is also sustainable. It includes a rainwater collection system, can be equipped with photovoltaic panels and features a small septic tank. It is made of a selection of environmentally sensitive and socially sustainable fabrics and wood local essences.

Pantonova

Verner Panton is reviving the famous modular wire Pantonova chair from the 70’s. Most commonly known for its seat of choice for James Bond villain Karl Stromber in the 1977’s The Spy Who Loved Me, the chair cemented its status as an icon of Danish furniture design.

The Pantonova seating system consists of three distinct seating modules: Linear, Concave and Convex. The modules can be used alone as sculptural piece or a standout chair due to its unique shape. It can be freely combined and arranged into various organically shaped seating formations, such as a circle, a half-circle, a wave, or an S-shape.

The chairs are available in two finishes: natural chrome or with a lacquered coating. Accompanying cushions are available in leather, velvet or Kvadrat fabric, in a choice of eight colors.

For more information on Salone Del Mobile, head over to the event site here.

Words by Kyle Hodge
Staff Writer

New York based writer that pops flavor and drips sauce.

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