Moooi creates interactive experience to share Milan showroom with digital visitors

Milan 2014: explore the space created by Marcel Wanders and Casper Vissers in Milan to showcase the new range from their brand Moooi, with this interactive showroom.

Moooi has taken over an old warehouse in Milan's Tortona district to create an atmospheric showroom.

Moooi exhibition Milan 2014

Products have been set up in clusters, as if in rooms of a house, against giant architectural and interior photographs by Massimo Listri that help create smaller spaces in the large building.

"We implemented something which is interesting for interior designers to see," Marcel Wanders told Dezeen.

"If you look at all these objects they are a bit displaced. They should be in houses and projects and they should live in surroundings which have their own kind of depth and logic," said Wanders.

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The exhibition is accompanied by eerie sounds created by Dutch musician Fontane, to emphasise the surreal nature of exhibiting home furnishings in an industrial space.

The ability to create a bespoke atmosphere for the showroom is one of the reasons why Moooi presents away from the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, the trade fair taking place on the other side of the city.

Moooi exhibition Milan 2014

"Every year we decide not to [go there] because the fair makes it really difficult to make a really wonderful show," Wanders explained.

"The limitations of the fair are tremendous, simply to get a nice space. Besides that even if you get a nice space then it's a square with nothing. You get a floor. It's just not the right thing for us at the moment."

Moooi exhibition Milan 2014

Last week Deezen revealed the collection that is on display in Moooi's Milan showroom, which includes pieces by Wanders, Studio Job, Bertjan PotKiki van Eijk and Joost van Bleiswijk.

Moooi's exhibition is open until 13 April at Via Savona 56 in Milan.

Photographs are by Nicole Marnati.

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Nendo reframes the white shirt as centrepiece for COS installation in Milan

Milan 2014: brushed steel frames surround monochrome shirts at this installation that Japanese studio Nendo has created for fashion brand COS, unveiled in Milan today (+ movie).

Nendo uses Cos shirt for installation centrepiece in Milan

The COS x Nendo installation comprises a series of white shirts, which are displayed on stands and hung from the ceiling at different heights throughout the space.

Nendo uses Cos shirt for installation centrepiece in Milan

Geometric brushed-steel frames in a variety of heights and widths surround the clothes, and the parts of the shirts that sit inside them are dyed with different shades of grey.

Nendo uses Cos shirt for installation centrepiece in Milan

"I feel that Nendo and Cos have a lot in common with how we see things, simplicity, purity and focusing on the small details," said Nendo founder Oki Sato. "When you look at a white shirt from COS it explains so much, so I decided to let the shirt do the talking."

Nendo uses Cos shirt for installation centrepiece in Milan

At the front of the space are five metal frames that incrementally increase in size. These surround a series of shirts, which gradually change colour from white to dark grey according to the scale of the surrounding stand.

Nendo uses Cos shirt for installation centrepiece in Milan

"The white shirt is the cornerstone of our design philosophy; we love to reinvent them every season and so we were really excited that Nendo picked the shirt as a centrepiece for the installation, as it is such an important part of our collection," said Martin Andersson, head of menswear design at COS.

Nendo uses Cos shirt for installation centrepiece in Milan

The installation is on show from 8 to 13 April at Via delle Erbe 2, in the Brera district of Milan, above Nendo's solo exhibition that features the studio's furniture patterned with brush strokes and chairs with wood grain patterns printed onto natural timber. Visitors are invited to browse and purchase pieces by COS and Nendo at the exhibition.

Photography is by Daici Ano.

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Bjarke Ingels unveils “BIG Maze” for Washington’s National Building Museum

News: Danish firm BIG has unveiled plans to install a wooden maze with a concave surface inside the National Building Museum in Washington DC.

BIG, led by architect Bjarke Ingels, will use Baltic birch plywood to build the 18-metre-squared maze in the west court of the National Building Museum's Great Hall.

BIG Maze at National Building Museum Washington

The architect says the structure will borrow forms from mazes throughout history, from ancient Greek labyrinths to European hedge mazes and modern American corn mazes. Starting with a height of five and a half metres, it will gradually diminish towards its centre.

"The concept is simple: as you travel deeper into a maze, your path typically becomes more convoluted," explained Ingels. "What if we invert this scenario and create a maze that brings clarity and visual understanding upon reaching the heart of the labyrinth?"

BIG Maze at National Building Museum Washington

"From outside, the maze's cube-like form hides the final reveal behind its 18-foot-tall walls," said Ingels. "On the inside, the walls slowly descend towards the centre, which concludes with a grand reveal - a 360 degree understanding of your path in and how to get out."

The "BIG Maze" will open on 4 July and will remain in place until 1 September. Visitors to the museum's upper-floor balconies will be offered an aerial view.

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Torafu Architects suspend bubbly balloons of light for Tokyo installation

Illuminated glass droplets full of bubbles appear to fall from the ceiling in this installation by Japanese studio Torafu Architects (+ slideshow).

Bubbly beads of light hover at Torafu Architects' Tokyo installation

The Water Balloon installation at the Konica Minolta Plaza Gallery in Tokyo was created by Torafu Architects for the Eco & Art Award 2014 exhibition.

Bubbly beads of light hover at Torafu Architects' Tokyo installation

The designers worked with a glass artist to form a series hand-blown bulbs from recycled material.

Bubbly beads of light hover at Torafu Architects' Tokyo installation

Each fluorescent lamp is a different shape and patterned with bubbles created during the blowing process.

Bubbly beads of light hover at Torafu Architects' Tokyo installation

"The bubbles inside each unique shape help produce a distinctive ethereal light," said the designers.

Bubbly beads of light hover at Torafu Architects' Tokyo installation

Suspended from wires at various heights around the small room, the 36 "water balloons" pulsate with light in the dark space.

Bubbly beads of light hover at Torafu Architects' Tokyo installation

"We strived to create a space where [visitors] can catch a glimmer of a new natural environment," the designers added.

Bubbly beads of light hover at Torafu Architects' Tokyo installation

Photography is by Masaki Ogawa.

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Floating skateboard ramp installed on Lake Tahoe for pro-skater Bob Burnquist

This skateboarding ramp floating over the clear waters of Lake Tahoe was put together in just four days by design-and-build team Jerry Blohm and Jeff King for Californian skater Bob Burnquist (+ slideshow).

Floating skateboard ramp on Lake Tahoe by Jeff Blohm and Jeff King

Brazilian-born Bob Burnquist was part of a group of California residents invited by non-profit organisation Visit California to "make their dreams possible" and "think big". He came with the idea of skating over water.

"Dreaming big man, that's what I do every day, I just try to dream as big as I can and then go make it happen," he says in a video about the project.

Floating skateboard ramp on Lake Tahoe by Jeff Blohm and Jeff King

Miami art director Jerry Blohm came up with a design for a wooden structure featuring one half pipe, one quarter pipe and one 45-degree ramp.

Floating skateboard ramp on Lake Tahoe by Jeff Blohm and Jeff King

He also developed a concept for attaching weighted riggers in case the ramp oscillated too much in the water.

Floating skateboard ramp on Lake Tahoe by Jeff Blohm and Jeff King

Once complete, the wood was stained with different colours to create horizontal stripes. The ramp was then towed out onto the waters of Lake Tahoe, which straddles the border between California and Nevada.

Floating skateboard ramp on Lake Tahoe by Jeff Blohm and Jeff King

"It took about four hours to get it there going about four knots," said Blohm, describing the installation.

Floating skateboard ramp on Lake Tahoe by Jeff Blohm and Jeff King

"We had a host of folks coming up to the ramp on the way out to see what it was exactly. When they got close most could not believe it," he said. "It looks like it is fake, floating with no supports."

Floating skateboard ramp on Lake Tahoe by Jeff Blohm and Jeff King

Footage of Burnquist using his skateboard on the ramp was included as part of a 24-hour stream of footage that Visit California aired on YouTube earlier this year.

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Autostadt installation by J. Mayer H. provides huge shapes for children to clamber over

Berlin studio J. Mayer H. has returned to Volkswagen's Autostadt visitor centre, at the German car brand's factory in Wolfsburg, to create a landscape of three-dimensional structures for children to interact with (+ slideshow).

MobiVersum installation by J. Mayer H. creates huge shapes for children to clamber over at Autostadt

J. Mayer H. was first commissioned by Volkswagen to build an exhibition space focussing on sustainability. Four years after completing it, the architects returned to create a space targeted specifically at children in the Autostadt's reception.

MobiVersum installation by J. Mayer H. creates huge shapes for children to clamber over at Autostadt

Named MobiVersum, the installation was conceived as a "playful learning landscape" of solid wood sculptures that present challenges to different motor skills. Children of all ages can clamber over or climb inside each of the shapes.

MobiVersum installation by J. Mayer H. creates huge shapes for children to clamber over at Autostadt

"Depending on their individual level of development, children can interact freely with the installation on various levels on their own or with their siblings or parents," said the architects in a statement.

MobiVersum installation by J. Mayer H. creates huge shapes for children to clamber over at Autostadt

The designers liken the curving branch-like forms to tree roots and trunks, intended to create a dialogue with the leafy green tones of the Level Green exhibition on the floor above.

MobiVersum installation by J. Mayer H. creates huge shapes for children to clamber over at Autostadt

"The shape of the imaginative, playful structures of solid wood are reminiscent of roots and tree trunks under the luscious branches of Level Green," they said.

MobiVersum installation by J. Mayer H. creates huge shapes for children to clamber over at Autostadt

The team worked with Osnabrück University professor Renate Zimmer to curate the exhibition, making sure it provides children with a broad introduction to all facets of sustainability.

MobiVersum installation by J. Mayer H. creates huge shapes for children to clamber over at Autostadt

Photography is by Uwe Walter.

Here's the project description from the architects:


MobiVersum

In 2013, J. Mayer H. designed MobiVersum as a new interaction surface for young visitors to Autostadt Wolfsburg, integrated as part of the overall context of Autostadt "People, Cars, and What Moves Them".

MobiVersum installation by J. Mayer H. creates huge shapes for children to clamber over at Autostadt

A playful learning landscape was developed for a wide range of experiences in dialog with the exhibition Level Green shown on the floor above. MobiVersum provides an active introduction to the subject of sustainability in all its facets for children of all ages: from the issue of mobility, joint learning and understanding, to courses in cooking. In collaboration with Renate Zimmer (professor, Institut für Sport- und Bewegungswissenschaft at Universiät Osnabrück) a large movement sculpture was created that is unique in terms of its design and the challenges it presents to children's motor skills. Depending on their individual level of development, children can interact freely with the installation on various levels on their own or with their siblings or parents, engaging with the challenges presented by the sculpture for their motor skills.

MobiVersum installation by J. Mayer H. creates huge shapes for children to clamber over at Autostadt

The shape of the imaginative, playful structures of solid wood are reminiscent of roots and tree trunks under the luscious branches of Level Green. The sculptures, which can be used and entered, structure diversified spatial zones with different thematic emphases and inspire the children's curiosity to discover and explore. Children as tomorrow's consumers can thus learn early on the importance of a responsible approach to the world's resources, for they represent our ecological/economical and social future.

MobiVersum installation by J. Mayer H. creates huge shapes for children to clamber over at Autostadt

Against the backdrop of the growing relevance of individual responsibility for sustainably approach to global resources, an exhibition on sustainability was already installed at Autostadt Wolfsburg in 2007. The exhibition and experiential surface Level Green, also designed by J. Mayer H., explains the focus on sustainability interactively to the visitors of the Autostadt. Art + Com, Berlin designed and implemented the content of the interactive media used especially for this purpose.

MobiVersum installation by J. Mayer H. creates huge shapes for children to clamber over at Autostadt

The metaphor of the expansive network with many branches was developed from the familiar PET symbol, one of the first prominent symbols of an increased awareness in environmental protection. By translating the two dimensional graphic to a three-dimensional structure and altering it step by step, the result was a complex structure that makes the essentially abstract quality of the subject graspable on a spatial level.

MobiVersum installation by J. Mayer H. creates huge shapes for children to clamber over at Autostadt

Together, MobiVersum and Level Green form a synthesis for all generations to explore knowledge in depth, to enjoy their own experiences, and to learn playfully.

MobiVersum installation by J. Mayer H. creates huge shapes for children to clamber over at Autostadt
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Client: Autostadt GmbH, Wolfsburg
Site: Volkswagen GroupForum, Ground Floor, Autostadt, Wolfsburg
Total floor area: approx. 1600 sqm
Architect: J. MAYER H. Architects, Berlin
Project team: Juergen Mayer H., Christoph Emenlauer, Marta Ramírez Iglesias, Simon Kassner, Jesko Malcolm Johnsson-Zahn, Alexandra Virlan, Gal Gaon

MobiVersum installation by J. Mayer H. creates huge shapes for children to clamber over at Autostadt
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Architect on site: Jablonka Sieber Architekten, Berlin
Structural engineering steel construction: SFB Saradschow Fischedick, Berlin
Structural engineering wood construction: SJB.Kempter.Fitze AG, CH-Eschenbach
Building services: Brandi IGH, Salzgitter
Light engineers: Lichttransfer, Berlin
General contractor: Lindner Objektdesign GmbH
Contractor wood construction: Hess Timber

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Luminous red arches by LIKEarchitects installed at Portuguese palace

Glowing red arches straddled bushes, pathways, fences and fountains in the gardens of the Portuguese presidential residence earlier this year, as part of an installation by Porto studio LIKEarchitects (+ slideshow).

Luminous red arches by LIKEarchitects installed at Portuguese palace

Named Constell.ation, LIKEarchitects' month-long intervention comprised several clusters of slender arches, which were made by filling red corrugated tubes with LED lighting.

Luminous red arches by LIKEarchitects installed at Portuguese palace

The clusters were scattered around the grounds of the Portuguese Presidential Residence in Lisbon, a building that now functions as a museum but whose gardens had not before been accessible to the general public.

Luminous red arches by LIKEarchitects installed at Portuguese palace

"The project was in the centre of an exceptional moment in the history of the presidential museum, allowing visitors the opportunity to perambulate on the presidential gardens and offering an unusual experience of an illuminated marvellous world," said Diogo Aguiar of LIKEarchitects.

Luminous red arches by LIKEarchitects installed at Portuguese palace

The bowed forms resonated with arched openings on the facades of the surrounding palatial architecture. They emphasised existing routes around the grounds, but also helped to define new ones.

Luminous red arches by LIKEarchitects installed at Portuguese palace

"The arch - a primordial element in architecture - has the inherent power to create space and, at the same time, to build a physical relation between two places," said Aguiar.

Luminous red arches by LIKEarchitects installed at Portuguese palace

The installation was in place from December through to January, so the red colour of the arches created an association with Christmas. It also helped the structures stand out against the greenery.

Luminous red arches by LIKEarchitects installed at Portuguese palace

Photography is by Fernando Guerra.

Here's a project description from LIKEarchitects:


Constell.ation

Portuguese studio LIKEarchitects designed an ephemeral lighting installation for the gardens of the Presidential Portuguese Republic Residence. The project, which intended to activate a space that usually is closed to general public, was in the centre of an exceptional moment in the history of the Presidential Museum, allowing visitors the opportunity to perambulate on the Presidential gardens and offering an unusual experience of an illuminated marvellous world.

Luminous red arches by LIKEarchitects installed at Portuguese palace

The reinterpretation of lightning elements associated with Christmas, has found in the multiplication of lighting arches – which usually embrace the city streets - the opportunity to form an whole intervention composed with different moments, in different places, which intended to hold a continuous diffusion within the different levels of the classical garden, celebrating the Nativities without recurring to common places associated this special festivity.

Luminous red arches by LIKEarchitects installed at Portuguese palace

Materialised by a network of contiguous arches in red corrugated tube, illuminated by a LED lighting system, Conste.llation delicately dances on the gardens, connecting spaces and crafting unexpected routes. The arch - a primordial element in architecture - has the inherent power to create space (under, inside, etc.), and, at the same time, to build a physical relation between two places (between, inside, etc.) being related also to the idea of connection and unification.

Luminous red arches by LIKEarchitects installed at Portuguese palace

Implemented in little constellations, the arches construct diverse frameworks, creating illuminated frames fulfilled by the natural and edified surroundings. The proposal establishes relations between platforms in different levels, between the edified, the green bushes and the water from the fountains, giving a new sense of continuous temporality to the gardens of the Palace.

Luminous red arches by LIKEarchitects installed at Portuguese palace

Willing to occupy the monumental scale of the presidential gardens, Constell.ation is a temporary intervention that builds on an ordinary material, taking it of from its the original context and transporting the visitors to an uncommon place, where temporary and eternal mix together, developing a new atmosphere where reality communicates with the feeling of a fantasy world.

Luminous red arches by LIKEarchitects installed at Portuguese palace

Constell.ation is a gestural proposal that recurs to light as a vehicle to evoke a poetic visual language shaped by calligraphies and sketches in the landscape, which are noticed by the soft rhythms of the light nuances. Different parts of the gardens were invaded by an intense red colour that explores introspected moments within the garden, increasing visitors' curiosity.

Luminous red arches by LIKEarchitects installed at Portuguese palace

The red colour, of Christmas and also of the corrugated tube, gets relevance, even during the day, because of it complementarily with the green of the gardens, obtaining an enormous chromatic contrast, capable of enlarging the presence of the installation to the passers-by. The special moments created punctuate the history of the place and feature a global scale to the intervention, which is completely visible since Praça Afonso de Albuquerque.

Luminous red arches by LIKEarchitects installed at Portuguese palace

Architects: LIKEarchitects
Design team: Diogo Aguiar, João Jesus, Teresa Otto and Álvaro Villa, Tania Costa Coll
Location: Portuguese Presidential Residence, Lisbon, Portugal
Date: December 2013 – January 2014
Client: Museum of the Presidency of the Portuguese Republic
Main materials: corrugated tube

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Vacuum-packed models installed at Iris van Herpen’s Paris Fashion Week show

Models were suspended in vacuums between plastic sheeting during Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen's Autumn Winter 2014 show at Paris Fashion Week.

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Iris van Herpen and Belgian artist Lawrence Malstaf created the installation in which models were held in midair between sheets of plastic.

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"Models float in the air, embryonic, seemingly weightless and in a meditative suspended animation," said Van Herpen.

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Tubes extracted most of the air from the sheets to suck them tightly around the models, who posed in foetal or crouched positions wearing shimmering dresses.

Iris van Herpen AW14

The plastic sheets were hung in a line along the centre of the catwalk used to present Van Herpen's ready to wear collection, titled Biopiracy.

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The collection included 3D-printed garments created in collaboration with Austrian architect Julia Koerner, who previously helped design a dress for Van Herpen's Voltage collection presented last year.

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Van Herpen also worked with Dutch shoe brand United Nude to design crescent-shaped boots that were worn with the garments. Her show took place on Tuesday as part of Paris Fashion Week.

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Vacuum-packed models installed at Iris van Herpen’s Paris Fashion Week show

Models were suspended in vacuums between plastic sheeting during Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen's Autumn Winter 2014 show at Paris Fashion Week.

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Iris van Herpen and Belgian artist Lawrence Malstaf created the installation in which models were held in midair between sheets of plastic.

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"Models float in the air, embryonic, seemingly weightless and in a meditative suspended animation," said Van Herpen.

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Tubes extracted most of the air from the sheets to suck them tightly around the models, who posed in foetal or crouched positions wearing shimmering dresses.

Iris van Herpen AW14

The plastic sheets were hung in a line along the centre of the catwalk used to present Van Herpen's ready to wear collection, titled Biopiracy.

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The collection included 3D-printed garments created in collaboration with Austrian architect Julia Koerner, who previously helped design a dress for Van Herpen's Voltage collection presented last year.

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Van Herpen also worked with Dutch shoe brand United Nude to design crescent-shaped boots that were worn with the garments. Her show took place on Tuesday as part of Paris Fashion Week.

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Raw Edges Studio animates kitchen concept for Caeserstone

Kitchen and bathroom equipment is lowered into islands made from engineered quartz material Caesarstone in this animated preview of an installation for the brand by London studio Raw Edges, to be unveiled in Milan next month (+ movie).

Caeserstone kitchen and bathroom installation by Raw Edges

Raw Edges designed a series of islands using Caesarstone, which have sections removed for slotting in storage units, appliances and accessories.

Caeserstone kitchen and bathroom installation by Raw Edges

The movie shows models of these items attached to clasps or tied onto strings and lowered into the holes incorporated into each design.

Caeserstone kitchen and bathroom installation by Raw Edges

Sinks, shelves and plants pots are all dropped into their specific places in the units. The animation will be realised as an interactive installation in Milan.

Caeserstone kitchen and bathroom installation by Raw Edges

"For the Milan presentation we want to further-explore the concept of the sliding of objects into Caesarstone Islands," said Raw Edges founders Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay.

Caeserstone kitchen and bathroom installation by Raw Edges

"The focus will be on the kitchen, which will be set as a working station - a stage for performing cooking."

Caeserstone kitchen and bathroom installation by Raw Edges

The full Islands range includes units for the kitchen and bathroom, as well as sideboards and a ping pong table.

Caeserstone kitchen and bathroom installation by Raw Edges

All the designs comprise a thin surface supported on two slices of the material and feature rounded corners.

Caeserstone kitchen and bathroom installation by Raw Edges

Different units in the collection are made in various colours from the Casearstone range.

Caeserstone kitchen and bathroom installation by Raw Edges

Following a preview of the products at the Interior Design Show in Toronto earlier this year, the installation will be presented at the Palazzo Clerici in Milan's Brera district from 9 to 13 April during the city's annual design week.

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