Fashion brand COS presents an architectural installation by architect Arthur Mamou-Mani that’s made from renewable resources using 3D printing methods.
April 17th, 2019
Since 2012, fashion brand COS has made its presence felt at Milan’s Salone del Mobile with Instagram-worthy installations done in collaboration with design’s biggest names (nendo, Snarkitecture and Sou Fujimoto, to name a few).
This year, COS returns to the Salone with Conifera, a large-scale architectural installation that’s made from renewable resources using 3D printing technology.
Located at Palazzo Isimbardi, and designed by London-based French architect Arthur Mamou-Mani and his eponymous studio, Conifera was digitally designed and fabricated using innovative 3D printing methods. It’s made of seven hundred interlocking modular bio-bricks. Wood and bioplastic composite lattices created a sculptural pathway leading from Palazzo Isimbardi’s central courtyard to its garden.
Mamou-Mani explains: “Conifera blends the digital with the physical world while addressing sustainability through the use of compostable bio-plastic, produced and 3D printed locally. It is a dialogue between technology and craft, between manmade and the natural, and between monumentality and lightness.” The architect describes the installation as “futuristic high-tech” but also “deeply poetic and human”.
As visitors journeyed through the installation, the scene shifted as the architecture of wood and bioplastic composite in the courtyard changed into a translucent and white bioplastic one in the palazzo’s garden, communicating a digitally fabricated bridge between the human-made and the natural world.
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