Milan 2015: Top installations 22.04.15

  • Cos x Snarkitecture

  • Swingset by Philippe Malouin

  • Contents of the cabinet, by Neri and Hu

  • RAM House by Space Caviar

  • Exercises in Seating by Max Lamb

The installations this year ranged from playful to mysterious. These are the ones that captured our imaginations

COS X SNARKITECTURE

New York-based practice Snarkitecture draped thousands of thin, white strips of fabric in various lengths from the ceiling in a space in Milan's Brera district, creating a warren of corridors and cavernous spaces that encouraged child-like exploration.

MOVEMENTS BY PHILIPPE MALOUIN

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The opulent Palazzo Serbelloni was the dramatic backdrop for an eight-seater swing set by Philippe Malouin for surface manufacturer Caesarstone, which provided one of many opportunities for selfies at Milan last week.

Watch the making of Malouin's planters for Caeserstone, which were displayed in a room adjacent to the swing set

A CABINET OF CURIOSITY BY NERI & HU

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Icon interviewed the Chinese architects at the delightful Spazio Rossana Orlandi about their installation for Stellarworks. The update of the 18th century cabinet of curiosity for the modern day reflects on a time when material culture means it is a person's "deadly sins" and secrets, rather than prized possessions, that really tell you about them.

SPACE CAVIAR'S RAM HOUSE

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Joseph Grima, Giulia Finazzi and Simone C. Niquille's prototype of a home at Palazzo Clerici explored the concept of privacy in the age of communications and "smart" devices. Suggesting that a building's outer shell is irrelevant at a time when all our technology is monitoring us, they instead propose that the house of the future should offer spaces that shield you from electromagnetic signals, to allow a more harmonious cohabitation with technology.

MAX LAMB'S EXERCISES IN SEATING

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Photo: Claudia Zalla

In a retrospective curated with Federica Sala, the British designer displayed 42 of his seat designs in a circle in a disused garage – from early designs such as the 2006 Pewter Stool to the Metalware chair, launched this year. A physical catalogue of Lamb's work, the exhibition was a reminder of the sheer range of materials and methods he employs.

More Milan coverage to come on iconeye.com and in the July issue of Icon, out in early June

 

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Debika Ray

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Snarkitecture created a warren of corridors and cavernous spaces that encouraged child-like exploration

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