COS ANNOUNCES COLLABORATION WITH ARCHITECT ARTHUR MAMOU-MANI DURING SALONE DEL MOBILE 2019
Dubai UAE, 31 January 2019: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.
Since 2007 London-based COS has remained true to its philosophy; to offer high-quality fashion collections comprised of wardrobe staples as well as reinvented classics, in keeping with the brand ethos of modern, timeless, functional and tactile design. COS uses traditional methods and new techniques to form understated collections made to last. Committed to both timeless design and innovation, COS has supported the arts since the launch of the brand through collaborations with established and emerging artists, galleries and creative studios. COS has worked on projects with The Serpentine Galleries, The Guggenheim New York, Frieze London and New York and Design Miami/ and with artists such as Snarkitecture, Sou Fujimoto, Studio Swine, The Donald Judd Foundation and AFSO / ANDRÉ FU.
ABOUT COS x SALONE DEL MOBILE
Since 2012, COS has presented unique and innovative collaborations with artists, designers, and architects in Milan during Salone del Mobile. Past collaborators include Gary Card, Bonsoir Paris, Nendo, Snarkitecture, Sou Fujimoto and Phillip K. Smith III, in addition to Studio Swine, whose COS installation New Spring, won the Milano Design Award for Most Engaging Exhibition during Milan Design Week 2017 and has since been exhibited during Design Miami/ and at The Bell Tower in Chang Ning, Shanghai in 2019.
ABOUT ARTHUR MAMOU-MANI
Arthur Mamou-Mani is a London-based French Architect and director of the award-winning practice Mamou-Mani Architects which specialises in a new kind of digitally designed and fabricated architecture. He won the RIBA Rising Star Award in 2017, the Gold Prize at the American Architecture Prize and the Architizer Award in 2016.
A lecturer at the University of Westminster, he created the online platform WeWantToLearn.net with Toby Burgess in order to allow students to share their ideas and which has received 1.4 million views since its creation. He is owner of a digital fabrication laboratory Fab.Pub and co-writer of an open-source 3D Printing plugin Silkworm.
Mamou-Mani studied at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris-Malaquais and graduated from the London Architectural Association in 2008. Following this he worked for Atelier Jean Nouvel and Zaha Hadid Architects before establishing his own practice in 2011.
His projects range from the 2018 Burning Man Temple Galaxia to a construction robot The Polibot. His exhibition CODE BUILDER, A Robotic Choreography is on at London’s John Soane’s Museum until 3rdFeb 2019.