mostra  PALAZZO ISIMBARDI, MILANO, dal 09/04/2019 al 14/04/2019
COS is pleased to introduce Conifera, a large-scale 3D printed architectural installation made from renewable resources by London-based French architect Arthur Mamou-Mani and his eponymous studio. The site-specific work, situated in Milan’s 16th century Palazzo Isimbardi, will be open to the public for the duration of Salone del Mobile, 9 -14 April, 2019.
Digitally designed and fabricated, Conifera has been created from seven hundred interlocking modular bio-bricks, 3D printed in a mix of wood and bioplastic. Aiming to be one of the largest structures to date conceived and realised using this method, Conifera reflects a new generation of architecture, showcasing advances in material innovation, technology and creativity.
The installation is formed in modules that shift from a wood and bioplastic composite in the courtyard through to translucent bioplastic in the palazzo’s garden. Each bio-brick is made from fully compostable resources printed in the form of interlocking structural lattices, optimising material use and allowing light to permeate the structure as visitors travel through the installation. The result is a journey from the manmade through to the natural world, and from the old to the new.
Conifera has been conceived in response to an open brief from COS and has evolved through a parametric design process. The piece vertically integrates design and construction, forming a direct connection from design to build through a dialogue with robotics: the architect is at once designer and maker.
Inspired by patterns within the palazzo’s architecture Arthur Mamou-Mani explained, ‘the geometry of Conifera comes from the square motif which is very present at Palazzo Isimbardi, through the courtyard to the tiles. I wanted the piece to echo the circular nature of the compostable material and create a journey from architecture to nature in order to showcase how renewable materials, coupled with an algorithmic approach and distributed 3D printing, can create the building blocks of the future”.
Conifera offers a glimpse of the future, the potential of design and the possibilities which open up through collaboration.” reflects Karin Gustafsson, Creative Director of COS. “The installation has grown from the seed of an idea and has been shaped by Mamou-Mani’s creativity, the expanding horizons of technology and our shared focus on material innovation and craftsmanship. The final piece brings together so many influences reflective of our values and our focus on pushing the boundaries of design while maintaining a careful balance of the man-made and the natural. We can’t wait to share Conifera in Milan.”
The installation marks COS’s eighth consecutive installation during Salone del Mobile and its first collaboration with Mamou-Mani. 
Conifera 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.
Opening Hours:
9th April: 10.00 – 20.00
10th April – 11th April: 10.00 – 17.00
12th April – 14th April: 10.00 – 20.00
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.
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.
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 was shown at London’s John Soane’s Museum this year.
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