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COS explores 3D printing at Milan Design Week

Fashion brand COS presents an architectural installation by architect Arthur Mamou-Mani that’s made from renewable resources using 3D printing methods.

Text by Janice Seow

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.

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Located at Palazzo Isimbardi, and done by London-based French architect Arthur Mamou-Mani and his eponymous studio, Conifera is digitally designed and fabricated using innovative 3D printing methods. It’s made of seven hundred interlocking modular bio-bricks, where wood and bioplastic composite lattices create a sculptural pathway leading from Palazzo Isimbardi’s central courtyard to its garden.

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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”.

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As visitors journey through the installation, the scene shifts as the architecture of wood and bioplastic composite in the courtyard changes into a translucent and white bioplastic one in the palazzo’s garden, communicating a digitally fabricated bridge between the manmade and the natural world.

Conifera can be viewed from 9 – 14 April 2019 at Palazzo Isimbardi, Corso Monforte 35, 20122 Milan.


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