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  • COS and Snarkitecture installation at Salone del Mobile, Milan

  • COS and Snarkitecture installation at Salone del Mobile, Milan

  • COS and Snarkitecture installation at Salone del Mobile, Milan


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COS and Snarkitecture installation at Salone del Mobile, Milan

Swedish brand COS teamed up with Brooklyn-based studio Snarkitecture for an interactive installation and pop-up store that were presented during this year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan. Inspired by the clean lines and lightness of COS s/s 2015 collection, Daniel Arsham and Alex Mustonen, the creative minds behind Snarkitecture, created a translucent cave made from 100,000 meters of synthetic non-woven white strips of fabric that were hanging from the ceiling to the floor, creating a series of labyrinth-like corridors and rooms that the visitor was invited to explore.

Inspired by the familiar qualities of fabric and the primal nature of caverns, Snarkitecture used the luminous ribbons in order to create a world of reflection, exploration and interaction. As the designers explain, ribbons flowed from being a singular object to a tactile barrier, to invisible depending on the visitor’s movement. Opening a dialogue between material and shape, Snarkitecture’s installation bent the reality of expectation, offering visitors of Salone del Mobile the possibility to relax, interact and recharge among the chaos of the festival.

“As a brand which takes inspiration from the entire design world, to work with designers that combine art and architecture in their approach has been both exciting and refreshing. Without the use of our garments, Snarkitecture has perfectly encapsulated the COS aesthetic, creating an installation that is unique in its simplicity and unexpected in its approach,” said Karin Gustafsson and Martin Andersson, COS Heads of Design. “We’re very excited for people to experience the installation we’ve created with COS for Salone del Mobile,” added Daniel Arsham and Alex Mustonen of Snarkitecture. “The final space has a sense of calmness and wonder that we hope visitors will explore and return to.”