For our fifth year celebrating Salone del Mobile, the world’s largest design fair in Milan, we have partnered with Sou Fujimoto Architects to create a unique installation and multisensory experience, Forest of Light. Inspired by nature and the experience of a forest at twilight, the installation presents light and sound in a new architectural context.
Taking inspiration from the COS collection, the Forest of Light installation explores ideas of interaction and perspective; the darkened space is illuminated by towering cones of light that are designed to respond to visitors’ movements.
“People meander through this forest, as if lured by the charm
of the light. Light and people interact with one another, its existence
defining the transition of the other”
– Sou Fujimoto
With fog and specially-composed sounds creating an immersive environment, mirrored walls imagine an infinite landscape where the conical spotlights become abstracted trees, joining together to form a shifting forest of light.
Known for an innovative approach that explores broad concepts of minimalism, nature and artificial form, Sou Fujimoto is one of the world’s most prominent contemporary architects. Born in Hokkaido, Japan, he graduated from the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering at Tokyo University in 1994 and established his own Tokyo-based practice in 2000, Sou Fujimoto Architects.
Filmed at his Tokyo studio, architect Sou Fujimoto speaks to COS about the story
behind Forest of Light…