For the sixth year running, we’re celebrating Milan’s Salone del Mobile design fair with a
specially commissioned installation. Partnering with London-based design duo Studio
Swine, we have created New Spring, an interactive installation and multisensory
experience in the city’s historic Cinema Arti.
Designed to use minimal resources, the installation presents ephemeral materials in a
strange new context; delicate mist-filled ‘blossoms’ that disappear on contact with skin,
but can be held by visitors wearing special gloves. Producing these blossoms is the
installation’s bold centrepiece, a tree-like sculpture that references the ornate
chandeliers of Milanese palazzos.
Studio Swine (Super Wide Interdisciplinary New Explorers) is a collaboration between
Japanese architect Azusa Murakami and British artist Alexander Groves. Creating works
that span multiple disciplines including art, design and film, Studio Swine explores
themes of regional identity and the future of resources in the context of globalisation.
Their work has gained an international audience having been exhibited at institutions
such as the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Museum of Arts and Design in
New York and the Venice Biennales.