April 2019 – For this year’s edition of Salone del Mobile, fashion brand COS partnered with London-based French architect Arthur Mamou-Mani and his Studio to create Conifera – a large-scale 3D printed architectural installation made from renewable resources.
As visitors journeyed through the installation, the architecture – comprised of 700 interlocking modular bio-bricks – shifted from a wood and bioplastic composite in the courtyard to a translucent and white bioplastic found within the palazzo’s garden. Conceived in response in an open brief from COS, the final structure was a result of a parametric design process that saw the installation evolve over time with each new technological and material innovation.
Over 30,000 visitors throughout the week also had the chance to observe one of the Delta WASP (World Advance Saving Project) 3MT Industrial 3D printers, used to fabricate the individual elements of the installation itself, in action.
Conifera aimed to reflect, and spark conversation, surrounding a new generation of architecture, showcasing advances in material innovation, technology and creativity.