Cos and Studio Swine have collaborated to create an interactive and multisensory experience for Milan’s Salone del Mobile. The natural partnership has been forged on a shared passion for timeless design, functional beauty and the use of innovative and explorative materials. This shared ethos is beautifully encapsulated in the installation, entitled New Spring, housed in the city’s historic Cinema Arti.
A concept derived from the traditional Japanese cherry blossom festival, the tree-like sculpture emits ephemeral and ghostly spheres of mist reminiscent of blossoms. The translucent bubbles burst in contact with skin but remain intact when resting on textured fabric. This unique quality allows participants to handle the delicate ‘blossoms’ while wearing special gloves. The shared and fleeting experience of New Spring hopes to evoke the sense of the change of season.
The tree-like structure was designed with a focus on Milan’s architectural heritage. Embodying aspects of Italian public fountains, one of the countries great luxuries, the strongest influence was ultimately the Murano Chandeliers found in Milanese palazzos.
The collaboration between the London based studio and Cos was announced earlier this year with the release of a short film featuring New Spring. Studio Swine was established in 2010 after the founders, Azusa Murakami and Alexander Groves, graduated from the RCA.