Jun 21, 2017 | By Allyson Rees
Experience Lifestyle & Interiors on WGSN.
Over the past few years, Milan Design Week – the design world’s biggest spectacle – has become even more spectacular. In addition to fantastic furniture and interiors innovations, Design Week now encompasses show-stopping installations and experiential wonders from brands as varied as Nike, PepsiCo, Marni, Airbnb and Mini. And this year, one of the installations wowing the crowds most comes courtesy of a collaboration between Lexus and MIT.
As part of the brand’s showcase Lexus YET, Neri Oxman and her team at MIT’s Mediated Matter Group have installed three mesmerising columns of illuminated glass within La Triennale di Milano, the city’s esteemed design museum. Called Ancient Yet Modern, the installation builds on the group’s pioneering work 3D printing glass, applying the technology to an architectural scale for the first time.
Inside each column, light slowly moves downwards and then back upwards, refracted and rippled by the precisely engineered shape of the glass to create beautiful shadows and light effects across the space.
From different angles, the patterns created by the glass become more clear, so the installation rewards those who look more closely. And, it almost goes without saying, the effect is very tempting to photograph.
Lexus YET runs at La Triennale di Milano until April 9, 2017. WGSN Lifestyle & Interiors subscribers will be able to view all of our coverage from Milan Design Week – including a report focused on Experience Design – shortly afterwards.
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