Online architecture representation platform KooZA/rch and multidisciplinary collective (ab)Normal put together a colorful installation at the 2019 Salone del Mobile in Milan. Titled MICRO TOOLS: THE INVISIBLE SYNAPSE, the micro-exhibition asked a bunch of designers to display a compact set of objects or memory “tools” that inspired them.
Andrew Kovacs | Archive of Affinities, Bureau Spectacular, COOKIES X GHL with the support of Potier Stone, Edouard Cabay, Irina Kirchuk, KOSMOS, Lemonot, Superpoly, Studio Mutt, and Takk all presented their takes on the brief. Some included an actual briefcase.
The walls of the installation’s room were outfitted with purplish-blue graphics that referenced lo-fi rendered environments, and pedestals of tightly packed bright yellow plastic tubes held up the installations. According to the show’s organizers, “The shimmering graphics…project the viewer into a parallel dimension, creating a utopian scenario that revolves around and reflects the contributions of the guest designers.”
The designers presented a range of objects, from tiny models of unbuilt pavilions, to bits of branches and leaves, to a plastic case bought on eBay.
The show was part of Alcova’s installation at the Salone, joining other design and architecture installations.
Header photo by Louis De Belle.