KooZA/rch and (ab)Normal put inspiration on a pedestal at Salone del Mobile

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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.

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The designers' contributions rested on yellow plastic platforms in a purplish-blue room. (Louis De Belle)

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Takk's contribution, Portable Garden, on right, collected a mix of natural and artificial debris, all painted gold. (Louis De Belle)

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.

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Organizers were inspired by Duchamp’s Boîte-en-valise, and participants had to fit their pieces in a 15 by 15 by 6 inch volume. (Louis De Belle)

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.”

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Kosmos presented tiny architectural pavilion models. (Louis De Belle)

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Studio MUTT created a "monumental swear jar" collecting things the firm has sampled and referenced. (Louis De Belle)

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Superpoly brought together objects that feature "art, pop culture, [and] traditional craftsmanship." (Louis De Belle)

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.