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Arthur
Mamou-Mani

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We spoke with Arthur Mamou-Mani, a French architect who fuses digital art and technology, about his collaboration with Cos during the Fuorisalone 2019 at Palazzo Isimbardi.

One day I believe buildings and cities should leave no physical traces. They should be able to grow, adapt and even disappear if necessary.

— Arthur Mamou-Mani
The interview

A conversation with Arthur Mamou-Mani

07 April 2016

From the Nevada desert to Milan, from Burning Man to Fuorisalone. What are the common points between the two events and how did you face the two design challenges?
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The idea of ‘process’ is always key to our work. A design comes from iterating between versions - It takes a lot of listening, being aware of what you’re doing and of the constraints that you’re dealing with and using them as an opportunity to design. These two large scale projects are good examples of this.

3d printing an bioplastic applied to architecture will be able to change the future of our cities?
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As 3D printing continues to evolve towards houses and beyond, it’s work aims to expand the toolbox available to creatives and builders – this installation should be a great case study in how the technology is being used and applied, and what the next steps might be. One day I believe buildings and cities should leave no physical traces. They should be able to grow, adapt and even disappear if necessary.

The success of the Fuorisalone events depends on the ability to create unique experiences to the visitors. Which experience are you planning with your installation?
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The installation will take the visitor through an ethereal journal through Palazzo Isimbardi, commencing within the hidden courtyard and progress throughout the posterior ‘English Garden’ – from the architectural to the natural. Conifera offers a glimpse of the future, the potential of design and the possibilities which open up through collaboration.

What do you expect from Fuorisalone and what does it make it unique and different compared to the other design weeks in the world?
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We’re very excited be presenting Conifera during the Design Fair in Milan. It’s an honour to be part of COS’s Salone del Mobile legacy now in its 8th year.



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