MAD Architects Reveals Art Installations and Furniture Designs at Milan Design Week

MAD Architects Reveals Art Installations and Furniture Designs at Milan Design Week

A large seabird staring at the sky appeared in the Cortile d’Onore in Milan as a metaphor for life resuming its course in the post-pandemic world. Designed by MAD Architects, the installation entitled “Freedom” is a nod to inclusiveness and without borders, as well as a playful symbol of hope. In addition, for the 2021 edition of Milan Design Week, the studio is returning to furniture design with two projects, “Meteor” and “Gu Table”, produced respectively in collaboration with Dior and Sawaya & Moroni.

Freedom.  Image © Romina CarpentieriFreedom.  Image © Romina CarpentieriGu chair.  Image courtesy of MAD ArchitectsMeteor chair.  Image © Ken Ngan, courtesy of Dior+ 11

Freedom.  Image © Romina Carpentieri
Freedom. Image © Romina Carpentieri

This year, MAD Architects was invited by Interni Magazine to design an installation for the courtyard of the Università Degli Studi di Milano. The project is an allegory of the post-pandemic world and the collective will to restart and renew itself. As Ma Yansong explains, “As human beings, if we are looking for freedom or connection with other people, we have to go beyond the physical or invisible space that limits us. We have to go beyond the limits. The seagull emerging from the portico and waiting to take flight symbolizes freedom while recalling the uncertainty of this special moment.

Freedom.  Image courtesy of MAD Architects
Freedom. Image courtesy of MAD Architects

The installation is carried out using metal profiles covered with LED strips, which makes the project even more present at night. The seabird as a symbol of borderlessness and inclusiveness also appears in MAD depictions of the Fenix ​​Museum of Migration in Rotterdam. The studio’s first cultural project in Europe started last year and is expected to be completed in 2025.


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Meteor chair.  Image © Ken Ngan, courtesy of Dior
Meteor chair. Image © Ken Ngan, courtesy of Dior

In addition to the installation “Freedom”, MAD Architects unveils two furniture design projects at Milan Design Week. The studio reinvents Dior’s iconic piece, the Medallion chair, representing the element as caught in motion. Made of 3D printed polyurethane, the chair titled “Meteor” is a reflection on time and space. Likewise, continuing the collaboration with the Italian furniture brand Sawaya & Moroni, MAD Architects designs “Gu Table”, a compliment for the “Gu Chair” presented at Milan Design Week in 2018. With flowing lines, the table and the Gu chair is inspired by skeletal structures, “gu” meaning “bone” in Chinese.

Gu chair.  Image courtesy of MAD Architects
Gu chair. Image courtesy of MAD Architects
Table Gu.  Image © Sawaya & Moroni
Table Gu. Image © Sawaya & Moroni
  • “Liberty” design team: Ma Yansong, Dang Qun, Yosuke Hayano, Andrea D’Antrassi, Alessandro Fisalli, Elena Bellocchio, Francesco Nardacci
  • Meteor design team: Ma Yansong, Dang Qun, Yosuke Hayano, Zeng Hao
  • Gu Table Design Team: Ma Yansong, Dang Qun, Yosuke Hayano, Andrea D’Antrassi, Anna Spaggiari



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