LAVA: christmas windows for la rinascente
LAVA: christmas windows for la rinascente
nov 24, 2010

LAVA: christmas windows for la rinascente

christmas windows at la rinascente by chris bosse all images courtesy LAVA

chris bosse of laboratory for visionary architecture (LAVA) has created a window installation for the famous italian department store la rinascente for its vetrine di natale 2010 (christmas windows).   LAVA’s window installation is an origami coral reef using 1500 recycled and recyclable cardboard molecules that explores the intelligence of natural and architectural systems.   the sculpture plays with space by climbing up walls and arching over to create coral caves.  based on the geometrical structures of sea foam and corals, the colourful reef comes to life through dynamic lighting and sound.   bosse, is one of seven designers from around the world to be commissioned to create a window – others are kirsten hassenfeld, gyngy laky, andrea mastrovito, satsuki oishi, richard sweeney, margherita marchioni and TJEP.   the store windows are at la rinascente’s piazza duomo store, in the centre of milan. this is the first time la rinascente have commissioned artists to do christmas windows.   the installation shows how a particular module, copied from nature, can generate architectural space, and how the intelligence of the smallest unit dictates the intelligence of the overall system.

current trends in parametric modeling, digital fabrication and material-science were applied to the space-filling installation.

LAVA: christmas windows for la rinascente

LAVA: christmas windows for la rinascente

LAVA: christmas windows for la rinascente

LAVA: christmas windows for la rinascente

  • It seems repetitive because he has been doing it for years. As workshops with students and kids. So I think its great. Of course its nothing new – its geometry. Whats pretty funny is he probably got paid a bunch of money by lava and he had some people fold together about 20 dollars worth of cardboard. 🙂

  • But what does it have to do with Christmas? That would be the real question here.

  • Perhaps not the most innovative idea, copying natural structures and patterns, but, sculpturally still a nice effort. The lighting does help. It could do without the hot air blabla; then again it could also do without comments dismissing it right off.
    Talking organics, I could actually argue here that nature is the mass producer pur sang; crystals, chorals, honeycombs and on a deeper level: cells, are repetitive elements.
    Where it becomes interesting though is when natural growth allows every element to be distorted by external factors just a tat so no 2 are exactly the same. Now that would make an nice follow-up, in card-board…

  • with exactly the same repetitive geometry – this project explores conventional mass production, nothing organic here.

    (it’s a repetitive weary phelan, which tricks the eye. shoe boxes would be just as ‘organic’, and more higher recycling possibilities)

  • I swear that I have seen this same project repeated at least 5 times.


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