MAD Architects reveals Art Installation and Furniture Design at Milan Design

As a symbol for life’s reversal in the post-pandemic era, a large seabird was seen gazing up at the sky in Milan’s Cortile d’Onore. MAD Architects designed the installation titled Freedom. It is a playful symbol for hope and inclusion. The studio also collaborated with Dior and Sawaya & Moroni to create two furniture projects for Milan Design Week 2021.

Interni Magazine invited MAD Architects to design an installation in the courtyard of the Universita Degli studi di Milano. This project is a symbol of the post-pandemic world, and our collective desire to rebuild and restart. Ma Yansong says that if we want freedom or connection with others, as human beings, we must go beyond the physical and invisible spaces that limit us. We must transcend .”. The seagull waiting to fly as it steps out of the portico symbolises freedom, but also reminds us of the uncertainty at this moment in time.

Freedom. Image © Romina Carpentieri

This installation uses metal profiles that are covered with LED stripes. It is visible at night thanks to the added brightness of the LED stripes. MAD also includes a representation of the Fenix Museum of Migration Rotterdam, which features the seabird as a symbol of inclusiveness and borderlessness. The studio’s first European cultural project was launched last year, and it is expected to be completed in 2025.

Freedom. Image Courtesy of MAD Architects

MAD Architects will also be exhibiting two furniture designs at Milan Design Week. The studio recreates Dior’s iconic piece, the Medallion Chair. It portrays the element as caught up in motion. The chair, titled “Meteor”, is made of 3d-printed polyurethane. It is a reflection of time and space. MAD Architects has created the “Gu Table” in continuation of their collaboration with Sawaya & Moroni (Italian furniture brand). This is a complement to the “Gu Chair”, which was presented at Milan Design Week 2018. The Gu Table and Chair are fluid in design, drawing inspiration from skeletal structures. “Gu” means “bones” and “gu” is the Chinese word for “bones”.

Meteor Chair. Image © Ken Ngan, courtesy of Dior
  • “Freedom” 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