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The Wooden Beacons by Matteo Thun, Milan, Italy

Architecture and fashion meet in Milan

Along with the usual parade of new chairs, the Milan Furniture Fair throws up installations and happenings that transform the city into a kind of short-lived laboratory for experiment. Here’s Italian architect Matteo Thun’s offering, The Wooden Beacons, a series of timber structures filled with cloth, developed with fashion house Marni.

The beacons are scattered around the city - pictured above is the courtyard of the Marni boutique in Via Senato. A cluster of American walnut planks forms a rustic-looking assemblage in and around which offcuts of Marni fabrics are scattered. It aims to highlight the lifecycle of a product, from conception and design, to manufacture, use and obsolescence. As Thun opines somewhat gnomically, ‘there is nothing that grows old faster than the new’.

The Wooden Beacons

Where: Marni, Via Senato, Milan

When: Until 19 April 

www.matteothun.com

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