What if our houses came to life? That’s the question which MINI tried to answer when creating MINI Living just a year ago. Beginning with the search for visionary architectural solutions, this programme questions human behaviour as well as its social and environmental impact. Do Disturb, the first installation which was the result of a collaboration with the Japanese studio ON Design, questions the small size of our houses and the sharing of space. The story continued in 2016 at the London Design Festival, with the translucent creations of the architect Asif Khan. Or how to re-appropriate urban spaces by relocating humans and nature. Back at the 2017 edition of the Milan Furniture Fair, MINI Living is continuing its quest and has partnered with the New York architectural studio SO-IL to create Breathe, a conceptual vision of using urban spaces creatively and with a minimal footprint. The installation, designed as a vertical house which is totally open to its surroundings, becomes a sensory experience for its inhabitants. Water management, the interplay of light and shadow and an airy feeling all play a role in creating a totally immersive living space. Exploring other solutions doesn’t stop there. MINI Living goes to meet the culinary stylist Laila Gohar with The Conscious Café, a curious approach to the way we eat, based on what makes up our food (including the percentage of air and water). The A Factory as it Might Be project, created by a London collective, focuses on the nitty-gritty and explores the manufacturing process as a creative and collaborative activity. The experience comes to a gentle end in the darkness, which is soothed by the strange sounds of mobiles and other moving objects which come alive before our eyes and create a symphony of water, air and light. An amazing visit with architects Ilias Papageorgiou and Oke Hauser.
Credits : Eve Campestrini @thesocialitefamily
In collaboration with MINI.