Artist Phillip K Smith III and Karin Gustafsson, Creative Director of COS

For this year’s edition of Milan Design Week, London-based fashion brand COS will present a large-scale sculptural installation by Palm Springs-based artist Phillip K. Smith III, marking COS’s seventh consecutive installation during Salone del Mobile and its first collaboration with Smith.

Smith’s 2013 “Lucid Stead” installation in Joshua Tree, made from a 1940s homesteader shack modified by mirrors and LED lights, garnered significant international buzz for the artist, and Smith’s work has been a staple of the Coachella music festival’s art activations. Last year Smith was a participating artist in Desert X, a new site-specific art biennial based in the Coachella Valley, creating a large-scale mirrored installation in the city of Rancho Mirage called “The Circle of Land and Sky.”

Smith’s “The Circle of Land and Sky” during Desert X 2017 // photography by Lance Gerber

Inspired by Italian Renaissance architecture, the Milanese sky and the understated simplicity of the COS design aesthetic, for Milan Design Week Phillip K. Smith III will create a site-specific outdoor architectural sculpture in the 16th century courtyard and garden of Palazzo Isimbardi, designed to offer an individual experience to each visitor, through its interaction with light and time.

“At COS, we have been inspired by the way Phillip K. Smith III’s installations interact with their natural surroundings allowing us to experience spaces in new ways, whether in deserts or on beaches, and are eager to see how his work responds to the environment of Milan. It is from these experiences of art, which reshape the way we see the world around us, that we derive so much of our inspiration at COS,” said Karin Gustafsson, Creative Director of COS.

Teaser images of elements of Smith’s Milan installation

Phillip K. Smith III noted of the installation: “My work is created in direct response to the surrounding environment, becoming a canvas that interacts with both the urban and natural landscape. I’m thrilled to partner with COS to create this unique sculptural experience which will reframe the historic space. Characterized by ever-changing spatial and temporal elements, every visitor’s experience of the installation will be entirely individual.”

The installation will be open to the public from April 17th – 22nd, 2018 at Palazzo Isimbardi, Corso Monforte 35, 20122 Milan.

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