YOUNG DE­SIGNER STU­DIO SWINE

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This col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Ja­panese ar­chi­tect Azusa Mu­rakami and Bri­tish artist Alexan­der Groves has a uniquely broad ap­proach and style, with work strad­dling the spheres of art, de­sign and cin­ema. In­deed, the stu­dio’s very name is a mis­sion state­ment – Swine stands for ‘Su­per Wide In­ter­dis­ci­plinary New Ex­plor­ers’. One of its most en­chant­ing projects is ‘New Spring’ – pro­duced for fash­ion brand Cos and shown at last year’s Mi­lan Fur­ni­ture Fair, it con­sisted of a stylised white alu­minium tree that pro­duced steam-filled soap bub­bles that burst on con­tact with the hu­man body. The con­cept was in­spired by the cherry blos­som fes­ti­val in Ja­pan and, like many of Stu­dio Swine’s other works, it pays homage to ex­pe­ri­en­tial art and col­lec­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion (stu­dioswine.com). ➤

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