FORMATIONS

Designed by: Note Design Studio
For client: Tarkett Floor area: 800.00 M² Year of completion: 2019
Submitted for: Exhibition of the Year

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Main atrium of Circolo Filologico Milanese, featuring the original mystic colonnade covered with iQ Surface vinyl materials, illustrating the extreme versatility and flexibility of the material

About the Project

Designed by Note, and supported by Magis, Formations is a Tarkett exhibition that questions notions of scale, by taking architectural archetypes and turning them on their head. Owning the space of the historic Circolo Filologico Milanese, the installation is a celebration and homage to how design language can be twisted into new creative phrases.

Formations created a beautiful, peaceful environment that showed the enormous potential of iQ Surface vinyl, a brand new sustainable vinyl which Tarkett developed with Note.
The totems that were imagined for the scenography stretched the technical abilities of iQ Surface to its extremes, featuring complex double curves, arches, rings and cylinders. It played with the idea of scale and perspective, offering different experiences from below and above.

Repeated geometric objects balance carefully atop of round ended columns, perhaps the greatest archetype of all, in a daring and playful construct that quite literally turns pillars in the history of architecture on their head by reinterpreting them with a contemporary twist.

What’s unique about it

The installation challenged vinyl’s association with functional use in high-traffic areas, and instead presented it as an elegant and versatile material that could be used with a great deal of creativity. The installation itself was interactive, offering important headspace to rest and relax among the hectic festival.

Formations also shows how a space, with its specific history, can be turned into a powerful elevator for imagination. As one of the oldest centres for the research and study of language, Circolo Filologico Milanese was the perfect backdrop to lead architects, designers and viewers through an exercise in new forms of expression, sparking discussions around the infinite design possibilities presented by iQ Surface.

The installation became a celebration and homage to how design language can be shaped into new creative phrases. Milan Design Week is a place that enables dialogues and narratives to be developed from concepts to a final audience. It’s a starting point for new ideas, an inspirational springboard and catalyst for work to come – what better place to introduce a whole new dialect to the vinyl vernacular.

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Cones, rings, cubes and spheres adorn the columns of the main installation Designed to coordinate floors, walls and furniture, iQ Surface homogeneous vinyl collection shows all its potential of subtle colors to dress the volumes of the atrium of Circolo

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iQ Surface’s creativity and possibilities are exemplified in the library, featuring an alphabet of architectural forms

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iQ Surface’s creativity and possibilities are exemplified in the library, featuring an alphabet of architectural forms

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Meeting Room created with Tarkett iQ Surface, Desso carpet and furniture from Magis

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Meeting Room created with Tarkett iQ Surface, Desso carpet and furniture from Magis

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Volume, surface, trajectory and form combine in Formations’ main room. View from the main atrium balcony gives a different perspective to the installation.

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A cosy meeting room within the Circolo Filologico Milanese, playing the coordination between a wavy wall and a table covered with iQ Surface, complemented with a wool Axminster rug by Tarkett Desso, and featuring Pina chairs by Magis

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Note Design Studio



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