Milan 2013: leafy forests and palatial interiors become visible under different coloured lights in the latest series of wallpapers and screens by Milan design studio Carnovsky (+ slideshow).
Carnovsky's RGB Fabulous Landscapes installation at the Fondazione Adolfo Pini in Milan this month included a wallpaper that reveals various scenes depending on the colour of the LEDs shining on it.
The combination of red, blue or green light reveals the interior of a grand building, a dense forest or a marching crowd.
On the upper floor of the building, Carnovsky showed lacquered wooden screens and a handmade carpet decorated with animals and anatomical drawings, all limited editions produced by design brand Artep Italia.
In the courtyard outside, the designers installed the Atmospherics series of 20 screens depicting landscapes and meteorological phenomena, such as a sun bursting through the clouds.
Created in collaboration with Italian graphics and printing company Graphic Report, the scenes on each screen take on a different mood depending on the colour of the light.
Carnovsky was founded by designers Silvia Quintanilla and Francesco Rugi in 2007.
We first reported on the RGB series in 2010 when Johannsen Gallery in Berlin presented an exhibition of Carnovsky's work, while in 2011 the studio used the wallpaper to deck out an east London bar and gallery.
Last year we featured a lamp that uses three different-coloured LEDs to cast cyan, magenta and yellow shadows on the walls.
Photographs are by Alvise Vivenza.
Here's some more information from the designers:
Carnovsky - RGB Fabulous Landscapes
Fondazione Adolfo Pini, Corso Garibaldi 2, Milan
Milan Design Week 9-14 April 2013
Curator: Dalia Gallico
Printing and Set Construction: GraphicReport
Design Limited Edition: Artep Italia
For Milan Design Week 2013, Carnovsky continues its RGB project experimenting with new designs, new materials and new technologies, continuing the journey begun in 2010 on the interaction between printed and light colours. The main theme is the landscape in its different meanings. Atmospheric landscapes, architectonic and perspective landscapes, emotional landscapes, ephemeral landscapes in continuous movement.
In the colonnaded courtyard the Atmospherics series is presented for the first time, a series of sky landscapes and meteorological phenomena. The whole series comprises more than 20 pieces. One giant sky titled Atmospheric N.1, printed with an innovative technique of digital fresco of the Italian company GraphicReport and illuminated by RGB LED lights, creates a magical show of sunrises, sunsets and storms.
Within the space on the ground floor, another large installation that uses the work titled Landscape N.1, in which the viewer is immersed in an enchanted forest, gradually turns in an architectural interior. The exterior reverses in the interior and the vanishing point of the columns and the perspective planes expands the space multiplying it to the infinite.
Finally, in the rooms on the upper floor of the Foundation, a dialogue between antique and contemporary has been created, placing some Carnovsky's limited editions produced by the Italian company Artep Italia like the screens in lacquered wood with antique engravings of animals and anatomy and the hand made carpets in a historical Milanese building.
Carnovsky has been working on some new limited editions which include a collection of screens (UV digital printing on lacquered wood), a collection of carpets hand-knotted in India and a collection of tapestries woven in Aubusson. Some of these objects including the three screens and a carpet were presented at the first floor of the Fondazione Pini as part of the RGB Fabulous Landscapes exhibition.