Formafantasma bases Anticipation exhibition on Lexus car

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Formafantasma bases Anticipation exhibition on Lexus concept car

Milan 2016: Italian duo Formafantasma have created a trio of installations that reference the form and materials of Japanese car brand Lexus' LF-FC concept model (+ slideshow).

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Formafantasma has created three installations that reference car brand Lexus, including circle of metal stools featuring in one room of the exhibition

The Anticipation exhibition is being held in a former metal factory, and represents the "fusion of machine, craftsmanship and tradition" according to the Amsterdam-based designers.

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The stools are made from panels that have been finished in the same paint process applied to the LF-FC car

One room features a circle of metal stools, made from panels that have been finished in the same paint process applied to the LF-FC car, which was revealed at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. Colours were layered by both hand and machine – borrowing on traditional Japanese lacquering techniques – and change between grey and blue, depending on the light.

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In another space, Formafantasma use hydrogen fuel cell technology similar to that of the LF-FC by Lexus

A second room houses an installation that has been designed to reference Japan's early textile industry. A large metal framework holds thousands of threads with coloured sections, which recreate the shape of the LF-FC when a mechanism moves up the frame to stretch them.

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Located in the largest space of the exhibition, the four pieces range in height from two to six metres

The piece is held in a light-filled room, surrounded by wood and paper screens similar to those found in Japanese buildings.

Formafantasma's third installation uses hydrogen fuel cell technology to power four large stainless steel pieces, shaped like giant off-centre clock faces. Each of the items moves slowly to create a "subtle choreography", while a supporting reflective pink platform hides the power source.

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Tanks located under a pink platform supply the hydrogen used to produce electricity

"The installations mix contemporary finishes, such as car paint, cast resin and stainless steel, with more traditional materials such as cotton fabric and pine wood," said the duo.

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Made from stainless steel, the sculptures are shaped like giant off-centre clock faces

"The industrial interiors of the space are softly illuminated using several light boxes referencing traditional Japanese architecture," they added.

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Another room houses an installation designed to reference Japan's early textile industry

The Anticipation exhibition is being held in the exhibition space at T32 Torneria/Carrozzeria, Via Tortona 32.

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A large metal framework holds thousands of threads with coloured sections

Other exhibition highlights from Milan design week, which takes place from 12 to 17 April 2016, include a set of interactive installations created by students from Amsterdam's Dirty Art Department, and a showcase of products made from recycled poo. Check out Dezeen's top 10 unmissable exhibitions and installations »