Giovanni Maria Filindeu sheds light on Foscarini's Brera store with immersive installation

For this year's Milan design week, architect Giovanni Maria Filindeu has transformed Foscarini's Brera store into a series of installations each exploring different forms of light.

The Fare Luce installation, which translates to Shedding Light, was designed by Filindeu for Italian lighting brand Foscarini's store in the Brera district.

Aiming to create an immersive environment, the architect focused on light and shadow, drawing upon his own memories and experiences to design six "resonating chambers".

As visitors move through the six spaces, they follow the pace of a specially composed soundtrack.

"Light and shadows are the most esssential elements that can grant meaning to an architectural space, transforming it into a destination," Filindeu said. "I intended the effect of being immersed in these environments as a voyage that triggers emotions and memories by the manifestation of light."

"The path is paced by a specially composed musical soundtrack to structure the experience: each setting becomes a resonating chamber, with its own material, proportions and sound. Music thus becomes the voice of light," he added.

Visitors enter into an all-white space with a strip of light resembling a "spring sky", before moving onto a room where light is used to create shapes and lines.

The next space is intended to resemble a pulsing candle flame, while a further room features a sunset-like shadow cast against its far wall.

Lastly, Filindeu wanted to create a space that showed light as an energy and force. Strip lighting in rainbow hues runs along the floor before it reaches up onto the wall and ceiling, where it becomes white.

Filindeu's Fare Luce installation is on show until 29 April at Foscarini's Brera store on Via Fiori Chiari 28.

Other installations taking place across the city during this year's Milan design week include a smog-filtering house that looks to the future of sustainable city living, and a set of giant swinging pendulums in the courtyard of an old seminary.

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