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Olafur Eliasson for Moroso

Olafur Eliasson creates triangular patterns with Green Light furniture for Moroso

Shown at Milan design week, this prototype furniture for Moroso by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson has a triangle-patterned frame that warps when viewed from different angles.

The Green Light series features a table and shelving system with zigzag patterns made by tabletop engraving and the triangular metal framework.

When several shelving units are placed next to one another, graphic patterns are created by the repeated triangular shapes of the painted steel.

Olafur Eliasson for Moroso

The tables, which sit on pronged legs, can similarly be arranged together to create star-shaped patterns.

The series is a continuation of a project first started in 2016 at the TBA21 gallery in Vienna, when Eliasson invited refugees and asylum seekers to take part in a workshop.

Participants spent time constructing lamps together, and had the opportunity to take part in language courses, job training and seminars. The aim of the workshop was to exchange knowledge but also offer a place for asylum seekers and refugees to make themselves heard.

Olafur Eliasson for Moroso

The diamond-shaped lights were made from a wireframe-like wooden framework, and designed to stack together to create light installations.

Eliasson plans to bring the same workshop to the 57th Venice Biennale, which takes place later this year. Asylum seekers of all ages will be invited to participate.

The artist, who has shown work around the world, has completed a diverse range of projects – from designing abstract stage scenery for the ballet to turning his own tears into cheese.

Moroso has further highlighted the plight of refugees in an installation at its Via Pontaccio showroom, created by 16-year-old artist Achilleas Souras. The exhibition features an igloo assembled from 1,000 abandoned lifejackets collected from the shores of the Greek island of Lesbos.

Eliasson's Green Light prototypes are on display at Salone del Mobile, Hall 16 Stand A29 and B22.

Elsewhere at Milan design week, Italian designer Matteo Cibic is showing a collection of anthropomorphic vases, and Nendo is displaying 16 works that explore the theme of outlines and boundaries.