At Milan Design Week 2023, Veneto-based Materica made a huge splash with their installation INTERNA_MENTE, which became one of the most visited spots in Alcova. The company, renowned for its wire metallization of surfaces, used recycled MDF sheets that were mounted with metallic patinas and oxidation techniques causing light to bend across all surfaces. On top of this, two-dimensional golden faces were placed on the floor and ceiling, as though they had just been plucked from an underwater realm. Get to know this enigmatic yet breathtaking installation in greater detail on SURFACES REPORTER (SR).
Interna_Mente, a chamber of mirrors on display at Alcova, is an installation created by Materica that engaged the senses and promoted self-reflection. The firm transformed a former cold storage room into an astonishing space that inspired visitors to contemplate and listen. To complete the effect, Captivating visual illusions were created by adding more shades to engender a dreamlike atmosphere.
Guardini and Ciuffreda of GuardiniCiuffredaStudio have designed the INTERNA_MENTE installation as an escape from the pressures of modern life. They explain that it’s a place where one can find solace, and be welcomed and heard regardless of what society deems important. It's a sanctuary where visitors can feel free to be their true selves.
“The mirrored surfaces that reflect us make us the central characters of our own being, here in the present. Face to face with a figure that in turn acts as our mirror. The interior becomes exterior because that image is the materialization of our intimate dialogue with ourselves,” they stated.
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