Phillip K Smith III and COS create wall of mirrors in historic Italian palazzo

American artist Phillip K Smith III has worked with fashion brand COS to install a faceted mirror structure in the courtyard of a 16th-century palazzo, as part of Milan design week 2018.

Smith is the latest in a series of designers to create a Milan design week offering for COS, following Studio Swine and Sou Fujimoto. His Open Sky installation, on show from 17 to 22 April 2017, sees a faceted wall of mirrors set in the courtyard of Palazzo Isimbardi.

The designer said he was given a relatively open brief by COS, but it was the location that ended up influencing his design.

“I was given the brief of ‘we like your work, here’s the site, we’ll talk to you in a month’,” Smith told Dezeen. “It was a carte blanche and an opportunity to think totally freely.”

Smith used huge plates of mirror-polish stainless steel – a material often found in the designer’s work – in a bid to “pull the sky down to the floor”.

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