Through the Making Places installation, presented at Milan Design Week by USM, the UNStudio Futures team asked whether there is a boundary between home and work. Or, in between these two points, whether places exist that have certain conditions that allow humans to thrive, like co-workspaces, cafés, hotel lobbies and libraries. But what exactly are these conditions? Over the past year of research, we’ve identified four: Growing (Healthy environments), Meeting (Human-to-human interaction), Reflecting (Mindfulness & wellbeing) and Learning (Re-skilling to keep pace with machines). With Making Places we demonstrate through these four conditions how the USM Haller system can be used flexibly within the ideal third place, by interpreted these topics into the design of four large Haller pieces, and adding in a few extra ingredients...
Our Making Places booth design for USM is also a collective process, where visitors are invited to cover the stage with custom-made stickers, designed by our UNS Futures team and PINC graphic design, which show a playful perspective on the system’s classical geometry.
Making Places - USM Fair Stand, Salone del Mobile
UNStudio Ben van Berkel with (UNSFutures) Ren Yee, Alice Haugh, Huey Chan, Lili Carr
Advisors USM: Client and stand constructed from elements of USM modular furniture
Expo Mobilia: Stand construction
ecosphere.institute / Green4Cities GmBH: Landscape and climate design