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A dreamlike installation by Daniel Arsham x Kohler at Milan Design Week

American experiential artist Daniel Arsham collaborated with design brand Kohler to create a towering interpretation of a walk-through sink at a historic palace in Milan

By Palesa Kgasane  | June 9, 2022 | Architecture

Named “Divided Layers”, the installation is on display at Milan’s Baroque palace Palazzo del Senato, a strikingly beautiful contrast to the futuristic Daniel Arsham and Kohler creation on display.

The experiential installation is made from white wooden panels that are stacked to form a tunnel, built on top of a black platform surrounded by water. Daniel explains that “the installation is almost like a portal you can walk through to enter into some new idea of the world.” During the day the water glistens in the sun and at night the installation lights up - a truly immersive display of 3-D technology.

Divided Layers is inspired by a previous design by Daniel named “Rock.01”, a curved three dimensional printed sink part of another collaboration with Kohler last year. Daniel and Kohler’s walk-through sink installation in Milan is a continuation of what Daniel describes as the "stacking and marrying" process used to construct the original sink. The installation also references a drawing that Daniel made over 10 years ago.

Divided Layers at Palazzo del Senato. Photography courtesy Kohler
Divided Layers, 2022. Photography courtesy Kohler

Daniel Arsham is a New York based multi-disciplinary artist best known for his mind-bending installations that marry myth and the present, much like the installation at Milan Design Week this year. Alon with his high art and films, Arsham also co-founded a design and architecture studio in 2008.