Nature Squared and ANOTHERVIEW present VIEW 20,
a limited edition architectural installation,
synthesising pioneering material design, nature and conceptual art,
at the Rossana Orlandi Gallery, Milan,
from 6 June 2022
On the occasion of Milan Design Week 2022, Nature Squared and ANOTHERVIEW are proud to present VIEW 20, a limited edition, custom, architectural installation that reframes views of conceptual art, material design, nature, time, and travel.
Our creative collaboration brings together Nature Squared’s innovation and expertise honed over two decades of carefully sourcing natural waste materials, including tree bark, egg and seashells, and feathers, which we transform into sustainable luxurious surfaces, furnishings and accessories for leading architects and designers, with Milan-based collective ANOTHERVIEW’s exclusive 24-hour ‘digital nomad window’ into another time and landscape.
VIEW 20 tells the story of a day in the life of a mature banyan tree in Ranakpur, India, filmed continuously in very high resolution for 24 hours. The outstanding natural beauty of the tree attracts local villagers and a delightful menagerie of animals throughout the course of one day and night reflecting on the daily life of rural Rajasthani communities.
Inspired by the natural textures and colour palette of Ranakpur, Nature Squared’s Chief Material Innovator, Hong Kong textile artist Elaine Yan Ling Ng has designed a textile wallcovering of hand-woven PASTORALE edged with strips of baked eggshell. PASTORALE is Elaine’s first textile collection designed exclusively for Nature Squared, and is made of sustainably sourced abaca, which is cleaned and stripped by hand before being handwoven to create a rich, lustrous texture. It is suitable for use indoors and out, as wallcoverings and screens, and for furnishings and accessories.
Samples are available.
The canopy, handmade in handwoven abaca, rattan and gold yarn, pays homage to the elegant traditional tented structures of Rajasthan.
Two sculptural columns, a tribute to India’s intricate temple architecture, are in TERRAMIQUE, our latest moulded material made of sustainably sourced crushed eggshell, presented in different styles.
A 2.8-metre curved viewing bench with bamboo inlaid by hand in a starburst pattern, a signature classic Nature Squared technique, completes the installation, extending the viewing experience by connecting tactile materiality with the scenic vista.
“It has been very exciting and inspiring to collaborate with ANOTHERVIEW. Their window captures an extraordinary time and place, and we share a passion for materiality. For the frame, I wanted to think beyond traditional notions of what a frame is, to reinvent, rethink and reimagine materials to create a completely new perspective.”
Elaine Yan Ling Ng, Nature Squared Chief Material Innovator
“We are constantly looking for original ways to repurpose and reinvent our relationship with natural waste materials, and our collaboration shows how designers, craftspeople and creatives can find practical yet beautiful design solutions to the issue of waste.”
Lay Koon Tan, Nature Squared co-founder
For a complete sensory experience, from visual and touch to taste, our collaboration extends to Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia, adjoining the Rossana Orlandi Gallery, where two-Michelin star chefs Fabio Pisani and Alessandro Negrini and their pastry chef Domenico Peragine, inspired by this trip to India, will celebrate VIEW 20, with an imaginative, refreshingly delicious, vegan dessert composed of cinnamon shortbread, nutmeg, pepper and clove spice bread, and Bavarian creamed rice, turmeric and saffron.