Clap Studio designed Mist memorial, the main installation of Minsk Design Week 2019, where people can gather, relax and find peace. The installation was built by volunteers from the city of Minsk.
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For the concept of this installation Clap starts from the history of Minsk, a city that during the Second World War was devastated. The bombs destroyed 80% of the buildings and the city was not rebuilt until the 1950s. That is why the population of this city remembers these times as something unpleasant and many of them prefer not to talk about it.
Based on the definition of “popularization”, the topic suggested by Minsk Design Week organization, Clap with the collaboration of Wei Lesley wanted to bring this taboo subject closer to Minsk’s current society in a simple and understandable way.
Clap’s goal was to create an installation so that society does not forget the facts or the victims.
The design studio starts from a geometric volume that represents in a conceptual way the volume of a building. They imagine that the bombs fall on him destroying it, generating new openings and brand new volumes. These new openings result ingeniously in an entrance and a viewpoint on the top. The destruction gives way to the function generating grandstands, stairs and seats. From the inside, life makes its way in the form of a tree, exceeding the height of the installation itself.
Mist is the fuzzy but latent memory of all those buildings that were destroyed during the war and could not be inhabited again. It is definitely a memorial for the city of Minsk that at the same time serves as a space where the people can gather, relax and find peace.
Clap Studio is a design studio founded in 2017, based in Valencia (Spain) but working worldwide. The young studio is focused on the design of experiences through interiors, product and artistic installations.
The studio is formed by Jordi Iranzo and Angela Montagud, creative director and technical architect respectively. Both are the founders of the minimalist design magazine More with less. By bringing together the creativity of one and the technique of the other they design following three clear values: simplicity, elegance and play. The goal of the studio in every work is to tell a story that moves the user. The creative process of the Clap starts always with a concept. They decontextualize objects, landscapes and moments from everyday life to create interiors, products and installations.
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Facts & Credits
Project title Mist Installation
Location Minsk, Belarus (non permanent installation)
Area 35 sqm
Design Clap Studio
Collaborator Wei Lesley Yang
Client Minsk Design Week
Photography Alexandra Kononchenko
Video edit Pedro Jareño
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