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COS' new collaboration involves a thousand marble balls

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COS' new collaboration involves a thousand marble balls
Have a ball of a time in Seoul with this new collaboration between COS and Snarkitecture

Although Swedish fashion label COS and New York-based architecture studio Snarkitecture come from different disciplines and origins, the duo have one thing in common: An appreciation of clean lines. This shared love for reduction has seen them through two different collaborations in 2015, one for Snarkitecture's debut in Milan Furniture Fair and another for COS' pop-up shop in Los Angeles. They say that third time's the charm, and what charmer it is — this time, COS and Snarkitecture have met their minds for the latter's first project in Seoul.

A sense of calm often permeates through Snarkitecture's spaces, seen in their store designs for Valextra, Colette and Billionaire Boys Club. For COS, they employed steel sheets with cutaways that followed the silhouettes of the collection. Similarly, COS has continued their patronage of the arts — past collaborations include ones with Nendo and Sou Fujimoto. Each collaboration captured COS' simplicity, proving that you don't really need clothes to capture a brand's aesthetic.

Cos x Snarkitecture in Los Angeles

Cos x Snarkitecture in Milan

This time, Daniel Arsham and Alex Mustonen have borrowed the technical sensibility of COS' latest collection, merging it with Snarkitecture's child-like wonder for a playground of sorts. Thousands of glass marbles make up this interactive exhibit, which will place visitors in a contemplative environment as they move through the space, exploring precision and chance. We can't help but draw comparisons with the studio's travelling installation 'The Beach', which involved 1,000,000 plastic balls visitors can dive into.

Snarkitecture's 'The Beach'

Check out COS x Snarkitecture at the Gana Art Center in Seoul from 8 to 19 November.

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  • Image: COS, Instagram | @retail.design, @snarkitecture

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