An installation by Molo design and production studio | imm 2020

If I have to choose one thing that for me personally really stood out at imm Cologne, something I thought was so different and beautiful that it is still on my mind, it has to be Canadian design and production studio molo For the studio’s first appearance at imm Cologne, molo’s award-winning collection of modular space partitions formed a beautiful backdrop for their lighting, table and seating elements.

Designed by Stephanie Forsythe + Todd MacAllen, molo’s award-winning soft collection is a modular system of space partitions, lighting, table and seating elements that use honeycomb geometry to flex, expand and compress. Made from recyclable paper or non-woven textile materials paired with a patented system of magnetic panels, the collection empowers individuals to redesign and reshape their surroundings with spontaneous ease. 

‘Where hard materials dictate a room, molo’s fluid forms welcome the end user to endlessly invent and redefine how it is engaged, whether for the daily rituals of life and work, or in a complete reimagining for special occasions’

Wandering through their stand was calming and surprising from each angle and had a high installation like feeling we know from Milan Design week. I can imagine the endless possibilities when looking closer at the walls and furniture. This is what Molo wrote about their first appearance and stand at imm cologne 2020:

“Shaped from aluminum textile softwall + softblock, this installation rewards the curious. Changing tones and subtle reflections draw guests in, then delight them with fine detail. textile softwall is often described as coming alive once illuminated, as light shines through and highlights the visually delicate material fibres. Once micro coated with aluminum, those fibres become glimmering strands that capture and bounce light, like veins of silver running through rock. Depending on their arrangement, or how ambient light catches the aluminum, these new walls offer a dynamic range of shadow and reflection.”

“Further elements of the soft collection influence their environment and encourage tactile engagement. cloud mast balances elements of earth and air. As atmospheric shifts occur, the textile clouds dance and sway. The weight, locked in a perpetual search for equilibrium, adjusts gently to each change. Like its counterparts, cloud pendants and urchin softlight, cloud mast is equipped with molo’s newest LED system rated at 90+ CRI. An aluminum textile lounger creates an area of repose. Its unique patina, a defining characteristic of molo’s softseating, is reminiscent of hammered metal. Also on display, a series of large decorative bowls. These are beautiful new additions to molo’s collection of float glassware.”

space partitions
Different space partitions / contemporary acoustic room dividers. At imm molo mostly used white and grey for their installation but different colours and materials are available. Find more details at the website under Space partitions 

paper lighting fixtures

Have you seen the video in my stories highlights from imm 2020, have a look at them here to see the ‘Cloud mast’, a paper cloud lamp and sculptural mechanical mobile in action, so amazing!! To see more of the lighting fixtures as seen at imm have a look here at the different options molo lighting

Folding furniture made from paper and textiles, again many options from folding paper stools and benches to tables and launchers to many more have a look here molo furniture

picture 1-4 by vosgesparis // other pictures via molo