Design is clearly a central element of Mazda’s convention- defying attitude toward automobiles. To celebrate its dedication to the functional beauty, as demonstrated by the award-winning “KODO – Soul of Motion” design of its new generation of cars, Mazda is taking part in Milan Design Week 2013 from 9-14 April. It has set up a special venue in the Italian metropolis, and the all-new Mazda6 with its stunning KODO lines will be there.
Located in Milan’s stylish Zona Tortona district, Mazda Con-Temporary Space (MACS) was conceived as a cultural forum to present contemporary art and design in a variety of forms.
Since opening in January, MACS has featured various public exhibitions by Italian artists with “movement” and “soul of motion” as their central themes. The new Mazda6 flagship has been a “permanent” fixture at MACS throughout the exhibition period, which goes until late April.
During Milan Design Week, MACS will host the exhibition Forma Fluens by Giuliana Cunéaz. Designed specifically for MACS, this exhibition uses 3D and HD video installations as well as painted screens, sculptures, photographs and drawings to take the viewer on a fascinating virtual journey through a metamorphic landscape exploring nanotechnology and other forms of science.
“My desire to delve into and capture these types of dynamic transformation processes has much in common with the Mazda approach, which goes beyond merely designing cars,” says Ms. Cunéaz. “It’s about using the KODO theme to create models where aesthetics and technology are united into an overall design that achieves new levels of harmony and emotion.” About Milan Design Week Milan Design Week gives artists, companies and other organisatio ns a prime opportunity to present their design work and installations at locations of their choice throughout the city. It evolved out of the “Salone del Mobile”, an annual furniture fair held since 1961. The largest event of its kind in the world, the Salone currently attracts some 2,500 exhibitors and around 300,000 visitors to the Milan fairgrounds.
About “KODO – Soul of Motion” Developed under the guidance of Ikuo Maeda, Mazda’s head of design, the prize-winning “KODO – Soul of Motion” design theme was inspired by the instantaneous movements of animals in the wild. KODO represents the ultimate form of motion, brimming with energy and emotion, and symbolizes Mazda’s devotion to building stunningly fashioned yet exceptionally practical and refreshingly driver-oriented vehicles. Honours bestowed thus far for KODO include Auto Bild’s 2012 European Design Award for the Mazda CX-5 compact SUV, the first KODO production model. The Mazda Takeri, which served as the basis for the all-new Mazda6, also took first place at the German Design Council’s Automotive Brand Contest 2012 in the concept car category.
The MACS exhibit during Milan Design Week Title: Forma Fluens Artist: Giuliana Cunéaz Curators: Fortunato D’Amico and Barbara Carbone Venue: Mazda Con-Temporary Space (MACS), Via Tortona 9, 20144 Milan Duration: 9-14 April 2013 Opening: Tuesday, 9 April at 8:30pm (by invitation only) Opening hours: 9 April: 10am to 8pm 10-11 April: 2pm to 8pm 12-13 April: 10am to 11pm 14 April: 10am to 8pm Admission: Free