MAD Architects designed Mogu chair for Sawaya & Moroni, which was revealed during Milan Design Week. Inspired by the contoured forms of fungi, Ma Yansong, MAD’s founder, conceived it as a unit that can be combined into different seating arrangements.
“Mogu’s form appears to grow naturally from the earth, adapting to diverse spatial configurations, and affecting the perception of its larger environment. Its surface forms an organic landscape that allows people to respond with their bodies and encourage a variety of social interactions,” says Ma Yansong.
“Mogu” was originally created for a large-scale public art initiative. It was intended to be neither public furniture nor sculpture, but to instead occupy a place somewhere in-between.
With this collaboration Ma Yansong joins an assembly of architects and designers such as Zaha Hadid, Jean Nouvel, and Kazuo Shinohara, whom have all designed furniture with Sawaya & Moroni in the past.
The upgraded version of “Mogu” presented during the 2017 Milan Design Week utilises different materials and manufacturing techniques that redefines the correlation between the chair’s size, format and its ability to adapt to different contexts.