The COS Urban Landscape by André Fu was greatly inspired by nature in architecture and urbanity in modern Asian cities. Each area is conceived to be unique in its character and as guests unveil each layer, the journey conjures a visual narrative that translates the urban life. The journey, set against the industrial architecture of the Pier itself, instils how a public utility can be transformed conceptually into a communal landscape where people can stroll, sit and enjoy amazing vistas across the Victoria Harbour.
For Autumn-Winter 2015, Swedish fashion brand COS partnered with Hong Kong architect André Fu to create a conceptual space to underscore the modern and minimalist inspiration of its latest collection. Taking 40 people over 45 days to construct, the temporary installation was constructed on the upper deck of the city's Central Pier and featured a series of glass and steel cubes, lacquered bridges, and dove grey walls which ultimately led guests to the COS ready-to-wear presentation. To evoke the meditative influence of a traditional Japanese Zen garden, Fu placed a transitional 2-meter circular bed of white pebbles studded with moss-covered spheres.
Speaking to Wallpaper*, Fu commented, 'Luxury is different now,' he says. 'I was intrigued with the challenge of taking my language of design into a conceptual experience that reflects how fashion is being redefined as a reflection of oneself and where style could be attained with affordability.
The collection was inspired by Japan's Mono-ha art movement of the early 1970's which highlighted the inherent relationship between natural and industrial materials. Cocoon-like structure reminiscent of the early works of Yoji Yamamoto were crafted in subtle shades of camel, beige, and grey. 'It evokes a very still and peaceful aesthetic with a sense of drama,' explains COS head of menswear design Martin Andersson. Fu's installation also marked the launch of a limited edition white shirt that is to be distributed exclusively across the brand's network of Asian stores.