Moooi at Salone Del Mobile 2018
So much of what is lived is lost and can still only live in our memories and imagination… We want to share our excitement, wonder and love, and try humbly, against our better judgement, to hold on to what is lost and celebrate it coming back alive again - Marcel Wanders
The Museum of Extinct Animals
Enchanted, intrigued, and often horrified by their myth-like discoveries, explorers of the past illustrated their findings in order to preserve memory. Once sighted, the animals quickly disappeared, leaving the imagination of the individual to fill in the blanks. In order to preserve this newly constructed memory and with the aim of publication, travellers drew their findings – resulting in a collection of mythologised animal drawings. These illustrations would come to validate their explorations: tangible physical displays of animals that were beyond the Western public’s wildest imagination.
At Salon Del Mobile 2018, Moooi presents The Museum of Extinct Animals – a chance to explore the extraordinary nature of these drawings. An immersive world lies waiting to be discovered by visitors, as nature’s diversity and the limits of the human imagination are celebrated alongside each other.
The Museum of Extinct Animals makes use of archive footage from museums across the globe. By celebrating nature’s diversity alongside the limits of the human imagination, Moooi displays a collection that is inspired by the textures, patterns and shapes found in drawings of extinct creatures. Elements of truth and falsity are playfully investigated through the collection, which includes fabrics, leathers, wall coverings and carpets - each designed to remember the animal, and the human, that inspired them. From high-pile velvet to jacquard; treated leather to mohair; as well as fluffy faux-fur, Moooi furniture designs are elevated to new heights with the new fabrics. Hundreds of years after the animals reached extinction, visitors to Salon Del Mobile are invited to touch the animals’ soft furs, cracked skins, and silken plumage.