‘Under the Willow Tree’ by Sara Ricciardi Studio - Photo by Eugenio Novajra, courtesy of 5Vie Design District.

‘Under the Willow Tree’ by Sara Ricciardi Studio – Photos by Eugenio Novajra, courtesy of 5Vie Design District.

Design — Milan-based designer and artist Sara Ricciardi has created a bright yellow, sinuous installation in a stunning room of Palazzo Lizza in the 5Vie Design District during Milan Design Week. Titled Under the Willow Tree, the installation was conceived as “a healing landscape to be played together to soothe, to be in the rhythm and in meditation.” Explains Sara Ricciardi

‘Under the Willow Tree’ by Sara Ricciardi Studio - Photo by Eugenio Novajra, courtesy of 5Vie Design District.

Made from precious textiles, the dreamlike plant is adorned with bells on its branches, inviting visitors to play it. The designer has collaborated with textile manufacturer Antica Fabbrica Passamanerie Massia Vittorio 1843 in Turin.

The room resonates with the calming sound of the bells, a unique harmony created in collaboration with Paolo Borghi, a music therapist and musician. He meticulously tuned the entire harmonic balance of the metal chimes of the branches, infusing the installation with a serene aura. “The metal contains within it the sound of the Universe, the energy of vibration, and guides visitors through paths of reciprocal care and relational calmness.”

As Sara Ricciardi explains, “The willow tree is a significant symbol of peace as well as the cycle of life, the feminine cycle, and lunar power. It provides shelter with its soft drooping branches; nostalgic and healing, beneficial in its leaning towards the ground.”

It is like arriving on the bank of a placid river, in a great enchanted nature, to connect to one’s own primitive frequencies. It is a soothing landscape to be played together to lull oneself into breathing and meditation.”

‘Under the Willow Tree’ by Sara Ricciardi Studio - Photo by Eugenio Novajra, courtesy of 5Vie Design District.

Commissioned by 5Vie, ‘Under the Willow Tree’ tunes with Unlimited Design Orchestra, the design district’s overarching theme, which focuses on the power of creative and harmonious collaboration between people, artists and designers.

‘Under the Willow Tree’ by Sara Ricciardi Studio - Photo by Eugenio Novajra, courtesy of 5Vie Design District.

‘Under the Willow Tree’ by Sara Ricciardi Studio – Photos by Eugenio Novajra, courtesy of 5Vie Design District.

‘Under the Willow Tree’ by Sara Ricciardi Studio - Photo by Eugenio Novajra, courtesy of 5Vie Design District.