By Helle Walsted — photos by Wichmann + Bendtsen Photography interview by Rosaria Zucconi
Limited edition — p. 164
Vincenzo and Claudia de Cotiis in their splendid home in Milan. A perfect frame encompassing all the beautiful things collected and designed by a designer artist It is a magical moment for Vincenzo de Cotiis. In the field of art design, he is getting a taste of the freedom to express himself as a pure artist through objects sought after by galleries from all over the world. We meet him in his home in Milan. Let’s talk about the Pop Nouveau collection. It is fruit of the mixture of the two movements. It is Pop in the choice of the materials, which are raw yet not meant to express a classical elegance, and it is Art Nouveau for its soft forms, its colours and textures, its symbolism. Plans for the future? My first solo exhibition at the Carpenters Workshop Gallery in London from 3 October to 16 December. With a selection of pieces again linked to Pop Nouveau, such as panel- rugs in a non- fabric, rigid material and lamps that go beyond their function as illuminating objects to become a symbolic gesture. How do you see decoration? I see decoration as the expression of free creativity, in the same way as art, music, literature. And as part of history. What are your rules? I am more in a believer in shifting boundaries: I want to feel free to experiment. Your work takes you all over the world, but where would you like to live? In London, which I am rediscovering, having loved it when I was a young man, and in New York, to absorb its energy. Ten years after its creation, how do you now perceive your brand Progetto Domestico? A success won through perseverance, the point of arrival of an all- personal vision of design, nurtured for a long time. Today I feel lucky. I can do only what I feel.