Ma­trice and its ce­ramic al­pha­bet

Domus - - RASSEGNA - Cedit – Ceramiche d’Italia

Mak­ing use of evoca­tive el­e­ments typ­i­cal of Ital­ian modernist a rchi­tec­ture and study­ing the har­mony of ex­posed con­crete walls in a num­ber of con­tem­po­rary ar­chi­tec­tural so­lu­tions, the Ma­trice col­lec­tion has led to the rein­ven­tion of a se­ries of fin­ishes that can be ap­plied to porce­lain stoneware. The tiles are ar­tic­u­lated in fin­ishes that vis­ually sug­gest con­crete, along with a smoother one that acts as a base. Bar­bara Brondi and Marco Rainò have used these sur­faces as a start­ing point for de­vel­op­ing the de­sign fur­ther, ap­ply­ing a fig­u­ra­tive code that negates the idea of the grid, con­nected to that of mod­ule. Us­ing a vo­cab­u­lary of graphic marks en­graved on the tiles with a depth of 3 mm, a sys­tem for in­fi­nite com­bi­na­tions of pos­si­ble ar­range­ments is cre­ated.

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