“Giardino all’Italiana” symbolises the traditional character of cotto, expressing all its potential.
Cotto and formal gardens embrace to “design nature”. In both cases, this totally natural material is moulded artificially in the less spontaneous dimension possible, in other words geometric shapes.
To create this design, the architect observed rows of trees, meadows, lakes and sculptures, and came up with a wall covering for the home that is similar to a landscape. The design is based on a combination of tiles in three variants that can in turn be used to create numerous combinations.
The main element is variegated cotto, alternated with coloured tiles in a well-balanced pattern with an attractive contrast between straight and curved lines. There are two types of wall covering. One reproduces the motifs of the floor tiles on a smaller scale, with an alternation of matt and shiny glazes.
With regard to colour, dusty shades of clay, mud, cipria powder, and sand are coordinated with shiny tones of teal, salmon, whale grey and cerulean, which have the precious look of metals. In the other version, the bas-relief graphics that stand out on a base of natural cotto in a pinkish shade, are exalted by crystalline, pale glazes in the shades of baby pink, pearl grey, cherry red, and green apple.
“The idea of “designing nature” is something I have been contemplating for a while already. When I began working on this project, I noted a strange coincidence: Formal gardens in Italy came into vogue in the late Renaissance period, at the same time that variegated cotto became a fashionable material for flooring in Lombardy. Based on this affinity, I used the garden layout as a basis on which to style the project.”
Photo credits: Mattia Balsamini
Styling and set design: Studio Fludd
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