The wall covering collection “Giardino delle Delizie” is influenced by the grottos of Renaissance gardens, special places of delight created to amaze visitors.
These caverns were made when the architecture of the Italian garden, in the 1500s, began to extend to large spaces with theatrical settings suitable for parties and imaginative performances, alongside more intimate, secluded but no less dramatic sites.
The decoration of these grottos took concrete form through shapes and surfaces that imitated natural rock formations, in an encounter between nature and artifice: limestone deposits, seashells, reproductions of organic materials, combining surprising visual and tactile effects.
Concave and convex features create games of light and shadow to alter perception of depth and space; shiny and matte surfaces suddenly evolved into rugged, materic effects, in a dynamic alternation of enchanting scenarios.
Photo credits: Mattia Balsamini