SOME/DESIGN : Vincenzo de Cotiis - Progetto Domestico exhibition at L'Eclaireur Saint Ouen
Trained at the Milan Polytechnic, Vincenzo de Cotiis marries the sense of space of an architect with the sensibility to materials of a plastic artist. He forges pure forms — either design objects, ambiences — by following an organic process which allows the final product to retain traces of the process. Touch is as important as sight, and generates structures and solutions.
Crystalline, pure lines are charged with a new energy in the counterpoint of textures and parts. Materials – precious, raw, sometimes salvaged, always with intense evocative power – characterize every single project. Style results from the raw precision of the finishes, from the unexpected associations of parts, from a choice of faded colours that incorporate the signs and scratches of time. De Cotiis esthetic is all about perfect imperfection.
With Progetto Domestico, a series of limited-edition, non-duplicable furnishing pieces more akin to sculpture than design with a functional purpose, de Cotiis takes a step further into experimental design.
Progetto Domestico reinterprets furnishings using materials and salvaged parts that have been treated with experimental procedures and techniques. This interpretation goes beyond the limits of pure design and its obsession with lines, proposing a vision that is closer to contemporary art than to design.
The unusual appearance of handtreated surfaces with texture-effects on objects and materials that characterise the production of Progetto Domestico as recycled wood, fibreglass, resin, leather, brass and iron, are true visual and tactile experiences. None of the Progetto Domestico’s shapes are subject to the function — they appear as poetic objects intended to the art of collecting and to the limited edition.
Available at L’Eclaireur Saint Ouen.