Double Signature. A dialogue between design and artisanal excellence

Architectural Care

“The human being, in harmony with the changing needs of society, plays a fundamental role in the evolution of architecture. Using pre-existing structures as a canvas, he shapes spaces that respond to new social needs. This ability to adapt underlines the inherent dynamism of architecture, where existing elements serve as a foundation for innovation. Historical stratifications offer a perspective on this process: architecture evolves over time, transforming itself to adapt to new contexts and functions. This metamorphosis is comparable to the Urushitsugi technique, where cracks are not seen as flaws, but rather as part of the history of the object itself. Thus, architecture reflects the flow of human life, incorporating past experiences and anticipating future changes”. (Palomba Serafini)

“I have always been passionate about architecture and design, particularly the Japanese style, which is so simple and pared-back. And I find that purity in Palomba Serafini designs. I really liked Ludovica’s design, and the objects she reinterpreted to adapt them to my own technique. What engaged me most was developing the work together, understanding how we could reconcile her creativity with the limits of the materials. In fact this was the only difficulty we encountered in this project: in order for it to polymerise, urushi lacquer must be stored for a long time in a cabinet known as a ‘muro’, with at least 20 °C and 80% relative moisture. Moreover, there is the problem that as the lacquer oxidises, it risks staining the biscuit, or in any case, the very light and porous glazed ceramic...”. (Anita Cerrato)




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