Perpetual Motion
House and Leisure|October 2018
Perpetual Motion

Old and new find fresh expression in the designs of Italian ‘ furniture sculptor’ Vincenzo de Cotiis.

Garreth Van Niekerk

Timeless’, as an adjective, is often casually thrown around in writing about design, but how else do you describe the work of Italian architect, furniture designer and gallerist Vincenzo de Cotiis? His Milan-based practice combines old and new in pieces that redefine the ‘timeless’ by carefully crafting a new design language that celebrates every stage of a material’s life.

‘The objects are a new iconographic and morphological alphabet composed of signs that take hold of the past, just as they do the future,’ says De Cotiis. In September, he will open an exhibition, En Plein Air (Outdoors), at Carpenters Workshop Gallery in London, where 20 ‘furniture-sculptures’, all of which are handmade by Italian artisans, will be displayed in the same space that has showcased work by greats such as Rick Owens, Yinka Shonibare and Studio Job.

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October 2018