Until July 30th, De Castelli showroom hosts Tracing Venice exhibition. Open by appointment.
Inspired by the photographs of André Bruyère on the mosaics of St. Mark’s, designers Zanellato/Bortotto conceived a symbolic transposition of the lagoon city, which De Castelli translates into six extraordinary wall tableaus made of copper, brass and steel mosaics and treated with oxidisation, brushing and erosion processes. These tableaus perfectly demonstrate the company’s research and expertise in metalworking.
Generating unique effects of depth and relationship with light, each tableau tells a story that makes the imperfection of the material a fundamental element. They evoke the fragility and deterioration of the Venetian context and prompt reflection on the importance of an asset to be preserved at all costs.
With this project, De Castelli uses its applied research to push the boundaries of experimentation, uniting cutting-edge technology with fine craftsmanship for unprecedented and exclusive results.
The uniformity and continuity of the oxidations and tones was only possible through in-depth investigation of the narrative potential of metals, carried out through countless tests and verifications.
With the aim of bringing together the excellent craftsmanship that De Castelli has been cultivating and handing down for generations with the technology of machinery and design tools, Tracing Venice also highlights the need for a renewed aesthetic language compared to traditional craft techniques, which are thus recontextualised by the company in its continuous search for new and unexpected formal expressions.