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Un tessuto di grés per un Loft cubista



Elena Padovani & Silvia Schmid


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Arch. Elena Padovani

Born in Rome the 18.06.1960, I graduated in 1987 at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in architectural composition. I took care of designing in various fields: interior architecture, furniture design, hospital building, residential construction, religious building, recovery of historical buildings. I have always been interested in art and painting, I have curated the staging of exhibitions and artistic events, I myself paint and collaborate with artists in the creation of objects of “poetic reaction” design. I have been interested in architectural theories and the relationship between form and image in architecture and art.


Arch. Silvia Schmid

Born in Rome the 13.11.1972, I graduated in 1999 at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in designing large structures. I took care of designing in various fields: interior architecture, furniture design, hospital building, residential construction, directional building, interior design of boats. I founded and managed a construction company dealing with the design and realization of new constructions and renovations. I took care of the design and preparation of exhibition stands. I take care of environments and scenography of exhibition spaces and film sets.

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A stoneware fabric for a cubist loft


The contemporary loft, the home of a young couple.

The object ‘ house ‘ has been dismantled in two components, the walls that double in slant surfaces covered in uniform stoneware and the floor as an element that binds space through the richness of a weave that returns unity to the environment. The loft is delimited then by a new internal stoneware casing, cut horizontally and vertically from holes that discover the existing walls, creating a game of sharp angles and niches, which are used as furniture and containment.

The idea of home that emerges is an essential, dynamic space, where the wall furnishings are eliminated, since the walls themselves become furniture.

The floor is conceived as a fabric rug with staggered chromatic bands, of dark shades, of the Layers series, format 11.6 x 60 cm, in the colors: Cold 03, Warm 02, warm 03 and Trend, mixed with a random criterion following the suggestion of the painting by Paul Klee: main Roads and secondary roads.

The material is laid with light grey grouts and the direction of laying is longitudinal with respect to the entrance.

For the walls was chosen a square size 60×60 cm Warm 01, with which were coated walls B, O, D and Walls H and G.

The slant slabs, that form the new internal walls, double and move the existing walls and are covered at the height of porcelain gres Layers,. Color warm 01 tiles, size 60×60 cm, do not touch the floor but are raised 11,6 cm from the ground, to create the illusion that the fabric of the floor extensions below and continue beyond the house.

The neckline between the existing walls and the “new” coated stoneware is highlighted in a horizontal cut at the height of 131.6 cm from the floor, which runs along the three walls B, O, D until dying on the door window opposite the entrance. In this horizontal cut, a space of containment is obtained for the day use, where to put books and objects, overcoming the conception of the furniture laid on the wall.

The double walls that cover H and G, instead are dug with an asymmetric window that houses a video-tablet, squared by a classic frame, where they are projected in continuous cycle of famous paintings loved by the couple who dwells the loft.

The construction system chosen to realize the double walls consists in a frame of aluminum profiles, anchored on the floor and ceiling, on which are fixed chipboard panels covered in slabs of stoneware.

The non-coated stoneware walls are decorated with a dark grey color to highlight and decompose the new walls from the existing ones.

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Layers – Cold03
Layers – Warm03
Layers – Warm02
Layers – Warm01
Layers – Trend