26 March 2015

Restile Contest: the winners

The second Restile contest, whose aim is to explore new and innovative ideas in ceramics, was well attended again this year with all those taking part, intent on seeing ceramics from a new and innovative perspective.
Its success and the involvement created are confirmed by the numbers and interaction in the digital spaces: over 200 projects were submitted, about 24,000 visits were made to the contest’s website, not to mention almost 350,000 views of the dedicated posts.

Restile can be considered an authentic, creative crowd-sourcing project that has now entered its final stages, the announcement of the three winning entries. 
The ceramic concepts that won over the jury – made up of internationally acclaimed industry professionals, lecturers from the Politecnico university in Milan, and the Board of Directors of the company -  are those designed by:

Gianluca Carraro (Italia)
His project - SHASHIKO - was inspired by a traditional Japanese embroidery technique. The result is a tile with the markings and the patterns of a piece of poetry, resulting in a primordial yet sophisticated ceramic product. 
First place. Comments
For the considerable skill in merging an oriental inspiration with a western context, and for the exciting ability to transform a woven effect into a tangible surface, through the exploration of an idea that refuses to imitate others.

Martina Malomo e Francesca Scipioni (Italia)
LAMERAI is a project that took markedly urban materials, non-slip (or embossed) metal sheets and cement, and turned them into a tangible product with a two-fold ceramic surface.
Second place. Comments
The reinterpretation of the material creating a metropolitan version whose graphics and texture lend a three-dimension aspect to the product. The jury also appreciated the collection’s uncomplicated approach with regards to production.

Matteo Cecconi (Italia)
FENIX was named after the Phoenicians, the very first experts in traditional cocciopesto flooring techniques. The concept varies from white to black and is based on a mosaic of tesserae tiles making up a decorative pattern that produces an effect of tiling continuity, giving the final result an unbroken, seamless look.
Third place. Comments 
For the reworking of ancient techniques from an industrial angle, with a decidedly modern approach to colour, manufacturing and application.