Our chat with Francesco Costacurta brings us full circle with our interviews with the artists who took part in Restile, the competition that gave us an opportunity to discover and get to know some of the younger talent in contemporary architecture and industrial design. We took time out to have a closer look at Francesco’s project - Pompei 2.0 - that convinced the jury for its symbolic value, but also for its original approach to the concept and how he handled it.
What was the inspiration for this innovative ceramic concept? There is the obvious historical reference, but he took an alternative approach: ash seen as a decorative element that settles on surfaces and objects that are part of everyday life, concealing their real forms. These icons of contemporary life replace traditional decorative patterns, outlining a new aesthetic that is unpredictable and full of surprises.