Antonino Cardillo, House of Dust in Rome, Italy | Yellowtrace.

Antonino Cardillo, House of Dust in Rome, Italy | Yellowtrace.

Antonino Cardillo, House of Dust in Rome, Italy | Yellowtrace.

 

Italian architect Antonino Cardillo has designed a House of Dust in Rome based on the geometric ratio of the golden section. The horizontal division deliberately separates living spaces and line of furniture from the textured plaster walls and ceilings above. Look, I must admit that my first reaction to this interior was slightly confused. At first I couldn’t decide if I was able to move past the Popcorn ceiling aesthetic, but once I gave this house a chance to “talk to me”, I’ve taken a different view.

 

Antonino Cardillo, House of Dust in Rome, Italy | Yellowtrace.

Antonino Cardillo, House of Dust in Rome, Italy | Yellowtrace.

 

“In this house classical orders and proportions celebrate dust. The golden ratio divides the sides of the living room: a grey base supports a ceiling of rustic plaster of the colour of the bare earth.”

 

Antonino Cardillo, House of Dust in Rome, Italy | Yellowtrace.

Antonino Cardillo, House of Dust in Rome, Italy | Yellowtrace.

Antonino Cardillo, House of Dust in Rome, Italy | Yellowtrace.

Antonino Cardillo, House of Dust in Rome, Italy | Yellowtrace.

 

I love the way the windows are set within deep recesses, and every doorway celebrates the transition from one space to the next with exaggerated deep reveals. As a nod to 14th century Italian painting, Cardillo has created a series of arches that disguise doors and cupboards.

The doorway that leads to the private part of the house, with master bedroom and bathroom, is marked with a pink glass doorknob (oh I could say so much about this little detail, but I shall keep it clean.) In this space, walls are ceilings are not demarcated with textured plaster finish. Instead, there is deliberate change of tone with dominant pale shades pink.

 

Antonino Cardillo, House of Dust in Rome, Italy | Yellowtrace.

Antonino Cardillo, House of Dust in Rome, Italy | Yellowtrace.

Antonino Cardillo, House of Dust in Rome, Italy | Yellowtrace.

 

This is a courageous project with a fresh aesthetic and a unique vision. It’s the kind of interior that creates new trends, memes and movements. In today’s day and age where we are exposed to the entire world through our computer screens, designers tend to move towards a more unified aesthetic as we are all influencing each other so greatly. This is why it is so important to see projects like this one, that break the mould and bring so much individual character to the table. I realise this aesthetic is not for everyone. It’s not a home I would chose to live in either. Having said this, I  know this space will come up in my references next time I am seeing to create something a little less ordinary. Bravo Mr Cardillo!

 

Antonino Cardillo, House of Dust in Rome, Italy | Yellowtrace.

Antonino Cardillo, House of Dust in Rome, Italy | Yellowtrace.

Antonino Cardillo, House of Dust in Rome, Italy | Yellowtrace.

 

Antonino Cardillo is a Sicilian architect who has been selected among the thirty best new young architectural practices from around the World in Wallpaper* magazine’s Architect Directory. Although based in London, Cardillo is an architect who’s active worldwide. Through his works he explores the boundaries between ancient and modern languages. His projects attempt to reconcile different world views, beliefs, traditions and cultures: he interprets Architecture as a way to bridge differences.

 


[Images courtesy of Antonino Cardillo.]

 

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Dana Tomić Hughes
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Dana is an award-winning interior designer living in Sydney, Australia. With an unhealthy passion for design, Dana commits to an abnormal amount of daily design research. Regular travel and attendance at premier design events, enables Dana to stay at the forefront of the design world globally. While she is super serious about design, Dana never takes herself - nor design - too seriously. Together with her life and business partner, Nick Hughes, Dana is Boss Lady at Studio Yellowtrace, specialising in Interior Design, Creative Direction and Special Projects. The studio takes a highly conceptual and holistic approach to translating brands & ideas into places.

2 Responses

  1. Ari

    Grey, green and pink, lovely. This project brings to mind the Acne Studio in Paris with the subtle use of colour, though Acne does have that bold yellow, without being blah and washed out.

    I like the shower curtain too, not sure about it in the bedroom, but I’ve been trying to use one in a project for ages, clients usually look at me strangely and go for frameless glass.

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