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Ceramics of Italy Pavilion, Miami

Trade show pavilion composed of various tiles highlighting the versatility and quality of Italian tile manufacture. The design seeks to portray ceramic tiles as a dynamic, flexible and versatile surface covering. By utilising the same tiles as a wall, floor or ceiling cover forms which undulate responsively to create space, this simple homogeneity of one material utilised as surface cover creates a reinforcement of the notion that the material transcends its function as a planar covering.

Manipulating the overlaid flooring surface the strips of tiled floor, the undulating hardness of the phenomenon honeycomb (a/b) mosaic tiles peel away, fold and distort to encapsulate and define space whilst revealing an underbelly of smooth multi-coloured glazed (partially reflective) surface. The pavilion is composed of several strips to enable differentiated movement and expression of form. The role of the folded surfaces are varied, sometimes acting as a seat, television stand, worktop counter, roof enclosure, information post, store room and so forth. The separation of individual undulating strips assists in breaking down the form into components that allow easier assembly and dismantling to enable successive re-use. 

A variety of underlying basic building materials have been utilised to ensure costs are kept to a minimum, and also to ensure that the majority of exposed material is ceramic tiling as opposed to any other material. Approximately 98% of the visible surfaces are tiles with grout. The malleable nature of tiling is to be perceived as light, transparent and evocative of forms that can truly highlight the beauty of the product as the foremost aspect of the viewer’s appreciation. Mosaic tiles are punctuated with light through their omission by concealed luminaries which reflect and create a glowing resonance on the material.