berenice curt carves androgynous faces from reclaimed marble at milan design week

berenice curt carves androgynous faces from reclaimed marble at milan design week

testa dei marmi embodies sculptural heritage of marble

 

At Alcova during Milan Design Week, Berenice Curt Architecture unveils its sculpture series, Testa Dei Marmi, at the historic Villa Borsani. Inspired by the crown ceramic Testa Di Moro, the works deliver a reinterpretation of that which has adorned Sicilian balconies for centuries. The 001tdm artworks embody the sculptural heritage of natural resources by reclaiming marble waste through conscientious object design inspired by myths and land art. The faces, anonymous and androgynous with equivocal expressiveness, have been crafted by Tuscan artisans and are presented on a cluster of steles that infuse figurative and spatial interventions at different scales across the space.

berenice curt sculpts androgynous faces into reclaimed marble at milan design week
all images by Cecil Mathieu, Piergiorgio Sorgetti | courtesy of Berenice Curt Architects

 

 

berenice curt’s exhibition evokes floating heads

 

The Testa Dei Marmi exhibition adopts an approach personal to Berenice Curt across their architectural projects extending into the realm of art, standing as a monument to the origins of the use of these marbles and their social dimension. 001tdm sculptures offer a range of scenarios through the interplay of materiality and composition. Slightly larger than a human head, they have been cut and drilled into slabs of thick marble, giving them a full-bodied presence. Each piece is selected for its unique veining and color from among thirteen types of marble collected over the past three years on construction sites and Italian quarries. They rest atop polished stainless steel steles, with reflective surfaces that create a sense of disappearance and levitation for the artworks.

berenice curt sculpts androgynous faces into reclaimed marble at milan design week

berenice curt sculpts androgynous faces into reclaimed marble at milan design week

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berenice curt sculpts androgynous faces into reclaimed marble at milan design week

berenice curt sculpts androgynous faces into reclaimed marble at milan design weekberenice curt sculpts androgynous faces into reclaimed marble at milan design week

berenice curt sculpts androgynous faces into reclaimed marble at milan design week

berenice curt sculpts androgynous faces into reclaimed marble at milan design week

testa dei marmi
testa dei marmi

testa dei marmi

 

 

project info:

 

name: Testa Dei Marmi
designer: Berenice Curt

program: Alcova, Milan Design Week

dates: April 15 to 21, 2024

photography: Cecil Mathieu, Piergiorgio Sorgetti

 

 

designboom has received this project from our DIY submissions feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: ravail khan | designboom

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