Milan, 14 June 2016
Slimtech Type 32, the Lea Ceramiche collection designed by Diego Grandi, received the Honourable Mention Award in ADI’s 2016 Compasso D’Oro, the historic and most prestigious international recognition for design envisioned by Gio Ponti, which is now at its 24th edition.Out of 300 design products created over the past 2 years, an international jury chose the best products according to their categories. Type 32, which was selected and received the Honourable Mention, was immediately included in the patrimony of the ADI Compasso D’oro Historic Collection.
Type 32 begins with matter but ultimately transcends it. On slabs of laminated stoneware with a wood effect (from the Slimtech line by Lea Ceramiche, format 20x200cm, 5.5cm thick), Diego Grandi, the project’s designer, surprises with graphics offered in 4 colour variations that allow for infinite combinations and which create an original and unusual variation on decorated flooring.
“I would like to thank ADI for the Honourable Mention given to Type 32, an award that recognizes my study of surfaces. And I thank Lea Ceramiche, an attentive mediator which believed in the expressive capability of the design.”
Diego Grandi, DGO Studio.
The ADI award, together with the Good Design™ Award from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum (won by Type in 2014), confirms the journey which Lea Ceramiche embarked on many years ago: to demonstrate, through projects and unusual installations, an unconventional use for ceramic materials.
In the words of Managing Director of Lea Ceramiche:
“Having received the Compasso D’oro Honourable Mention for the Type 32 collection is an enormous source of pride and satisfaction for us. This is an important recognition that inspires us to continue along our journey of innovation and continuous study of surfaces. The attention which we have always dedicated to design content, our deep knowledge of the material, and an unwavering commitment to technological research, have pushed us, through the years, to offer products that unveil all-new stylistic and technological potential. From this point of view, the ADI award makes us proud and is a confirmation of a vision that we believe in and that we will pursue.”
"Since 2003 I have created five collections for Lea Ceramiche, which have marked several key moments in a process of interpreting the material, a process that has been constant over time."