Tools and Space

Ferruccio Laviani
Photo Credits: Gionata Xerra | Antonio Mantovani
Extraordinary forms of pure material, color, and lightness.

During Milan Design Week 2023, Lea Ceramiche presented Tools and Space by Ferruccio Laviani, an installation expressing an unlimited creativity in service of design, where the themes of color and thickness dominate. Set up in the evocative outdoor courtyard of the PAC - Contemporary Art Pavilion, it revisits Pigmenti, the collection created in collaboration with Ferruccio Laviani, with renewed creativity: a material color with a fine structure, where light graphic movements give depth and dynamism to the color.

An installation that celebrates the creative freedom of ceramic material.
The colors, decorations, and materiality of Pigmenti, within the installation, describe five elements that shape, in an oversized version, the traditional and iconic working tools of the architect: a gigantic compass and curvilinear shapes of different forms and sizes. The collection used is extraordinarily thin, a ceramic second skin of only 3.5mm in large format slabs that can be used on a multitude of surfaces and applications. Moreover, Pigmenti being made with a reduced thickness of 2/3 compared to traditional tiles, requires less consumption of raw materials, energy, and water, reduces pollution from transportation, and is 100% Carbon Neutral, making it, in fact, the most sustainable ceramic surface in the world.

“There are objects from the not-so-distant "analog" era that can still convey the manual skill of a certain way of designing. "Tools and Space" celebrates, in the surrealistic manner of Savinio's "Games in the Forest", an era when tools from a recent past (compasses, French curves, or rulers) were used to draw space and architecture. This installation, and specifically the Pigmenti collection by Lea Ceramiche, also becomes an expressive tool to generate new forms and volumes, a sort of surrealistic monument of an ideal Italian piazza by De Chirico, suspended between the Neoclassical architecture of Palazzo Reale and that of the PAC by Ignazio Gardella.”

Ferruccio Laviani