MILAN — Designer Giulio Iacchetti said his “Labyrinth” tile design was an attempt to “make inroads into the concept of the infinite, of the three dimensional.” Inspired by the works of M.C. Escher, Iacchetti said he started with a modular drawing that wasn’t bound with limits in space.
The set comes in two variants, “Angle” and “Mirror.” Angle comes in navy, slate and pearl colors and utilizes overlapping surfaces of different textures. DesignTales state that the variant is reminiscent of Josef and Anni Albers of the Bauhaus movement. Mirror comes in silver, ash, and sand colors. The studio states that the design becomes more complex, resulting in a graphic structure that enhances depth and adorns the tile “with a unique and subtle woven trompe-l’oeil effect similar to textile. The project was done in partnership with porcelain tile manufacturer Refin Ceramiche.
Giulio Iacchetti has been an industrial designer since 1992, according to his biography. In 2009 he was awarded the prize for innovation – Premio dei Premi – by the President of the Italian Republic for the Coop Eureka project, which honored design in the large-scale retail trade. In November 2012 he launched Internoitaliano, the “factory network” made up of many craftsmen labs with whom he signs and produces furniture and accessories inspired by the Italian way of living. He had also pursued his personal research project into new design topics such as the symbol of cross from which came the exhibition titled Cruciale held by the Diocesan Museum, Basilica di Santo Stefano Rotondo in Rome and by Castello di Lombardia in Enna, Sicily.
In 2014, he won his second Compasso d’Oro for the design of the manhole covers Sfera, designed with Matteo Ragni for Montini.
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