Photo: Courtesy of Vincenzo de Cotiis Architects and Gallery

Vincenzo de Cotiis

The architect and artist pairs salvaged materials to make beautifully imperfect creations
Vincenzo de Cotiis. Photo: Courtesy of Vincenzo de Cotiis Architects and Gallery

No one does perfect imperfection quite like Italian architect and artist Vincenzo de Cotiis. His high-concept furniture pieces look more like something excavated from an abandoned palazzo than the must-have, modern-day works shown at Carpenters Workshop Gallery and contemporary design fairs.

De Cotiis’s signature is a careful approach to layering common materials paired with silver-cast brass and French marble. His recent “En Plein Air” exhibition comprised an otherworldly collection of deconstructed classical shapes bound by Murano glass that appeared almost fluid, then embellished with semiprecious stones. The same mastery of patina is found in his residential projects, which can appear quite spare upon first glance yet come alive with detail and invention on more careful inspection.

DC 1817 made from recycled fiberglass, jasper, and Murano glass. Photo: Courtesy of Vincenzo de Cotiis Architects and Gallery
A wall-mounted work by Florian Baudrexel in a living space in de Cotiis’s Milan apartment. Photo: Courtesy of Vincenzo de Cotiis Architects and Gallery
De Cotiis’s DC1604 daybed in a hand-dyed mohair velvet and his DC1824 light made of hematite, cast brass, and neon. Photo: Courtesy of Vincenzo de Cotiis Architects and Gallery

A version of this article first appeared in print in our 2019 Spring Issue under the headline Creative Minds. Subscribe to the magazine.

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