Trained at the Politecnico di Milano, Vincenzo De Cotiis combines the architect’s sense of space with a sensitivity towards tactile surfaces. He forges pure forms – either design objects or spaces – by following an organic process that allows the final product to retain traces of the process. Touch is as important as sight and generates structures and solutions. Crystalline, pure lines are charged with a new energy in the counterpoint of textures and parts. Materials – precious, raw, sometimes wild and always with an intense and evocative power – characterise every single project. Style results from the raw precision of the finishes, the unexpected associations of parts colours and a choice of faded that incorporate the signs and scratches of time. De Cotiis’ aesthetic is all about perfect imperfection.
Some of his studio’s recent works include: design projects for exclusive Italian furniture brands; interior architecture for private clients and commercial spaces – among the most recent projects, Antonia Concept Store in Milan, I.T Hong Kong, Excelsior Milano in Milan and in Verona , the Coin Excelsior in Rome and the new concept for the Sportmax boutiques – hotellerie, as perfectly expressed by the Straf Hotel in Milan; experimental design, expressed through Progetto Domestico, a series of limited edition furnishing pieces, aiming more to sculpture than design.