Space design
Hilton, Flag ship shop, Milano, 1999
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The shop has three floors. The staircase is the connecting element. It is a brass carpet that goes from the ground floor to the first and a carpet of reinforced concrete treated with plaster that descends to the basement behind the scenes. In the shop window there is a staircase in golden color. It has monolithic banisters of plexiglass in opal and reddish ruby. It is dazzling as well as shining: it is a staircase of light. The archetype of staircases. It is like that of an Egyptian temple. The use of golden color is the old trick to capture the light and diffuse it in the space. The light that emanates from the gold pierces the darkness: it expands around warmly and tranquilly. The Byzantine, painters of the 13th century, Barragan, Fontana, Klein used to do so. I used brass because it grows old well. It is a real peremptory material. As is the case with all the materials that enjoy life, time makes it amazing. Material is all. It transmits and diffuses the light it absorbs. It invents a spatial dimension. The quality of a place is made from material and light. I carefully choose my materials. Their nature becomes the critical moment of the project. The illumination of the shop comes from the cuts in the false ceiling. They are wells of diffuse light which draw the space in an abstract way: a picture above the head. They are an image. Taming and exploring light is for me fundamental. The shop Hilton is a project dedicated to the spatiality, to archetypical signs and the sculpture.

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