A born and bred Sicilian, Antonino Cardillo has been recognised by Wallpaper* magazine as one of the best thirty new architectural practices from around the World. Having trained at Palermo, he moved to Rome to study classical architecture. There he designed Seven Houses For No One, a series of studies by which he experiments with unexpressed valences of past in a cohesive whole rich in meanings. Specialising in architecture and interior design, Cardillo now operates on a global scale and his distinctive overtures have won him wide acclaim for their curvaceous forms and intelligent use of natural materials: «interactions with the weather—sun, wind, cloud, rain, fog and dust—is of more interest than furniture». Monolithic at times, shapely at others, Cardillo’s work bears more than a passing affinity to architecture of the ancients.
‘House of Dust’ features in “Daily Telegraph” and “Architectural Digest España” among top ten interior design projects of the past five years.
Opening feature for YouTube promotional trailer of the book «Room: Inside Contemporary Interiors» (Phaidon editions) has selected ‘House of Dust’ among the hundred best interiors of the past five years.
“Port” magazine (London) Antonino Cardillo features as a runner-up for the title of “the five most influential architects of the year in the world”.
Sir John Soane’s Museum invites Antonino Cardillo to showcase his ‘Seven MIN sculptures’ in the Breakfast Room at 12 Lincoln’s Field Inn (London).
Fashion forecasting agencies Texworld (Paris) and WGSN (London) choose ‘House of Dust’ as new trend for seasons spring-summer 2015 and fall-winter 2015-16.
‘Sergio Rossi Men’s ephemeral store’ features in the chapter ‘From boutiques to gallery’, «Art / Fashion in 21st Century» (Thames & Hudson editions), built with just 40,000 euros budget, among the design works for the foundations Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Prada and Hermes.
“Fulcrum”, the most read student publication about architecture in the world from Architectural Association School of Architecture, invites Antonino Cardillo to publish his ‘manifesto’ in the 77 issue.
“Architects’ Journal” ‘House of Dust’ features as cover.
Andrea Penna and Monica D’Onofrio interview Antonino Cardillo at the ‘House of Dust’ for the primetime broadcast RAI Radio 3 Suite.
Chamber of Architects of Trapani (Sicily) awards Antonino Cardillo among the four most significant young architects of the Province.
The British magazine “Blueprint” interviews Antonino Cardillo, besides Richard Meier, Odile Decq, Kengo Kuma and Peter Wilson, on James Stirling.
Antonino Cardillo is selected among thirty finest young architects in the world by “Wallpaper*”, the leading design, fashion and lifestyle magazine.
Architectural projects, alteration, interior design, refurbishment and renovation of modern and historical buildings, adaptive reuse, addition.
Portfolio of interior design and architecture projects
2001. Echoes, Trapani, Sicily, Italy
2002. Let There Be More Light, Trapani, Sicily, Italy
2007. Ellipse 1501 House, Rome, Italy
2007. Birnbeck Island Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, England
2007. Nude Tower, Rome, Italy
2008. Vaulted House, Felino, Parma, Italy
2008. House of Convexities, Barcelona, Spain
2008. Max's House in a small lake, Nimes, France
2009. Concrete Moon House, Kew, Melborne, Australia
2009. House of Twelve, Kew, Melbourne, Australia
2010. Nomura 24 Koumuten, Hyogo, Osaka, Japan
2010. Sergio Rossi Store, Milan, Italy
2011. Purple House, Pembrokeshire, Wales
2012. Arcade Store, Milan, Italy
2013. House of Dust, Rome, Italy
2014. MIN at the Soane, Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, England
Postmodern Cafe at Victoria and Albert Museum
«The London Design Festival's dedicated entrance to the Museum at Exhibition Road plays host to the Postmodern reception, in homage to the Italian masters of the movement; the installation is a playful rendition of a colourful environment, for relaxation, repose and refreshment. Contemporary interpretations of Postmodern design co-exist with past realities, including elements designed for firms with roots in Postmodernism active today.»
2011 London Design Festival
London-based, Italian-born architect Antonino Cardillo believes that ‘if light is the raw material of architecture [...] light, when it encounters a solid material changing its nature and form, reverberates on other surfaces in a game of divisions until [it] decays into darkness’. This is certainly the case for Cardillo’s project House of Dust, located in Rome. And although a lot has been written about it, I was attracted to it at first glance; it instantly brought back memories of the best postmodern, neoclassical architecture that I was revisiting at the time – Bofill, Moneo, Tusquets – but with a more personal and very contemporary view. In the design for this private apartment, Cardillo used materials and colours to delineate spaces and define uses. Neutral colour tones denote public spaces, as found in the living room, while the colour pink indicates more private rooms. The living room’s neutral-coloured theme is explored through a multitude of textures: a rough-plastered ceiling, smooth grey walls that bend to form the perimeter floor, which in turn frames a carpet-like wooden floor at its centre. The bedrooms and bathrooms sit behind tall, arched doorways with pink knobs, which conceal a pale pink ceiling and walls, while a ghost-like sheet surrounds the shower area. The room’s layout, dictated by the golden ratio, together with its textured outline give the room a sense of order and proportion. Deep, recessed, tapered windows reveal the surrounding city while streaming daylight inwards, as if illuminating a cavernous space. In this space, Cardillo’s use of texture and colour, natural light, shape and proportion is exquisite and poetic.
Nacho Alegre, Room: Inside Contemporary Interiors, Phaidon, London, Oct 2014
Biography in other languages
lifestyle / tendenze SPECIALE DÉCOR: LA CASA DEL 2015
Elle Decoration UK Interior of Week: House of Dust
Wallpaper*: House of Dust in tour of the worlds best interiors 100
Architectural Digest Spain: Top 100 de interiores
Daily Telegraph: The most inspiring 14 interiors in the world
Wallpaper: Sergio Rossi Men's Store in Milan
RAI Radio 3 Suite: incontro con l'architetto Antonino Cardillo
Dezeen: House of Dust
Design Boom: Antonino Cardillo rewrites history with the Purple House
Living Magazine Corriere della Sera: House of Dust
Architectural Association Open Lecture: Cardillo lectures about House of Dust
Build Magazin: Interview
German Architects: Review
Chabot Museum: Biennale of Rotterdam
Architects' Journal: HoD
Sir John Soane's Museum of London: Space and Light pop up exhibition feat Seven MIN Sculptures
iconist.de: VON ROSA DUNST UND RAUHEN DECKEN
Translucence by John Foxx and Harold Budd