Born in Eryx (Sicily), Antonino Cardillo studied classical architecture in Rome. There, from 2007 to 2011, he designed seven Imagined Houses which explore the boundaries between ancient and modern languages, all of which were broadly published worldwide. Afterwards, Antonino Cardillo was selected among the thirty finest architects of 2009 by Wallpaper* magazine:1 “Cardillo is one of the most significant architects of our time”, Editor-in-Chief Tony Chambers said of him.2
In 2012, he was accused of deception by the Der Spiegel magazine journalist Susanne Beyer for his hyper-realistic renderings.3
The same year, in Rome, near the Villa Borghese park, he began construction of his aesthetic manifesto, the House of Dust. Lending to the space a classical form through this work, Antonino Cardillo reintroduces the themes of the grotto and the arch in the architecture of the present, experimenting with interrupted valences of past in a cohesive whole, rich in meanings. Chosen as one of the fifty works that recount the history of Italian interior architecture at the XXI Triennale di Milano, the curator Beppe Finessi said of it: “There are interior designers who magically sweep away all established practice and make a name for themselves with a project destined to became a milestone. We have seen this recently with the House of Dust”.4
In 2017, the journalists Jeanette Kunsmann and Stephan Burkoff wrote a compelling cover story about his journey so far for the first issue of DEAR magazine,5 former Baunetz-Designlines.
Antonino Cardillo interprets architecture as faculty to transcend the ordinary and his work was exhibited in Rotterdam (Chabot Museum), London (John Foxx’s exhibition, Chelsea College of Art, Victoria & Albert Museum, Architectural Association, Sir John Soane’s Museum), Frankfurt am Main (Deutsche Architekturmuseum) and Milan (Palazzo della Triennale).
1. Jonathan Bell, Ellie Shataki: “Architects Directory 2009”, in: «Wallpaper*», no.125, August 2009, London, p.77,81.
2. “Sergio Rossi and Wallpaper* collaborate to launch Mens Footwear World Tour”, press release, March 2010, Milan, p.1.
3. Susanne Beyer: “Hochstapler Römische Ruinen”, in: «Der Spiegel», no.27/2012, Hamburg, July 2nd, 2012, p.3,121-123.
4. Beppe Finessi: “Storie di altre stanze”, in: Stanze. Altre filosofie dell’abitare, XXI Triennale, Marsilio, Milan, September 2016, p.169.
5. Jeanette Kunsmann, Stephan Burkoff: “Antonino Cardillo Architektur und Wahrheit”, in: «DEAR Magazin», no.1, April 2017, Berlin, pp.3,13,68-85+cover.
LOCOGRANDE, Sicily — Federico Chiarello and Antonio Mistretta, with Diego Grammatico, interview Antonino Cardillo at The Trail Blazers ZAK radio.
LONDON, England — Alice Morby features the ‘Crepuscular Green’ in dezeen.com.
BERLIN, Germany — “Antonino Cardillo Architecture and Truth” cover story of the issue 1 of «DEAR Magazin». Eighteen pages recount the journey to Sicily of Jeanette Kunsmann, Stephan Burkoff and Cyrill Matter.
MUNICH, Germany — ‘Specus Corallii’ cover picture of the architecture pages in the April issue of «AD Architectural Digest».
BERLIN, Germany — BauNetz Designlines Specialnewsletter #1 features the ‘Specus Corallii’ article among the most read pieces of the year 2016.
ROME, Italy — Paolo Antonacci features ‘Antonino Cardillo. Grotte’ in Rassegna #128 of architettura-italiana.com.
LONDON, England — Jessica Mairs unveils the ‘Specus Corallii’ in dezeen.com. Interior icon for one week.
LONDON, England — Dezeen features the ‘House of Dust’ among ten of the most popular pink-hued interiors.
NEW YORK, USA — Zurain Imam interviews Antonino Cardillo for «ODDA».
COLOGNE, Germany — Carolin Höfler lectures on Antonino Cardillo’s rendering and photography at the Technical University of Cologne.
MILAN, Italy — XXI Triennale di Milano — By invitation of the curator Beppe Finessi, Antonino Cardillo showcases the ‘House of Dust’ at the exhibition ‘Rooms: novel living concepts’ in Palazzo della Triennale. Through a selection of fifty works the exhibition presents an history of Italian interior design ranging from the 1920s to the present day.
LONDON, England — The Westfield report «How We Shop Now: What’s Next» identifies the sensorial experience of the ‘Colour as a Narrative’ project as a key future trend.
TRAPANI, Sicily — December 25th — Antonino Cardillo recounts his incoming project ‘Specus Corallii’ in «Lettera Aperta», the magazine of the Parish of San Lorenzo Cathedral of Trapani.
Antonino Cardillo meets Cristofaro Anile.
LONDON, England — «LS:N Global Luxury Futures Showcase 2015» showcases the ‘Colour as a Narrative’ as one of the world’s most cutting-edge luxury spaces and stores at the Claridge’s Hotel.
LONDON, England — Emma Moore features the ‘Colour as a Narrative’ in wallpaper.com.
LONDON, England — Anna Winston unveils the ‘Colour as a Narrative’ in dezeen.com.
LONDON, England — By invitation of Suzanne Trocmé (Wallpaper* Magazine), Antonino Cardillo designs the Illuminum Fragrance Gallery at 41 Dover Street, Mayfair, London. The ‘Colour as a Narrative’ project has been built in two weeks.
ROME, Italy — Francesca Gottardo argues over the ‘House of Dust’ in Paolo Portoghesi magazine «Abitare la Terra».
MILAN, Italy — Elisabetta Colombo interviews Antonino Cardillo for «Corriere della Sera Living».
Antonino Cardillo moves from Rome to Trapani.
LONDON, England — The Phaidon editions book Room: Inside Contemporary Interiors selects the ‘House of Dust’ as one of the world’s most exceptional spaces of the past five years. Opening feature of the promotional teaser on Youtube.
LONDON, England — «Port» features Antonino Cardillo as a runner-up for the title of “the five most influential architects of the year in the world”.
ROME, Italy — Klaus Mondrian commits Antonino Cardillo to refurbish his Mondrian Suite art gallery in Quartiere San Lorenzo, Rome. The ‘Crepuscular Green’ project has been built in three weeks.
Antonino Cardillo lives in Rome for nine months. Throughout this time, he visits Etruscan ruins in Lazio and Medieval sites in Abruzzo with Paolo Bedetti.
LONDON, England — Jenny Dalton interviews Antonino Cardillo for the «Financial Times’ How To Spend It». Photography of the HoD in the index page.
PARIS, France — The fashion forecasting agency Texworld chooses the ‘House of Dust’ as new trend for the season of the years 2015 and 2016.
LONDON, England — Ana Araujo argues over the ‘House of Dust’ in «The Journal of Architecture» (Royal Institute of British Architects).
LONDON, England — Jack Self invites Antonino Cardillo to publish his ‘Architecture as Entertainment’ text in «Fulcrum», the weekly publication about architecture printed by Architectural Association.
LONDON, England — Ana Araujo, Takero Shimazaki and Alexandra Savtchenko-Belskaia invite Antonino Cardillo to talk at the Architectural Association School of Architecture.
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands — Riya Patel features the ‘House of Dust’ in «Frame». Pink plastic envelope of the issue no. 95 inspired by HoD.
LONDON, England — Felix Mara features the ‘House of Dust’ as cover of the October issue of the «Architects’ Journal Specification».
Antonino Cardillo lives with Ana Araujo in London for four months.
BERLIN, Germany — Tim Berge features the ‘House of Dust’ in BauNetz designlines.de.
LONDON, England — Amy Frearson unveils the ‘House of Dust’ in dezeen.com.
MILAN, Italy — Paolo Maria Noseda unveils the ‘House of Dust’ in «Corriere della Sera Casamica».
ROME, Italy — Andrea Penna and Monica D’Onofrio (via Auronda Scalera and Daniela Condò) interview Antonino Cardillo at the ‘House of Dust’ for the primetime Italian public broadcast RAI Radio 3 Suite.
ROME, Italy — The Italian director Pasquale Marino and the photographer Valentina Belli produce a short film over the ‘House of Dust’.
BRADFORD, England — The British musician Paula O’Brien performs the ‘House of Dust’ poem written by Antonino Cardillo.
DORSET, England — Ana Araujo and Takero Shimazaki invite Antonino Cardillo to talk at the Hooke Park campus of the Architectural Association School of Architecture.
ROME, Italy — Massimiliano Beffa commits Antonino Cardillo to refurbish his apartment in Quartiere Ludovisi, Rome. The ‘House of Dust’ project has been built in nine months.
TRAPANI, Sicily — The Chamber of Architects of Trapani awards Antonino Cardillo as one of four most significant young architects of the Province.
NEW YORK, USA — The Mitchell Oakley Smith book Art / Fashion in 21st Century (Thames & Hudson editions) features the ‘Sergio Rossi Men’s ephemeral boutique’.
FLORENCE, Italy — Stefano Mirti and Gioia Guerzoni publish a fictional interview with Antonino Cardillo in «Opere».
POTSDAM, Germany — Carl Zillich stirs the debate over the seven Imagined Houses series in bkult.de. Contributions by Fabrizio Gallanti, Lars Kruckeberg, Wolfram Putz e Thomas Willemeit, Martin Sobota (alias Cityförster), Peter Reischer, Tobias Walliser, Volkwin Marg.
ZÜRICH, Switzerland — Gabriele Detterer argues about the seven Imagined Houses series in «Neue Zürcher Zeitung».
VIENNA, Austria — Peter Reicher launches the controversy over the seven Imagined Houses series in «Falter».
BEIJING, China — Helen Geng Haizhen interviews Antonino Cardillo for a dedicated monographic issue of «Interior Architecture of China».
WUPPERTAL, Germany — Ralf Ferdinand Broekman and Olaf Winkler interview Antonino Cardillo for «build».
LONDON, England — By invitation of Suzanne Trocmé (Wallpaper* Magazine), Antonino Cardillo designs the ‘Postmodern Cafe’, the 2011 London Design Festival’s dedicated entrance to the Victoria & Albert Museum. The project has not been built due to lack of funds.
ROME, Italy — Massimo Locci argues over ‘Ellipse 1501 House’, ‘House of Twelves’, ‘Nomura House’ and ‘Sergio Rossi Men’s ephemeral boutique’ in «L’Architetto Italiano».
LONDON, England — Gian Luca Amadei interviews Antonino Cardillo (besides Richard Meier, Odile Decq, Kengo Kuma and Peter Wilson) over James Stirling for «Blueprint».
LONDON, England — Antonino Cardillo meets Ana Araujo (via Gian Luca Amadei), who invited him to discuss his practice’s work at the Chelsea College of Art.
WUPPERTAL, Germany — Ralf Ferdinand Broekman and Olaf Winkler interview Antonino Cardillo for «build».
LONDON, England — Malaika Byng unveils the ‘Sergio Rossi Men’s ephemeral boutique’ in wallpaper.com.
MILAN, Italy — By invitation of Suzanne Trocmé (Wallpaper* Magazine), Antonino Cardillo designs the Sergio Rossi Men’s ephemeral boutique in Milan. The ‘Akin to a Cinema Set’ project has been built in ten days.
BERLIN, Germany — Judith Jenner interviews Antonino Cardillo over ‘House of Convexities’ for «H.O.M.E.».
MELBOURNE, Australia — Thomson Carpenter interviews Antonino Cardillo for the gay magazine «DNA».
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands — Ellie Stathaki and Jonathan Bell invite Antonino Cardillo to showcase his ‘Lime and Limpid Green’ model house, committed by Wallpaper* in occasion of the 2009 Architects Directory award, at the Chabot Museum (Museumpark).
OSAKA, Japan — Kenji Nomura commits Antonino Cardillo to design a timber house in Takarazuka, Prefecture of Hyogo, Japan. ‘The Inexact Quality’ project has been built in seven months.
ISTANBUL, Turkey — Chanel Chan invites Antonino Cardillo to write a text about the light and architecture topic for «Tasarim».
LONDON, England — The British musician John Foxx invites Antonino Cardillo to showcase the ‘Ellipse 1501 House’ and the ‘Tales of Light’ video at The Horse Hospital (Russel Square), besides, artworks of diverse artists inspired by Foxx’s music (among the others the Duran Duran Nick Rhodes).
LONDON, England — Ellie Stathaki and Jonathan Bell select Antonino Cardillo as one of the thirty finest young architects of the year for «Wallpaper*», the British leading design, fashion and lifestyle magazine.
The series of the seven Imagined Houses is broadly published in blogs, magazines and books around the world.
MELBOURNE, Australia — Laura and Livio De Marchi commit Antonino Cardillo to design their home in Kew, Melbourne, Australia. The house has never been built. From the variances of this preliminary project, the further Imagined Houses have been created (‘Concrete Moon House’, ‘House of Twelves’, and ‘Purple House’).
ST-PETERSBURG, Russia — Sergei Kovaliov invites Antonino Cardillo to showcase the ‘Let There Be More Light’, the ‘Birnbeck Insland’, the ‘Ellipse 1501 House’, and the ‘Canto Sospeso’ projects at the A.S. Popov Museum of Communications.
LONDON, England — Gian Luca Amadei invites Antonino Cardillo to write a critic (A new form of Historicism) for «Blueprint».
ROME, Italy — Massimo Locci invites Antonino Cardillo to contribute with three articles over Barcelona, Valencia and the Egypt to three issues of the Alitalia inflight magazine «Ulisse».
MILAN, Italy — Cesare Maria Casati «L’Arca» magazine features the ‘Ellipse 1501 House’ and the ‘Vaulted House’.
SYDNEY, Australia — Matt Hussey provokes debate over the ‘Ellipse 1501 House’ in thecoolhunter.com.
Together with Massimiliano Beffa, Antonino Cardillo visits Ancient and Modern sites of Praha (Vladislav Hall e St Nicholas Church at Malá Strana), Morocco (Royal Stables in Meknes and Bahia Palace in Marrakech), Barcelona (German Pavilion), France (Mont Saint-Michel and Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp), London (Sir John Soane’s Museum and Secret Garden of St. John’s Lodge), Cologne (Wallraf-Richartz Museum), Egypt (Temple of Hatshepsut and Philae Island), Habana (Great Theatre of Havana, Cathedral e Palacio de los Capitanes Generales) and Istanbul (Şehzade Mosque, Harem of Topkapı Palace).
PALERMO, Sicily — The Galleria EXPA selects the ‘Dualistic House’ project as one of the twenty best contemporary house of Sicily.
LONDON, England — World Architecture News selects the ‘Dualistic House’ project as one of the top thirty houses of the year.
Kathrin Gramsdorff introduces the Classical music journalist Charles Searson to Antonino Cardillo, who became his longtime English translator.
ROME, Italy — Cesare Maria Casati (via Nicola De Risi) invites Antonino Cardillo to contribute to his course of ‘Production Design I’ at the Faculty of Architecture ‘Valle Giulia’.
Antonino Cardillo moves from Desenzano del Garda to Rome.
MILAN, Italy — He works with Fabio Nonis and Carlo Alberto Maggiore.
Antonino Cardillo moves from Trapani to Desenzano del Garda (Lake Garda), where he met his former boyfriend Massimiliano Beffa.
www.antoninocardillo.com has been created.
ERYX, Sicily — He design the ‘Dualistic House’ project with Pietro Maltese.
TRAPANI, Sicily — Pietro Maltese and Paolo Marconi commit Antonino Cardillo to create a 3d model with renderings for their restoration project of the XVI-XVIII centuries ‘Palazzo Riccio Baroni di San Gioacchino’.
PALERMO, Sicily — After an early study of the Stanley Kubrick’s movie ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ and the late 60s ambience, he graduates in Architecture with a thesis over the Trapani’s Marina (Giovanni Sarta supervisor).
PALERMO, Sicily — He studies at the Faculty of Architecture under the guidance of Antonietta Iolanda Lima. He also contributes to her academic books and courses of ‘History of Modern Architecture’ and ‘History of Contemporary Architecture’.
TRAPANI, Sicily — He meets Maria Antonietta Castagna, who invited him to spend some hour at day in her small office of architecture.
ERYX, Sicily — Antonino Cardillo was born on May 18th.
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