Antonino Cardillo

Colour as a Narrative


Behind a portal on a Georgian street in London, lives a small grey grotto. Its rugged walls, imprinted with gestures of the mason’s trowel reveal the eroticism which was conveyed in the act of construction by the ancients.


Colour as a Narrative (London Mayfair 2015) is an architectural work designed by Sicilian architect Antonino Cardillo for Illuminum Fragrance. Photography by Antonino Cardillo.

The pozzolanic ash echoes the volcanic topography from where it was quarried.
As ‘chambers of light’ the three tall openings facing the street orchestrate the light and shadow.


Colour as a Narrative (London Mayfair 2015) is an architectural work designed by Sicilian architect Antonino Cardillo for Illuminum Fragrance. Photography by Antonino Cardillo.

Onto a rough wall: the backdrop for a sweeping semi-circle of thirty-seven irregular glass forms each suspended by a black thread.


Colour as a Narrative (London Mayfair 2015) is an architectural work designed by Sicilian architect Antonino Cardillo for Illuminum Fragrance. Photography by Antonino Cardillo.

Enclosed are colours.
Invisible colours revealed only by the nose.


Colour as a Narrative (London Mayfair 2015) is an architectural work designed by Sicilian architect Antonino Cardillo for Illuminum Fragrance. Photography by Antonino Cardillo.


Time: April 2015
Place: 41 Dover St, Mayfair, W1S 4NS, London, United Kingdom
Area: 27 m²
Cost: £ 5,400 (£ 200 per square metre)


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Architect and construction manager: Antonino Cardillo
Client: Illuminum Fragrance
Text: Antonino Cardillo
English translators: Antonino Cardillo, Morgan Ferrar, Asakala Geraghty
Photography: Antonino Cardillo

Olfactory glass bowls designed by Asakala Geraghty
and produced by Elliot Walker
Construction company: Italian Art Design Ltd.
Masons: Adrian Paiunui Mihai, Fabio Di Monte, Gianmarco Di Monte
Pozzolana: Orsolini Amedeo, Viterbo (with thanks to Michele Balzerano)
Carpet: Natural Elements Flooring

Thanks to Paolo Bedetti, Anna Marra, Paula O’Brien, Suzanne Trocmé.


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