Cardillo

Colour as a Narrative

LONDON, UK, Illuminum Fragrance
27 Apr 2015




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.


Antonino Cardillo, Colour as a Narrative, London, Illuminum Fragrance, 2015, demolished in 2017. Photography: 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.


Antonino Cardillo, Colour as a Narrative, London, Illuminum Fragrance, 2015, demolished in 2017. Photography: 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.


Antonino Cardillo, Colour as a Narrative, London, Illuminum Fragrance, 2015, demolished in 2017. Photography: Antonino Cardillo.

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


Antonino Cardillo, Colour as a Narrative, London, Illuminum Fragrance, 2015, demolished in 2017. Photography: Antonino Cardillo.

Antonino Cardillo, Colour as a Narrative, London, Illuminum Fragrance, 2015, demolished in 2017. Photography: Antonino Cardillo.







Time: Apr 2015
Place: Illuminum Fragrance, 41 Dover St, Mayfair, London, UK
Area: 27 m²







Client: Illuminum Fragrance (via Suzanne Trocmé)
Architect and construction manager: Antonino Cardillo
Glass designer: Asakala Geraghty
Photography: Antonino Cardillo
Text: Antonino Cardillo
English translators: Antonino Cardillo, Morgan Ferrar, Asakala Geraghty

Construction company: Italian Art Design Ltd.
Masons: Adrian Paiunui Mihai, Fabio Di Monte, Gianmarco Di Monte
Carpet: Natural Elements Flooring
Glass producer: Elliot Walker

Thanks to Paolo Bedetti, Anna Marra, Paula O’Brien







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