One of Lapicida Company’s centers of business is „Antique and reclaimed“, uses material reclaimed from French castles and high class villas find new life. The British company has taken these ideas one step further by not only using reclaimed material but also designing in the style of yore. The „Reclaimed Geometrics“ floorings-collection offers tiles in the style of 18th century manors.
The patterns are well-known from baroque churches. These are geometric arrangements which, thanks to various types of stone in light and dark colors, create the optical illusion of 3-dimensional shapes.
One of the fathers of this design idea was the British copperplate engraver John Carwitham whose publication „Various Kinds of Floor Decorations“ once inspired all of Europe.
Lapicida invites clients to copy Carwitham’s designs – using reclaimed material. But individual design ideas are also possible: designers confer with clients to convert ideas ready for production, experts search for suitable material and cut the stone into shape and lay it all on site.
The idea is unusual, as is the price: 1 m² costs around 594 £ (approx. 710 € or 970 US-$).
Two more novel developments are worth special mention.
„The Kiss“, the famous 1908/09 painting by Gustav Klimt, and one of Austria’s most important works of Art Nouveau, more specifically the Vienna Secession, was the inspiration for a mural. The material used – originally oil on canvas and gold leaf – is now burnished brass, sandstone and marble. The painting first bore the title „The Lovers“.
„Milan Retro“, in contrast, is limestone tiles with polished metal ornaments. The price is 395 £ (some 472 € or 645 US-$) / m².
(12.02.2014, USA: 02.12.2014)