The designer of the next IL CASONE stand
Class of 1971, architect, studying for a doctorate and a part-time researcher at the University of Udine, where he collaborates on courses on Architectural Design and the Technology of Architecture, he has a studio at Portogruaro in which, with his collaborators, he develops projects on architecture, interior architecture and the improvement of public spaces, demonstrating a studied passion for research into his materials: Francesco Steccanella is the designer chosen by IL CASONE to create the stand for the 2009 edition of Marmomacc. Following two illustrious names in international architecture (Kengo Kuma and Claudio Silvestrin), IL CASONE is betting on a new generation of Italian architecture, putting its faith in a young architect with a profound knowledge of Pietra Serena, driven by a lively creativity and the intention of rereading and reinterpreting the relationship between design idea and material.
“I start with a material and ask myself what can I do with it,” comments Steccanella, “not what I have to do, nor what has been done before. Precisely because I’m looking for innovative use rather than the traditional, I tend to acquire as much knowledge as possible about the materials. The intention is to enhance them, projecting them into a new dimension, unexpected because it is far from the use for which we are accustomed to imagining them. Technological innovation following digitalisation has rewritten the paradigm of standardised construction. To design with material today means to understand its essence in order to use it according to what are by now codified rules, evolved from what have become well-established traditions, or, as I try to do in my projects, to reinvent it by innovations in form and function.”
The concept for the IL CASONE stand at Marmomacc 2009 also came from this: to make stone everything that it couldn’t possibly be.
“That means,” explains Steccanella, “that with stone it is possible to construct conventional dividing walls but also light hanging partitions, curtains that separate but do not close, held vertical by weight but not immobile, with a tinkle that operates with the simple touch of a hand.
The search for an invented use of forms, juxtapositions and contaminations can be seen in all the components of the vertical and horizontal partitions of the stand.”
In the next news, a preview of the design that we will see at Marmomacc.
MARMOMACC, Verona, September 30 - October 3, 2009
IL CASONE, Pavilion 6, stand D2