Trained as an architect, De Cotiis is inspired by the materials he uses as well as his overall vision for a space. Contrasting traditional materials like glass, brass, and marble with contemporary ones like fiberglass, De Cotiis’ objects are both ethereal and earthy. The use of silvered and black lacquered brass coupled with pools of murano glass are reminiscent of seashells. Both organic and industrial, it is in his rich surfaces the De Cotiis evokes a contemporary version of the ornate details of 17th century Baroque.
This month at Carpenters Workshop Gallery is an exhibit of decadent works from Italian designer Vincenzo De Cotiis. As the name suggests, “Baroquisme” is the designers reimagining of the Baroque aesthetic for the 21st century. Known for its ornate designs in rare and fine materials, Baroque may seem at odds with much of the sleek, modern design of the recent past. Handmade by skilled artisans, this collection of seating, lighting, tables, and cabinets offers the textures and luxury of Baroque, with clean modern lines.