When it comes to design, Matteo Cibic knows no status quo. Based in Milan and Vicenza, the multidisciplinary creative has patched together a fabric façade for a company’s headquarters in Rome, launched a collection of tea ceremony objects with silver nipples in a statement on ritual and life, and merged rocking horses with hidden drinks bars to create horse-like sculptures with secret hatches. From architecture to experiential design, Cibic always plays the transformation of materials, objects and ideas by transplanting them from one context to another. Now, with Studio Blanco, Cibic designs the Marazzi Tile Club to launch the new Grande 2018 collection of slabs at the recently concluded Milan Design Week.
Cibic transforms the Marazzi showroom in Milan into a café, wunderkammer, lobby, central lounge and bistrò. The temporary hospitality experience takes inspiration from London’s gentlemen’s clubs – opening the traditionally exclusive concept ‘to anyone interested in ceramics as an artistic and architectural form’. The tactile allure of marble, metal and concrete present in the Grande ceramic slabs are experienced alongside Grand Carpet, the collection by Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel. Open until June, The Tile Club provides a space for inspiration, relaxation and socialization as well as special performances.