Terra-cotta Is Having a Moment

Terra-cotta Is Having a Moment

by DeVore Design, December 7, 2019

Can a material used for centuries in classic design ever really have a comeback? We think so. The evidence: Terra-cotta was a prominent material figure at the latest editions of design shows across the world, taking on contemporary shapes and finishes at Maison et Objet in Paris, Mexico Design Week, Field and Supply in New York’s Hudson Valley—and beyond.

Terra-cotta takes center stage at La Gare in Paris.

Jérôme Galland

At new Parisian eatery La Gare, designer Laura Gonzalez puts three-dimensional “cotto” (terra-cotta) tiles from the Fornaci Brioni x Cristina Celestino collection, made of clays from the River Po floodplain and reimagined in a 3-D geometric shape, on full display. The wall of the tiles, which were inspired by the sculptural hedges of Italian gardens of yore, provides a dramatic albeit warm backdrop against Ikat fabrics by Pierre Frey and emerald dining chairs from Gonzalez’s own furniture line.

At this year’s Brooklyn Heights Designer Showhouse, interior designers Jesse Parris-Lamb swathed the Bauhaus-meets-American traditional kitchen with beautiful terra-cotta tiles. Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, artist Bari Ziperstein pairs terra-cotta with Brutalist forms in her latest studio experimentations. “Terra-cotta can be seen in our city infrastructure—from the bricks and generic pots from the hardware store to its use in historical pottery,” Ziperstein tells AD PRO. “I’m interested in challenging the everyday use of the material by producing works that are large in scale with an innovative design.”

Simple to produce, yet durable, terra-cotta has piqued the interest of artists and designers, who are now delightfully experimenting with its functional range and decorative appeal in modern interiors. Here are a few of our favorite interpretations.



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