Slightly obsessed with the dreamy, textural interiors and geometric architecture of Antonino Cardillo
Born in Eryx (Sicily), architect Antonino Cardillo has trained with historian Antonietta Iolanda Lima in Palermo before moving to Rome to study classical architecture. There, from 2007 to 2011, he has designed ‘Seven Houses for No One’, a series of imaginary houses all of which have been broadly published worldwide. In 2009 Antonino has been selected among the thirty finest architects by Wallpaper* magazine: “Cardillo is one of the most significant architects of our time” Editor-in-Chief Tony Chambers said.¹
Since then he has constructed some architectural works, such as the Nomura House (2010) in Japan, the Sergio Rossi Boutique (2010) in Milan, the House of Dust (2013) and the Mondrian Suite Gallery (2014) in Rome and, in London, the seven MIN sculptures at the Soane (2014) and the Illuminum Fragrance Gallery (2015) in Mayfair.
Selected as one of the world’s most exceptional interior architecture of the past five years by Nacho Alegre in volume Room ² (Phaidon editions), the House of Dust represents his aesthetic manifesto. Lending to the space a classical form through this work Antonino reintroduces the archetypical theme of grotto in the architecture of present, experimenting with interrupted valences of past in a cohesive whole, rich in meanings.