Rotterdam based architectural practice Studio Ossidiana was founded by Alessandra Covini and Tomas Dirrix. The practice is not solely involved in only architectural projects, but they pride themselves on taking challenges in various fields of design.
Presented project, an installation of concrete elements titled Petrified Carpets, is the outcome of experimental practices based on the analysis of Persian carpets.
“The carpet is interpreted here as a planimetric representation of a garden. Its motifs of the frame, the central medallion and the grid – resemble various architectural elements found in Persian gardens such as the surrounding wall, the central fountain, the kiosk, and the doorways to the garden, “ the studio explains. The minimalistic objects are made out of concrete mixed with various amount of pigments, stones, sand and cement, referencing and celebrating the contours, tones, and shades of the Persian carpets. The exceptional objects are assembled into an installation in a way, which resembles a “space suspended between earthly and ethereal dimensions”, guiding the viewer into the world of symbolism and tradition.