A project by ovre.design with Cerasarda. Sottoportico Cortile d’Onore - Università degli Studi di Milano

Four structures, positioned side by side, define this installation paying homage to mankind’s relationship with the four elements of nature: earth, water, fire and air.

From macro to micro, the ovre.design studio’s exploration of the topic of regeneration focuses on humanity’s relationship with the natural elements, in the knowledge that only by understanding them can we come to respect them.

Corrado Conti, Giulia Delpiano. Ph. Matteo Fotografia

The complexity of reality expresses humanity’s relationship with the natural elements – earth, water, fire and air –, and our first experience of the sensory universe is through interaction with these. For the designers, ceramic art is a physical expression of this relationship; the sensory experience involving all the elements in a human interpretation.

The studio has translated this exploration into four physical environments housing decorative works created by the skilled Italian craftspeople of Cerasarda and the set by Intro.

Each of the installation’s spaces highlights one of the natural elements, whose luminous symbol is only revealed when the visitor sees it reflected in the mirror. The individual elements are then represented by decorative ceramic vases encased in shaped covers referring to the earth, water, fire and air signs of the Zodiac.