Dettaglio Colore explores the construction of bespoke interior surfaces. Informed by the research into the concepts and visual language used by Giorgio Morandi (an Italian Still Life Artist), this redesign of a rooftop apartment, in Auckland’s CBD expresses differing applications of colour, texture and materials. Through physical making, an attention to the bespoke was explored. Investigations of surface, textiles and the bodies relationship with my design, have resulted in delicate and deliberate spatial outcomes.
Morandi's use of muted colours within his paintings is something that all spatial volumes of this interior extend from. Colours at times appear as small repetitive gestures - a bespoke wallpaper design, blankets both vertical and horizontal surfaces. In other instances, colours are present as large exaggerations of texture and technique - the wall of the staircase, painted by hand with large brush strokes, it is irregular and gestural, a reference to Morandi’s painting techniques.
It is an interior in which every small detail alludes to Morandi’s practice. His still life depictions express object arrangements and compositions where the surface in which he applies his paint becomes a plane of organisation. In this project, I have interpreted the apartment as the canvas -a spatial designers plane of organisation. The volumes that exist within are the objects. A driving concept was the consideration of the spatial layout. A series of rooms and spaces were designed with the intention that they differ from one another, through atmosphere, colour, surface treatments and materiality. Each room stands alone as a single object but together as a residential interior they are a composition.
The internal wall reconfiguration is spatially descriptive of Morandi’s repetitive use of the wine bottle as an object within his work. Through an analysis of the formal aspects of the bottle, I have identified two viable spatial conditions- the narrowing neck of the bottle, a moment of compression and the wider body of the bottle, a moment of expansion. This observation translated within the interior to an insert of two small hallways that became moments of compression. Two rooms (moments of expansion) became connected through a passage of compression, a hallway.
The wine bottle has also informed many other small bespoke moments within the apartment such as door handles, wallpaper and outdoor sun screens. Morandi’s consideration of light is also an important aspect of his work. He would set up his object compositions where he would sit, waiting for the sun to softly rest upon the objects surfaces. This is a significant moment that was also expressed in the redesign of this interior. I began to interpret light as my paint, where decorative screens would split the natural sunlight at particular times during the day, projecting composed and poised patterning to rest upon the apartment’s surfaces.
Through the translation of ideas from Morandi’s work and attentive investigations of colour, this redesigned apartment is an interior of detail and consideration.