Rediscovering lapis specularis, an almost forgotten material from the age of the romans meets contemporary design.
— The project “Dark Ages” by Davide G. Aquini has been introduced during the 5 Vie fuorisalone in Milan 4-9 April 2017 – thanks to Parco Regionale della Vena del Gesso Romagnola, Saint-Gobain PPC Italia and Apuana Corporate.
This “rediscovered” material called lapis specularis, a transparent gypsum easy to cut even with a knife, was used by the ancient Romans for windows and greenhouses, and it has been forgotten, or confused with glass, during the Middle Ages.
The collection “Dark Ages” aims to provide food for thought on our shared tradition. The design is a balance between the regular shapes of antiquity and a “barbaric” finish, some sort of temporal path looking for an aesthetic dialogue between distant historical periods, where the focus is rediscovering an archaic material.