Andrea Cacciari Reflects on the Best Design of the Last 35 Years

We're celebrating our 35th anniversary by asking leading practitioners to share their picks for the most important design work since 1981.

Florim VP of Sales in North America Andrea Cacciari points to this museum, The Menil Collection designed by Renzo Piano as one of the most important designs of the last 35 years.

Photo Credit Renzo Piano Building Workshop

We’re celebrating our 35th anniversary this month by looking back at architecture and design at all scales over the past 35 years. We asked leading practitioners, as well as sponsors of our 35th Anniversary issue, to share their picks of the most important design work since 1981.

We spoke with Andrea Cacciari, VP of Sales in North America for Florim, the manufacturer of porcelain tiles and surfaces headquartered in Italy, about some of his favorite design moments and icons of the past 35 years—as well as his expectations for emerging trends in the next 35.

Andrea Cacciari, VP of Sales in North America answers our questions about iconic design during the past 35 years, below.

Photo Credit Florim

Metropolis: What is the most important work of the last 35 years? Why?

Andrea Cacciari: The first one is the deepest pool in the world: Y40, realized in Padova, Italy, by Florim. An incredible design where creativity and technology meet to create this architectural masterpiece. The second project is the “The Menil Collection” building in Houston, Texas. This museum hosts pieces that are African, surrealist, modern. The building was designed by Renzo Piano in 1986, and, for me, it is one of the most interesting vanguard architectural concepts ever.

M: Who is a design icon that you’ve admired from the past 35 years? Why?

AC: Renzo Piano. I believe his vision and orientation has always been driven by contemporary and functional concepts. He has been a style precursor, especially in relation to eco-friendly design, since the early eighty’s. Renzo Piano is able to express the present-time—see, for example, the “Whitney Museum of American Art” in New York, completed in 2015.

M: What do you expect from emerging trends in the next 35 years? Why?   

AC: My professional experience is related to the industry of porcelain stone-ware, and regarding its future I can say that one of the biggest (and most important) trends is a respect of nature. Florim, with its products and vision, is a perfect example. I understand the beauty of a natural stone or wood floors coming from exotic or remote forests, but in order to respect the environment I believe in new materials. Thanks to new digital technology we are able to produce an enormous variety of porcelain ceramic styles, finishes and sizes (big slabs), paying attention to the environment with a “state of the art” production plant. In 2015, the company received the Green Economy Award, for commitment to environmental protection.

M: What was your favorite Metropolis issue from the last 35 years? Why?

AC: I really like the new Metropolis, redesigned in 2014 [December 2014]. The look is really fresh and more design-oriented, but without losing the very interesting written content.

Categories: Design, Sponsored