This month, Ceramic Tiles of Italy will present a special exhibit entitled sit_down_please that explores the crossover between the worlds of architecture, furniture design and Italian ceramic tile.



Ceramic Tiles of Italy Presents a Temporary Exhibition of Six Tile-Clad Chairs Designed by Architects at the A&D Building

This month, Ceramic Tiles of Italy will present a special exhibit entitled sit_down_please that explores the crossover between the worlds of architecture, furniture design and Italian ceramic tile.

Working with architect Mario Botta and exhibit curator Aldo Colonetti, the Italian tile industry commissioned a group of designers/architects to create a series of chairs clad with Italian ceramic tile that celebrate this material. Since April 2007, this exhibit has traveled the world, launching simultaneously at the Triennale during I Saloni in Milan and at Coverings in McCormick Place, Chicago, then stopping at the NeoCon World's Trade Fair.

On February 13, 2008, sit_down_please will make its New York debut at the Architects & Designers Building. The exhibit will launch during For the Love of Tile & Stone, a seminar co-sponsored by Ceramic Tiles of Italy and Metropolitan Home magazine and held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the A&D Building.

Free to the public, the chairs will be on display in the building’s lobby from February 14-22, 2008.

The architect-manufacturer teams responsible for creating the avant-guard chairs were:
  • Setsu & Shinobu Ito for Settecento Ceramica d'Arte
  • Michela e Paolo Baldessari for Aquileia
  • Diego Grandi for Lea Ceramiche
  • Massimo Iosa Ghini for Ceramica Del Conca
  • Michael P. Johnson for Etruria Design
  • Paolo Ulian for Ragno