Studio Ossidiana is a Rotterdam-based architectural practice that wants to challenge the contemporary condition and cultural continuity of buildings, spaces and things.
Inspired by two-dimensional motifs and patterns found on Persian rugs, the studio realized Petrified Carpets, a collection of concrete architectural elements. Traditionally, these motifs were usually depicting visual features presented in Persian gardens, such as fountains, doorways and kiosks. Studio Ossidiana engaged with this conversation between those two- and three-dimensional spaces by creating a series of expressive concrete objects in reference to historic Persian garden forms. Ossidiana’s objects present a series of experimentation on concrete as a material, colored with pigments and textured with varying types of sand and stones. The duo describes the project as “a material study on the carpet as an architectural space, as a place embodying narratives, rituals and craftsmanship.”
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