A rather chilly early winter's night on Thursday 19. November brings with it the launch of 'The Patina Man' Vincenzo de Cotiis beautifully sculptural furniture with warm brass and rich colour tones.
Willer Gallery, founded by Rebecca Willer and located in Holland Road, a small but very charming little side street off High Street Kensington, brings de Cotiis work to London for the first time. The Gallery is know to promote exceptional objects with a timeless feel.
We were welcomed in from the cold to their new space in a courtyard just off York House Place with a glass of fine champagne and well presented & delightfully tasting canapés to get the creative mind juices sufficiently stimulated.
De Cotiis had on show a range of pieces from coffee tables to wall lights, ceiling pendants , a terrific sculptural desks, upholstered pieces and artwork all in his signature style of stripped back industrial rawness.
Some of the materials used are a mix of modern and reclaimed materials combined in a way which gives the end user the sensation the pieces they have come to view are of age, character and value. This combination of warm patinas in the aged brass balanced with the naked soft feel of refined Italian leathers make it irresistible to not touch even though the sign tells you not to, sometimes you've just got to break the rules!
Recycled materials, luxury up-cycling in it's finest form, or as described by de Cotiis himself as "Perfect Imperfection" and dubbed "Industrial Elegance"-his work is handcrafted largely by the man himself in his 2 workshops, or rather the "laboratories" based just outside of Milan, and is now proudly showcased within Rebecca Willer's new London pop-up space.