Enrico Bergamini Studio

Find out more about Architect Enrico Bergamini, whose design and work shaped our new Showroom and Headquarters. With his projects and ideas, our brand new space in Fiorano Modenese, via Monte Bianco 55, is a wide, bright and contemporary environment that we can't wait to show You! Here's the full interview.

1) Tell us about your career as an Architect, when and how was your Studio established? What kind of projects do you mainly deal with?

I entered the world of architecture in 2001 at the Politecnico in Milan, a global city that is always evolving, dynamic, open to change. Here I found the inspiration I was looking for and I understood what would be my future. After a few years of practice in an associate architecture office in which I measured myself with high profile projects of international significance, I decided in 2010 to start a new adventure opening in my city -Modena- the EBS office. EBS is an architectural office working on the issues of living, industrial design, work spaces and exhibitions. The work is constantly done in the spirit of the workshop, with a continuous and obsessive search for detail to create high quality products. The design is always developed at all stages through the total control of every aspect, with a multidisciplinary approach that is particularly sensitive to environmental sustainability and innovation issues.

2) What was the leading idea behind the project of the new Terratinta Group Headquarters? Where does the inspiration for this important project come from?

The design of the new Terratinta Group headquarters comes from a continuous collaboration matured over time with the company. It is very important doing this job to have a client who sees far, who understands what the targets of a project are and shares them: it is what happened here and it is the demonstration of this synergy. It was about recovering an industrial building of recent age, but with little architectural value, built in one of the most industrialized and polluted areas in Italy. We immediately thought that it was necessary not only to give new life to the building, but also to guarantee a high level of aesthetic qualities and comfort. The idea at the base of the project was to bring natural elements inside that could warm up the space and that would characterize it completely. So we thought about using natural wood on the ceilings and in the furnishings we designed. Inspiration comes from northern Europe and Japan, where natural wood is widely used in building construction and as a decorative element. Here it has been used in a light way, like a carpet of floating elements hanging from the ceiling, which follows the course of the spaces and adapts to them. The wooden elements functionally serve to improve acoustic performance: in open working spaces to ensure adequate acoustic comfort, it is essential to reduce background noise levels and reverberation to increase the level of speech intelligibility. The work spaces are fluid and continuous and have great flexibility of use thanks to the systems left exposed. In particular the lighting, totally LED, has been carefully studied with multiple simulations during the development of the project. Another element useful to obtain a high comfort level is given by the HRV system (heating recovery ventilation), which ensures a continuous entrance of clean air in the internal space without heat loss. If we think of the air pollution levels of the area, it is not a trivial matter. Other themes and other inspirations concern the two showrooms. The one of Terratinta Ceramiche seems like a village built around a central void, a sort of "square" where commercial meetings take place and where events are organized. It is inspired by the Italian historical urban centers, both in form and in function. Our cities are born around a central square, a place for excellence in meeting and exchange. Due to the target of the brand, we wanted to give the “buildings” instead a purely Scandinavian character, with pronounced pitched roofs, narrow façades developed in height, wooden cladding, nordic design furnishings. Ceramica Magica Showroom has a completely different approach: it is a museum-inspired gallery, an introverted, simple and elegant space that blends perfectly with the brand's products.

3) What are the main design trends to keep an eye on in the upcoming year?  

We live in a historical moment that imposes ever more intense life rhythms and chaotic days. I believe there is a great need and a great desire for elements that bring us well-being and relax. I see the tendency to a minimalism conjugated in simple shapes and refined materials, accompanied by pastel colors and soft and relaxing colors. In the construction of buildings, on the other hand, the theme of environmental sustainability will be increasingly protagonist, both in the declination of forms and in the choice of materials. More and more often we will see components and furniture made of recycled materials.