Grand Tour collection by Gupica for mutaforma: nature, architecture and art combine to create an experience, enhanced by the extraordinary characteristics of mutaforma’s glass material.
Grand Tour by Gupica for mutaforma combines ancient symbols with contemporary design. It’s It’s a collection that narrates tales of the past through the futuristic language of a forward-looking material.
The Grand Tour collection, developed by Gupica for mutaforma stems from research on that which characterises the cultural phenomenon of the Grand Tour: images, photographs, memoirs, travel sketches. Inspired by Italian aesthetics, as perceived by European travellers in the 18th and 19th century, the collection includes wall and floor covering designs for interior decoration applications, enhanced by the flexibility of mutaforma’s stratified and composite glass material.
The Grand Tour was a long trip undertaken by young European aristocrats and members of the intellectual elite, Italy being the most cherished destination. The objective of the trip was to enhance the sensitivity of the traveller through the introduction to cultural heritage, such as the arts and history of the Bel paese. The Grand Tour also led to the tradition of personal souvenirs de voyage: letters, diaries, drawings, paintings, engravings, carnets de voyage, travel journals and delightful sketches.The soft, lingering eye of the traveller captured it all: vast green lands and overlaid remains of ancient cultures that create a one-of-a-kind scenery with flourishing details of decorative and architectural magnificence.
The collection originates from an ancient vision of the natural and architectural landscape based on a mix of images, experiences, thoughts and visual suggestions.
mutaforma’s innovative material, the world’s smallest glass tessera (TILLA®, as small as 1.5×1.5 mm), made it possible for Gupica to create a collection of variable geometries, ranging from large landscape views to tiny antique decoration patterns for the decoration of walls.
The collection captivates the observer with a luminous suggestion. The light refracted on mutaforma’s stratified glass irradiates warm nuances and reveals precious collection items.
Patterns, symmetric mosaic decors, and iterated geometric designs reveal intangible aspects of the material: a soft morning light, or mist unfolding on a rural landscape. The “soft” qualities of the glass materials interact with light based on the observer’s perspective to reveal depth, subtle nuances and transparencies.