Matteo Brioni is a unique type of Italian company with a huge specialization in natural finishes for architecture and interior design using a unique material: raw earth. With a very ecological and ethical message regarding the fate of the earth, this studio has managed to produce some of the most remarkable clay pieces one has ever seen in Italian pottery.
Matteo Brioni was born and raised in a brickyard in Gonzaga, the birthplace of the dynasty that ruled the city of Mantua and made it one of the capitals of the Renaissance. Matteo's family has lived in these parts for over 400 years and has owned the brickyard for a century.
Matteo Brioni is an Architect who matured his expertise on clay and bricks all thanks to the advantage of having the knowledge, experience, and passion that the family gathered over four generations as a solid backup. This special experience that the Brioni family accumulated for generations was born within a furnace in the fields of Gonzaga, owned by the Brioni family since 1922.
In his projects Matteo Brioni, more than conceding and creating new and innovative projects and objects from the material, he aimed to go beyond the limits of this material, by doing daily research and continuous development, on how to use it use in architecture and design. There is a heavy environmental factor that also moves Matteo Brioni: the aim to provide high performance with low environmental impact. Earth a “sustainable” and “healthy” material, which is why the architect aims to take full advantage of this natural material in design creations.
After twenty years of getting bored out of his mind in the country stuck between the winter fog and the muggy summer heat, Matteo decided for want of anything better, to go and study architecture in Florence. There he was lucky enough to meet Lorenzo Carmassi with whom he began a deep and lasting friendship. Thanks to him he was able to spend time in the studio belonging to his father, the award-winning architect Massimo Carmassi (Gold Medal for Italian Architecture, Milan Triennale 2015) where Matteo learned that Architecture, written with a capital A, is an activity that “absorbs the soul” and whose purpose is not just to make people feel good, but make them feel better through the aesthetic, tactile, visual perception and use of Architecture and the enjoyment that comes from it. Back at work in the family business, Brioni found himself relentlessly crushed by having to deal daily with the demands of low-quality, fast-paced consumer construction, focused solely on profit.
In 2005, Matteo came across the antidote to this dissatisfaction and these worries when he rediscovered raw earth.
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