Between dream and spirituality: Listone Giordano and Dante Oscar Benini present Factum

A Latin term, an ancient name to define a need for aesthetic spirituality that is highly topical in modern times. Factum is this and much more.

The direct influence of a master like Carlo Scarpa, this collection of wooden floors designed by Dante Oscar Benini and Luca Gonzo for the iconic Listone Giordano brand, reflects the deep-rooted mental percussion of its author. A surprising and unprecedented floor, the deco essence of a Versailles of the new millennium with a sublime rhythm and capable of metamorphosing in every sense.

Factum is made up of three elements that make up the quadrotta, each of which can be interpreted in different colour variations or even in monochromatic versions, as in the square element, which can rotate freely and where the insert also aspires to become a different material. And, in turn, the squares can be placed side by side to create surface patterns with infinite compositions and rhythms that extend to become rugs or paintings that are always different - elegant and never banal - with a strong visual impact.

With Factum, the floor rises up to the wall and thus also becomes a boiserie, completing an ideal circuit that turns the home into a safe haven of design. A collaboration in which Listone Giordano was deeply involved, contributing decisively to the research and prototyping process.

The genesis as seen by the author

"the "sign" and the DNA of his teachings have remained as indelible scars on my soul", confirms Dante Oscar Benini, "and each of his signs, in each of his works, passes through my mind when I am about to put pen to paper, even though I am aware of the responsibility I have in translating a thought into something that will become material and socially useful, and perhaps out of humble ambition even historical! The "scarpian signs" are withering: either you catch them or you have no soul. However, if you catch them, worlds open up to be explored. After a meeting with Mr. Margaritelli, after his extraordinary flight over the ideals of Listone Giordano and after touching the products made by authorised colleagues, in the shouting silence of feelings the challenge of trying to design a new dream was unleashed".

And here Scarpa's images resurfaced and stopped at the massif of the door of the IUAV in Venice, "the massif" split in the right corner gave rise to organic compositional inspirations, which I re-read in all the preparatory sketches of the "master"; Hence our experiments, mine and Luca's, to transform a thought into a parquet full of spirituality and infinite composition that would leave the designer or the end user the possibility of having a formal and chromatic unicum, without in any way affecting industrial production, which in fact has a historical artisanal matrix that will never be lost."