Piero Gesualdi, designer and owner of Mondo Piero in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, has always had a great eye for spotting talent.
When he operated his Masons fashion boutiques in Melbourne and Sydney, he was quick to identify the next big thing. Piero still recalls taking his first order from fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier in the early 1980s and from a kitchen table in Gaultier’s Paris apartment.
Although Paris, Milan and London are still on his radar, one of Gesualdi’s most prized discoveries since opening Mondo Piero in 2014 is the DTILE system. From Velp in the Netherlands, these tiles first came to light in 2001 when three designers, Arnout Visser, Erik Jan Kwakkel and Peter van der Jagt, started to experiment and created these sculptural tiles.
Other designers, such as Philippe Starck and Marc Newson, were also quick to incorporate the DTILE in their projects, appearing in Phillipe Starck’s Ma Cocotte restaurant and Marc Newson’s Qantas first-class lounge in Los Angeles. Those designers closer to home who have ‘caught on’ to DTILE include Australian designers Cox Architecture, architect Scott Weston and Doherty Design Studio.