From earth to the Earth, Michele De Lucchi Architect
Milan Triennial installation for Ceramiche Refin, Milan, Italy

"Ceramic is a marvellous material, not only as it is functional,
cosy, solid, long-lasting, resistant, natural and eco-friendly, but
also because it is earth. The earth is all we have and it is, both
physically and metaphorically, our most precious material.
Ceramic can create surfaces featuring any colour or finish and it
allows for countless combinations of decors,  natural imitations
and creative geometries. 
Too often though, we associate ceramic
tiles exclusively with wall and floor coverings and too often we
forget the majesty of this material, using it only to keep, unaltered
over time, the welcoming feeling of a tile covered wall or flooring.
But, a ceramic tile is earth, therefore it is an excellent building
material, the best, the most versatile building material of all 
thanks to this evocative quality, our tall and slender buildings came
to life, as do our  thoughts which fly high in the sky. Thus, this rigid
ceramic tile becomes a new material, rich in suggestions and hints,
which take us by the hand into a new era, where ceramic cladding is
not simply a mere covering skin but a marvellous material which,
sprung from earth, brings all of us, contemporary man, back to the
Earth. (Michele De Lucchi)"
[text from architect's website]