Massimo OrsiniOn the tiles with Mutina’s CEO.

Massimo OrsiniOn the tiles with Mutina’s CEO.

“Tile production has always been treated in a very classical way. I wanted to do things differently.”

Born into a family of ceramists in the northern Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, Massimo Orsini started handling clay as a child. In the early 2000s, he acquired Mutina—a once-traditional tile factory housed in a 1970s Angelo Mangiarotti–designed building on the outskirts of Modena. From making tiles consisting of thousands of hand-arranged mosaic pieces to designing 3-D terra-cotta bricks that double as room dividers, Mutina has quickly established a niche for itself at the intersection of contemporary art and interior design. It’s a passion that Orsini extends to his own life; he has a vast art collection, much of which he exhibits in a gallerylike setting at Mutina HQ. “When I look at art, I’m always looking for a specific aesthetic,” Orsini explains. “I apply the same t...

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