For more than 28 years Lima has hosted CASACOR Peru, the American continent’s largest architecture, interior design and landscaping show. An event which brings abandoned locations back to life by conserving and renovating their original materials while also adding new materials such as porcelain stoneware, reinforced concrete and sliding partition walls.
It was in 1996 that the event’s current director Verónica Torres de Haaker joined forces with sisters Anita and Elena Benavides to decide that the time had come for Peru to adopt new concepts in architecture and open out to the rest of the world with an event dedicated to design. The ‘90s were fundamental in Peru because interior design and home decoration were democratised and made accessible to the bulk of the population and all generations thanks to the free market and advertising.
From the outset, the three partners placed the saving of local architectural gems at the heart of their programme, above all because the capital, Lima, has an old centre with hundreds of buildings with UNESCO World Heritage status.
The result was CASACOR, and since the first edition more than a thousand interiors have been renovated in 27 historic buildings and monuments in the cities of Lima and Callao. Palaces, a military fort, a museum and even a kindergarten have been the subjects of restoration projects by hundreds of architects, engineers, sculptors and landscape and interior designers. The first CASACOR Peru was held in a Victorian building in the heart of Miraflores owned by the De Lavalle family.
At the event, restored antique tiles with all their wealth of history have featured alongside modernity and technology, as in the case of the exhibit created for the 2023 edition by INPIEDRA STONE FACTORY of San Isidro, which decided to use the Dinamika Stone Edition floor and wall tile collection by Ceramica del Conca. The travertine-effect ceramic slabs, which provide a new version of the Roman sedimentary stone in the decor version, were used for the kitchen. The #stories decor of the Pietra di Borgogna slab, evoking the world’s best-known beige stone, featured in a lounge area with strong visual impact. Ceiling lighting effects, vertical greenery, mirrors and artworks all merely enhanced the beauty of the Breccia Grey porcelain stoneware with a three-dimensional personality in #stories version. In fact, thanks to the Dinamika technology the structure and graphic design of the Ceramica del Conca Stone Edition surfaces are matched, just as in natural quarried marble blocks.
The Stone Edition collection is perfect for high-end architectural renovation projects because its textures also combine attractively with natural materials like wood or bamboo and highlight vertical gardens and ornamental plants.