Pignatale and her husband opened their first concept gallery in Rome, in the Palazzo della Scimmia, in 2006. They featured a wide range of interior accent pieces, furniture and kitchen accessories and were a near instant success, soon expanding their catalog and commissioning limited edition objects.
In collaboration with Benetton’s research lab Fabrica, and designer Sam Baron, Pignatale expanded and began focusing on blown glass. They moved to a new location on Via Degli Orsini and recommitted to the concept of a combination art/design space. Famously, out of this period came Secondome’s glass bells designed by Fabrica’s young creative team, unmatched teapots by Silvia Zotta and Alessandro Ciuffo’s silicone world map. In 2009, Secondome relocated again, to the Palazzo Boncompagni in the old city center and in 2010 exhibited for the first time at Art Basel in Miami and debuted their Cut & Paste collection of cross media furniture pieces produced with Dutch designer Kiki Van Eijk. Secondome went to the Pavillon des Arts et du Design in Paris and New York’s PAD art and design fair in 2011.
Secondome produces limited edition collections in various media, partners regularly with young designers and workshops, and exhibits its glass pieces (vases, paperweights, bowls, sculptures, etc.) in shops and galleries around the world. Their most recent collection features blown glass and oak. The company is more than a brand, it’s platform for discovery and steward of open-minded collaboration. Pignatale’s goal is to see Secondome become a major force in central Italy, connecting Rome inextricably with the international design scene.
Secondome works with the best materials, designers and craftsman, fostering artistic freedom and design innovation.