Where were you at this time last year?
This time last year, I was in my hometown Padua with my son Giulio who had just turned 4 months. It was a great time for my family and I, full of emotions and “first” experiences. My first child, and the first time I really had a chance to reconnect with friends and family from my own childhood, that I’d not seen in a very long time.
I remember going on long walks with the Giulio in the buggy, trying to get him to fall asleep. These walks led me to discover hidden nooks and quiet places in the historical center of my town and in Venice, places that I had never seen before.
What were your plans for Design-Apart?
At work, it was a time of great discovery as well. I was traveling around Italy to meet artisans and entrepreneurs who specialized in bespoke furniture and hand crafted products. I wanted to create the perfect group of partners for Design-Apart. I experienced Italy in a way I hadn’t before- visiting amazing places, hearing incredible stories and meeting professional people from all walks of life.
I spent days observing the craftsmanship of our Italian design maestros, it was inspiring to see; and I knew it was exactly the kind of thing I wanted to bring to New York. We selected the best manufacturers, because we believed that collaborating with people with passion and good character was fundamental to creating Design-Apart.
Where do you see yourself and Design-Apart in one year from now?
Well, it’s seems strange to think about this today, since we’re still prepping for our debut on 25th street, but my hope is that in 1 year I will in our 2nd new york city apartment. I would also like to be in Sydney for the opening of our new Australian branch and who knows- I could even be in San Francisco to open our west cost branch!
My real dream and ambition is to create an art exhibition to demonstrate this new idea of industrial design, which is hyper-focused on personalization. Advances in technology coupled by the flexibility and craftsmanship of our artisans, designers has made it possible to create pieces that are all different but each other, but still within an industrial process. It’s the first time that this idea, this vision, has been possible. It’s a great moment! And I believe Italy possesses the most qualified professionals to see that vision to fruition.
We want to follow in the footsteps of our Italian predecessors who presented the groundbreaking exhibit in 1972, by creating a new model for industrial design. Now is the time!