Italy is not only a country steep in spectacular scenery, breathtaking views, incomparable artistic culture and diversified traditions. Italy is a state of mind.
It’s a never ending series and sequence of fine lines, sometimes sublime, architectural perspectives and convivial spaces of a beauty that there is no way to compete with. It’s a thousand-year old story, not locked within washed out pages of secular books, but vigorously alive and enjoyable through the presence of palaces, cathedrals, castles, fountains, villas and gardens. It’s a past that becomes the present and is immediately projected to the near future. And it offers the opportunity to walk through and visit or even to arrange events and celebrations in places that were once the homes and dwellings of emperors and queens, knights and courtesans, aristocrats and great ladies, artists and muses. Everywhere these buildings let you look at them with amazement and awe in your eyes. These wonderful creations of visionary arts lie from North to South of the country, from Vitruvius to Leonardo da Vinci, from Michelangelo Buonarroti to Gian Lorenzo Bernini, from Gio Ponti to Renzo Piano, all capable of creating and mixing different architectural styles such as Romanesque, Medieval, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Futurist. A multiplicity of forms that creates a unique triumph of emotions.
For example, I have to speak of my beloved Palladio, born Andrea Di Pietro della Gondola, authentic genius of the Venetian Renaissance, who reworked the Greek-Roman Vitruvius era to the point of revolutionizing it. “There is truly something divine in his projects,” Goethe said about him in his Travelogue in Italy. His lines go beyond the geographical boundaries of his work, that found its highest supremacy in the Palladian Basilica of Vicenza, but bloomed everywhere in the world as a new and original stylistic current that took the name of “Palladian”. Walking through his arches, capitals and columns is an experience to possibly share with your loved one. It is no coincidence that in 2010 the United States Congress recognized Andrea Palladio as “the father of American architecture”, since the White House and many other important buildings of the country, were designed in Palladian style.
The indissoluble union between form and substance is once again a reality, just like the inborn character of Italian philosophy, where one cannot exist without the other. This is evident at all levels of social, economic and cultural needs of society. It is perceived in the exteriors but more so in the interiors, within the walls of the family home, in a professional studio, in the simplest offices or in a country church, where the form in which the message is presented becomes as essential as the content of the message itself. The choice of materials and decorations is never by chance, but is part of a creative and studied project, through image and design. A dream come true.
In the imaginative construction made by an Italian in front of a space to dress there is not a sofa , but “the” sofa; there is not a table, but “the” table; there is not a chandelier, but “the” chandelier. Because a space can’t be simply convenient or liveable, but must necessarily become alive through a special glow, an understated elegance, a bright color, a warm hug. According to the angle from which you observe it , a room can have different shades, all equally fascinating. Simple fine decoration can often give a whole new meaning to a room, so that normal becomes special. Just like a little gem can make infinitely more seductive the woman who wears it.
That space you live in can be perceived as an expression of ourselves, our taste, and our personality. It is the oasis that describes our inclinations, our favorite colors, our character. But that one space we fill with dreams is also the witness of our life, something we wish to deliver to time and written with the indelible ink of our passion.