In Conversation: Tommaso Spinzi - Designer and Collector

    For Italian interior and furniture designer Tommaso Spinzi, good design is all about storytelling. Unattached to any specific style, he believes that design should reflect the personality and style of the user. When it came to his own studio in Milan, Spinzi Design, he boldly filled the space with a diverse collection of art and design that reflected his creative spirit and inspirations. Today we discover his personal style and true passions…

    Over the years, I have gradually evolved my sense of style with the aim of giving a similar aesthetic to everything I do. From interior design, to furniture, from clothing to car styling, I’m always driven by the same core ideas and inspirations. The distinguished yet discreet style of Milano, the beauty found in industrial details, the precision of engines and mechanical components, everything concurs to define our approach to work and life.

    Since I’m always on the move, I look for garments that are dynamic and comfortable, without having to give up on class of course. I don’t like my outfits to be too dressy: I enjoy wearing clothes that instead show a connection with the world of automotive - like a work jacket or a pair of cargo pants. 

    When walking around Milano, I breathe in the heritage of the city. Going around on feet, on the tram or with a Vespa, I feel suspended between the industrial past and the dynamic future. On Lake Como I like to take a more relaxed approach to life, roaming around on the lake in a classic boat and drawing inspiration from the rich details of its classical villas. The nature there has the power to recharge me, and to bring countless new ideas to my mind!

    What is your signature style when it comes to interior design? 

    All my creations denote a strong connection to the world of mechanics and automotive: through details, big or small, I always put a nod to that in my creations. Especially in these last two years, with the launch of collections like Meccano and Lamé, I think that has become pretty evident.

    How is your dressing style defined? 

    I am always on the go (and sometimes running around), so I love to dress comfortably without giving up on class. That’s why my outfits are never too dressy and focus on practicality. I love field jackets, blazers and the occasional cargo pants. I don’t like to wear flashy colours and garments that scream, I definitely prefer to pair similar colours and harmonise the whole outfit.

    What about Italy is so important to you and why?

    Italy is the country I love, and the place where my roots are. I was born and raised here, and even though I enjoyed spending ten years living abroad, at one point I realised that I missed everything that makes Italy… Italy. The food, the friendly noise of its streets, the landscapes… Wherever I am in Italy, I feel at home.

    What is your favourite piece of clothing you would not part with?

    It is not a particular piece of clothing, but rather a type. I couldn’t live without a blue work jacket! I have lots of them, and they’re definitely my favourite pieces to wear.

    What's the best type of food to eat at this time of year?

    Since we’re heading to spring, and there will be more and more fresh vegetables, a big salad is my go to lunch most of the time, especially at the studio. That’s a healthy and tasteful lunch, perfect to enjoy your break from work.

    What is your favourite celebration cocktail?

    A dry Martini with a twist: a black olive instead of the regular green! The secret for the perfect Martini is definitely the temperature. Everything, glass included, needs to be ice-cold.

    What are you up to right now?

    I can’t tell you much about our upcoming projects, but we’re focusing on some collaborations that might come out in the next few months. We believe that you’re always stronger together, so partnering with some friends and artists will definitely lead to interesting outcomes…

    What have you come to appreciate this year?

    The beauty of a well-designed, well-furnished home. As everyone else on the planet, I was forced to stay at home a lot this year, and therefore I am grateful that my house felt like a safe, welcoming nest even in those uncertain months of total lockdown and frightening news from outside.


    In Conversation: Davide Barreri - The Turin Architect Behind the New Luca Faloni Store Concept

    Davide Barreri the Turin-based Italian architect who practiced at Motoelastico in Seoul to Hopkins Architects in London. Plateau Collaborative was founded in 2011 in collaboration with architects Andrea Alessio and Ilaria Ariolfo. PlaC discovers a contemporary approach to living through architecture, urbanism and design and the creatives behind the new Luca Faloni store concept.

    When did you start your Architects practice? And why Turin?

    PlaC was officially established as a registered practice in 2014, but we’ve been working together since we were at university; my partners Andrea Alessio and Ilaria Ariolfo studied with me and we’ve been friends for ages, so we made the decision together to start our business. After various stints spent working abroad - in Seoul, London, Berlin and Madrid - we decided to return to our roots in Turin, the city where each of us grew up and studied architecture.

    What inspired you when it came to the design of the Luca Faloni store?

    The idea was to create a basic structure that was extremely flexible and able to adapt to future changes so that it could easily be used in different configurations, but which at the same time draws inspiration from the copper roofing of the old buildings and by the Marienplatz clocktower, Milan is a homage to Piero Portaluppi (who designed the building), whereas for Miami our starting point was art deco, an architectural style that's common in the city, and which is characterised by very particular colour pairing and strong geometric symmetry.

    How important is made in Italy to you?

    In terms of production, our country has one of the most stringent systems of quality control in the world, put in place to maintain our high standards. Over the last few decades, the term Made in Italy has become one of the most famous brands in the world, and without a doubt, for an Italian designer, it’s almost a professional calling to safeguard these high standards. However, I feel that there is a certain lack of awareness of our strengths in Italy: I’ve often found there’s a greater respect for Made in Italy abroad than there is in Italy.

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    Luxury Downtime: Outfits To Boost Productivity

    For those who work from home, getting dressed can be one of the best ways to boost your mood and keep productivity levels high. Psychologists have found that what we wear impacts our thinking. A 2015 study in Social Psychological and Personality Science measured how people performed based on what they wore, increased personal presentation resulted in an optimised mood and improved performance.

    The days are getting longer, the sun is starting to break through the clouds and the temperatures are slowly rising. Spring is most certainly here, but at Luca Faloni we don’t chop and change with the seasons. Instead, we focus on longevity. Rather than starting from scratch every season, we believe in curating a permanent wardrobe. Considerately crafted with versatility in mind, our relaxed yet luxe pieces can be styled for any season, so allow us to introduce the pieces which will effortlessly slip into your spring style repertoire.

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