Roberto, who are you? How would you define your job?
I consider myself to be a very fortunate person because my interests correspond precisely with the work I do.
Do you have preferred materials?
All materials interest me, according to the application and the effect I wanted to obtain I find them very stimulating both for their technical characteristics and the way they reflect light and contribute to an atmosphere.
What do you like most about your job?
Variety is what I enjoy most about my work. Besides, each project is different from the last, and it is always very stimulating.
Do you have a mentor?
My father was my mentor. He was the person who passed on to me this unique way of approaching materials and pushed me towards this work.
Do you work more for individuals or professionals?
I work as much for brands as for private individuals, but also for hotels (incidentally the only hotel I have designed is the Hotel L’Orologio in Venice).
What is the history of this stone house?
Beyond being a house, it is above all a tower. That is actually how it was built. I wanted to leave the character of the spaces as they are by enhancing the materials and playing on the contrasts by using the modernity of the furniture and the infrastructure.
Do you have a room that you particularly like?
The room I like the best is the one that I am going to modify next. I actually use this tower as a showroom where I exhibit objects that I draw and that are part of my collection.
Is there a period in the history of design that you particularly like?
The one I like most is post-war Italian design because it conveys the very best in Italian expression.
Where do you source your furniture – which is a real collection today?
My furniture pieces have been collected through my travels around the world. Recently, for example, I found some extremely old chairs during a trip to China.
What will your next projects be?
At the moment, we are working on shops in Europe and China again.
What is your next holiday destination?
Photography: Constance Gennari – Text: Caroline Balvay @thesocialitefamily
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