Angelo, who are you? Can you introduce yourself, please?
I’m not really accustomed to introducing myself: professionally I know more about introducing other people, but I’ll try! I’m Italian and have lived in Paris for 25 years. I work in communication, in the luxury sector. I established my business 14 years ago. We take care of communication strategies for several brands, and we assist them with custom-designed services for the French and international markets. This profession is a vocation. I’m obsessed by beautiful things… by cooking, plants and above all by nature, which I consider to be pure luxury, and I’m inspired by shapes, colours, materials and smells.
How would you define your style in terms of decoration?
It’s a bit of a “casa della nonna” or “granny’s house” style. I love collecting, treasure hunting, refurbishing, reusing, restoring. I like to combine all my memories and childhood passions: insects, butterflies, religious art and so on. So it is a very personal and fairly undefined style that makes room for all kinds of pieces, styles and periods. Ultimately, that’s what I like, having different pieces, things that are a bit timeless and out-of-the-ordinary.
Where do you spend most of your time at home? Which room in the house is most relaxing for you?
Without a doubt, the room in the house I find the most soothing is the kitchen where I work. I prepare my meals there and spend time there with my dog Leoncino and my friends. The kitchen has always been a very significant room for me, it’s a place for sharing with my mother, brothers and grandmothers. It brings back beautiful memories of my childhood, all gathered around the table and sharing good times together. I used to do my homework in the kitchen, watching my mum prepare dinner. It’s very Italian, which is perhaps why we have a special connection with this room.
I can draw inspiration from a colour, a garment, a fabric or a collection as a whole. The idea of digging around a bit and recreating things to suit myself fascinates me.
Who inspires you fashion-wise at the moment? Decoration?
The issue is on the one hand very complex and on the other hand very simple. I’ve always been inspired by fashion, colours and materials. I could never name a single designer or a particular company. A whole set of trends emerges each season. I can draw inspiration from a colour, a garment, a fabric or a collection as a whole. The idea of digging around a bit and recreating things to suit myself fascinates me. It’s the same with decorating, but I find that today, at the technical level, decoration takes over from fashion.
Is there a link between these two environments for you?
As I said, I’m convinced that these two worlds are very close. Fashion is inspired by decoration and vice versa. It’s an endless resource for both these environments. I find that the boundary is almost non-existent now.
Is there a designer piece that has particularly caught your eye?
Unfortunately, there’s no individual piece I’m crazy about, it’s a real obsession. If I could choose, I would go for a “little sofa” or a “little desk” from Gio Ponti.
What is your favourite colour at the moment? Is there a material that obsesses you?
My current colour is undoubtedly green, and the material that’s currently obsessing me is lacquer (the Gioia lamp is the perfect example)!
Do you have a motto in life?
My motto in life… Anything is possible!
What do you dream about?
I dream of having a hangar to be able to store furniture, objects, plates, lampshades. To be able to keep on buying them, to be able to change them and swap them around whenever I want!
Where’s your next holiday destination?
My next holiday destination is still my little piece of paradise in Pantelleria, an island lost in the Mediterranean between Sicily and North Africa. There’s a stunning view over Tunisia with breathtaking sunsets, and this is perhaps the most beautiful time of the year. There are flowers everywhere, everything is exploding into life, and it awakens the senses.
Which is the best Italian restaurant in Paris?
I just tried out an amazing Italian restaurant for a friend’s birthday: Piero. It’s absolutely marvellous.
What projects do you have for the future?
Photography: Constance Gennari – Text: Caroline Balvay – Translation: TextMaster @thesocialitefamily