In his late 19th century palace in liberty style, Carlo Zanuzo has stayed a long time. His brand Pomandere, is at the successor to the family legacy. The jewel in the heart of the Ventian floor of which it occupies is his guard. A mission that Carlo leads with perfection. Decoration: this man does not skimp on the details, leading the natural light of Thiene through the various rooms in his interior. The prints contain an oriental spirit, the treasure cultivates his originality in the sublime rooms. Ground, ceiling, doors and balconies, we are swooning with delight. Our host understands well this importance. Thus, the decoration is the image. Discreet, natural and relaxing. We feel good here. We breathe far from any frills. The time spent here is a precious value, a fascinating vector of discovery.
Carlo, can you tell us about the story behind your brand, Pomandère ?
I studied economics and commerce in Milan, at the famous Cattolica University. When I had finished, I felt within me that my passions laid elsewhere. My relatives had a factory specialising in artisanal crafted shirts. As a result I had the idea to take that know-how and develop it further.
What does Pomandère mean to you?
I continued the family tradition by succeeding the company of my parents Melograno. My concern was to set a colour theme and a different way of using the fabrics, so I created Pomandère.
Who is the Pomandère woman?
She is a contemporary woman. I enjoy the idea of mixing feminine and masculine spirits within the same collection. I think she is a romantic woman who has a strong and determined personality.
How do you wish to develop Pomandère?
I wish I could create a decor line alongside Pomandère with the same ethos and spirit. Furniture is a passion of mine.
In your latest collection, what were your favourite materials?
The materials we work with are usually natural ones such as silk, linen and cotton. We like the raw quality and regularly test them with different dyes and washes. The powder colours are punctuated with more marks and solid tones. For the summer for example, we mixed tones for the desert in the sand with rope and tuareg blue.
Can you tell us the story of this incredible home? The style? The period? How you came to find it?
It is a fine example of a 19th century palace in the style of liberty. The thing which pleases me most is that it is completely in tact and bearing the original features of the flooring, ceilings, windows and doors. I am not a fan of modern places as they erase the signs of time.
How did you decorate?
I took the direction of functional decoration which rejects my passions for looking for antiques. I like to mix the designs in the room and place more anonymous objects alongside others to raise their value.
How would you define your style in terms of decoration and fashion?
Essential and rigorous influenced by oriental styles but not too ethnic.
Can you give us the names of some designers that inspire you?
Architecture inspires me and in particular Carl Hansen, among others for his pure lines and scandinavian elements. I also love Paola Navone for the talent she has creating simple but never common pieces.
Where do you source your furniture?
I find many pieces in flea markets. Piazza sul Brenta in Veneto is rather well supplied!
Can you entrust us two of your favourite addresses for restaurants?
Of course! In Veneto there is Al Forno and in Venice, La Bitta tucked away in a hidden street. I love their spiced pies.
Photography: Constance Gennari – Text: Caroline Balvay @thesocialitefamily