Who did you learn from?
I owe everything to my father, Armando. He learned the craft and passed it on to me. Even now that he is retired, he comes to the bottega to work, not on client pieces, but on his own special pieces, exceptional objects of utmost craftsmanship.
What, specifically, did he pass on to you?
He taught me that every piece is different and unique and requires passion, patience and a lot of work. For example, if the ideal tool for a specific need does not exist, we create it. Many of our tools were designed and crafted by us.
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Is there a particular piece you are proud of?
We created a giant telescope for legendary theatre director Luca Ronconi. We also created the lighting systems for the Carignano theatre in Turin, but our most impressive piece is an enormous chandelier designed and forged for the beautiful theatre in Casale Monferrato, with more than 75 lights.
What is your favourite style?
Our work is quintessentially classic. We work on contemporary designs, but always with a classic approach and with uncompromising quality. There aren't many in Italy with this approach anymore, that’s why we have clients coming from abroad as well.