What’s your favorite room in your home?
The kitchen since we both have a passion for cooking.
In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
The Bialetti coffeepot.
What are your sources of inspiration?
People and their needs.
What do you drive?
A station wagon—since we have got a baby!
Form vs. function?
They are inextricably linked.
What are your interests outside of design?
Architecture and cooking for both of us, to read and write for Paola and for Eugenio to swim and climb.
Who are you design icons?
Those intellectuals of the past that were humanists—like Munari, Eames, Enzo Mari, Castiglioni.
What is your personal decorating style?
Simple and refined, timeless.
What’s your favorite possession?
Our sketches and paintings by Paola’s mom.
What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Paola can not resist buying books—for Eugenio the indulgence is everything concerns his piano.
What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
“Never listen to advice.”
8C cranberry juice
3C citrus vodka
2C ginger ale
2C frozen cranberries
1C soda water
garnish: mint sprigs
Combine vodka and cranberry juice in a punch bowl and give it a good stir.
Add a few cups of ice, ginger ale, soda water and 2 cups frozen cranberries.
Garnish with mint and enjoy.
—instead of clear ice, make some cranberry mint ice cubes by adding fresh or frozen cranberries, fresh mint to water in ice cube trays.
8C apple cider
1/4C triple sec
2” piece of ginger, bruised
3 cinnamon sticks
5 cloves, whole
zest of 1 orange, cut into 1” strips
garnish: apple and orange wedges
In a medium pot over medium high heat, combine 4 cups apple cider, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and orange peel. Bring to a boil and remove from heat letting it steep for 30 minutes. Remove spices and refrigerate to chill, at least 1 hour or overnight.
To serve, combine the spiced apple cider with the remaining 4 cups apple cider, bourbon and triple sec in a punch bowl—add ice and garnish.
—this can be made a day in advance without the bourbon and triple sec, just add them right before guests arrive.
—if prepping apples in advance, toss them in lemon juice to prevent browning.