Where was your favorite place to live?
Even if it’s not particularly exotic, since i live 20 minutes from it, Venice is the most lovely city I’ve ever been…everything moves with a strange pace there, and when it’s not too much crowded with tourists, you can really lose yourself among its little paths and think you’re in 1600.
What is your signature?
Well, I always wear strange shoes: in my opinion they reflect my passion for research. That’s why, even if people thinks I’m always wearing loafers, I always have a pair of Po-zu shoes around my feet. They’re made in natural materials, like hemp, cork, or wool (according to the season) and they have a soft mattress made of pressed coconut fibers. The sole is made from natural latex, extracted from rubber tree without cutting a single tree. They’re so natural you could even leave them in a field and see them naturally decomposing little by little! Gee, I love them.
What are your sources of inspiration?
People’s behaviours are a constant source. I mean, by watching people you can really innovate, because sometimes they can put you in contact with needs an actions really far from your typical habitat or background. I love learning by people!
What are your interests outside of design?
I like listening to jazz, cool jazz and vibraphonists more, and playing guitar. Then I like have an addiction for movies, with a special preference for some oldies but goodies like Mediterraneo, Il Postino and similar. Moreover, during my life I shooted many photos with my loyal reflex, from sport reportages to underwater sessions. I often read essays about design, and intelligent graphic novels (something drawn by Chris Ware, for example). Lastly, people, foreign cultures, understanding how men live, their traditions and habits.
I really appreciated the lecture Steve Jobs gave at Stanford University about connecting dots…check it, if you haven’t heard it before, it’s really inspiring. Well, that’s why I constantly try to increase my interest: they are my dots.
Who are your design icons?
Castiglioni for his irony, Grcic because he’s still so radical, Mari for his thoughts. The list could continue…I refer to old and new master very often, since they help me remember where design come from and which is my role as a design, a very ethical affair.
Form vs. Function?
The little payoff on my business card says “Forms, functions, behaviours”, which are the three things I have in mind when I design something. I think it’s clear, nowadays, the close connection—nearly identity—between these elements. So, there’s no battle, in good design, just harmony.
What’s your favorite possession?
Entertainment-wise, I really love my Apple TV, but professionally, instead, I love my coloured Moleskines. Since I draw and sketch, really a lot, they’re always my companion everywhere I go so I can quickly put on paper everything is going on my mind. Although I’m a big fan of new technologies, and hope we will at last convert paper magazines into digital editions, writing on paper is still too practical to abandon.
What was/is your biggest indulgence?
My honeymoon: me and my wife traveled across Japan first and then we moved to French Polynesia, where we visited six different islands. We spend nearly two months, and boys, we enjoyed every single minute!