Launched in 2015 in Milan Italy, Stories of Italy is a design studio dedicated to realizing unique objects that narrate the archaeological, historical, and cultural heritage of Italy.
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“The strong relationship which merges us with our artisans is one of our treasures. Secular crafting tradition, hidden in their hands, it’s the incredible Italian heritage we are proud to share with the world. With this approach, each object possesses a particular aura, enriched by traditional values and symbolism”
Photo by Francesco Dolfo
Stories of Italy is the story of co-founders Matilde Antonacci (born in San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy in 1981) and Dario Buratto (born in Rovigo, Italy in 1981) who first met in Florence in 2000 as fashion design students at Polimoda Institute. After graduating in 2003, they moved together to Milan, where they worked for multiple fashion brands, including Helmut Lang, Acne Studio, Costume National, Dsquared2, Ballantyne, Nicole Farhi, and Cerruti. Antonacci’s career as a fashion designer continued for many years, allowing her to work in Milan, London, Paris, and Stockholm. In 2010, Buratto shifted his focus to the practice and teaching of yoga, which led him to travel across Southeast Asia and India. The duo reunited in 2015 to launch Stories of Italy.
Stories of Italy blends design, craft, art, to capture the essence of iconic Italian traditions which are often related to precise aesthetic rules. They like to play with them, experimenting with the materials and crafting possibilities. Stories of Italy works closely with specialised Italian artisans passionate in continuing unique Italian practices. Their work embodies a secular tradition that is still constantly developing, a treasure that distinguishes Italy as one of the most unique countries in the world.
“Stories of Italy represents our small contribution to the Italian heritage preservation. With our work we try to keep these traditions alive, giving them a place in modernity”
Image courtesy of Stories of Italy. Four Seasons Hotel, Florence
Stories of Italy’s inspiration comes from the great archaeological, historical and cultural heritage of the Italian country. Objects and symbols from a culturally rich past which is read and reinvented in a contemporary way. The aesthetics are clean in shapes and fresh in colours, while the choice of material focus on Murano blown glass and Carrara marble. Their work is conceived as “everyday objects” that are aesthetically beautiful but also tools of communication: Stories of Italy pieces carry their own stories. Stories that have been captured by the vision of a creative duo who learned the value of Italian tradition while living abroad:
“The years spent away from Italy only reinforced a sense of urgency in me to dive into works related to the extensive heritage of our artisanship. We are not interested in what the design represents in itself but rather on the individual people and artists that work every day on their own unique Italian stories.”
Stories of Italy made its exhibition debut during Milan Design Week 2015 with the patronage of Dame Vivienne Westwood. Clients thus far include hotels, restaurants, architects, interior designers, and private individuals. In addition to its own line, Stories of Italy also takes on commissions.
Special projects to date include two custom works for the Four Seasons Hotel (Florence) in 2016, including a production of 30 mouth-blown, thick-glass Murano Dattero Ametista vases and Bicchiere Ametista, a collection of 300 mouth-blown, Murano drinking glasses inspired by an ancient Roman cup dating back to the first century A.D. The latter is, as of this writing, used daily in the Michelin-starred restaurant Il Palagio.