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.

 

“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”

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Heritage 

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.

Craftmanship

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”

 

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Excellence 

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.”

 

Uniqueness 

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.

 

 

Stories of Italy设计工作室于2015年在意大利米兰成立,致力于发掘和讲述意大利考古、历史和文化遗产的独特故事。

 

“与我们的手工艺师紧密的关系是我们的财富之一。他们手中珍藏着民间的传统手工艺,我们自豪的与世界分享着不可思议的意大利传统工艺。它让每件作品都拥有丰富传统价值和象征意义的特殊氛围和光环”

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Stories of Italy也讲述了创始人Matilde Antonacci(1981年出生于意大利的San Giovanni Rotondo)和Dario Buratto (1981年出生于意大利的Rovigo)创业的故事,他们于2000年在佛罗伦萨首次会面,当时Dario是Polimoda Institute 学院的时装设计专业学生。2003年毕业后,他们一起搬到了米兰,在那里他们为多个时尚品牌工作,包括Helmut Lang、Acne Studio、Costume National、Dsquared2、Ballantyne、Nicole Farhi和Cerruti。Antonacci作为时装设计师的职业生涯持续了很多年,她在米兰、伦敦、巴黎和斯德哥尔摩工作。2010年,Buratto把注意力转移到瑜伽的练习和教学,周游东南亚和印度。两人于2015年重逢,开创了Stories of Italy。

艺技术

Stories of Italy 融合了设计、工艺、艺术,捕捉意大利传统的精髓,这些传统往往与精确的审美规则结合。他们不断的尝试测验材料和制造可能性。Stories of Italy与意大利工匠紧密合作,他们热衷于延续意大利独特的工艺。他们的工作体现了仍在不断发展的长期传统,这一宝藏使意大利成为世界上最独特的国家之一。

 

 

“Stories of Italy代表了我们对意大利传统遗产的微薄贡献。我们努力保持这些传统的生命,使它们在当代生活中占有一席之地”。

 

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越杰出的品牌

Stories of Italy的灵感来源于丰富的意大利考古、历史和文化遗产。把过去的设计和文化以当代的方式重新阅读和再现。它的特色是干净的形状和鲜艳的色彩,而材料选择的重点则是Murano吹制玻璃和Carrara大理石。他们的作品被认为是美丽的“日常用品” 同时讲述着自己的故事。 这些故事被富有创意的Matilde Antonacci 和 Dario Buratto 所吸引,他们在海外多年的生活,让他们了解到意大利传统的价值:

 

 

“远离意大利的岁月让我更加迫切地投入到与我们丰富手工艺遗产相关的工作中。” 设计本身的意义不是重点,我们在意于那些每天都在倾述自己独特的意大利故事的个人和艺术家。”

 

特设计

Stories of Italy在2015年米兰设计周期间首次亮相,并得到了Dame Vivienne Westwood 的赞助。 到目前为止,他们的客户包括酒店,餐厅,建筑师,室内设计师,以及私人客户。除了它自己的系列,Stories of Italy 也有特别订制服务。迄今为止的特别订制项目包括2016年的四季酒店(Florence)的两个定制作品,其中包括30个人工吹气厚玻璃的Murano Dattero Ametista 花瓶和 Bicchiere Ametista,这款灵感来自于公元1世纪古罗马,每天在米其林星级餐厅 Il Palagio 使用的300个吹制Murano玻璃酒杯。

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Images courtesy of Stories of Italy. Photos by Francesco Dolfo, Laura Fantacuzzi and Maxime Galati-Fourcade, Claudia Zalla © All rights reserved