While architecture and design nourish my rational side, true inspiration comes mainly from botany and literature.
I love plants not only for their physical characteristics but especially for their silent tenacity and unparalleled ability to adapt. They transmit strength to me. Moreover, they can (re)give grace and beauty to the most tortured of places with their mere presence. If this is not Art…
From texts, instead, I absorb concepts and words. I mostly read novels and poems, especially contemporary ones. Sometimes, a term sticks in my head, and I think about it for days or months. When that happens, I consider that word as a seed (and we’re back to plants) that, sooner or later, will turn into something.
And then you asked me about my city… Turin, a city with no ceramic tradition, has always been very appealing to me because of its rigorous architectural and urban layout, softened by explosions of urban greenery. I’ve never really thought about it, but I believe that the uniformity of the streets in the centre, the graphic and rhythmic alternation of light and shadow of the arcades and its general atmosphere of calm and elegant balance have spontaneously become part of my work.