Andrea: For me building a relationship with the other person, with the client who is the other half of the project, is crucial. On one hand I always feel a sort of fascination that I try to incorporate into every job and, on the other, I act as a guide, discussing what is fundamental for someone who, like me, is often involved in the identity-building aspect of the space, triggered by the client’s codes.
Arianna: The client issue is always very important to us as designers. Finding the “right” client triggers a seductive relationship, almost a “loving exchange.” Of course, you need someone who’s willing to open themselves up to you and allow themselves to create “sparks” with you. That doesn’t always happen, or only in part, but there are certainly some fantastic, precious moments for those who do our kind of work.
Chiara: When it comes to objects, when we approach any project, none of the elements we design are isolated, solitary, they are part of a very precise world in which they will live. Therefore we always imagine a relationship between the furniture or the accessory and the space where it will go and the person with whom it will interact. As soon as we think about a piece of furnishing, we immediately give it a name, which means that we give it an identity, a character, a story that will spark its relationship with its owner. This means that it’s crucial to imagine and work on the home/inhabitant relationship.
Arianna: When it comes down to it, what the client is doing is performing an act of faith. As it will always be impossible to totally explain or understand a project, the client has to be able to take that leap of faith by trusting the designer, believing in them – and it’s our job to help them.
Andrea: It’s interesting talking about an act of faith and creating an object by giving it a name. I, on the other hand, have a sort of interior rigour, which means that I never use the word “create” – just “building,” designing” “planning.” I’m not especially interested in the story, the narrative. Everything comes down to the object, to its function, to its gravity, which is the only universal force that conditions both the object and the person who uses it. While there’s a lot of focus on lightness, I engage with heaviness, on weight, which reflects the idea of persistence – which I also think is the greatest form of sustainability. But that’s another story.