You are talking about Covid period, I guess. I'm very lucky because I like where I'm living. I have a conservatory that I built overlooking the garden. But I wasn't lucky because I was under house arrest also for personal health problems. I couldn't go out. I was surprised how much I could do at home.
I needed to talk to people, to my team, to the people on the other side. Different concentration and maybe even more time because you didn't travel, you didn't spend time going to meetings. My pencil, my screens, my things became the center of the world. I'm surprised to look at the recent work I did. It was all done during the lockdown.
Today is my first full day in the studio as we had to finish something that we have to deliver tomorrow. It's something that I think maybe it was a good idea to accept to do. Maybe not. It's a lighthearted project commissioned by the Museum of Architecture in London called Gingerbread City. They asked all sorts of architects to do a piece of architecture. There's a side that's made of cakes and icing and it's like a cooking thing. I am working with my team to build an architecture model with biscuits. The cake is the architecture and is as good as the Sydney Opera House. I like dripping. I couldn't drip chocolate from home.
The work I showed in the Salone del Mobile.Milano last year, the Love Song in Marble (made by Citco and lighting by iGuzzini) was also done at home. The guy from Verona came to visit me and asked: “can you give me something difficult to do?” I replied, “are you sure?” We gave him something very difficult, and he did it.
I didn't see or touch the piece. I only saw it in videos while they were making it. The same happened with Alpi’s. Not even during the production. They sent me some examples. It was easy to decide what to do for Alpi, because they're making panels, boards. I knew exactly where we were getting to, but it's never as good as seeing it in real life. So what's the best use for boards? Making slices of it. Also the way it was cut, I chose the layers so we had a nice result. I use steel and Corten to give a different colors look, a real pleasure working with Vittorio Alpi and with his team. That was one of the easiest projects to develop.