“What would you have done if you hadn’t become an actor, musician, cook, stylist …?” “A designer!” might have been the response from someone who, while highly respected in their own field, might have decided to give design a go for once. If you look closely, the common thread linking these people (and their professions), is creativity, not a million miles from design. Add in a fortunate encounter with a company that knew how to see past just a “name” and hedge its bets on an outsider and the magic was accomplished.
It so happened that in 1975, Alan Delon, the film star par excellence, didn’t just put his name to but also personally presented “his” furnishing collection at the Salone del Mobile, reminiscent in style to that favoured by gangsters on the big screen or Arab billionaires of the time. The actor described it as “neither new nor old, nor futuristic nor antique. Just Alain Delon style.” What was the real story? A certain Vittorino Sabot, tenacious and visionary owner of a furnishing company in Udine, managed to convince Delon to authenticate the products. Even today, it’s easy to turn up one of those cocktail tables on the internet, selling for between 1,000 and 2,000 euros.