I speak to them by phone in their car as they head towards Porto Ercole. And the interview with Roberto Palomba and Ludovica Serafini becomes an entertaining conversation that interweaves work and banter, reflections and confessions. Because designing is a serious matter, of course, but life – real, authentic life – prevails above all else. It is the primary impulse, the incessant inspiration, the source of that wide-ranging happiness that characterises their projects. The next few months will be full of new projects, starting with the upcoming "super show".
RP: In September we will present new collections for Kartell and Poltrona Frau – we have long-standing, familiar relationships with both companies now. And we are also hard at work for Talenti, a young brand with solid values, destined to do great things in the future; it will be a line of modular outdoor upholstered furniture with a very refined metal detail, designed on structures wrapped in rope worked in a rather unusual way. We are also working on a surprise for next April: the company's first indoor collection. Then we'll be signing new products for Ideal Standard, whose creative direction we oversee, to be released in September and October, including a collection inspired by the work of Gio Ponti – this will be unveiled at the Salone del Mobile in the form of an iconic washbasin, made using technology that allows very large units to be developed in a single piece with very thin layers – and a mainstream, more accessible line. In the meantime, the digital project, Together World Tour, continues, having chosen six cities around the world as the backdrop for the presentation of as many of the company's collections; next stop, London. We are also continuing our collaboration with Versace –we launched our first home collection for them last April. A wondrous folly. To work with a brand that has been the originator of so many inventions and revolutions requires carefully identifying its values and articulating them in a rational manner according to the rules of good design.