City centre or off the beaten track?
TV: As a great fan of Guido Guidi, the great photographer, I would choose somewhere marginal – but only in most people’s minds: the plains of Northern Italy.
CS: I’d like to create the architecture of my dreams in an extraordinarily remote place, hard to get to, completely isolated in nature – opportunities that rarely present themselves to a Milanese architect.
Something you have at home designed by you:
TV: The Second Life light, composed of 80 lightbulbs of various shapes, 70 of which are upcycled incandescent or halogen – burnt out and unusable – and 10 new perfectly functioning LED bulbs.
CS: The whole house? ☺
What presents do you like to give?
TV: Anything that isn’t necessary.
CS: Objects that are more good looking than useful, obviously.
If you could build a secret passage in your home, where would it lead?
TV: Always to somewhere different, to where I want to be right at that moment: an exhibition I have to miss because of lack of time, to my beloved Brittany facing the Ocean, a mountain path or a track where I can drive very fast.
CS: On the edge of a waterfall.
What do you usually do on Sundays?
TV: Apart from working, which unfortunately happens a lot, I do wonderfully banal things, just with the family – an increasingly rare luxury.
CS: If I’m not working, I try to rest physically and be mentally challenged by some interesting exhibition.
Your favourite place in Milan:
TV: There are so many stimuli, because I love this city: contemporary art (Prada Foundation, Hangar Bicocca, as well as Paolo Zani, Paola Clerico, Vistamare, the Minini sisters), modern art (the Claudia Gianferrari collection at Villa Necchi, GAM in Via Palestro), the restaurants and bars in which I feel at home (the Røst, the Immorale, the Camparino), some special shops ( the Stamberga concept store, the Bocca bookshop in the Galleria, Sandro Ghilardi’s shop) and lots more.
CS: The Porta Venezia Gardens, with its faint memories of grandparents and the seals at the zoo.