My method is a scrupulous one that respects and safeguards the role of everyone: from the final client (accurate planning avoids unpleasant and onerous surprises) to the people in charge who simply have to carry out what they find illustrated in the drawings. No improvisation is admitted: everything must be studied and planned in the minutest details.
A second fundamental step in my professional training was the arrival at the court of Romeo Sozzi in 2006. Working for Promemoria was in fact the moment when the spark of interior architecture struck me.
Sozzi is a cabinet maker, a designer who loves to say: “Luxury is the dream, design is its realization”. Working with him means coming into contact with an exclusive world in which real luxury is represented by the numerous artisan excellences that, if wisely orchestrated by a “very special” conductor, can produce extraordinary pieces: “The beautiful that makes you feel good” as Romeo himself defines it.
With Promemoria I started dealing with the management of the clients. In Promemoria the architect becomes Project Manager and the whole job order is entrusted to him.
The starting point is being present at a preliminary meeting with the clients, then one proceeds with an examination on-the-spot and a dimensional relief. After returning to the office one passes to the drawing-up. It is at this point that the elaboration of the project starts. It is always team work, but the Project Manager keeps the ranks of the whole project.
After a couple of years, I was called back to my native town, Cantù, where I had completed my formative years. Cantù is the world centre of classical furniture and here my preparation as an “interior specialist” was put to the test. It is a world where columns, capitals, curls and golden leaves rule completely and I succeeded only thanks to my tenacity and the providential help of the whole Jumbo Group. My thanks go especially to intelligent Lele Mauri who, with the infinite experience of a man born practically in a workshop, taught me all that is necessary to know to handle an old art, deeply congenial to the Cantù and Brianza carpenters and cabinetmakers.
Inside the luxury brand, the new-born division Contract needed new lymph. There were in fact a lot of projects on the going and also a lot of clients, especially Russian, ready to spend rivers of money to get Italian architects and Italian quality products.
My experience in classical furniture started in this way and it marked another important turning point in my career. Thanks to Jumbo in fact my role as a project Manager took on more importance and it reached its peak with the “Chechnya project” , a very important contract project carried out by Cappelletti srl together with Jumbo Group for the realization of the finishes and the internal furnishings of a presidential palace and a residential villa. In this period my job was mainly on the building site. I became “On-site Architect Manager” for Jumbo Collection and stayed for almost two years in the Russian Caucasus Republic. The experience was one that leaves its mark. At work there were local workers, Croatian iron artisans, Slovene painters, Russian parquetry layers, Turkish plaster-workers, Italian marble workers and assemblers. A few days before the dead line we completed the job: more than 500 people had been working there at the same time under my control and responsibility.
The delivery of the finished work with the following open satisfaction of the President of the Chechnya Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, was a reward that still fills me with pride even today. It really was an exceptional enterprise that formed my working experience more than any other.
Chechnya also marked a watershed in my professional life and so, notwithstanding the very interesting role as a Project Manager for the new-acquired Roberto Cavalli home brand that Jumbo Group offered me, I gave in to the enticements of the Slovene architect Stefan Scek who in 2012 entrusted me with a very important -and complete- interior project, always in Chechnya.
It was so that I started private practice even if I was still doing the same job as before, but without the constraints and/or the facilitations of subordinate work. My work in Russia made it necessary for me to look for an office for the more and more frequent business trips. It was the reason why I started a collaboration with Moderus Interior for which I have had the function of Senior Architect since 2016.
With Moderus my plans expanded to catering (www.dolcecasa.ru) and to exhibition areas (shops, showrooms) even if my principal planning activity is always connected with residential high-level design.
Practising privately today means living out of one’s own job day after day and this implies great responsibilities towards clients and family.
Thanks to my job I have the possibility to work with extraordinary people that continually enrich my wealth of experience. Among these, I would like to mention the BNI group of Capitolo Alta Brianza, of which I have been a partner for two years and I was also their first president.
BNI is a structured American method of referential marketing. In actual fact it is a way to implement one’s business thanks to the inscription to a group of entrepreneurs, artisans and professional men and women that meet weekly (early in the morning ) in order to exchange work opportunities through words of mouth.
Today I can be proud of a small personal portfolio of plans that reflects my way of working very well: “In every work, big or small, millionaire or very cheap, what really matters is that the final result must fully satisfy the client’s requirements”.
As my client’s barycentre is 90% abroad, for me “planned and made in Italy” is an extremely important trademark. So, it is for my clients who choose and exact a service that lives up to their expectations.