How did you first become involved in the world of Design? Tell us your story.
Growing up outside Chicago was fairly close to many cultural activities: The Art Institute of Chicago, great architectural references and music. However, both of my parents being Italian and born in Italy, we would spend almost every summer on our family farm in Calabria and take wonderful trips to fantastic destinations like Milan, Venice and of course Rome. It wasn’t until my adult life – in school, when I took part in an architectural drawing class – that I truly discovered my passion. I could visualize structure, inside and out in 3 dimensions in my mind very quickly, down to the last detail and remember every last inch. From there I went on to a boutique design school with 300 students in Chicago, thinking I would go on to become an architect. Then I found a passion for interiors, both the architectural detailing and decoration and product design, which led me to start my firm just two years after graduation…26 years ago.
How would you describe your personal style and what’s the personal signature that makes your projects unique?
Truthfully, I enjoy many different styles, but I would say mine is more relaxed luxury. Truly something shaped by my youth in Italy. Learning to combine the rustic with the refined wasn’t something I purposefully took lesson of, but looking back it certainly stuck with me and has become a hallmark of my design. An atmosphere where people can be surrounded by beautiful things but still feel that they can put their feet up – it’s the way I live.