The A List: Antonino Buzzetta
Antonino was born in Brooklyn into a family who emigrated from Palermo in the early 1970's. Italian was his first language and he was attracted to art and design even before he had the vocabulary to describe what he was seeing and feeling.
I was raised in a home of tradition with everyone baking, cooking, gardening... simply doing everything with their own hands and in my work I feel it is so important to keep these traditions alive, in many ways designers are the gatekeepers for this knowledge by encouraging the artisans
What does Made in Italy mean to you?
What is your idea of ultimate luxury?
The way people treat things is the ultimate expression of luxury, that respect and appreciation for craftsmanship. You can still be luxurious without buying the most expensive things; but to me when you truly value and care for great pieces: art, antiques, accessories or a fabulous bespoke sofa you are respecting the craft and its history.
Who has inspired you the most?
Anyone who is passionate, driven and loves what they do and displays this in the works they create whether is be an artisan or designer.
What is your design approach and philosophy?
My philosophy? I’m a traditionalist wrapped in a cloak of modernity: my look is classic with a bold twist. Strongly influenced from fashion, art and design, my interiors reveal the possibilities of combining modern elements with the classic and traditional. My style is eclectic and while attracted to many different styles and periods, color comes first. I use it in bold ways, from strong and unusual combinations to selecting shades you really can’t define. I love the way color effects our mood and personality. Playing with scale and pattern is also something I love to do. It adds depth, drama and character to any space. I’m constantly on the hunt for something that moves and inspires me, to cultivate my eye - this is where fashion comes into place, it allows me to feel confident while taking a risk. I love the unexpected and the reaction that generates.