Stories of Italy - Where Design Meets Craftsmanship
An incredible duo of Milan-based designers that collaborate with artisans who embody centuries of artisanal traditions, and together they craft pieces that tell stories and keep traditions alive, making them consequential in the modern world.
Stories of Italy
Matilde and Dario collaborate with artisans who embody centuries of artisanal traditions, and together they craft pieces that tell stories and keep these traditions alive, making them consequential in the modern world. Clean aesthetics, fresh colors, and precious materials – such as Murano glass and Carrara marble - form exquisite functional everyday objects inspired by the great Italian heritage.
We founded Stories of Italy in 2015 with the intent of crafting objects that would tell the story of our country while reinterpreting its language. In April 2016, during Milan Design Week we presented our first collection of objects, with the patronage of Vivienne Westwood. We then started working on our first custom-made projects for luxury hotels such as Four Seasons, and with private clients.
Stories of Italy produces pieces using mouth-blown Murano glass and Carrara marble. We try to capture the essence of these two iconic materials and at the same time give them space in the contemporary world by gently dismantling the old aesthetic traditionally associated with these last. Our pieces are inspired by the incalculable archaeological, historical, and cultural Italian heritage, whose objects and symbols we reinterpret with a contemporary sensibility.
At the moment, our passion is Murano glass. The way it is worked that has remained the same for centuries and its large variety of colors and textures is very inspiring. We are also fascinated by its unpredictability: till the end of the cooling process, you never know for sure what the result will be and that can create unexpected effects that are very interesting.
We chose our name, Stories of Italy, because the territorial DNA is at the base of our pieces. The relationship that our artisans have with Murano and Carrara is one of our main assets. Centuries of tradition, kept in those two places and in those artisans’ hands, are a sample of the priceless Italian heritage that we are proud to share with the rest of the world.
For Il Palagio, the restaurant of the FourSeasons hotel in Florence, we made glasses that we designed with the guide of chef Vito Mollica, mouth-blown and hand crafted by our artisans in the island of Murano. They are a modern interpretation of the difficult “incalmo” technique that creates very interesting color-blocking effects. For their centerpieces, we customized one of our most iconic objects, the one-flower vase “Dattero”, using an amethyst color.
We are particularly proud of the custom-made service we provide to hotels, restaurants, architects, and private clients. We design tableware and home décor in precious Carrara marble and Murano glass starting from the initial idea and ending with the finished product.