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Stories of Italy - The beauty of a typically Italian story

Stories of Italy  
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The beauty of a typically Italian story. The traditions of Murano and Carrara in a strongly contemporary key

Stories of Italy is a creative duo based in Milan which self-produces design items in blown Murano glass and marble from Carrara. The project’s central idea is Italy’s immense archaeological, historical and cultural heritage. Objects and symbols of a common past re-processed in a contemporary version. Clean aesthetics in shape and fresh in colours. Each item is designed for daily use, both container of beauty and instrument of communication, carrying its history with it.
The work of Stories of Italy mixes design, crafts and art; capturing the very essence of two iconic traditions like Murano and Carrara, and helping give them space in modern times. The idea is to gently unhinge that implicit beauty that often harnesses these materials and the rules with which craftsmen’s hands work, getting them to experiment together. That is why they work in very close contact with master craftsmen. People considering their trade as a life’s vocation, embodying centuries-old traditions. A living heritage making Italy unique.


Q&A with Matilde and Dario

Your town. And three words to describe it.
Dario: Rovigo. Water, field, square.
Matilde: San Severo. Andrea Pazienza, tuff, olive trees.

Three words to describe your projects.
Dario: History, care, hand.
Matilde: History, detail, shape.

A colour.
Dario: White.
Matilde: White.

A taste.
Dario: Sweet.
Matilde: Sweet.

Antique, modern or contemporary?
Dario: Here and now. I’ll try.
Matilde: Antique, modern and contemporary.

The most precious item you own?
Dario: An Indian mala.
Matilde: A jewel made by my great-grandfather.

Where is design going?
Dario: It gets into every hole.
Matilde: Towards an increased awareness of the past, present and future.

Where are you going?
Dario: Just arrived in Milan. Am expecting to stay here for a while.
Matilde: Always somewhere for new adventures.

Three words to describe Italy.
Dario: Casket, irrational, DNA.
Matilde: History, love, home.

If not in Italy, where?
Dario: India.
Matilde: France.

Never without?
Dario: Trust.
Matilde: Trust.

A motto.
Dario: All is one.
Matilde: Carpe diem!