Mohair: its fiber and velvet

Mohair fiber gives comfort and cuddle us by getting rid of everyday life stress.
Mohair, one of the world most ancient fiber, has an unmistakable and unique comfort, which is also sustainable and eco-friendly. A very resistant fiber, long lasting and fire retardant, with which realize amazingly comfortable seats and soft furnishing responding to our needs of nest.
Particularly luxurious and voluptuous in its velvet version, very deep in whichever shade. From natural tones to bright yellows, from elegant blues to Pompeii red, mohair velvet engages and overwhelms with its authenticity.
Kid Mohair velvet, unique and very pleasant to the touch, refined and sensual, is a special ally in interior design, becoming its excellent and gorgeous main character.

A LODGE IN THE STELVIO PARK: HIGH-FLYING TEXTILE

LUCKY ISOLATION IN THE ALPS

The lodge is located along the bank of the Cancano dyke, an artificial pond near Bormio - North Italy, built in the first half of 20th century in order to generate electricity for the whole region of Lombardy. That valley, the Fraele Towers Valley, where there are ruins of the two World Wars, is an enchanted area, which is –unbelievably- still not provided with electricity and land line.
The complete absence of light pollution and this warmly welcome “isolation” make it magical, especially at dusk, part of the day in which it feels like being immersed in an ambience of yesteryear.

The establishment of the lodge goes back to 1970’s, owners’ second generation recently refurbished it completely, using ancient wood and refined furniture sought with passion over the years throughout the Alps.
Whereas the armchairs in the living room are original and date back to 1970’s. The objects in the lodge, result of research and careful selection, come mostly from the family-owned shop specialized in mountain home décor.
Textile complements have been entrusted to the solid experience of the Turin based company owned by family friends, well appreciated in the world of high end decoration.
The lodge is a place built and decorated with love: love for the place, for its origin and its family history; a cozy shelter, realized with passion and dedication, considered by everyone a place of the heart and soul.

Game of Thrones: Sansa wears Treccia fabric, a l’Opificio creation

We are pleased and honoured that the magnificent wedding dress of Sansa, one of the main characters of the TV series Game of Thrones , has been realized with Treccia fabric from l’Opificio Vocalese collection.
It took one year of study, design and tests to create such a fabric. A special two-weft lampas, which makes the fabric final result unique both to the sight and to the touch.
In the last episode of season 5 (Mother’s Merci), beautiful Sansa is forced to marry cruel Ramsay Bolton. For this occasion, Michele Clapton, costume designer and maker of Westeros and Essos fashion, who worked together with Michele Carragher, creator of beautiful embroidery, chose Treccia fabric to convey the approaching of winter and to underline Sansa’s social role.

Collezione Vocalese Treccia

Game of Thrones is an American fantasy drama television series, born as TV adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin's series of fantasy novels.
The series is set on a fictional world, composed by the western (Westeros) and the eastern continent (Essos). The biggest and more civilized centre of the western continent is the capital city King’s Landing, where there is the Seven Kingdoms’ Iron Throne. The series chronicles the violent dynastic struggles among the realm's noble families for the Iron Throne, full of murky power plays.
The series conquered millions of fans all over the world thanks to its plot, epic characters and to the alternation of human and rough fantasy elements.
Furthermore, it has received widespread acclaim by critics, particularly for its acting, complex characters, story, scope, and production values, although its frequent use of nudity, violence, and sexual violence has attracted criticism.
The series has won 26 Primetime Emmy Awards, becoming one of most rewarded TV series by Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Collezione Vocalese Treccia
Velluto di seta grigio l'Opificio

Slow Velvet: long processing time velvet

ONE MONTH PROCESSIGN TIME FOR l'Opificio SILK VELVET

l’Opificio silk velvet collection is a rich and precious collection, the result of a long processing time, starting in the far East, where we choose the silkworm’s finest fibre.

A fibre that is worked exclusively in Italy through long and slow processes of selection, dyeing and drying, which take more than 20 days. Slow and thorough processes, avoiding to the fibre any kind of stress and enhancing to its best shininess and softness, without adding formaldehyde.

Once yarn is ready, silk will be weaved and transformed into velvet. A process carried on by expert weavers, which takes around 60 hours of diligent weaving.

But it’s not over yet: l’Opificio quality requires 5 more days of different finishing, which, thanks to expert hands and old machineries, will make velvet pile soft and smooth and will enhance its silky aspect.

Only thanks to this long and careful process, which is almost a month long, l’Opificio can assure a precious, unique and safe quality, which is also long lasting and loved all over the world.

Discover more about l'Opificio Velvets collections

ART AND FABRIC: PAOLA ANZICHE’

TEXTILE ARCHITECTURE, WOOL, SOIL, JUTE AND OTHER STORIES

Paola Anziché Paola Anziché has always been experimenting and expressing through weaving and knitting. A creation focusing on materials, with the pleasure of lingering on a shape and make it appear.

The architectural breath of their works strongly arises in her using weaving to create closed, cosy and intimate spaces, paying homage to the theory stating that the origin of architecture coincides with the beginning of weaving. Almost to demonstrate that weaving is a technique born to create spaces rather than to dress bodies.

This is how Paola describes her work:

“I simply use a matter –fibre- and I work it, so as to test it. I cultivate the doubt: I don’t know how it will end up. I hardly ever decide in advance the final result.”
“I have always been thinking that unplanned circumstances have a great role and that, generally, chance ‘open’ and help developing the work. The fact of not exactly know what I will create and which the final result will be, helps in creating new potentialities, because the artwork itself is offered to whom admire it (or touch it and move it), open to any possibilities of being developed even by others. In the “braids” case – works made with cloth – shapes arise alone, without me wanting expressively to create handbaskets. These shapes are rather the result of the impossibility of braid and twist together these materials. This limit produced the final shape.”
Materials excite me. My approach starts from there, when I find materials I like, the first thing I do is try to work them and see how materials react and what result comes to life. I like saying that ‘seeing with hands’ is the expression which best describes my work.

Here the full interview to the artist

PAOLA ANZICHE’ lives and works in Turin and Milan. In April, during the MIlan XXII Triennale International Exhibition, her works will be shown at the exhibition “21st Century. Design After design”. In 2017 she will show at Turner Contemporary curated by Karen Wright, Margate, United Kingdom.

Photo courtesy of Paola Anziché

“A LIVING SPACE” BY KIT KEMP

A VOYAGE THROUGH KIT KEMP'S INTERIOR DESIGN

In A Living Space, internationally acclaimed interior designer Kit Kemp takes you on a vibrant, inspiring personal voyage through the many spaces she has designed. Here she shares the tools of her trade – her passion for materials such as fabric and embroidery, wood and stone; the innovative way she dares to mix colour and pattern with old and new furniture, textiles and objects; the joy in the wit and humour of contemporary art, dogs and unexpected details; and most importantly, her ethos that design is not something to fear; but instead something to be embraced and enjoyed.

In this book, Kit Kemp brings together a visual feast of images to show that when it comes to design, there are no rules. It is about trusting your instincts, being prepared to take some risks and being clever with affordable and accessible pieces rather than always needing to blow the budget, and above all having fun.

Turin won “Building of the year” prize

TURIN IS AGAIN ONE OF THE «BUILDING OF THE YEAR» WINNERS WITH THE INTESA-SANPAOLO SKYSCRAPER

The «world’s most beautiful house», in via Alfieri 6, has been awarded last year

For the second year in a row, Turin won the «Building Of the Year» prize.
Last year the medal for architecture went to the «world’s most beautiful house», in via Alfieri 6, only fifty steps far from San Carlo square.
This year the Golden Palm –in the office building category- went to the Intesa Sanpaolo skyscraper, designed by the star of architecture Renzo Piano. A reward that reinforces Turin new image of smart, tourist and interesting city. Be awarded for two years in a row with a record certified by «Archdaily», no less, -the world’s most visited website on architecture- it’s a great achievement.
In 2015 ex-Valperga Galleani Palace won the «Building of the Year» prize in the category «Refurbishment». The project of the building in via Alfieri was the only Italian finalist, chosen between over 3000 works all around the world, from Chile to Vietnam.
The skyscraper construction took five years, from the project to the inauguration, which has been held in April 2014. Total amount: half billion euros.
A biodynamic greenhouse with timber trees and plants typical of Mediterranean scrub, a super-panoramic restaurant on the top and a kindergarten on the ground floor. These are the distinctive features of a place where «is nice working in», which, after all, was Renzo Piano’s mission.

The building have been raised along environmental sustainability principles, so as to decrease power consumption, and with hypoallergenic materials. East and West facades have been clad in a double skin system, whose moving blades guarantee ventilation in summer and thermal insulation in winter.
The southern facade is completely covered with a 1600 square metres photovoltaic installation. On that very side, a «winter garden» with climbing plants let outside light filter in. Air-conditioning system uses the energy of heat exchange with ground water, without harmful emissions in the atmosphere.

Valperga Galleani Palace: the «world’s most beautiful house» is in Turin

The Number 6, the refurbishment of the historic Valperga Galleani Palace in Turin’s via Alfieri, won the Building of the Year prize, certified by ArchDaily website. The Number 6, a Baroque palace not far from San Carlo square, has been inaugurated in the beginning of 2013 after its transformation into a contemporary and innovative condominium by Piero Boffa Building Group. Thirty-six hi-tec apartments in a Baroque context, with terraces, a modern Spa, a gym and, in the central courtyard, a light artwork by the artist Richi Ferrero.
The Building of the Year prize given by the American portal ArchDaily – 7 millions visits per month, 2 millions Facebook fans, 335000 Twitter followers – have been examining over 3000 projects all around the world, from Chile to Vietnam, from China, Australia and Europe. 2015 ArchDaily Building Award have been examining over 18000 architects, including well-known ones as Renzo Piano, Jean Nouvel, Álvaro Siza and Kengo Kuma.

"25 Verde": the tree house

“25 Verde” in Turin is reality, a live structure integrated into nature, which, with its 200 trees perfectly integrated with the condominium, is unique.
“25 Verde”, in Via Chiabrera 25, is a very peculiar building. Built up using wood, metal and stone, it is a true forest in the city, thanks to its 200 trees growing up in between the building, perfectly integrated with the supporting “iron-wood” that sustain the whole structure.
The building, where 63 families are living, has been realized by a team of Turinese architects and engineers, leaded by Luciano Pia, in 5 years.
Besides this peculiarity, the “25 Verde” building has a rainwater harvesting system for the irrigation of its trees and a natural thermal insulation system which takes advantages from plants to reduce the use of air-conditioning. Furthermore, the whole building uses geothermal and mini-eolian systems that provide with sustainable energy all the families, reducing in this way energy bills and helping the environment.

ART AND FABRIC FRANCESCA LUPO, INTERIOR SCENOGRAPHIES

With Harridge cloth cuttings, newspaper and thin paper wood or plastic paper, Francesca Lupo realizes beautiful collages. Her artworks are scenographies made with paper and fabric: reinvented collages put together to create spaces and interiors inspired to 1950s design.

In her artworks -especially the ones representing interiors scenes- objects and decors, such as stamps turning into paintings hanged to the walls, fragments of handwritten letters or old magazines turning into wallpaper, are the finishing details. Details that want to lead the observer on a travel through time, even beyond the painting itself.

For Francesca Lupo the pure artistic expression, which during years has been essential and silent nourishment of her passion for architecture, with which has played and experimented, is expressed and becomes art for the first time at Paratissima 2012.
There is where she got the first recognition for her art and she has been chosen within the 15 best artists of the exhibition. Since then, she started participating to several collective exhibitions in art galleries of Turin, Bari, Genoa, and then, finally, in February 2015, London.

900-minutes quilt

No less than 15 hours of production are needed to realize each l’Opificio quilt, which carry with them the timeless style of sartorial pieces.

First comes the design, then cutting, sewing, ironing, final hand-stitching and quality control: who steps into a Boutique and choose a l’Opificio piece feels like going to a tailor’s shop.

In fact, the keyword of all l’Opificio soft furnishing is “tailor-made”. Generally, this concept is strictly linked to fashion and haute-couture worlds, but, these worlds’ typical attention to details is kept in every cushion, quilt or curtains made by l’Opificio tailors’ expert hands. It’s this virtuosity that creates those timeless style pieces, unique creations expressly designed for special interiors.

The tailoring of this pieces only uses l’Opificio velvet and fabric exclusive collections, which are guarantee of an high quality Made in Italy, absolutely without formaldehyde.