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Open House Torino 2017

Turin first Open House edition: a great success

The first edition of Turin Open House has just been concluded, and it has been a real success! The format, developed from an idea of Victoria Thorton, was presented for the first time in London over 25 years ago. It allows visiting architectonic beauties that normally would not be open to the public free of charge.

After Rome and Milan, Turin has chosen to participate to this initiative, which involves more than 30 cities in the world, achieving a far larger success then expected.
Thousands of people, regardless of the heat of these days of June, have visited liberty houses and historic buildings, gardens and reconverted industrial constructions.
Here the hard facts: 111 open houses of which 40% private, 37000 visits, all this made it possible thanks to 300 volunteers.

The wide cultural offer proposed by Turin has enabled the creation of thematic circuit alike “Looking at Turin from above” or “discovering green areas”: parks and gardens which have been developed in old industrial areas.
Very interesting the surprising and unusual sustainable architecture of Verde25: a kind of vertical forest where 63 families live in a building with more than 200 different kinds of trees and plants.

Among the most interesting circuits, the one dedicated to the religious places for example the synagogue and the San Pelagia church, the latter being connected to the Augustinian secluded nunnery, the antique residences or the reconverted industrial areas.
Maybe this latter circuit has been one of the most appreciated: in fact there are few towns that have reacted to the great economical crisis of the last decade as Turin did, reconverting its industrial areas.
Few examples like the ex-Tobler, originally the famous Toblerone industry and today a residential apartment building or the Lanificio di Torino, that after more than 70 years of activity, nowadays it has been restructured hosting about 120 artisan activities. Very interesting Casa Ozanam: an old smeltery has been transformed in a residential area for students and workers, a co-working area and, the plane roof, has been reconverted in a common vegetable garden OrtoAlto, officially opened in May.

The first Turin Open House has been such a success that the date of the next edition has been already fixed: 9-10th June 2018. All goals have been achieved: thousands of people were able to visit places normally closed to visitors, better understanding the transformation undergone by the Savoy town, which, maintaining the elegance and Italian style that mark since ever Turin, as been able to propose and promote a new vision, interpreting at best the spirit of a changing time.

Find out more Open House Torino e Open House Worldwide

Photo credits (25 Verde) Michele D'Ottavio, (Casa Hollywood) Luca Ballarini.

l’Opificio Interior Fragrance: the uniqueness of a scent

l’Opificio and Tonatto Profumi, two torinese brands of excellence, join together for an exclusive perfume

Metaphor of excellence and liberty, only few things are able to touch the human soul and senses like a perfume. As a scent is exactly that: a subliminal language which overcomes any rule and rationality to address directly the emotional mind, evoking memories, dreams and emotions that are deeply rooted in each of us, that belong only to us and are grounded with our most inner matrix.

Though as nowadays the experience of beauty goes beyond any limit among different codex, l’Opificio is very proud to present Opificio Interior Fragrance, a scent exclusively designed by Tonatto Profumi, famous torinese maison, known all over the world to have create the fragrances for famous international jet set as Queen Elisabeth of England and Carolina di Monaco.

Famous for having given birth again to lost scents alike l’Acqua Siriana of the 1century a.C. or Cleopatra perfume-, which has been re-created thanks to the study of antique papyrus – in her Turin and Rome olfactory galleries, Tonatto, has combined modernity with tradition, conceiving an experience that allows to overcome specific artistic forms.

The choice of a well renowned laboratory, which has the same care for the scent as l’Opificio for its textile creations, has allowed to create a fragrance which interprets at best the wonderful feeling of a perfect textile, the endearing magic of a beautiful velvet, of a dear memory or a special unique moment.

The result of the collaboration of Paola and Barbara Bertoldo with Daniela Tonatto is l’ Opificio Interior Fragrance, a versatile fragrance based on exclusive and precious natural essence, that can be used directly on the textiles, as it respect their preciousness, and also be worn daily on the skin.

Opificio Interior Fragrance is proposed in two versions – shanghai and spray – 200 and 250ml. It has a warm thus reassuring persistent aroma, a contemporary interpretation though timeless.

mariko kusumoto sculpure

Mariko Kusumoto: the preciousness of textile art

Mariko Kusumoto, an eclectic Japanese living in Massachusetts, has started her artistic life working with metal. She used to create complex, thus minute sceneries, using the heat to shape copper and bronze to her fantasy. Then she decided to experiment for her art something completely different, almost opposite.

Where strength was required to shape the metal masterpieces giving neat and unmistakable results, textile represents an innovative, light almost evanescent alternative: a new challenge.

Based on the antique Kanzashi tradition where the Japanese women use to arrange wonderful hairstyles, Kasumoto started to elaborate silk and acrylic yarns, transforming them in brilliant jewels, transparent cases of small wonders, kaleidoscopic landscapes of jellyfishes and sea anemones; true sculptures to be wearing and to make a dress precious.

Accessories and piece of arts, which seem to arise from the deepness of the oceans. Masterpieces in front of which arises a sense of childish wonder, as if the artist would have given shape to our most intimate dreams taken us into a world of levity were everything is possible.

We are fascinated by Mariko Kusumoto art, as it is pure emotion. It is the spreading wings of the creative process, even more magnified by the lightness of the material used. Silk, yarns and above all polyester that, robust thus delicate, it is perfect for the modelling process.

Fascinated by the beauty of nature and the Japanese culture, the artist affirms that she is inspired by anything that attracts her. Through her elaboration process, she donates a new evanescent life, being a seascape or a contemporary horror film.

Mariko Kusumoto works are placed in important public and private collections; her works have won many important awards such as the Niche Awards, The Grant, Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Juror’s Awards, Craft Forms 2015.

They are actually on exposition at the Mobilia Gallery – Cambridge.

Fuorisalone 2017

Fuorisalone 2017 - BreraDesignDistrict – BreraDesignApartment :
l’Opificio dresses The Visit

The major Event of BRERADESIGNDISTRICT DURING MILANO DESIGN WEEK WILL TAKE PLACE AT VIA PALERMO NR.1 – THE VISIT

Fuorisalone is the whole mix of events distributed in different areas of Milan that take place during the Salone Internazionale del Mobile.
Fuorisalone is not a fair. It all started at the beginning of the ‘80 as a spontaneous event sought after by some companies of the furniture sector and of the industrial design. Nowadays, it involves many different sectors such as: automotive, technology, telecommunications, arts, fashion and food.
Since many years now, Fuorisalone is an unmissable appointment of SalonedelMobile.Milano fair, especially for those who love design. It is a melting pot of ideas and creativity, Fuorisalone has overcome the boundries of a secluded space to bring the last trends of the Italian and international creativity along the streets and the neighbourhoods of Milan.This year, for the 56th edition of SalonedelMobile.Milano, the Fuorisalone proposes at the BreraDesignDistrict, The Visit. An apartment in the heart of the Brera neighbourhood, that for an entire month it will be the location to live in and host in the Italian way. l’Opificio precious cotton velvet dresses the apartment with colours that declines from fawn to nude rose, embellished by distinguished sartorial details.
The idea behind the project of Arianna Lelli Mani e Chiara Di Pinto, creative directors of Studiopepe, was to represent the rite of visiting, as a moment of confrontation, but above all of welcoming. A closed space, which opens itself to the visitor showing the intimacy of who lives in, developing and dressing the rooms. An inner place, thus historically layered, an apartment of late ‘800 which still has large windows, stuccos and beautiful wooden floors, enriched and decorated by wall drawing and velvet drapery which act as a common thread among the different rooms.
Of importance is also where the apartment is placed: the Brera neighbourhood, an area traditionally connected with arts that nowadays represents one of the most prolific design districts.
To the Studiopepe project, outstanding Italian company have adhered, selected for their experience and reliability, such as Agape. Astep, Atelier de Troupe, AYTM, Bitossi Home, Bonotto, Bulthaup, CC Tapis, Cedit, Fenix, Florim, Green Wise, Lambert&Fils Studio, Leftover, Molteni&C, Pietro Russo, Sfera, Shuj, Sikkens, Spotti Edizioni, Valverde, Vitra.
Opened from 31st March to 10th May, The Visit is in Via Palermo nr.1 – BreraDesignApartment. You can visit on reservation.

Salone del Mobile 2017

Milan – 56th Edition of Il SalonedelMobile.Milano
4th-9th April – Fiera Milano – Rho – Pad 2 Stand 31

l’Opificio Collections: Domestic scenes by Bruno Tarsia

At SalonedelMobile.Milano, l’Opificio textile collections interpreted by the contemporary and eclectic spirit of the architect and interior stylist Bruno Tarsia present l’Opificio creations in a new light.
Precious fabric and velvet collections are portrayed as alive elements that create a dialogue among space, human being and the everyday life.
The Lehnstuhl, lounge-chair of Gebrüder Thonet Vienna, designed by Nigel Coates, an iconic element that combines great comfort with aesthetic beauty and Sara, a glam chair of Velvetlab, designed by Gianluca Bocchetta, both wearing l’Opificio fabrics, are leading pieces of the set design.

l’Opificio collections dress, interpret, characterize, enrich your home making it your personal ideal refuge. Beautiful textiles to be touched, filled and lived in, they are synonymous of high-end quality, of a refined classical style, but contemporary; a skilfully mix of historical citation with a fine and explosive perception of the colour.
l’Opificio fabrics and velvets welcome usmaking us feeling comfortable and dreaming.
The explosive richness of the velvets wins sight and touch; the material fabrics inspire a sense of quietness and intimacy; the subtile charm of some collection make us thinking of faraway and seducing culture, all this is l’Opificio world.
This is what it is perceived from the refined tailor-made soft furnishing, such as cushions and bedspreads. Unique pieces of timeless style, designed and handmade – thanks to the excellent bespoke service – for unique interiors.

Bruno Tarsia

Bruno Tarsia, architect and interior stylist, lives and works in Milan. His works aim to combine with a poetic and creative touch, imagination reality, elegance and attention to details.
With a versatile and eclectic taste, he produces editorial photo shoots, commercial catalogues, exhibitions and advertising campaigns, but also interior design for private clients and showrooms.
Following his experience in the field of interior decorations, he also works as a set designer for fashion photo shoots.

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

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