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“When Textile Meets Animals”: Stefania Bonatelli photographer exhibition

“When Textile Meets Animals”: at l'Opificio in Turin, the exhibition of Stefania Bonatelli's shoots, which investigate the connection between nature and fabrics design.
In Stefania Bonatelli photographer's shoots, the colour shades of some of the most charming birds in the world's plumage act as a counterpoint to the Turinese company precious fabrics' nuances.

What kind of connection could exist between an armchair sit and a grey heron? Or between a velvet cushion and a snowy owl? “All art is nothing but imitation of nature” quotes Seneca, but he then adds that art is not art if the effect is reached by chance. It's through meditation and wait that human creativity interacts with nature and, by it, builds its beauty vision choosing models and colours which answer to the ideals of the age in which it lives.

This is the creativity idea behind the photo exhibition “When Textile Meets Animals”, presented in Turin the next 27th of October in Via Martiri della Libertà 42, at l'Opificio Show Room, a family-run company, leader in Italy and abroad of high quality fabrics production, 100% Made In Italy: putting in relation the plumage of some of the most iconic and charming birds in the planet with the refinement of the best of the l'Opificio production, in a continuous reference to the beauty that the careful eye is able to catch in nature and the result of the man creativity combined to a “savoir-faire” belief which has always been part of the italian small-medium successful entreprises' DNA.

At work in the elaboration and investigation of this engaging relation, through 15 selected shoots, is the Turinese photographer Stefania Bonatelli, drawing from her 15 years of life in Colombia experience, a land in which nature dominates through the sparkling of intense colours, typical of tropical countries.

From the birds' plumage to the sky from which they come from, from the trees and the sends on which they build their habitat, the textile artist's imagination derived textures, warped silks and brocades on which imprinted lines and shapes, shades and tracks, and sometimes symbols consciously or unconsciously stolen from nature. The fluffy, the soft, the hairy, the polished as well as the rough and the coarse of the fabrics evoque feathers and quills and pelts, skin and cortexes, calyxes and corollas.

The artist captured all these connections, and for this reason the light-blue of a velvet is matched with the shades of sky painted on the plumage of the paradisiacal crane; the vigilant eye and the erect position of the night heron control its head nunaces reproduced on the runners and animalier cushion taken from the jaguar fur. The snowy owl, darkness' sharp observator, is compared to the black and grey tones of its nights and to the whiteness of the “dress”, while the toucans' beaks find their correspondance in the multi-coloured polychrome velvets and in the imitative curves of the stitched cushions. And once again, the crowned crane is well merged with the furnishing objects which drag from its fur, its insolen crest and from the surrounding arboreal nature the unexpected nuances, while from the neck's curviness, the elegant arch of the seats.

Therefore, it's not by chance if “When Textile Meets Animals” will be launched just before the week in which Turin will be the uncontested protagonist of the national and international contemporary art: “In this occasion, my sister Barbara and I decided to step back and let the artist to feel free to work on the pictures and the result has been amazing!” comments Paola Bertoldo, owner of l'Opificio together with her sister Barbara and their brother Federico “The combination of shades and textures between our fabrics and velvets and the plumage immediately captured us, that's why we thought about sharing this moment of surprise and joy, arranging an exhibition. And what better occasion than the Turin 'Artissima' week”.

When Textile Meets Animals will be opened to the public from the 27th of October until the 5th of November from 10 a.m to 6 p.m
Closed on Sunday the 29
th and on Wednesday the 1st of November.
Special opening on Sunday the 5
th of November.

Free entry

Stefania Bonatelli
Born in Turin, she attended and graduated at DAMS academy of the city, where she is currently living and working. After an actor's path, since 2000 she deals with direction and art videos. Due to family issues, she spent her first 15 years in Cali, Colombia, and to these lands she ows her first imprinting. Although she is familiar with the uniform grey of the Po valley's mists, she is more intrigued by the vibrant colours and the scattered vivaciousness of the sunny equatorial deserts, of the snowy summits, of the extreme dryness, of the torrential rains. In these shoots, she seems to instill the unforgettable memory of that country, which overflows with orchids, which hosts butterflies and beetles, jaguars abd armadillos, cranes and toucans, and where even the houses are painted in pink and fuchsia, in light-blue and turquoisie.

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