This week, we chat to designer duo Alisée Matta and Giovanni Gennari, founders of Italian interior design brand Nobody & Co.
Since 2005, Nobody & Co’s innovative approach has championed intuitive furniture pieces that can be customised to integrate as many functions as needed. Their signature La Bibliochaise armchair for example holds up to five metres of books!
Here Alisée and Giovanni tell us why we should all be embracing pieces with a ‘sense of future’ and furniture that can be passed on for generations…
Where do you find your design inspiration?
We keep our minds open to every possible stimulation, so finding ideas is more a way of living than a way of working. You can find them whilst gardening, when you bring your children to the playground, whilst tying your shoelaces, tidying up a sock drawer, putting yourself in somebody else’s shoes, etc. When we feel we’ve scraped up enough ideas we get around a table and talk them through.
What would be your top interior design tip?
Feel free. It is your home, your nest, move things around until you feel the most positive vibes, colours and objects can change one’s mood in a good and strong way. But if you aren’t an architect I would suggest phoning one before knocking that kitchen wall down!
What do you think is the next big interiors trend and why?
Colour, we need colours as human beings in this moment, we need to feel and see joy. But also something that makes us feel nature more, the nature of the planet and in a more nomadic sense, furniture you can bring with you, or that can keep living in your family for the next hundred years, even if you have to move around the planet, a sense of future…
What does home mean to you?
I always say:”Home is where your books are!” But home is also where you feel safe, where you feel you can think, where you can put the three objects you’d bring with you on that desert island in your mind. Home is that place in which you can totally express yourself in your surroundings and where your soul relaxes.
What is your most treasured vintage piece?
Our daughter’s bed. It’s Swedish from the 1700s with a wardrobe positioned at the foot of it, it’s like a tiny theatre stage and we hope she will keep it all her life inventing different uses for it, from being a bed to becoming a crazy couch, it is a special piece which can live and be placed in any part of the house.
Where is your happy place in the home?
We feel every room is a happy room in our home. Our studio is in our home too so this is even more important for us. But when evening comes we all get together in the sitting room, in the middle of which there is a giant square pouf made for a sports showroom which our daughter jumps up and down on as well as using it for her drawings and where she makes collages whilst we read and talk or listen to music on the sofas which sit around it as if it was a camp fire. Of course kitchens are always happy places too and ours is space-shippy, as in SpaceShip not Spaces Hippy, so it feels as if we are navigating around the universe whilst preparing dinner.
A perfect Sunday is….
Gardening, it is the only day where we can really take care of our small terrace garden and windowsill gardens. Even if they are all small they are all gardens for us. Also when we are in the mountains, walking, fly-fishing, breathing oxygen is another perfect Sunday.
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