Seen from the outside it might seem like an average, ordinary warehouse, but that old space in the heart of Cisternino is actually hiding a secret garden hidden within it, something akin to a laboratory for experiments in alchemy, where the imagination is free to bestow a brand new, golden destiny on old, forgotten furniture worn by time.
There are Baroque chairs, imposing sofas, and chests of drawers harbouring ancient secrets, and then cabinets and tables and lamps: we like facing the challenge involved in the recovery and creative re-usage of objects, which is both an aesthetic and ethical one.
The various markets we go to are like “amusement parks” which invite us to take our creativity on an exhilarating ride. And we hop on: in Puglia, in France, and in the provinces of Northern Italy; anywhere and everywhere our work commitments happen to lead us or, more simply, just out while taking a nice Sunday walk.
All in all, we have come across the most precious pieces of our little treasure trove in abandoned places – in abandoned shops, uninhabited dwellings, and in crumbling ruins. A couple of years ago, while out tooling around in the countryside, there she suddenly appeared: the stately structure of an old armchair lying there as if waiting to be noticed, all dusty and chewed on by mice, right in the middle of an old stone lamia structure. We went back to court her over and over again for a long time, just to get a glimpse of the solitary “lady”, and then we made a decision: to take her with us and put her to rest in the warehouse. We cleaned her with care and gave her a new jute dress in place of lysine fabrics, and now she proudly has her place in our Cisternino Atelier in front of a large textile wall which is an homage to embroidery.
Every piece of furniture has its own story, so when one of our pieces gets delivered to a customer of ours, a little bit of our own story goes along with it. One of the rooms in the “Literary apartment”, the bed and breakfast in Fasano which Spezyale handled as a project, will host an unusual eggplant coloured wardrobe with iridescent nuances painted on the inside in antique gold. We came across this lucky find in a country house in Lombardy, which we carefully restored and welcomed into our home where it has been for many years. That is until we entered the apartment in Fasano and realized it would be the perfect complement to one of the suites.
We like to call it the “Spezyale Depot”, but more than a warehouse it is the reservoir of our creativity. A space in which each piece is catalogued and studied for its potential, and then combined with new materials, imagined once again for inhabiting never before seen contexts. It is a testing laboratory ready to be reactivated with each new design project.