The lavender scent of freshly washed laundry can trigger emotions which take us all the way back to childhood times. The delicate feeling of linen caressing the skin is a sign that another summer has arrived.
Fabrics, as we all well know, dress our daily lives and the memories of people in an embracing way.
And so what better dress could there be than the one that enshrouds the home? The sacred land of everyday life.
Linen, silk, cotton, and velvet sketch out the interiors of projects designed by Spezyale. In our homes, the doors to the wardrobes and break fronts, and the doors and room dividers play off the upholstery of the sofas, armchairs, and pouff footrests and stools in a game of textures and colours, creating a very impressive and evocative, large single space.
An inestimable source of inspiration for this work comes from a company located in Casamassella, just a few kilometres from Otranto, which has transformed the ancient art of weaving into an art form where contemporary experimentation takes place freely. Le Costantine is a vast project for the enhancement and showcasing of the excellencies within the territory which are tied to Apulian traditions, some dating back to the last century, through the philanthropic work of Carolina De Viti De Marco and her family, who originally started an organisation there involving local women. These days Le Constantine is a foundation which has under its umbrella projects tied to hospitality, education and, of course, a very valuable weaving project called “Singing and Loving”, started in 2002 with the exploration of old archives and thanks to the original looms being put back to work.
Through our meeting with Maria Cristina Rizzo, the heart and soul of Le Costantine, a fruitful collaboration came about, one which today is being put to the test in the interiors of projects designed by Spezyale.
The pilot project ended up on the cover of the June, 2017 issue of “Ville & Casali” magazine.
It was love at first sight entering the Casamassella lab for the first time. It is truly amazing the magic that one single thread manages to manifest as it dances while tied to an old fashioned, hand operated loom. Experience, ability, and practical sense: this is all that is needed to make the production of extraordinary fabrics possible, even today, in the third millennium; made extraordinary precisely because they are unrepeatable, as well as being of extremely high quality.
For people like us, who work exclusively on one-of-a-kind design projects, the craftsmanship of Le Constantine represented a chance for new vital lymph for us right from the start. Being that the best in Puglia tradition had been made available to us, Spezyale felt just as confident it would be up to task in the “sewing”, as it were, of that past to a certain knowing, and international flair which comes from the contemporary.
And so we all decided to get our feet wet again. We went to peek through the archives of the designs which are safe kept in Casamassella, and we proposed new colours and materials to combine with the original textures.
In the Fasano lamia structure, experimentation was the norm, so we played with the sideboard closures, a built in kitchen cupboard and the wardrobes in the rooms, as well as with a Baroque armchair and other chairs. We wanted to experiment with red, green, yellow ochre and burnt sienna, the colours of the Apulian countryside, which seem to have materialised from the surrounding areas only to gently land on the fabrics. A simple and elegant design that respects the buyers’ taste.
After this first collaboration we are now ready to continue on playing with new projects which we hope will be more and more daring. It is as if ideas were like weaves which are already ready to become charming furnishing fabrics.