Designers Fabio Maria Alecci and Walter Di Paola have their studio in Rione Monti, in Rome, where daily inspiration is provided by the sounds and colors of the Capitoline neighborhood, with its lively bustle and unique combination of antiquity, Middle Ages, baroque and post-modern.
They call themselves “interior makers”, and in their work they embrace reuse and re-interpretation of old housing spaces and interior design items no longer in use. They live by Tacitus’ maxim: “All things now held to be old were once new.”
In the hands of these two artists, furniture energetically comes back to life after decades of neglect, and a range of materials that seem impossible to use – or at first sight clash with the aesthetics of a project – have a chance to merge into new objects, starting a new existence as mirrors, vases, lamps and custom jewelry. The duo’s atelier brilliantly proves that nothing is ever lost: beauty can always return, settling back into where you would least expected it.