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Laboratorio - Show-Room
Via Bellisario Maremonti, 79
73012 Campi Salentina - LECCE
Tel: 327 2191685
Studio visits to artisans in other countries are always exciting!
I had seen Massimo's playful and beautiful lighting made from
slumped glass, often recycled, in Lecce at DoppioZero restaurant.
It was easy to contact him and he obliged me with a studio visit.
His simple studio is in the modest town of Campi Salentina
outside Lecce. He shares his space with 2 cute cats. Massimo
sat me down a gave me a wonderful overview of his work: now
the hard part: choosing something for my house in Nardo!
This June I had a exhibition in Massimo's showroom space, a big industrial type structure that was used as a cantina, for wine. Very NY look, painted all white and filled with his work and selected pieces of vintage furniture. I nabbed some of his new glass tableware for my sushi dinners: Salento seafood, makes great sushi! These slumped glass pieces were designed with body part molding and are very natural in the hand.
I am including here some views of the installation of my show so you can see what a nice context this is. I was super pleased, we had a great event, catered by L'Orecchiette restaurant (FAB!). Sold 3 works! My intro into Salento art & culture.
Woodesign di Roberto Primiceri
via Pro. le Corigliano
Castrignano de Greci LE 73020
Doing research to find alternatives to a standard cookie-cutter
armadio closet, I came across Woodesign in an internet research.
My project manager was happy to accompany me to visit Roberto Primiceri's workshop. Here we found a well ordered shop, open and humming, with several work coat dressed carpenters and some really wonderful cabinet work. The first thing we ordered from Woodesign was a tabletop for a unique designer base in corten steel that I purchased from an Italian designer years ago. It had some unique aspects that Roberto managed to integrate into the terrific top he made for me. They created custom metal work in an "x" pattern that repeated the "x" of the legs underneath and for the top they created a metal tool for the large mounting "screws" that were part of the design. I choose Iroko a kind of African Teak in a natural finish. O and ps! the job was done in 4 days! Here are photos of his workspace with samples of his work.
de Cagna Luminarie
Maglie LE 73024
You may have seen these exotic over the top light displays in your local "Little Italy" in the USA, but here in the Salento in particular they are a standard feature of the holiday seasons. Cities create great avenues of this gated lights and compete please the crowds. De Cagna has a sales place in their factory in Maglie. My friend Laura Brogi Riggetti who runs the B&B Tana del Riccio, showed me little small ones that are designed for interior spaces: we both flipped over them; they just make you smile big! This visit purchased a small one, that will go on my upper floor at the entrance to the terrace....more to come as my terrace is ramped up!