Reflections with Riccardo Monte from Piedmont, Italy

What are you most excited about for 2021?

To see my son growing and learning.

Where are you most hoping to travel once restrictions are lifted?

I want to explore more of Italy, looking at things more carefully, trying to capture details, atmospheres, light and spaces. Not necessarily art or architecture, but a deeper meaning.

Do you have anything new on the horizon?

Genoa Design Week is one of the most exciting events I have been invited to so far this year. One little beautiful square, the Piazza Grilla Cattaneo, in the historical centre was given to me and I will do my best and try to make something interesting on a ‘green’ theme. It’s a beautiful square right in the historical centre facing a Renaissance palace.

Also I have been asked by my own town of Ornavasso to design a museum focused on marble. The town is famous for its quarries of marble, including that used for the Duomo of Italy, as well as many other cathedrals and palaces. I am already working on it, with the idea of re-thinking what a museum is in 2021. I have been asked to think differently, flip things around so to speak – it’s a great task.

What is inspiring you right now?

Beehives and bird nests.

What would you like to achieve by end of 2021?

To have more time to sit and think, or just to sit.

What would I find in your studio right now?

A good mess!

If you could time travel, what would you say to the You of January 2020?

Focus on what you really want to do and what really makes you happy.

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