The Making Of A Home

In Residence: Patrizia Moroso

The grand dame of design opens the doors to her personal paradise

Imposing and unexpected amidst the lush greenery of a secluded plot in Udine in northeastern Italy, the home of Patrizia Moroso reveals a vibrant vision in the forest: at once a lived-in family home and a showcase of contemporary design and art gathered from around the globe. 

As the creative director of Moroso, the prolific Italian furniture manufacturer started by her parents in the 1950s, Moroso is one of the grand dames of design, known for spotting and fostering new talent as well as for working with some of the most established names in design.

For years Moroso has lived here with her Senegalese husband, the artist and designer Abdou Salam Gaye, as over the years their three children have grown up and left the enchanted abode. Moroso, however, plans to stay put, glad to be living outside the borders of hectic design hub Milan. “If you are inside a place you don’t really see what is happening. You can see things differently from the outside,” she says. “Here I feel more free to see what is happening in design, and free to make our things according to a sort of independent vision.”

Finding it & Learning it

“If you have a voice: Learn it. Believe it when it shakes. Activate your humanity somewhere between building and repairing trust with it. Emotionally prepare it. Rest it. Grieve old language. Anticipate the loud thunder of new language. Fund it with love. Use it.”

-Melissa M. Tripp

What a process the above has been for me. My voice still shakes sometimes when standing up for myself and my beliefs, but I do it, because there is so much that using my voice is symbolic of: courage, strength, self-acceptance, growth, vulnerability, trust, self-worth, love, healing, intelligence, self-care, & moving forward with the knowledge that there is still work to be done.

I hope that we all find a way to learn and use our own individual voices singularly and collectively to make changes in the world when necessary. Micro or macro, every step is a step. -tM

Design that Simplifies Complications

Just as I gravitate toward simplicity when it comes to my wardrobe, I too am drawn to the less is more concept when it comes to the design of my space, and in particular the design of the washroom. I want the space to feel like and be just as naked as I am, free of clutter making room for the letting go of whatever I am carrying in mind, on body, or that is spiritually weighing me down.

It’s a place where I connect to myself, quietly, or sometimes in song, opening myself up to letting the water soften me, making me flexible once again. -tM

Photography: Unknown

What Guides You?

 Photography: Brassai

Photography: Brassai

I have always found it interesting to listen to what guides a person. Some turn to God, others to fortune tellers, dreamers interpret dreams, while others look for signs. Then there are those who go inward, connecting to their intuition.

Destiny and free will are the two major stake holders in what we choose to believe in and in turn how we choose to live our lives. We are endlessly looking for answers, in hope and in solution. -tM

The Art of Letting Go

 Photography: Bernard Plossu

Photography: Bernard Plossu

The more I simplify my life, my space, the more I let go of what I thought was important, is the more I come to realize that the world I continue to design and desire is one in which I can connect to myself and not falter in spirit as well as in strength of mind.

Often times simplicity leads to clarity of intellect, allowing for space to see and feel the world for what it is. -tM

When Colour Creates Light

 Photography: Andrew Moore | Cuba

Photography: Andrew Moore | Cuba

This is a the way to use accents of colour to anchor a room. I love the way this space is peppered with red, from floor to feature walls. There is such purpose in this design. Money has nothing to do with taste, style or design. Cuba and its people have a beautiful way of expressing just that. -tM

Photo found at: Samo Tako, Tako, Tako… Link to source below.

A Sexy Poem

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i like my body

i like my body when it is with your
body. It is so quite a new thing.
Muscles better and nerves more.
i like your body. i like what it does,
i like its hows. i like to feel the spine
of your body and its bones, and the trembling
-firm-smooth ness and which I will
again and again and again
kiss, i like kissing this and that of you,
i like, slowly stroking the, shocking fuzz
of your electric fur, and what-is-it comes
over parting flesh...And eyes big love-crumbs,

and possibly i like the thrill
of under me you quite so new

-e.e.cummings