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.”

Existentialist Minimalism?

Calm, and patient, this video explores the minimalist architecture of Le Corbusier, who was one of the pioneers of urban planning and architecture. He dedicated his life to providing better living conditions for those residing in crowded cities.

I can still hear the ocean and distant highway traffic long after the picture has stopped moving. -tM

My Own Private Idaho

I revisited this film last night. I haven't seen it since its debut in 1991. I have a different appreciation for it now. Loosely based on Shakespeare's King Henry IV,  the two story lines running parallel to one another, are one of privilege and boredom, and the other of desperation and necessity. 

The film houses both the grit and beauty of life,  poignantly highlighted by the cinematography,  becoming a writing of its own in images, movement, and in sound.  -tM

Peace

 Cinematography: Le Mepris, 1963

Cinematography: Le Mepris, 1963

The letting go that comes a long with the warm weather reminds us that most of the time all we really need to heal  is sunshine, water, rest, air, exercise, and diet.

Who needs the spa when you make the time to dip your feet into the water, and allow space for balance in your life. -tM