How do you usually start the day?
“Reading my favorite newspaper at breakfast.”
La Casa Nepi, La Casa In Via De Bardi in Florence, La Casa Via Catone in Rome… Just mention the names of Massimo Adario’s projects to travel in Italy. But his influences are not confined to the Italian boot, the architect worked all over Europe to shape his style before returning to Rome to set up his own architectural studio.
A graduate of the prestigious Roman University La Sapienza, Massimo draws on the best of 20th century design to reveal poetry in eclecticism. Passionate about contemporary art and a specialist in art history, he advocates discreet refinement and indulges in surprising combinations of materials and natural tones. A nice way to confront yesterday and today thoughts.
What day is it? What time is it?
“Friday, 8:00 am.”
Your creative desires of the moment?
“Eclectic juxtapositions to create surprising dialogues.”
“The fruity, tangy smell of lemon.”
What’s the project you’re most busy with right now?
“The renovation of an old Florentine villa at Costa San Giorgio in the heart of Florence.”
A color range that follows you through the time?
“The color Pantone® Smoke Blue 17-4412.”
“The film La Favorite by Yorgos Lanthimos which sublimates the absurd.”
The design piece that inspires you ?
“The La Ruspa table lamp, designed by Gae Aulenti in 1968, is a flagship design piece that can be found in all the major museums of contemporary art, including the MOMA in New York and edited by Martinelli Luce.”
“The Camaleonda sofa by designer Mario Bellini; the round marble table by Italian designer Angelo Mangiarotti edited by Eros; the Ollo table by Alessandro Mendini Ollo and Alessandro Guerriero produced by the Consorzio Esposizione Mobili for Studio Alchimia in 1988.”
The creator you’ve spotted?
“The designer Pietro Chiesa, a leading figure in Italian Art Deco design.”
A mythical place?
“The Sursock Palace in Beirut, Lebanon is a landmark piece of 19th century Beirut patrician architecture, tragically hit by the devastating explosion of 4 August 2020 in the Lebanese capital.”
The cultural place you could visit every week?
“I think I will never stop loving the National Archaeological Museum of Naples, which is mainly dedicated to classical Antiquity and contains one of the richest Greco-Roman collections in the world.”
The architect who would build the house of your dreams?
“I would say the Brazilian Paulo Mendes da Rocha, who in the 1920s played a crucial role in spreading modernist ideas across Brazil.”