Stories of Italy is a designers duo based in Milan that realize self-handling pieces connected with traditional Italian craft.
Inspiration comes from the great archaeological, historical and cultural heritage of our country.
Objects and symbols from a common past read in a contemporary way.
The aesthetic is clean in shapes and fresh in colors, while the material focus is on Murano blown glass and Carrara marble. Our works are conceived as “everyday objects” that are aesthetically beautiful but also tools of communication: all our pieces carry their own stories.
We blend design, craft, art, to capture the essence of these iconic Italian traditions which are often related to precise aesthetic rules. We like to play with them, experimenting with the materials and with our artisans' skills.
We have established a strong relationship with these people, artisans who consider their job a lifetime vocation. Their work embodies a secular tradition that is still constantly developing, a treasure that distinguishes Italy as one of the most unique countries in the world.
Stories of Italy represents our small contribution to the italian heritage preservation. With our work we try to keep these traditions alive, giving them a place in modernity.
Thought for hotels, restaurants, architects, interiors, private individuals. Designworks, tableware, home décor, realized with precious Carrara marble and Murano blown glass.
We'll be pleased to assist you with our vision and expertise, from the idea to the final product.
The strong relationship which merge us with our artisans is one of our treasures. Secular crafting tradition, hidden in their hands, it's the incredible italian heritage we are proud to share with the world.
With this approach, each object possesses a particular aura, enriched by traditional values and symbolism.
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“After living in Sweden for a while, I came back to Italy with the intention of embarking on an endeavour that would be completely Italian.Stories of Italy is the result of our avid fascination and curiosity for all the Italians stories, whether small or big. Each one of our pieces is unique and devoid of preconcieved rules, something I have always liked.”
Matilde Antonacci (1981) and Dario Buratto (1981) met in 2000 in Florence. After graduating from the Polimoda Institute they moved to Milan, where they work in the fashion industry for many international brands, such as Helmut Lang, Acne Studio, Costume National, Dsquared, Ballantyne, Nicole Farhi and Cerruti. Matilde’s career as a fashion designer continued for many years, allowing her to travel between Milan, London, Paris and Stockholm. In 2010, Dario made a career change and decided to focus on his practice, studies and on the teaching of yoga, which took him away from Italy for some years and led him to travels in India and across Southeast Asia.
“The years spent away from Italy only reinforced a sense of urgency in me to dive into works related to the extensive heritage of our artisanship. We are not interested in what the design represents in itself but rather on the individual people and artists that work everyday on their own unique Italian stories.”
Matilde and Dario reunited in Milan in 2015 to work on a new endeavour that would merge design, craftmanship and art with the goal of realising unique pieces narrating the story of their country. Stories of Italy was born.