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. Designworks, lighting projects, tableware, home décor, realized with the best italian materials. We'll be pleased to assist you from the idea to the final product. For further information and to enquiries about possible projects together, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
In the three years since its inception, alongside its own living and tableware products for retail and galleries, Stories of Italy has been collaborating with architecture firms on projects for the hospitality sector, designers and various brands, such as Gilles&Boissier, Four Seasons Hotel, Diptyque, Les Ottomans, Gallery Bensimon, Vivienne Westwood, Pierre Gonalons.
Lately, SOFI’s creative output has also extended to lighting design projects, with its own collection and customized contract projects.