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In the Studiolo: Interview with Roldolfo Dordoni

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Minotti, the design house known for handcrafted Italian furniture offering a complete lifestyle concept, has a new home in Miami’s Design District.

On the occasion of the showroom’s opening, we sat down with Italian architect Rodolfo Dordoni, the company’s art director and in-house designer, to discuss the “Made in Italy” tradition, restlessness and what makes the company’s heart beat.

Tell us about why Minotti chose Miami for its new showroom.

The company is creating showrooms around the world, and in all of them they insert something that reflects the identity of the company. But, what is interesting making a new one is finding a balance between the identity of the company and the identity of the city. Miami is a rapidly growing city, which gave us the opportunity to further evolve with it during its development.

Can you tell us about the evolution of your involvement with Minotti?

After 18 years, my feeling behind the evolution is enthusiasm and excitement. With Minotti, we are not trying to design a product, we are trying to design an atmosphere—a concept of style. Every year we make a new collection. In each collection, it’s not important how many pieces or which kind of pieces we are designing. What is important is to find different pieces that clients can connect to. We take suggestions from the fashion world, and we start with that.

How many collections do you have a year?

We have just one collection every year. We present in April in Milan, at Salone del Mobile, and we make a presentation in Cologne, Germany but for all of us Milan is the most important fair. Salone del Mobile is our muse.

If you could fill your home with only one of Minotti’s collections, which would it be?

In my life, my home and my feelings, I am not constant. So, once I love something—six months later I love something else. This shapes the way I think about new products. Because my needs or my mind changes, my point view and impressions of a product change. But it helps me to think about what I would change with the next design. This is why I could not pick just one.

Because you can’t choose?

Because I am not materialistic. I do not fall in love with objects. When we finish a collection, it’s a product. When we are making a new one, it is a process. It becomes a passion. I can tell you the collection I like the most is the next one. The collection I would most like to have at home is the next one.

What is a typical workday like for you?

When I am meeting with my clients, we start with a coffee. And coffee is one of the most important moments, because it’s when we meet again and share our impressions of the time that has passed between the last meeting and now. It’s an informal meeting, but you are free to say everything. You put everything together and give your suggestions for the decision of the new collection. So my day is starting with coffee, starting with talking with companies—talking with people—and after that spending time on prototype, concept, choosing materials, everything.

What is the most important element of each collection?

When we are developing our collection, the most important thing is to find a theme, a taste for the collection. We have to find a way to make each collection different while belonging to the same family. Each piece from the past collection must also work with the new one.

Where do you find your sources of inspiration?

Probably from curiosity. If you are curious, you can find inspiration in everything and everywhere. And when you pair your curiosity with your taste, you create something.

What excites you about contemporary design?

It excites me that people know much more about design now than they did in the past. Design became familiar and popular, and this is a very good thing because people find a way to talk about it and to appreciate it.

Text by Lauren Pellerano Gomez. This article originally appeared in Cultured Magazine.

Lauren Gomez