For Italian interior and furniture designer Tommaso Spinzi, good design is all about storytelling. Untethered from any specific style, he believes that design should reflect the personality and style of the user, so when it came to his own studio in Milan, Spinzi Design, the designer boldly filled the space with a diverse collection of art and design that reflect his creative spirit, inspirations and passions. Conceived as a creative hub and gallery space, the studio showcases a selection of art and furniture pieces from Italian and international artists and designers intermingled with vintage objects and a 1983 Porsche 911 that embody the designer’s fascination with Mid-Century Italian furniture, cars and motorbikes.
Having lived and worked in Switzerland, Australia and New York before founding his own studio in Milan, Spinzi’s approach to design has been shaped by a mix of international influences as well as his interest in fashion and automotive design. Polished concrete floors, whitewashed walls and a white-painted metallic mezzanine constitute an austere backdrop for a bold ensemble of art and design, the latter drawing from his own collection of Mid-Century furniture. Iconic pieces like Mario Bellini’s Le bambole sofa, Minotti armchairs from the 50s, and Medea chairs by Vittorio Nobili, which are paired with a marble and glass table by Ettore Sottsass, are interspersed with light fittings by Carlo Nason, who hails from one of Murano’s oldest glass blowing families, and Spinzi’s own designs that attest to his wide range of inspirations.
Spinzi’s “Paladium” stool for example draws from the neoclassic style of Palladio, while the monolithic, sculptural form of the “Medusa” stool was inspired as the name suggests by the story of Medusa and the designer’s memories of Lake Como. The designer’s passion for Mid-Century design is also evident in his “Origini” series of tables and consoles that combine a modernist aesthetic with a contemporary sensibility. Made from monolithic blocks of “Ceppo” stone and metal, the series also speak of Spinzi’s innovative use of materials like marble, granite, wood and textiles, which he uses in unexpected combinations, guided by his constantly evolving perception of art and design.
Spinzi’s diverse furniture collection is complemented by an eclectic selection of artworks by both Italian and international artists that include hyper-relist drawings by Milan-based Alessandro Paglia, abstract paintings by Italian painter Ilaria Franza, granite sculptures by Italian artist Aldo Flecchia, and hyper-relist glass sculptures resembling transparent water bags by American sculptor Dylan Martinez. With such an evident diversity in disciplines and styles in play, Spinzi manages to not only enhance the gallery-like sensibility of the studio, but evocatively encapsulates his multifaceted creativity