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Nous voici à déambuler dans une rue au calme juste à deux pas du quartier historique de la mythique ville de Florence. A l’évocation de cette citée, l’imaginaire bat son plein. Une ville figée dans un passé glorieux.

Prendre le temps chez Numeroventi

11 juin 2022

Here we are strolling down a quiet street, only a couple of yards from the historic quarter of the famous town of Florence. When you say its name, the imagination runs wild through the sculptures and paintings of the Renaissance. A town frozen in a glorious past.

Interview et photographies : Nomades
Retranscription et traduction : Tiphaine Daniel Wright

C’est ce que l’on pourrait imaginer lorsque nous arrivons devant la porte monumentale en bois du Palazzo Galli, un majestueux bâtiment traditionnel florentin qui a été érigé au XVIème siècle. Sur le côté de l’entrée est gravé en lettres dorées dans un marbre gris « Numeroventi ».

Ni un hôtel, ni une maison d’hôtes, ni une résidence d’artiste, Numéroventi est un lieu d’un nouveau genre, porté par Martino Di Napoli Rampolla, qui propose une vision nouvelle sur la création artistique, le rapport au temps et  l’hospitalité.

That’s what we thought when we arrived in front of the monumental wooden door of Palazzo Galli, a majestic traditional Florentine building constructed in the 16th century. On the side of the door in golden letters on grey marble is engraved « Numeroventi ».

Not a hotel, nor a guest house, nor an artist’s residence « Numeroventi » is something new, created by Martino Di Napoli Rampolla, who wants to share a new vision of artistic creation and its rapport with time and hospitality.

That’s what we thought when we arrived in front of the monumental wooden door of Palazzo Galli, a majestic traditional Florentine building constructed in the 16th century. On the side of the door in golden letters on grey marble is engraved « Numeroventi ».

Not a hotel, nor a guest house, nor an artist’s residence « Numeroventi » is something new, created by Martino Di Napoli Rampolla, who wants to share a new vision of artistic creation and its rapport with time and hospitality.

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Martino Di Napoli Rampolla, fondateur de la résidence Numeroventi à Florence.

(Portrait / Numeroventi)

Mario, vous êtes le fondateur de Numéroventi . Pouvez-vous nous expliquer le concept et la démarche que vous souhaitez transmettre à travers ce lieu ?

Ma vision a beaucoup changé au fil des années, mais j’ai toujours eu l’envie de créer un lieu à Florence qui pourrait accueillir des activités culturelles et rassembler une communauté créative dans la ville. Lorsque je revenais à Florence depuis l’étranger, je remarquais qu’il n’y avait pas ce genre d’endroit, alors j’ai travaillé dans ce sens.

Après 6 ans, je cultive toujours cet esprit communautaire, dans un univers où l’art et le milieu des expositions et des galeries est représenté d’une manière très informelle. La nôtre, est plus informelle et accueillante, ce qui, je pense, est-ce que les artistes-visiteurs aiment le plus chez Numeroventi. Ils peuvent se réunir et construire des projets et se sentir globalement entendus, surtout dans une ville comme Florence qui est très ancrée dans le passé. Quant au processus, il m’est très difficile de le mettre en mots; mais je dirais que c’est organique, il y a plus d’écoute que de faire ou d’imposer une démarche. C’est holistique ! Il s’agit d’assister à des événements plutôt que de les organiser, ou de les planifier de A à Z, ce qui est impossible. Lorsque vous réunissez 12 artistes avec un délai de 12 semaines, quelque chose doit se produire.

Martino, you are Numeroventi’s founder, can you tell us more about your vision and the process behind the residency?

My vision has changed a lot throughout the years, but it has always been about creating a place in Florence that could host cultural activities and eventually create a sense of belonging for the creative community in the city. Younger, every time I came back to Florence from abroad, I couldn’t find that sort of place, so I worked towards that.

After 6 years, I’m still creating this sense of community through what is usually treated very formally; art, exhibitions, galleries, in an informal and welcoming way which I think is what artist visitors like the most about Numeroventi. They can get together and build projects and overall feel heard, especially in a city like Florence which is very much stuck in the past. As for the process, it’s very difficult for me to put into words; but I would say it’s organic, it is more about listening rather than doing or imposing an approach. It’s holistic, it’s about witnessing events rather than actually curating them or planning something from A to Z, which is impossible. When you put 12 artists together with a 12-week deadline, something is bound to happen.

Martino, you are Numeroventi’s founder, can you tell us more about your vision and the process behind the residency?

My vision has changed a lot throughout the years, but it has always been about creating a place in Florence that could host cultural activities and eventually create a sense of belonging for the creative community in the city. Younger, every time I came back to Florence from abroad, I couldn’t find that sort of place, so I worked towards that.

After 6 years, I’m still creating this sense of community through what is usually treated very formally; art, exhibitions, galleries, in an informal and welcoming way which I think is what artist visitors like the most about Numeroventi. They can get together and build projects and overall feel heard, especially in a city like Florence which is very much stuck in the past. As for the process, it’s very difficult for me to put into words; but I would say it’s organic, it is more about listening rather than doing or imposing an approach. It’s holistic, it’s about witnessing events rather than actually curating them or planning something from A to Z, which is impossible. When you put 12 artists together with a 12-week deadline, something is bound to happen.

Martino Di Napoli Rampolla, fondateur de la résidence Numeroventi à Florence.

(Portrait / Numeroventi)

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dyptique nomades

Vous avez toujours travaillé dans l’hospitalité ? Quel est votre parcours ?

Non je n’ai pas évolué dans le monde de l’hôtellerie, bien que j’ai toujours été attiré par ce monde des hôtels et du voyage. J’ai créé Numeroventi avec cette envie de proposer un endroit où les gens se sentent vraiment bien, comme chez eux. Chose que je n’arrivais pas à retrouver dans les endroits que je visitais.

J’ai grandi dans une famille de vignerons, j’ai ensuite travaillé dans la mode, le marketing et la communication. J’ai aussi travaillé dans une agence en tant que graphiste.

Have you always worked in hospitality? What has your career path looked like?

No I haven’t always worked in hospitality, although I’ve always been drawn to hotels and traveling. I built my idea around how a place that welcomes guests should be or should feel. That idea was clear in my mind.

I grew up in a family of wine makers, and then I worked in fashion, marketing and communication and then ended up working as a graphic designer in agencies. That’s my background, plus a few little projects I did here and there.

Have you always worked in hospitality? What has your career path looked like?

No I haven’t always worked in hospitality, although I’ve always been drawn to hotels and traveling. I built my idea around how a place that welcomes guests should be or should feel. That idea was clear in my mind.

I grew up in a family of wine makers, and then I worked in fashion, marketing and communication and then ended up working as a graphic designer in agencies. That’s my background, plus a few little projects I did here and there.

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dyptique nomades

Vous avez choisi d’installer Numeroventi au coeur de la cité de Florence. Que vous inspire cette ville que l’on appelle parfois la « ville musée » ?

Je n’ai pas réellement choisi de construire Numeroventi dans cet espace, j’ai en fait hérité du bâtiment de ma grand-mère. Il était vide, complètement à l’abandon, donc nous avons naturellement décidé de construire le project autour de ce lieu.

Quand vous arrivez à Florence, vous êtes immédiatement inspiré mais aussi un peu intimidé. Cette ville a un héritage tellement fort, c’est une ville qui est à la fois magnifique, construite pour durer mais également un peu figée dans le temps. Il est difficile d’imaginer un nouvel endroit destiné aux artistes de 2022 dans une ville où tout est fait pour préserver cet héritage de plus de 600 ans.

Mais Florence a aussi besoin d’évoluer, tout en gardant cette énergie qui a inspiré les plus grands artistes de l’histoire. Nous continuerons de travailler autour de cette inspiration qu’est la ville de Florence, c’est une ville magnifique, nous avons énormément de chance.

You’ve chosen to place Numeroventi at the heart of Firenze. How does the city, often named the Cradle of the Renaissance, inspire you?

I haven’t really chosen to place Numeroventi in that space specifically. I actually inherited the building from my grandmother. It was empty, almost abandoned. The space is of course at the heart of project.

When you first arrive in Florence you are immediately inspired as well as intimidated. The city has such a strong heritage, it’s both well constructed and also a little stuck in its ways. When you’re surrounded by so much art and you work tirelessly to preserve those works of art, it’s hard to imagine something new that can fit a human being in 2022.

So of course there is a need for the city to evolve in the way we need it to; in a way that is inspiring. We will continuously work around the changing inspiration that is the city of Florence. It is a beautiful city, we are very blessed.

You’ve chosen to place Numeroventi at the heart of Firenze. How does the city, often named the Cradle of the Renaissance, inspire you?

I haven’t really chosen to place Numeroventi in that space specifically. I actually inherited the building from my grandmother. It was empty, almost abandoned. The space is of course at the heart of project.

When you first arrive in Florence you are immediately inspired as well as intimidated. The city has such a strong heritage, it’s both well constructed and also a little stuck in its ways. When you’re surrounded by so much art and you work tirelessly to preserve those works of art, it’s hard to imagine something new that can fit a human being in 2022.

So of course there is a need for the city to evolve in the way we need it to; in a way that is inspiring. We will continuously work around the changing inspiration that is the city of Florence. It is a beautiful city, we are very blessed.

Numeroventi est situé au coeur d’une résidence datant de la Renaissance. Les différents lofts sont répartis dans la bâtisse au milieu de logements de Florentin, ce qui rend l’expérience beaucoup plus authentique qu’un hôtel classique. On a l’impression, de vivre la ville et non de la visiter. Aviez-vous cette idée en tête à l’origine ?

Je pense que c’est le résultat d’avoir combiné le monde de l’hôtellerie et les résidences d’artistes. Chaque artiste qui pousse nos portes interagit différemment avec l’espace, que ce soit au travers de leurs recherches, leur travail ou leur art. Tout ces interactions se retrouvent dans les murs qui sont comme imbibés de cette énergie.

Bien sûr chaque résidence donne naissance à des oeuvres concrètes, mais c’est aussi ce que l’on appelle le “Genius Lodge” ; l’idée que l’oeuvre que vous créez dans un espace résonne et vit dans cet espace à tout jamais. Lors de chacune de nos expositions, les artistes y ont laissé leurs empreintes.

Numeroventi is right in the center of a residence dating back to the Renaissance. The different lofts are scattered throughout florentine housing, which makes the whole experience considerably more authentic than staying at a traditional hotel. We are given the impression of really living and experiencing the city and not just visiting it. Was that the idea all along?

I think it’s is a side effect of running the artist residency in conjunction with the hospitality business. Every artist that comes through the city engages in different ways through the research, the work, or the type of craft they choose to dedicate themselves to. All that activity somehow permeates through the walls; they are drenched in that energy.

Of course you can see some evidence in material form but it is also a lot about what they call the genius lodge : a craft or art you create in a place has resonance within that place. Throughout our exhibitions, and we’ve done a few, each artist has left his or her own mark.

Numeroventi is right in the center of a residence dating back to the Renaissance. The different lofts are scattered throughout florentine housing, which makes the whole experience considerably more authentic than staying at a traditional hotel. We are given the impression of really living and experiencing the city and not just visiting it. Was that the idea all along?

I think it’s is a side effect of running the artist residency in conjunction with the hospitality business. Every artist that comes through the city engages in different ways through the research, the work, or the type of craft they choose to dedicate themselves to. All that activity somehow permeates through the walls; they are drenched in that energy.

Of course you can see some evidence in material form but it is also a lot about what they call the genius lodge : a craft or art you create in a place has resonance within that place. Throughout our exhibitions, and we’ve done a few, each artist has left his or her own mark.

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dyptique nomades

Les différents espaces révèlent sur leurs murs les stigmates des années et l’héritage de la civilisation passée. Pourquoi associer l’histoire de la Renaissance à l’aménagement dépouillé du design contemporain/scandinave ?

Il y avait un sentiment d’urgence ; le bâtiment était très sombre, abritant au sein de ses murs une énergie très ancienne, vieille de plusieurs siècles. Nous avions un besoin de lumière et nous sommes donc partis à la recherche de pièces qui appartiennent à différents styles, différentes époques, des années 50 et 60 principalement. J’ai toujours trouvé ces années-là très inspirantes, c’est un peu les années de la renaissance en terme d’architecture et de design.

Il est pour moi essentiel de créer du contraste, d’autant plus dans un endroit ancré dans l’histoire. C’est ce contraste qui créé ces vagues d’inspirations que les gens vont ressentir quand ils pénètrent dans Numeroventi.

Nous avons a coeur de créer un effet d’émerveillement, soit au travers des murs mais aussi au travers des pièces qui meublent l’espace.

Within each space, the walls carry the stigma of the past and the legacy of old civilisations. Why did you decide to associate the Renaissance’s history to the more contemporary and sparse Scandinavian design?

There was an urgency. It was a very dark space, with very old energy dating back centuries, stuck within the walls. We needed some light, and from there we looked for pieces that belong to different eras, especially the 50s and 60s. I find those years so inspiring, they have a sort of a reborn approach to architecture and design.

I think building contrast when living in a space that has so much history is crucial, and with contrast you can create waves of feelings for the people who will walk through the space, stay in the space and work in the space.
It’s a lot about creating a sense of wonder.

It is still beautiful to look at but there is also a sense of wonder in things that change all the time.

Within each space, the walls carry the stigma of the past and the legacy of old civilisations. Why did you decide to associate the Renaissance’s history to the more contemporary and sparse Scandinavian design?

There was an urgency. It was a very dark space, with very old energy dating back centuries, stuck within the walls. We needed some light, and from there we looked for pieces that belong to different eras, especially the 50s and 60s. I find those years so inspiring, they have a sort of a reborn approach to architecture and design.

I think building contrast when living in a space that has so much history is crucial, and with contrast you can create waves of feelings for the people who will walk through the space, stay in the space and work in the space.
It’s a lot about creating a sense of wonder.

It is still beautiful to look at but there is also a sense of wonder in things that change all the time.

Qu’apporte pour vous le mobilier que vous avez choisi pour aménager les lofts ?

Pour moi, la manière dont est agencée une pièce change complètement votre interaction avec celle-ci. Que ce soit au travers des matières ; une texture, un design particulier, ou au travers de l’histoire des différents meubles.

Chaque pièce de mobilier apporte son énergie et son histoire, et change en fonction des pièces dans laquelle elle se trouve. Cela nous permet d’avoir une relation plus dynamique avec l’espace que l’on investit.

In your opinion, what does the furniture you chose bring to the spaces?

You look at the furniture and it completely changes the interaction you have with the space. Whether it’s the texture; a softness, or a specific design, a specific history about the pieces. They all bring in different stories and energies.

Each object changes through time, moving a vase from one room to another, or a lamp that was stuck in a space suddenly comes to life in a totally new setting. They allow us to live the space in a more dynamic way.

In your opinion, what does the furniture you chose bring to the spaces?

You look at the furniture and it completely changes the interaction you have with the space. Whether it’s the texture; a softness, or a specific design, a specific history about the pieces. They all bring in different stories and energies.

Each object changes through time, moving a vase from one room to another, or a lamp that was stuck in a space suddenly comes to life in a totally new setting. They allow us to live the space in a more dynamic way.

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dyptique nomades

On ressent à travers votre démarche, l’importance de se concentrer sur l’essentiel, dans un esprit monacal. Est-ce pour vous d’inciter les hôtes à redéfinir leur valeur du temps ?

Mon but au travers de Numeroventi n’est pas de forcer les gens à repenser la manière dont ils vivent. C’est une manière de vivre qui me correspond et c’est ce que je recherche et ce qui m’attire quand je voyage. Je considère que ma seule responsabilité est de continuer à inspirer… J’y travaille tous les jours, et ça évolue quotidiennement.

Ceux qui sont particulièrement attachés à cet adage, seront attirés par ce que nous proposons ici à Numeroventi. Nous ne cherchons pas à inspirer, mais plutôt à rassembler autour d’idées et valeurs communes.

Throughout your process, we get the impression that you are willing us to focus back on what’s important, in a spiritual and monastic way it seems. Is your goal to inspire your guests to redefine their value of time?

I wouldn’t want to inspire anyone to redefine a component of their life. It just works for me, it’s something I look for when I travel. My responsibility is to keep on bringing ideas and ways to enjoy life more. It’s not something I’ve achieved yet, I’m working on it, it’s always evolving.

Those who get it will naturally be attracted to it. There is no need to inspire others, it’s about gathering around people who want the same from life.

Throughout your process, we get the impression that you are willing us to focus back on what’s important, in a spiritual and monastic way it seems. Is your goal to inspire your guests to redefine their value of time?

I wouldn’t want to inspire anyone to redefine a component of their life. It just works for me, it’s something I look for when I travel. My responsibility is to keep on bringing ideas and ways to enjoy life more. It’s not something I’ve achieved yet, I’m working on it, it’s always evolving.

Those who get it will naturally be attracted to it. There is no need to inspire others, it’s about gathering around people who want the same from life.

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dyptique nomades

Vous proposez aux artistes de venir travailler d’une autre manière, de rompre leur routine pour venir s’immerger plusieurs semaines dans cet espace et se nourrir de la ville. Quels retours d’expérience vous avez pu avoir des différents artistes qui sont venus ?

Nos retours sont nombreux et tous différents. La plupart des artistes apprécient énormément l’expérience, même les résidences les plus courtes. Il y a tellement d’approches différentes suivant les artistes et nous-mêmes avons des manières différentes de collaborer avec eux.

Chaque artiste a une expérience très personnelle de la résidence. Tous arrivent avec un but en tête, mais apprécient néanmoins la liberté que nous leur donnons une fois sur place pour laisser libre cours à de nouvelles itérations. Il n’y a pas de chemin tout tracé, mais chacun découvre quelque chose, les retours sont toujours constructifs.

You propose to artists to come and work in different ways, to break their routine, to immerse themselves for several weeks in this space and to creatively feed on the city. What has the feedback been from the different artists that have resided at Numeroventi?

We get all kinds of feedback of course, the majority of the artists really love the experience. Even the shorter residencies. There are so many different ways artists approach the residency and even more different ways we collaborate with them. Everyone has a very personal experience of the residency.

It’s always nice to have a goal when you go to a place that allows you to build your routine from scratch, whilst also being able to change your plans; which happens often. There is some magic to the whole process, but there’s always a deadline in the way the different materials work. There are a lot of different steps within each project. Everyone discovers something, wether in a positive or successful way or in a realisation that you weren’t in the right path. The feedback is always constructive.

You propose to artists to come and work in different ways, to break their routine, to immerse themselves for several weeks in this space and to creatively feed on the city. What has the feedback been from the different artists that have resided at Numeroventi?

We get all kinds of feedback of course, the majority of the artists really love the experience. Even the shorter residencies. There are so many different ways artists approach the residency and even more different ways we collaborate with them. Everyone has a very personal experience of the residency.

It’s always nice to have a goal when you go to a place that allows you to build your routine from scratch, whilst also being able to change your plans; which happens often. There is some magic to the whole process, but there’s always a deadline in the way the different materials work. There are a lot of different steps within each project. Everyone discovers something, wether in a positive or successful way or in a realisation that you weren’t in the right path. The feedback is always constructive.

Cette année, vous communiquez sur le démarrage de résidences de chefs, vous pouvez nous en dire plus ?

Ce projet est tellement excitant ; nous avons fermé deux lofts pour y construire une bibliothèque, un espace lounge et enfin une cuisine. Les résidences de chefs s’organisent autour d’un concept similaire aux résidences d’artistes. Nous avons fait un appel à candidatures et les réponses ont été phénoménales ; nous avons réussi à approcher des personnes que nous n’aurions jamais pu rencontrer autrement.

Concrètement, tous les deux mois nous inviterons un nouveau chef en cuisine qui viendra s’occuper du menu (petit-déjeuner et encas), mais aussi pour proposer des diners autour de thématiques précises. Le chef aura l’occasion de découvrir les ingrédients locaux et d’investir les lieux pour créer ses menus. Nous créons des liens uniques et authentiques autour d’une table, d’abord avec les personnes qui nous entourent mais également avec les lieux que nous investissons.

Le thème de la dernière résidence de chefs était “cueillette” ; nous avons travaillé les ingrédients cueillis en les agrémentants d’autres ingrédients trouvés sur les marchés locaux ; c’était un vrai hommage à notre terroir. C’était une expérience magnifique et pour les prochaines nous n’avons pas de programme tout tracé, nous laissons nos inspirations et les rencontres nous guider.

Recently you’ve been communicating on the opening of chef residencies, can you tell us more about that?

That project is so exciting. We decided to close off two lofts where we are building a library, a lounge and also a kitchen. We recently introduced breakfasts. The chef residencies work around a similar concept to the artist residencies. We’ve actually already done some and many people have been interested. We posted an open call and the response has been amazing. You reach people you would have never thought of or met otherwise.

Every couple of months there will be a new chef, he or she will take over the breakfast and snack menus for the day and will offer some meals or feasts based on a specific topic. The chef will get to play with local ingredients, to live in the space. As we all know, food is an amazing way to connect with people and it also allows you to experience the place you are living in more deeply.

For the last chef residency the theme was “Foraging”, we cooked the ingredients we had foraged, complimenting them with other ingredients from the farmers’ market, it was a real tribute to our land. It was amazing. It’s not a planned thing, we are letting it run its course.

Recently you’ve been communicating on the opening of chef residencies, can you tell us more about that?

That project is so exciting. We decided to close off two lofts where we are building a library, a lounge and also a kitchen. We recently introduced breakfasts. The chef residencies work around a similar concept to the artist residencies. We’ve actually already done some and many people have been interested. We posted an open call and the response has been amazing. You reach people you would have never thought of or met otherwise.

Every couple of months there will be a new chef, he or she will take over the breakfast and snack menus for the day and will offer some meals or feasts based on a specific topic. The chef will get to play with local ingredients, to live in the space. As we all know, food is an amazing way to connect with people and it also allows you to experience the place you are living in more deeply.

For the last chef residency the theme was “Foraging”, we cooked the ingredients we had foraged, complimenting them with other ingredients from the farmers’ market, it was a real tribute to our land. It was amazing. It’s not a planned thing, we are letting it run its course.

Numeroventi a fêté vos 5ans fin 2021 avec une exposition multi artistes, que souhaitez-vous pour les cinq prochaines années ?

Mon souhait pour les 5 prochaines années est d’être plus radical et plus sélectif avec les projets que nous poursuivons. Nous resterons une résidence multi-artistes ; d’ailleurs nous avons déjà une liste en tête que nous espérons retenir à notre open call à Collectible Design. C’est un processus toujours en mouvement, qui évolue constamment car notre outil de travail reste ce bâtiment qui a traversé les siècles et qui sera là bien après nous.

D’autres espaces vont voir le jour, les ateliers commencent à prendre forme et nous allons ouvrir un nouvel espace d’expositions au rez-de-chaussée. Tout cela prend vie au fur et à mesure et je pense que c’est comme ça que ça doit être ; pas d’un seul coup. A 24 ans, je n’aurai jamais eu l’idée de construire Numeroventi tel que l’on le connaît aujourd’hui, j’ai fait énormément d’erreurs. J’ai surtout découvert que le but n’est pas d’obtenir telle ou telle pièce mais plutôt comment leur donner vie le plus élégamment et avec le plus de coeur possible.

Voilà ma vision pour les 5 prochaines années mais aussi pour les prochaines 50 ; apprendre à s’écouter, à se faire confiance. Quand on choisi cette voie là sans trop réfléchir au chemin qui sera parcouru, alors le projet devient authentique et vrai. Enfin nous aimerions créer un partenariat avec d’autres pays européens, peut-être même ouvrir d’autres résidences (et nous sommes déjà en train d’y travailler). Nous verrons.

You’ve celebrated 5 years of Numeroventi this past year with a multi artist exhibition, what is your vision for the next five?

My vision for the next five years is to be more radical in every project we do. To be more selective with what we pursue. It is always going to be a multi artist residency; the first open call will be at Collectible Design and we already have a line-up of some artists. The vision for me, in the process, is to build a language around the different layers of this experience. It is definitely a learning process, it’s a combination of many different stories and the city of Florence. It is always evolving because, in the end, we are dealing with a building that lives through time.

More spaces are becoming available, the workshop is coming together, and we are also opening a new ground floor exhibition space. All of this is slowly structuring itself over time and I think that’s how it should be done. Not in one sitting. At 24 years old, I would have never had the foresight to build Numeroventi as it is today, it was a lot about making mistakes. I discovered it’s less about pursuing specific objects and more about focusing on how elegantly you can achieve them or how much heart you put in everything you do.

That is my vision for the next five years but also the next fifty. Learning about how to listen to yourself, to trust yourself more. When you take that approach and don’t focus too much on the direction, the project becomes authentic.Finally, I would love to establish a relationship with other countries, to expand maybe, not too far (which is something I’m already working on). Let’s see what happens.

You’ve celebrated 5 years of Numeroventi this past year with a multi artist exhibition, what is your vision for the next five?

My vision for the next five years is to be more radical in every project we do. To be more selective with what we pursue. It is always going to be a multi artist residency; the first open call will be at Collectible Design and we already have a line-up of some artists. The vision for me, in the process, is to build a language around the different layers of this experience. It is definitely a learning process, it’s a combination of many different stories and the city of Florence. It is always evolving because, in the end, we are dealing with a building that lives through time.

More spaces are becoming available, the workshop is coming together, and we are also opening a new ground floor exhibition space. All of this is slowly structuring itself over time and I think that’s how it should be done. Not in one sitting. At 24 years old, I would have never had the foresight to build Numeroventi as it is today, it was a lot about making mistakes. I discovered it’s less about pursuing specific objects and more about focusing on how elegantly you can achieve them or how much heart you put in everything you do.

That is my vision for the next five years but also the next fifty. Learning about how to listen to yourself, to trust yourself more. When you take that approach and don’t focus too much on the direction, the project becomes authentic.Finally, I would love to establish a relationship with other countries, to expand maybe, not too far (which is something I’m already working on). Let’s see what happens.

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11 juin 2022

Prendre le temps chez Numeroventi

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