Last week I went to a studio visit with our fabulous group Creative people in Florence. (Do come and join us!)
I rarely get to go to the studio visits since they usually take place in the evenings when I'm home with my little girl, but this time I had a babysitter (aka my mum), and I had been told about the amazing location for this week's visit, so I grabbed my camera and jumped on my bike and went to the studio of Margherita Pandolfini.
Margherita Pandolfini is an Italian textile designer who has lived most of her life in London. Her family owns the Palazzo Pandolfini in Florence and this is in fact where her amazing studio is located.
Inside the garden, behind the walls covered with wisteria, is an old green house which used to be completely abandoned until Margherita decided to bring it back to life and transform it into the studio of La Serra Textile Atelier which she has started together with another textile designer.
Surrounded by windows overlooking the beautiful garden of the palazzo Margherita creates bags, cushions, aprons and other things for the home. The techniques used are eg. screen printing, hand printing and block printing and all products are one of a kind made with fabrics of the best quality.
I have only met Margherita this one time but she appears to be an amazing and very talented woman. (Besides being incredibly sweet and beautiful of course!) In May she is hosting a pop up event called Pop up Florence for creative designers, which I will make sure to check out. You can read all about it on Facebook.
On the night of the studio visit Margherita had put wisteria in little transparent glasses and bottles with water and placed them in front of the open windows overlooking the garden. It was a warm spring night and the smell and the looks of the flowers inside this beautiful old greenhouse was almost too much. I left with tons of photos on my camera feeling so inspired and happy.
For more information about Margherita and her works visit her website and Facebook page.
Ps: You can see more artists and artisans in Florence right HERE.