I first found out about Numeroventi through Instagram, and as soon as I saw the first pics appearing I knew I had to go: Bright and minimal, full of beautiful Nordic design pieces, an amazing light, and made (in part) to be filled with creative people.
So a few weeks ago I headed to Via de' Pandolfini armed with my camera and ready to finally see for myself what this beautiful place was all about.
I met up with Martino di Napoli Rampolla, who is the guy behind it all, and his friend Alessandro who is working with Martino at Numeroventi.
It was even better (and bigger!) than I had imagined.
Numeroventi (Italian for number twenty) is located inside one of Florence's old palazzi - Palazzo Galli Tassi - and I couldn't think of a better location. A new and modern space for contemporary artists (but not only - the apartments can also be rented for short stays) wrapped in old Florence.
The space is divided into three bright apartments each with a staircase leading up to a bedroom and private bathroom. In the beautiful, modern - yet very cosy - common kitchen people can gather around the big wooden table for breakfast, lunch or just for a chat. From the kitchen window you can even see the Duomo.
Although Numeroventi is still brand new (Martino and Alessandro were still putting up lamps when I was there) it has already hosted its first events: An open artist residency with Japanese artist Harumi Matsumoto and lately the first edition of Salotto Uno which is a brand new collaboration with Creative people in Florence.
At the end of the post you'll find all contact details for Numeroventi as well as an interview with Martino where you can read more about the idea behind Numeroventi. Make sure you read it and enjoy the many photos I took in this beautiful new Florentine space.
INTERVIEW WITH MARTINO DI NAPOLI RAMPOLLA
Tell me a bit about yourself and your background
I'm a graphic designer. After graduating from Polimoda (Fashion marketing and Communication) I've travelled for a few years between Barcelona and Belgium where I've explored the possibilities of such a profession. Six months ago I moved back to Florence to start the Numeroventi project.
I've been always interested in studying the creating process of other artists but only in the last few years have I decided to focus more on contemporary art and interior design.
What is Numeroventi? And how did you get the idea to start the project?
Numeroventi is an apartment, an exhibition space and from time to time an artists' residence.
The idea was to create a kind of space that does not exist in Florence yet, a place where you can finally relax, breathe and find the time to stop thinking (and start creating).
The idea came from Barcelona, where I've had the opportunity to visit some private spaces that open their doors to the public creating unique experiences (Openhouse, open artistic labs etc.)
What I've always been missing here in Florence is the relaxed and human atmosphere around everything about the local artistic scene in Barcelona. Our goal at Numeroventi is to improve perception of humanity in both artistic and commercial happenings. (Fashion shows, product presentations...)
I love the design pieces in the apartments. How did you find them? And is there a particular philosophy behind the decoration of the apartments?
I've been helped in the choice of furniture by my friend Andrew Trotter, editor of Openhouse magazine, who gave me good suggestions about the North European market.
The idea behind the style of Numeroventi is that each single piece has its own story and identity, and when it interacts with the space and the softness of the light it instantly communicates the feeling of an elegant simplicity. That makes us feel at home.
How can Numeroventi make a difference for artists and other creative people?
I don't know if Numeroventi can make a difference for the creatives. We start by offering a space where it's natural to cultivate community. The rest will come by itself.
Generally speaking what do you think are the main challenges for artists and other creative people today? And what are the advantages?
I think it's not my task to answer this question. I can just say, that Florence needs a lot of smart people, it needs to turn from a fake tourist attraction to a vibrant, alive city and i think we are in the right direction.
Creatives and artists come to Florence to get inspiration, it's the moment for the city to build places where artists can leave something to the city too. This exchange will create a synergy which will nurtue both the city and the artists. That's what we'll try to do at Numeroventi.
You have just started Numeroventi, so everything is still brand new but how do you see the place 5 or even 10 years from now?
I see a garden in the downstairs courtyard, monthly scheduled workshops about painting, cooking, design. An organic wine bar and a beautiful place to study and read while having a coffee.
But I'd like to focus on the moment. I understood that making too many plans will ruin our lives. We will keep working in a specific direction with a defined vision, always caring about the importance of details. Never defining it too much. We want the project to grow organically adapting to our community needs.
Numeroventi is located in Via de' Pandolfini 20. For more info visit the website of Numeroventi (currently under construction), and make sure you follow Numeroventi on Facebook and Instagram.