Giovanni Pagani - Architect
REGGIO EMILIA, 10 DECEMBER 2013
Architect Giovanni Pagani works in various areas from architectural design to interior design. It is characterized by the taste “elegante unconventional”; never expected and eclectic traits. If this summer happened to you to step by Porto Cervo, the pearl of Sardinia’s Emerald Coast, you might have had the chance to walk and shopping among the wonderful boutiques of the Prestige Village by Harrods. It is the latest GioPagani’s project, 22 pods in steel and plate glass that host the most luxurious international brands like Chopard, Hublot, Spadafora jewels, Maserati, Bugatti, Valentino. In August, right in Porto Cervo, we met the architect.
This project had a massive press redemption: the redevelopment of Porto Vecchio is the first operation of the new Owner of the Costa Smeralda. Could you tell us how this was born? Long famous as the main gateway to the coast and its most important yacht and motoryacht destination, the Porto Vecchio will provide a unique, distinctive welcome for everyone arriving on the Costa Smeralda by land or sea. This was the concept driving my encounter with the client. At the centre of the project I wanted to create an informal, sophisticated space dedicated to hospitality, somewhere that would give visitors the impression they were in a garden. It’s a place for them to relax, and where on summer nights they will be surrounded by thousands of little lights hidden among the plants and bushes. It is a unique experience also for superyachts owners for who arrive at the port, to offer a cozy and chic destination like Porto Cervo has always be.
We saw a lot of visitors here in Porto Cervo walking through the boutiques. Are you here enjoying the success and the deserved summer holidays? The Prestige Village had a huge success, both from the clients and for the brands that obtained one of the pods here. But I am not on holiday unfortunately!! I am still waiting for taking a day off.. I have been here to supervise the works until the end of june, then I had to go to China with my team to meet some prospect clients. Back to Sardinia, I am now on my new creation, Box For Toys, a design safety box line that we launched here in Porto Cervo.
Box for Toys is one-of-a-kind safety box. From where the inspiration came? Which are your favourite toys? Box For Toys is the first line of security containers, founded in an architectural studio. A piece of design which can be proudly exhibited at home or in the office, that also makes a fine display in a boutique or aboard a yacht. I wanted to create a truly special container for the objects of our dreams, customizable in every detail, designed to cherish our passion or to keep safe our transgressions. The first project of the Box For Toys line, shown here in Porto Cervo with a special partner, (the Maison De Grisogono) is a stylistically designed safety deposit box with the appearance of a sleek, mobile piece of furniture, inspired by the late Liberty design. “The Black Box” has been designed and built to hold 16 watches on rotating watch winders. These rotate to maintain the charge of each watch, satisfying every requirement. The safety deposit box is also equipped with two removable rotators, for you to never be separated from your beloved pieces, and also two plateaux for jewellery. So, as you can imagine, my favourite toys are watches for me and jewels for the people I love.
Which is your relation with the sea? Do you like cruising? Sail or Motor Boat? I love cruising! The sea has this wonderful power of temporal suspension that abrstact me from the rest of the world! As far as it regards me, cruising means having spaces to bring my world with me. More, for the few days off that I can steal from my job, I’ll say my favourite is the Motor Boat.
Choose: Darwin Class or Nauta Air? Definitely a Nauta Air yacht and I would keep it for the rest of my life! I love it! It has muscles but the lines are so elegant and sexy! I love the explorer yacht concept. It cuts the sea and it is extremely liveable.