``There are so many things I love to do while being at home. Batch making tortellini and broth to freeze as a gift to future me.
I’ve always fantasised about how it would be to extend the peaceful contemplative atmosphere we witness every day at Numeroventi to the rest of the city – to the rest of the world.
Now, we know. Streets and squares, corners and bars, bridges and churches, all roaring in silence. The car in front of me slows down to obey the traffic sign. It is completely obsolete because there is no one around but sunny reflections that find no shadows on the sidewalk.
It’s a beautiful day in Florence, the first day of quarantine. And this beauty, the one we can usually hardly appreciate, is now resonant. Across the city contemplation is taking place in our living rooms, kitchens and from the windows.
We asked our friends what their take on being home is, and what are the activities that now more than ever we can focus on to enrich our creative practices.
Pia Riverola – Photographer
“I love to waking up on time to see the sunrise from my window, watch documentaries and make flower arrangements for fun.
Documentaries I´ve recently watched and loved: Shirkers, Three identical Strangers, anything from Werner Herzog, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Grizzly Man, Capturing the Friedman’s, Jodorowskis Dune, and finally one of my favourite all time movies, Boogie Nights“
Olivia Lopez – Author
“I like to test out new recipes from my favourite cookbooks: Gjelina, Hartwood, Ottolenghi and Alice Waters.
I also love Masterclass, it feels extremely productive because I’m actively engaged and learning about new skills. Also the extra time is really great for reflecting, writing and pitching stories / organizing photo libraries and redesigning a portfolio.
And if I was in NY, I’d be on my pole and in-house ballet studio all day!”
Luciano Giubbilei – Landscape and Garden Designer
“I came to stay at Potter’s House in Mallorca. Working in the garden and preparing a new field close to the house to plant with flowers. Fortunately gardening is a continuous learning process. Every day spent gardening, every visit, every book read, and every plant planted, for oneself or as part of a project for others, add experience. These different bits of knowledge shape the way one plans, plant and dreams.
Gardening is my passion, the garden my home, the plants my extended family.”
“We have been embracing working from home, and turned our living room into the ultimate studio space. Mornings are spent with an espresso at our balcony watching the slow arrival of Spring. Maybe we’ll call our family or friends for the 10th time that day, making sure no one is feeling lonely. In the evenings we cook new recipes and old favorites. After the last glass of red, we’ll pick up the guitar and create some music, read a book or fall asleep to Seinfeld.”
Stephanie Somebody – Art Director and photographer
“There are so many things I love to do while being at home. Batch making tortellini and broth to freeze as a gift to future me. Rewatch the Studio Ghibli catalogue. Brush up on my Katakana.
Read Samin Nosrat’s “Salt Fat Acid Heat” rather than just looking at the pictures.
Listen to Pavarotti and do a puzzle.”
Rich Stapleton – Photographer
“I like to go through and reorganise my books. Spend time with novels I haven’t had the chance to read, browse photography books I’ve wanted to revisit, consider the biographies and interviews from those I admire, and contemplate haikus and poems from the masters.”
Sheila Lam – Writer
“My favourite thing to do at Numeroventi is to observe the morning time. Waking up in the loft, I could tell what the weather was like outside by the mood it set in here. On days when the sun was out, the Duccio Maria Gambi sculptures looked like they were sunbathing. And keeping an ear on the silence was meditative. Before launching into work or speaking a word to the outside world, observing the morning gave me a moment to set an intension for my day.”
Albert Moya – Director
“Meditate, stay in silence, listen to music, read books and write thoughts. Think of what’s coming next, see the bigger picture taking perspective through quiet moments. Write-draw and project a plan or a wish. Speak with the ones you love – just if needed.”
Adaptation – Directed by Spike Jonze, written by Charlie Kaufman
L’Avventura – Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni
Ida – Directed by Paweł Pawlikowski
The Master – Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
La Jetee – Directed by Chris Marker
Sans Soleil – Directed by Chris Marker
The Cook, The Thief, his Wife and Her Lover – Directed by Peter Greenaway
The New World – Written and Directed by Terrence Malick
Gummo – Written and Directed by Harmony Korine
In The Mood for Love – Written, Produced and Directed by Wong Kar Wai
Hiroshima Mon Amour – Directed by Alain Resnais, Screenplay by Marguerite Duras
Un Soplo en el Corazon – Directed by Louis Malle
Ben Sack – Artist
“A favorite thing of mine to do at home would be to listen to an entire symphonic cycle of a particular composer. Call it ‘binge listening.’
When I draw I love to have music playing and have found picking a composer and listening to all of their symphonies in one go is pretty interesting. Over the course of hours, their whole life plays out before your ears.. some lives were more interesting than others. My favorite two would be Gustav Mahler and Beethoven. Mahler’s work is so personal, an artist’s artist, as it were. His works together are, in my opinion, a philosophy on/of life. There are clear distinctions and beautiful similarities between each of his works. The grand thing about him is he’s always building and creating new soundscapes, his imagination endlessly flowed. His early symphonies are titanic in scale, the pinnacle of the romantic movement, gradually they evolve into much more ethereal and modern works, echoing and even foretelling the times to come both in music and in the world. Mahler’s music, in this way, mirror’s Monet’s evolution as a painter. Both start out quite representational and gradually their works become incredibly atmospheric in a way – Monet captures the atmosphere of the world, Mahler that of the soul. Beethoven is purely a force of nature, your ears sip from the sublime when his orchestration is summoned to play, you’re instantly connected to the seraphic and supernatural.”
Daniel, Martino and Viktoria from Numeroventi instead are finishing every details and corners of the building for the upcoming openings; new lofts, new artist’s studios and brand new lounge. We are looking forward to share the results of several months of work and really now more than ever: to re-open Numeroventi for the artist’s community and use the marvellous palace every day.
With the extra time at home Daniel is reading “Blindness” by José Saramago while testing delicious recipes.
Martino is watching David Lynch’s Twin Peaks while growing an army of avocados.
Viktoria got stuck in her home country Sweden now tackling a 1500 pieces Puzzle representing the Taj Mahal for the first time and finding it very meditating, as well as cleansing her soul by organizing and selling old clothes on bidding sites.
Enjoy your time at home and hopefully see you soon again in the sunshine. As we say in Italy, andrà tutto bene <3
Cover Photo: Rich Stapleton
Words: Martino di Napoli Rampolla