A journey through the language of shape and matter. A way to discover and to advance, on the edge between the past, present, and future. In conversation with Nero Gallery founder Michele Seppia
Nero Design Gallery has always focused its own business on showcasing on the key names of the Italian and international historical field of design. As well as, focusing on the forecast of the natural progression of contemporary designers. In order to collaborate and to develop projects in which details are the absolute protagonists.
A narrative space
Nero Design Gallery operates also on a physical level, creating what could be considered narrative spaces. The gallery showcase its bespoke projects at several events on the collectible design circuit. A conceptual space, a metaphor to illustrate a journey through the language of shape and matter, a way to discover and to advance, on the edge between past, present, and future.
Founder Michele Seppia retraced the story of Nero Design Gallery, back to the plan of having a space was only an idea. Nero was founded in 2005, inspired from Seppia’s love for design and his desire of acquiring pieces for his interior design projects. From the very beginning, he thought of a space that could host his world. A curated selection of historical and avant-garde design.
An art and design dialogue
Having a physical location is non-negotiable. No matter how online work has spread in every field, especially in creative ones, as the design sector. Social media and digital platforms are essential tools today. But they are not able to convey the same message as the sensory experience of the design oeuvre. «My clients love to be surrounded by what can be best described as the gallery mood. They recognise how every piece and details are thought and yet part of a whole picture».
Nero Design Gallery fits the label of design gallery, even though it is much more: «I wish Nero Design Gallery were considered as a sort of ‘box filled with ideas’ where details and quality are the mains key points. A meeting space where art and design can dialogue according to my personal vision» – Michele Seppia affirms.
Design focus – Arezzo
«Being based in a small city like Arezzo in Tuscany, I wonder how the area is strategically positioned from a design perspective.» The founder tells how Arezzo was the city where he was born, and how much it is very well known for the oldest antique fair in Italy, which was established more than fifty years ago. Arezzo has also always been a destination for national and international art lovers. In this context Nero has been the first design gallery in town and over the years has collected interest and appreciation by the public, becoming more and more popular between international buyers and local artisans.
Nero Design Gallery’s clients are collectors and those who approach design with curiosity and passion. The gallery also collaborates with architects and interior designers who love including in their projects unique pieces in the balance between art and design.
«I have always been attracted to those who love to experiment and explore new art codes. The story behind a project and the coherence with the language that identifies Nero Design Gallery are at the heart of the choice of an artist. The current panorama is varied and it can spike interest and curiosity. I am fascinated by the process of acquiring new collaborators».
Michele Seppia, few words
A question arises on how shape, matter, and time will change in NERO’s stance on design. Michele Seppia thinks that, over the years, the importance of shape and matter more than ever and unchanged — they are both influenced and adapted to what surrounds them, and the historical moment we are living in requires fluidity and freedom in form. While progress and technology have innovated the choice of materials, the world of art is undergoing a rediscovery and revaluation of materials that have been protagonists in past ages, like concrete, marble, ceramic tiles.
When asked about the future of Nero Design Gallery, Michele Seppia shares that he is developing a number of interior design projects and is considering showcasing their most iconic works through social platforms. In an era where maintaining both digital and physical archives represents the most valuable asset, Nero Design Gallery found its unique proposition in the global panorama: a design narrative that becomes a space for thoughts, meetings, and innovation.
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