Artistic authenticity in a historical context

Antea Brugnoni Alliata is owner at Roi du Lac. She likes playing with the artistic sense of authenticity but always with respect toward the historical context.
Artistic authenticity in a historical context
Courtesy of Roi du Lac / Ti Gong

Antea Brugnoni Alliata, owner at Roi du Lac.

Who is she? 

Antea Brugnoni Alliata is owner at Roi du Lac.

Please share with us some of your works.

Our yellow Aghia Sofia Dress, recently displayed in a shop window at Bergdorf Goodman on 5th Avenue, New York, shows architecture from Istanbul embedded in a flourishing forest on a shiny yellow background that has the taste of summer. Also, our Roman wallpaper, which composed of eight different panels, shows iconic monuments from the Eternal City of Rome as seen through the eyes of a world traveler — with exotic animals and plants.

Are you currently involved with any project?

Yes. We’re creating a capsule collection of men’s bowling shirts with Liu Jo for the Chinese market. We’re thrilled as this is the first time we have approached this market and we believe there will be a lot of possible synergies for us. There is a lot Chinese influence in our prints, both in graphic and in terms of historical imprint. Also, we’re working on the new SS19 ready-to-wear collection which is inspired by Mexico and the Diego Rivera Murals. It’s been very exciting to work on Aztec symbolism and mix it up with the iconography of political art from the 1930s and 1940s. Some prints also have a strong connection with the industrial revolution in Mexico, with huge alienating machines interacting with beautiful plants and flowers.

How to interpret your design style?

What we do is a reinterpretation of classic motifs, from 18th century French wallpapers to orient-style ceramics. We draw with contemporary bidimensional-style elements that are part of the artistic tradition.

We relate strongly with classical elements but we like to give them new life in a way that can fit in any contemporary home, or clothes that a contemporary woman can wear without being alienated from other clothes.

We like playing with the artistic sense of authenticity but always with respect toward the historical context from which we draw our inspiration. Generally, I would say that we like things that look “real” but are not.

Where are you most creative?

My husband, Marco, usually draws when he is traveling. Mainly during sales campaigns in NYC. It is outside from the hectic office life that his creativity expresses itself better.

As for me, I really like quiet days in our atelier close to Piazza Navona. That is when I have the chance to really focus on the development of our projects. But it is mainly thanks to the luxury of living in the beautifully historic city of Rome that aesthetic beauty can be channeled every day from our life to our designs.

What does your home mean to you?

Everything. It is where our children play, where we experiment with colors and styles and decoration. Where we cook and invite our friends. Where we invite our clients to see our work. Where we take shelter from the confusion of the working day. 

What do you collect?

Interesting things from interesting places. It is hard for us not to come back from a trip without a strange lamp from a flee market or an old stained Chinese carpet found in some forgotten shop. The last pieces we bought were two huge ceramic frogs from the central market in Lisbon. 

Where would you like to go most in Shanghai?

Take a stroll at Suzhou Creek, hoping to grab a feeling of the city’s different periods as seen through the eyes of the river. Maybe enjoy the thrill of a tour on the Maglev train? 

What will be the next big design trend?

We are no experts and we would never be able to predict anything of the kind. Our feeling is, though, that we all perceive the need for “things” that have a meaning, that are long-lasting, reusable, that do not age and are always in fashion.

This is also a set of rules through which we try to edit our work and to avoid the unnecessary.

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