I was born in Sardinia, famous for its unequalled scenic beauty and the Costa Smeralda – literally the “emerald coast” – that has been a storied escape for celebrities and socialites ever since it was first discovered during Italy’s dolce vita era, including Liz Taylor, Ringo Starr, Jacqueline Kennedy and Sophia Loren.
I grew up in a country house with a large garden. For my entire life the garden of my childhood has been what I have thought of as home, even when living away. I belong to it: it is the land where I took my first steps, planted my first tree, learned to ride a bicycle. It is where I came to understand what a tree was, what a friend was, what love might be, what a landscape was.
As a child the garden was my safety place, where I could dream about the glamorous people visiting the Costa Smeralda and fantasize about their mansions, gardens and lifestyle. It was my laboratory where I learned the qualities of a garden that are important to me.
I have always been fascinated by Gardens, Interior design, Architecture and Contemporary art, and after my degree in Agriculture I realized that I wanted to become a Garden Designer. In 2003 I moved to Milan to start my Master in Landscape and Garden Design.
Milan, the Italian capital of fashion and design, has been deeply influential for me: it’s internationally acknowledged as the best example of Italian style, creativity and excellence in manufacturing. Especially in the last century the city has been the avant-garde in many Arts, including design: it is where I learned how to re-invent tradition and embrace modernity.
I remember clearly the feeling when I first arrived, walking through the streets, and thinking that anything is possible.
After graduation, in 2005 I met the person who changed my life: Niccolo’ Grassi, one of the most talented contemporary Italian Garden Designers.
Niccolo’, who works for an exclusive Italian and International clientele, not only offered me a position in his office but literally took me out from my provincial world and opened my mind showing me the sumptuous world of high society, unprecedented luxury, power and beauty.
I worked with and learned from Niccolo’ while we were travelling to the most iconic places like Capri, Florence, Venice and Paris. At the same time I started to develop my own style and approach.
In 2010 I decided to open my own business in Milan, part of which was creating installations for Fashion and Design photo shootings for magazines like Vanity Fair and Elle Decor. This experience allowed me to work closely with unparalleled professionals like Douglas Kirkland, famously known worldwide as THE celebrity portrait photographer, having shot Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Michael Jackson and the Beatles, to name a few.
I soaked up every minute spent with photographers, constantly asking questions and glimpsing in their camera: I was craving to learn how to achieve the sense of visual perfection.
The attention to detail and the love for what is visually fantastico was embodied in the gardens and terraces I designed and which have been published in Italian and International books and magazines. The need to control every single aspect of my projects has recently led me to design furniture and pots that reflect my aesthetic and my wish to avoid what is conventional.
In 2014 I moved to Melbourne, Australia, to unveil another chapter of my story.
Names like Maserati, Armani, Bulgari, Poliform, B&B immediately conjure a vision of luxury, meticulous details, perfection in execution and a sense of bravado.
The confidence and sensuality expressed by Italian design are justified by centuries of practice: the Italians have invested in Arts throughout their history and developed an eye for beauty, an appreciation for the sensational and an inimitable sense of drama.
These qualities are particularly evident in the Classical Gardens that I’ve had the opportunity to visit including Villa d’Este in Tivoli, Villa Lante in Bagnaia, Isola Bella in Lago Maggiore and Giardino Giusti in Verona. These Classical Italian gardens blend human and natural in a theatrical way: the land is sculpted as Art itself.
My kind of garden is the contemporary application of classical Italian design principles: balance within the garden, harmony with the setting and a strong vision that creates a simple garden, elegant and timeless.
I like to deeply understand and involve my clients who chose me to create a shared vision of lifestyle. Outdoor entertainment and social connection are priorities in all my garden schemes and these in turn are influenced by Architecture, Interior Design and my love for Art and Art installations. My clients give me input and support and that’s why every garden I create is unique.
My vision can be realized with the help of a large number of collaborators: contractors, craftsmen, nursery owners, artists. Sharing their knowledge and passion they inspire me and allow me to reach the highest level of quality.