giuseppe milizia: the box-designer
> produced in glass, plexiglas, aluminium, steel and walnut root
Fascinated by the elegance of the American late-decò, some of his boxes show rigorous lines and names of movie stars such as Marylin, Rita , Bette: they are made in fine wood, with the interior in pure silk for the jewellery or in American cedar wood for the cigars. Even Sharon Stone could not resist them, she is shelving inside it her make-up and demanded it in tabby leather; Dionne Warwick chose it in cherry word to keep in her collection of more than 200 jewelleries; Kevin Costner, instead, required a pretty modern one in the same blue silver-gray of his car; the sultan of Brunei, in walnut root with a big diamond-set, while Fidel Castro asked that inside his own box no less than 60 plumb-line cigars would fit. Never so much as Luca Cordero di Montezemolo’s coffer, that contain 120 cigars. Not even fashion has resisted them and the Texan creative designer of Gucci, Tom Ford, commanded an undefined quantity of fine-designed boxes to preserve inside them the accessories of the historical haute-couture Gucci. But the most precious box, emotionally speaking, is the one donated to Pope John Paul the Second.
For the 2010 collection, Giuseppe Milizia got inspiration from the French Architect Le Corbusier and the Japanese Architect Kenzo Tange, up to the Brazilian genius Oscar Niemeyer and the sculptor Antonio Canova. They are unique pieces, made in precious materials (wood, laquer and walnut root), ambitious combinations and genial colouring. They are boxes designed for cigar-lovers, for collectors of valuables (jewellery, watches, prestigious pens) but nothing prevents using them to keep in everything that has a personal value: memory, hope and illusion. These boxes have been conceived so that anyone could “read” and “understand” them, thus using them according to his/her own inspiration.
> boxes or architecture?