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Little words with Paolo Emilio Bellisario


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Architect and designer passionate about photography. Since 2007 he is co-founder of ZO-loft architecture and design, an architecture and product design office networking with national and international partners to improve and interpret the contemporary lifestyle.

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As a professional he is alternating between architectural design, strategic planning, consulting and art direction for companies and events. Do you remember a special gift you received when you were a child? It was a cooking set and i personally asked for it when i was 1 year’s old. In my family males love cooking and usually are great cooks. I was always helping when someone was in the kitchen and i still love to cook! What’s the most beautiful holiday you had when you were a child? Till i was ten we were used to rent the same house in the same seaside place. The house was in a big park with a lot of space for staying outside, playing football, riding on bikes… and my cousin and other friends were renting other houses in the same place so every summer i was looking foreward to see them and stay all togheter. I have many memories about our games, magic shows, freetime, discovers… so yes those were probably the best holidays.

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What was your favorite toy? I was fond of playmobil, lego and cars but i was always trying to modify them or to build my own toys using wastes. I remeber once I destroied a brand new remote-controlled car to turn it into a flying one. I also liked much playing with soil and outdoor games. Were you good at school? Well… probably I was gooder then others. I was disciplined, but lively. I was used to ask helping the teacher to water the plants, getting the chance to go out from the classroom and browsing all aroud the school with a mate. Were you neat or messy? Definitly neat and actually I’m still neat. I cannot stand the mess, but yes… sometimes it happens even to me to be messy! Were you lively or thoughtful? Lively, lively, lively. I was a child never resting. My granmother was used to force us to have a nap in the afternoon, and i was always cheating her excaping from the bed to run out in the garden.

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What did you use to draw? I loved to take portraits of friends or family or aternatively to take a photo shoot of them… well that was my intention. What did you want to become in the future? When i was a child i wanted to be a teacher at first or an an archeologist (must be Indiana Jones fault). When growing I just turned my mind for a while on becoming an ingeneer before pointing on being an architect. However I gradueted with an experimental thesis on urban renewal that was involving a wide part of archeological matters, and I’m actually collaborating with the archeological museum in my hometown. So that little boy must be still there somewhere inside me.

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What was your favorite item of clothing, the one you always wanted to wear? I remember a sweater with a juggling bear on a ball. But i was also fond of hats. Once my uncle gave me a grey cowboy’s hat and i was always wearing it. Did you prefer cowboys or Indians? Cowboys of course. I letted my mother to be indians! Which was the worst prank you played or suffered? I did really many pranks when i was youg expecially when i was teen. The worst ever was probably when with my best friende we told everyone that he was in coma after a car accident. We gathered togheter all other friends asking them to write letter, bring photos or audio while I was also pretending to cry. In the end my bestfriend arrived in the house asking “Hey there! What’s going on?”. What was your recurring whim? Never wanted to sleep in the afternoon.

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How did you first graze your knee? I don’t know about my knee but i had 3 stiches when i was 2 year’s old because i was pretending to be a juggler on a ball. What was the food you used to hate most? Fennels and I’m still not so used to them. What’s the first lie you told? “Did you made this? NOT of course!” Do you remember a dirty word you used to say? Bloody hell I don’t say dirty words! If you could go back in time when you were a child, what “modern” game would you like to have fun with? NONE! What ‘s the game you play (would like to play) with your son? Pranking the mum. What movie or cartoon would you like to see (have seen) with your son? Bob the Builder and hopefully not Peppa Pig!

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Which book did you give him (would you like to give to him)? A pop-up book, some plots for puppets show and a book about old games to make outside. Which item would you like to leave to your child? Maybe it will be a book of photos and writings i will take during his/her life. In your opinion, what ‘s missing today in the world of children? I think they miss easy things. They have technologies, smart objects, more then 10 tv channels, but many of them don’t have the chance of using their hands to build theyr toys or their games, to explore the neighborhood by their own, to play safely having tennis or football match down in the street, to build secret shelters or houses into the woods, or scenarios for their games using wastes.

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Do you have a project for the little ones in mind or have you already carried out one for them? With our studio we developed several design projects for kids like Tangram or Deep Splah 9, Blood-ID t-hist, but our favourites are flexible projects that involve young and adults like the Tabhole. As children, many of us have created a refuge under the home’s table: a secret hiding place where making up stories full of fantasy and fairy characters. Tabhole was born in the wake of this childhood’s habit, as a table designed to increase the versatility of the top and give surplus value to the usually unused intrados of the table. The goal was to create new relationships between the adult world “above” and the world of children “underneath”. Thanks to 5 circular holes (30 and 12 cm in diameter) cutted on the table “special desin bags” are accommodate.

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While, on one hand, adults can simply use the bags for storing and the holes to pass laptop cables while working at home, on the other hand, under the table, pockets create a colourful microcosm to entertain kids, a landscape built for gravity with puppets and “traps” for magic tricks, where to play or watch the adult’s world from a window opened in the roof of his secret bolt-hole. Filling the holes with potted plants or small shrubs there is also a “green” alternative: to use Tabhle to create a small “house undergrowth” where having a picnic all togheter. When needed all bags can be easily removed by snap buttons or replaced on demand with some serious one, to let Tabhole be suitable every house style and adults liking too.

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