Sara Thorn and Piero Gesualdi
Meet Piero Gesualdi (yes, the owner of that
house in Habitus 08) and Sara Thorn, who bring their creative passions together
to create textiles and interior products
You can see Piero Gesualdi’s home in Habitus issue 08.
What are your individual creative approaches/aesthetics?
Sara: Creativity to me is an innate
gift, which I express through my love of colour and ideas. I enjoy spontaneous
inspiration, where something inspires me and a million ideas pop out, I allow ideas
to evolve before I think too much about them and then go back and work on and
develop an idea/design, trawling through historical and traditional references
often inspire me further
My aesthetics are wide and varied, I gravitate towards the individual
self expression, the artisanal and the quirky, I admire designers such as Paul
Poiret and Christian Lacroix that fuse traditions with a personal sense of
opulent and decorative style. I can appreciate anything that has been created
with love and passion.
Piero: I am fascinated by scale, proportions and how that works back to a
human scale. I like to work with monochromatic, neutral and monotone colour
palettes so as to bring out the form. I like juxtapositions such as
Decadent/refined, bold design and materials that seduce the senses.
What do you find inspiring?
I find everything inspiring, beauty, the sacred and precious in life, symbols and
Beauty inspires me; currently
jewels and their cuts fascinate me, ancient cultures and the way that design
incorporated natural elements and veneration of the divine.
Piero: Nature inspires me,
environments, elegance, the refined and minimall, where the essential nature of
a design is bought forward. Solitude, cinema, music and of course Italy, my
Where are your five favorite
spots/shops/design locations in Melbourne?
Sara: Sitting and looking at
Mythological fountain sculptures around Melbourne’s inner city parks left over
from the Victorian era
Piero: Visiting Victoria market and having pizza at Doc & Ladro in Carlton
Sara: Husk – Various outlets across
Amor y Locura – Gertrude
Graham Geddes – Armadale
Perfumery – Brunswick st, Fitzroy
Piero: Newtown café
Johnston, Brunswick streets, the whole block
Bunning’s & IKEA
Sara: I like the
renovation of the NGV by Mario
lying down on my back looking at the patterns in the stained glass ceiling.