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Tacchini brings the Aussie design community together

Tacchini brings the Aussie design community together

Left-right, Giusi Tacchini with Stylecraft's Anthony Collins and Valentina Marzella.

What makes Italian brand Tacchini so magical? Stylecraft with Tacchini shared some of this magic at four intimate events in Sydney and Melbourne… here’s what we experienced.

We all love going to industry events – no question about it. But every now and again I find myself hosted with such care and consideration that I depart from the experience feeling extra special. It was with that deep sense of satisfaction that I look back on the Stylecraft x Tacchini dinner held in Melbourne.

But it was so much bigger than just a dinner.

To celebrate her first trip to Australia, CEO and art director of the Italian brand, Giusi Tacchini, was the guest of honour at two intimate lunch and dinner events, held by Stylecraft in Sydney and Melbourne.

Stylecraft, incredibly excited to be hosting the elegant and personable Guisi in Australia, chose with care, two venues to host the Italian brand’s breathtaking furniture and accessories, and key members of the Australian architecture and design industry.

In Sydney, Beta provided a graceful backdrop of exposed brick and high arches, while in Melbourne, the Immigration Museum’s Long Room provided a grand and opulent setting marked by Ionic columns.

Stylecraft with Tacchini had thoughtfully curated a series of Tacchini furniture settings, ‘magical moments’ dotted around the event space, composed of pieces from its latest home collection, ‘Life and Other Stories’. Each was a discovery and a retreat. Designs characterised by a balance of forms, which appeared almost sculptural, quickly revealed themselves to be incredibly inviting and comfortable.

As Giusi says, Tacchini’s furniture is made for conversation, enhancing a sense of togetherness, eschewing our all-too-common tv-meet-sofa habits. Tacchini’s pieces certainly speak to this.

Encompassed within the ‘Life and Other Stories’ collection are new designs as well as reissued design classics. Giusi has been instrumental in bringing the Tacchini collection of Design Classics to light, feeding her archeological passion for discovering the past. And in doing so, lighting the way for the future of Tacchini.

The result is a fusion of timelessness and classic design that distinguishes the Tacchini collection, and provides a frame for its furniture, lighting and accessories both historical and new.

A particular highlight for these four events was the intimate ‘in conversation’ that flowed between Giusi, her interpreter (Stylecraft’s own Valentina Marzella) and moderator Dana Tomic Hughes of Yellowtrace. Their friendly and relaxed rapport made for a rich conversation, filled with personal insights, stories shared and, for the audience of spell-bound listeners, a deeper understanding of what makes Tacchini so magical.

Lunch with Tacchini in Melbourne

Dinner with Tacchini in Melbourne

Lunch with Tacchini in Sydney

Dinner with Tacchini in Sydney


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Alice Blackwood

Alice Blackwood is the Editorial Director at Indesign Media, and Editor of Indesign magazine and Indesignlive.com. She is a trained journalist and editor, with a background in branding and communications strategy. For more than 15 years Alice has been a passionate advocate of the architecture and design industry within Australia and the wider Indo-Pacific region. Through her work on international design festivals, regional awards programs including the INDE.Awards, as well as in print and digital media, she has helped establish numerous major platforms that recognise and celebrate the region’s most exciting architecture and design, and elevate those industry leaders into the global spotlight. “Our region’s design is defined by its fresh, yet hungry entrepreneurial spirit, its bold thought and brave actions, the flawless execution of complex ideas, and world-leading outcomes. I’m fascinated by all the moving parts of our architecture and design community – the businesses, the brands, the big-thinkers and everyday-doers.” Alice remains an active member of the Australian design and media industries as a Moderator, MC, Judge, Commentator, Mentor and Advisor. Among her main passions are workplace design, education design, healthcare design, wellness design, hospitality design and the business of design.