Vittorio Asaro joined his father as a principal designer of the Italian luxury furnishings brand form A back in 2015. The two engineer contemporary masterpieces from hand-drawn designs and crackpot ideas. The brand was born out of Gaspare Asaro-Italian Modern, a New York City-based gallery offering rare and collectible Mid-Century Italian pieces, which Gaspare founded in 2005 after leaving a career with the Italian government. The duo work to continuously produce beautiful products that reflect the delicacy and affluence of their clientele. Introducing this week’s Maker Monday, Vittorio Asaro of form A.
Made by form A, this arachnid ceiling light, Oculus, has ten adjustable arms allowing for endless configurations as it sprawls out across your ceiling. Its frame is constructed of brass and is fitted with carved glass made in Milan.
Andrew Joseph: What would your dream project or dream client be right now?
Vittorio Asaro: A home on the Amalfi Coast or Capri; clean, white interior- a minimalist feel with blues that pop and bring the beauty of the Mediterranean ocean to life inside. Our Oculus chandelier with blue glass, a set of our Riflesso coffee tables to match and our newly released Riccio floor lamp. The perfect balance between rustic/cozy, and modern/sophisticated.
Andrew: Are you a good cook? If so, what’s your specialty?
Vittorio: One of my favorite dishes is a simple one (with lots of ingredients), not only delicious but some sentimental strings attached. Growing up in Venice my grandma made this often for lunches at the beach so it is dubbed the “Nonna salad”. Recipe here, thank me later: Chilled rice, melons, capers, mozzarella, tuna, marinated olives, artichokes, tomatoes, cornichons, mushrooms and eggs. Nonna made enough for 30 people, truly endless- by the boatload- a requirement for the recipe.
Nature is the muse for the Riccio floor lamp featured above. It offers branch-like arms and four glass shades made using the rostro technique.
Andrew: What’s the best thing that happened to you this month?
Vittorio: As more and more people are moving down to Florida we’ve seen our demand and opportunity grow exponentially. We traveled to Miami in search of showrooms to represent us and ended up with papers signed, sealed and delivered. Exciting things to come!
Andrew: Are you a pet person? Why either way?
Vittorio: I was never a dog person until I met my wife but now we have a crew of three; a Corgi, Dachshund and Chihuahua. We have a thing for little gremlins with long bodies and short legs.
The Riflesso table is a show stopper design by form A. The tinted and mirrored double lens glass creates a unique experience of depth. Customizable, this table has removable parts that can be mounted or free-floating.
Andrew: If you weren’t a designer, you’d be a ….?
Vittorio: I would be a Pilot. I’ve always been fascinated by airplanes. Growing up my father and I built model airplanes together, and now I fly RC in my spare time. For my 30th birthday, my wife took me for flight lessons and it was exhilarating. Maybe one day…
Andrew: What do you find yourself daydreaming about most these days?
Vittorio: Vacationing in Italy, and the profiteroles at Chez Black in Positano- they will change your life!
Pictured above is the Zeta ceiling light that features a composition of variable-sized Murano glass shades placed in a “V” shaped brass frame. Adjustable to your space, this light fixture is equal parts sophisticated and innovative.
Andrew: Has your mindset changed into 2021? In what ways?
Vittorio: Italians really embrace a “Work to live” and not a “live to work” lifestyle and I’ve regained that mindset over the past year, having time to slow down and reconnect. This year has reprioritized feeling grateful and appreciative of those around you, and how time with family has become more important than ever.
Andrew: What’s your favorite quarantine candle scent?
Vittorio: My wife always has Diptyque burning, my favorite is Jasmine – like a fresh garden morning.
About The Maker | Vittorio Asaro naturally stepped into the Design world after growing up with his father’s NYC gallery, Gaspare Asaro-Italian Modern, highlighting Italian Mid-Century Design. Although not formally trained, immersed in this environment, he developed a love for home décor and design and co-founded form A with his father in 2017. The brand focuses on luxury handmade lighting and furniture that is fully customizable. Made in Italy of course!
Influenced by Design icons like Fontana Arte, Stilnovo and Arredoluce Vittorio’s designs focus on reinventing Mid-Century shapes and adding to them an organic element. He also likes to play with the concept of mechanics and creating pieces that articulate and move within the space, such as the Oculus ceiling light and Geo wall light.
Vittorio lives in NYC with his wife and three dogs, and has an adventurous spirit- enjoys paddle boarding, running, fishing, and cultivating his green thumb. Traveling back home to Italy and discovering new places is his favorite at his core.
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