A pearl of Italian Rationalism, designed in 1932-35 by Piero Portaluppi and now protected by FAI (Italian chapter of The International National Trusts Organisation), Villa Necchi Campiglio was the striking setting for a ceremony in honor of interior designers under 40, the finalists for a prize organized by Fondazione Filippo Perego.
Created a few months ago, the foundation is a project of its founder and president Filippo Perego, an interior designer and supporter of FAI, who during his long career has furnished the homes of prestigious clients in Italy and on an international level.
Joined by the vice-president Carlo Cinque, Perego has created the prize to support the professional activities of interior designers and to spread the word about the work of the most interesting young talents in this field; due to the many requests, the initiative is now ready for future developments, open to a growing number of participants.
Together with the president, a welcome was extended to 200 guests of the event, with a remarkable jury chaired by the president of FAI Marco Magnifico, composed of Marva Griffin (creator of the Salone Satellite of Salone del Mobile Milano), Marina Borromeo Arese (director for marketing and special projects, Sag srl), Aurelio Magistà (editor of the monthly design supplement of the newspaper La Repubblica), Silvia Nani (design editor of Corriere della Sera), Francesca Taroni (editor of Living and Abitare).
Among the five finalists – Stefania Agostini and Luca Mostarda (AMArchitetrue), Lucrezia Calvi, Maria Vittoria Paggini, Federico Peri and Giacomo Totti – the first prize of 10,000 euros went to Lucrezia Calvi, while a special mention was assigned to the project by Maria Vittoria Paggini. The winners will also have an opportunity to be involved in a project of FAI, the 19th-century Villareale in Pavia, a property of Filippo Perego recently donated to FAI.