Monocle Magazine

``After an Openhouse magazine event I asked the co-founder, Andrew Trotter, to help transform this empty palazzo``

Martino di Napoli Rampolla tells us more about the idea, as well as his plans for Numeroventi’s future.

Q: Why did you start Numeroventi?
A: I worked as a graphic designer in Belgium and Barcelona but felt torn whenever I returned to Florence. It can be too entrenched in the past yet I wanted to express my creativity at home. After an Openhouse magazine event I asked the co-founder, Andrew Trotter, to help transform this empty palazzo. To what purpose, at first, I wasn’t sure. We opened it to the public and hosted the odd artist and exhibition. But five months ago we arranged a 12-artist show and realised the power of collaboration.

Q: What’s the premise of the residency?
A: Artists apply to work and live here, joining our programme; in return some of them leave a creation, which we exhibit in the palazzo. I was touched to see creative minds so quickly engage with one another.

Q: Who are some of the recent artists to have stayed?
A: Colombian jeweller Natalia Criado (pictured, left) and Florentine furniture designer Duccio Maria Gambi.

Q: What’s the plan for the future?
A: To better help the artists and open other residencies. We already offer assistance with marketing and branding, and soon there will be a retreat in Chianti, where the artists can enjoy a different environment.

Q: Does Florence lend something special to Numeroventi?
A: The historic setting contrasts wonderfully with our contemporary work.