“A piece of Roman beauty,” says Gucci’s Alessandro Michele, turning his eyes upwards to the frescoed ceilings of his office. The paintings, like the 16th century palazzo they’re housed in, are the work of Renaissance master Raphael, making them a rare find even for this city.
“When I work, I really need a beautiful place,” Michele continues. And beauty, indeed, is what he found in the two white washed rooms, their walls decorated with classical molding and relief work, which comprise the space.
An unsulllied canvas for sketches, books and the curiosities he’s collected over the years, the office is filled with personal effects, beginning with a late 19th century carved wood desk. On it, among the stacks, sits a mottled turtle, another of Michele’s antique store finds.
From the vintage Persian rugs that line the stone floors to a sitting area fashioned from a Napoleon III settee to the long table outfitted with cane chairs, every element works in concert.
“I wanted to feel like I’m at home,” Michele says. “My office is a public space and my work is something I want to share.”