Au Bespoke was born out of the love for beautiful design and the appreciation for unique products with their own individuality. I often get asked what inspires me so, I thought that I would share just some of my passions and inspirations as well as highlights from my carefully edited AU Bespoke collection.

Carlo Scarpa is definitely one of my favourite designers – his incredible architectural career gave way to some of today’s design classics.

First though, a brief bio. Born in Venice in 1906 Scarpa spent most of his childhood in Vicenza before returning to his beloved home town.  He went on to study at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Venice and got his diploma in 1926 and then started teaching architectural drawing at the same academy. It wasn’t until he joined Venini Glassworks in 1932 that his true passion for craft was cemented. He was a perfectionist and would often stay through the night to perfect new designs and seal his worth within the company. 

Brion Cemetery photo by Alessia Iannace

It wasn’t until after World War II that Scarpa began to gain recognition around the globe for his architecture, which in turn led to commissions in and around Venice, mainly renovating existing buildings, which he eventually became well-known for. 

A true visionary, his modern designs have stood the test of time. In the late 1950s, he was commissioned to design a display space for Olivetti products. Today the building acts as a museum for itself and is recognised as a historical building. Image via Arch Daily

He managed to carve a niche for himself by setting a trend for mixing elements of modern architecture and traditional crafts, a new approach for the era.

The now infamous Brion Cemetery in San Vito d’Altivole near Treviso, Italy. Scarpa was commissioned to create a collection of concrete structures for the Brion family’s private tomb.  Photo by August Fischer.

As you look at his architecture you’ll get a sense of his signature look which was also reflected in his furniture designs. I love the simplicity and elegance of his designs which have a timeless quality all of which echo the ethos of AU Bespoke.

I was lucky enough to source this gorgeous Samo table, although it has now sold.

AU Bespoke products are ever-evolving as I strive to find those unique vintage pieces to help create striking yet sustainable interiors.

Image at top: Carlo Scarpa studying drawings by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1954. Image by Mario De Biasi.