Monday, 1 August 2011
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Interview with Mr. Salvatore Grimaldi, owner and CEO of the Grimaldi Industries was conducted by Nicola Linza and Cristoffer Neljesjö in Stockholm June 2011.
Interview with Mr. Salvatore Grimaldi
What inspired you to choose the entrepreneurial path of life?
Challenges are my inspiration. I like to challenge new things to see if can succeed.
Were you ever discouraged? Especially by others when you were starting out on your own?
I was never discouraged, I knew what I wanted and I worked hard. When I started in the 70´s people said that entrepreneurs were untrustworthy and tax evaders. Today, the view has changed and entrepreneurs are now seen as important builders of society
What single piece of advice would you give an entrepreneur today? In today’s economic state, and technological climate?
You have to be good at what you're doing, and feel it's something you can do. This gives you self-esteem and balance to start your own business.
In your view, why does a brand lose their clientele?
Clientele is lost when the brand standard is neglected. A brand is invaluable and has to be managed properly its entire life.
If you could change one thing about the business climate today what would it be?
A lot of people complain about Sweden but I think it's a great country. There is no bureaucracy and we have equality between the sexes. But I think Sweden should focus even more on entrepreneurship because the entrepreneurs are the engines in societies.
How would you describe the man Salvatore Grimaldi and except for business what do you enjoy in life?
I'm interested in people and I care about my co-workers. Perhaps I'm too kind sometimes but I'd rather be that than something else. I spend my spare time with my family, they mean the most to me. Life goes up and down but family always stays behind you.
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This exclusive interview with architect and designer Campion Platt was conducted by Nicola Linza and Cristoffer Neljesjö in New York during May 2011
Interview with Campion Platt
What inspired you to become an architect with a total concept vision?
I have always been inspired by the great holistic architects and builders. From the first master builders in Egypt, these trained architects had to have a broad knowledge and experience in order to execute total designs. In the 19th and 20th centuries, William Morris, Frank Lloyd Wright, Carlo Mollino, Gio Ponti, Carlo Scarpa all come to mind as great sources of inspiration.
Please tell us a bit more about the “green village” at The Greenbrier Sporting Club, located on the historic grounds of The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.
Nestled in the mountains of Sulphur Springs VA, is the historic Greenbrier hotel built in 1858 as an historic destination getaway. I was asked to design a green village development comprised of all green architecture and interiors reflecting the Appalachian vernacular and incorporating low carbon footprint design. We achieved this by finding all the materials for the project within a 500 mile radius of the hotel. I also designed a eco collection of fabrics for the project for HBF Textiles; http://campionplatt.com/product/view/hbf/
What is your personal definition of the word luxury?
Luxury is most about having time to enjoy what you cherish, whether it be a New York City penthouse, a Caribbean beach bungalow, time with your loved ones or just yourself. Luxury design and products all aspire to provide one with an ethereal sense of euphoria and abandon, in a word – happiness!
Describe your style?
I am definitely a modernist with a luxury bent, but consider my clients inspirations as aspirations foremost and as drivers for the grand design idea. As a result, all my projects vary greatly. I would also say I am classic, cozy, and comfortable with an eco/organic twist.
You are provided one white room with one large window and you can place one piece of furniture in it. What would it be? And why?
I assume you mean the room, not the window. I would have to say my "sleeping hero" daybed. You can dream on it, eat, play, talk, work on it and best of all, you can fold it up and put it away- the ultimate luxury of creating empty space without it.
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