Paolo Fiumi - Gondi, a Florentine dynasty and its Palace
The Florentine architect not only edited the book "Gondia Florentine dynasty and its Palace" together with Gabriele Morolli, but he followed all the restoration work and the restoration of the Palace, which lasted six long years! Living in close contact with the owners, Bernardo and Vittoria Gondi and their sons Gerardo and Lapo, he had the opportunity to get to know them in depth and learn about anecdotes and life stories of the previous owner, Amerigo Gondi, called in the Bibi family. He then faced the contemporary part both with the story of the difficult and delicate restorations and with the story of the present owners, very demanding and meticulous. Thus completing the initial part introduced by Marco Calafati on the ancient history of the family.
The architect Paolo Fiumi, a pupil of Gabriele Morolli, is specialized in the recovery and conservative restoration of buildings of historical heritage, also designing interiors and gardens. Among the buildings that have involved him we can remember the Complex of the Castle of Castagneto Carducci (Livorno) and the properties of the Castle of Brolio, in Gaiole in Chianti (Siena). As set designer, he designed the sets for the Teatro Comunale di Firenze of Prokof'ev's "Romeo and Juliet" in 2005 and Tsjaikovski's "Nutcracker" in 2013. He collaborated in 2009 with the video artist and musician Letizia Renzini at the VI Biennale di Danza in Venice for the scenes of "Bambola di Carne" and received in 2006 a prize for creativity for the design of a "green" pavilion for the sound garden "La Limonaia dell'Imperialino", inside the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in London.
Alongside his work as an architect and set designer, Paolo Fiumi cultivates a passion for drawing and illustration, and has therefore published for Pitti Immagine, the book "Personaggi e Interpreti, fashion sketchbook" for the fiftieth anniversary of Fashion in Florence in the Sala Banca in Palazzo Pitti. Since 2012 his designs appear in the collections of fabrics and scarves of the textile brand "Faliero Sarti". He then illustrated the booklet, of memories, scents, flavors and atmospheres, written by Vittoria Gondi Citernesi "Nature at the table, Farm of Volmianorecipes and secrets"Sarnus Editions.