Paola Bacchi is an interior decorator from Rome who in 2018, thanks to her know-how and skill, was awarded the MAM (‘Master of Arts and Crafts’) title by the Fondazione Cologni. Each of her designs is the fruit of a passionate effort of creative research and study, assisted both by the technological and innovative capacities of major Italian companies operating in the field of design and the experience of refined specialists in craft products. In particular Paola Bacchi has worked on large-scale decorative projects in numerous private and public residences of great prestige, located in St Petersburg, Moscow, Paris, Vienna, London, Cap Ferrat...
Tell us your story.
I’ve always been passionate about manual work. I’ve always used my hands as the maximum expression of myself. When I realized that I wanted my passion to become my main occupation I decided to study interior decoration. I received a diploma in 1996 and was immediately included in the team of decorators that had to carry out an important commission in the Middle East, in Doha, and my career took off from there. I practise my profession in my workshop in the Tuscolano district of Rome, which used to belong to my father, who was also an artisan.
My creativity also lies in knowing how to find an idea that is at once beautiful and functional.
My surroundings have educated my eyes, which are now able to give back all the beauty they have observed over the years.
In what way does decoration allow you to express yourself?
Decoration gives me the possibility to make the invisible visible, an invisible made up of emotions, feelings, sensations. Utilizing form and colour more or less freely lets me express my sensibility and personality, rendering a setting unique. I also love listening to my clients. I like to understand their needs thoroughly and turn them into decorative works, making the space comfortable and welcoming.
How do you reconcile your creativity with the requests of your clients?
I consider myself to be a highly intuitive and empathetic person: I’m able to build a relationship of trust with my clients and this allows me to propose my ideas in way suited to their requirements. My creativity also lies in knowing how to find an idea that is at once beautiful and functional.
How much does the place where you live influence your work?
My surroundings have educated my eyes, which are now able to give back all the beauty they have observed over the years. People from Rome like me never stop being amazed: you can come across an extraordinary scene around any corner. It is all art and you have to know how to take it in. Everything that I’ve ‘breathed’ in goes into my decoration.
How do you choose the materials to use?
I choose them on the basis of my designs. I’m always experimenting with new materials that can ensure me an excellent and long-lasting result. When I create my settings, the introduction of the materials and their specific treatment are the fruit of my research, which leads to a very precise choice.
Which of your works are you particularly fond?
The one that comes to mind is something I did for a studio of architecture where I worked for 10 years. It was a large-scale and important job in Russia, in which my role was to design and find technical solutions for the most varied requests and to oversee teams of skilled decorators that carried out the work: coordinating everyone, coming up with technical and decorative solutions that ranged from the use of canvas to decorated wood panelling, seeking a harmony in the times and in the whole project while respecting all those involved in the work.
Where do you get the inspiration for your works?
My work is so varied that I let myself by guided by my intuition in meeting requests. Nature plays an important part. Observing the combination of colours and light that plays over objects has always been a great lesson, but you need to have the eyes to be able to look at the world around you, grasping the details.