TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELVES AND HOW YOU TWO MET…
We are Marco, Maria, Olympia and Ines, an italian/danish family living in Milano.
We met when we did an Erasmus in Weimar at the Bauhaus University. It was love at first sight when we met at the “sprachen Zentrum” and 1 month after we kissed for the first time….We didn’t study a lot those months and here we are almost 17 years after.
WHAT DO YOU DO FOR LIVING?
Maria: I am a textile graphic designer working in the fashion industry, just went freelance this summer and I can't wait for the new journey and new exciting projects for 2020.
Marco: I work at the Triennale di Milano. I write for Wallpaper* and Icon Design. I teach at Politecnico.
HOW IS YOUR DAILY ROUTINE? AND WHAT ABOUT THE WEEKENDS?
Marco prepares the breakfast everyday, its the favourite meal of mine. We call it “servizio Hotel” he prepares the table the night before. I'm glad he's an early bird because I love to be spoiled in the morning and mornings with kids can be quit hectic. We have early dinner all together if possibile.
During the weekend we like to see friends, stay outside or see a good art show. We also go a lot to the playground and park to play.
WHICH IS THE BEST THING ABOUT PARENTING? AND THE WORST?
The best is the love you get and the bond you have with your children . To see how they grow and have their own personality. How much we learn from them everyday. The worst is that time flies too fast….you turn and they are already at school.
WHAT IS YOUR NEXT PROJECT AS A FAMILY?
Moving but still staying in Milano.We are looking for a bigger flat, that’s the project of 2020 alongside travels and using less plastic!
WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT DAYDREAM OR OBSESSION?
Maria: Summer holiday in Greece
Marco: I love design at every hour, I do love tramezzini but my dream is to curate a show on the legendary figure of Enrico Mattei.
WHY MILAN? WHAT DO YOU LOVE/HATE THE MOST ABOUT THE CITY?
We thought it was almost half way Copenhagen/Fano and close to everything when we decided it was us.
Milano is still full of opportunities for us and international and not too big… Not to underestimate the daylight and the climate compared to Denmark. Unfortunately there are too many cars and the air sometimes is too poluted.
ANY FAVOURITE SPOT TO SUGGEST?
The Bagni Misteriosi swimming pool is a nice alternative to the seaside for a day during summer.
WHICH IS THE STORY BEHIND YOUR FAVOURITE PIECE OF CLOTHING?
Marco: My danish sailormen sweater bought from a danish man in Milano when I first moved here…Its still my favourite today.
Maria: My trenchcoat inherited from my great grandmother Else.
A MUST HAVE AND AN EXPENDABLE (for both)
Marco: warm underwear for winter time; a home theatre.
Maria: My Bicycle with seats for the girls...its actually more a caravan when we go the three of us. Drivers license.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE BREAKFAST?
At home with the family with COFFEE WITH MILK, Egg and Rye bread (brought back from Denmark)Its a meal I look forward to when I go to bed. We always make sure we have time to sit all together and wake up “con calma” even during the week. So its such an important ritual in our family.
DESCRIBE SARTORIA VICO IN A FEW WORDS.
COZINESS, SOPHISTICATION, THE BEST OF MADE IN ITALY…JUST QUALITY that you feel and see also.
LET'S BREAK DOWN A MYTH ABOUT KNITWEAR.
Good KNITWEAR is NOT ITCHY!
Marco Sammicheli / International Relations Chief Officer
Maria Walter Nielsen / Textile graphic designer
photo by @sylviatofany