Turn into my hands
First position represents the beginning for every ballet dancer. This music box has been the first of my works. The first creation couldn’t be anything else but the music box par excellence: the ballerina!
A pink flamingo at “Soliti Ignoti”
In 2019 I was invited to the Transmission "Soliti Ignoti", guest of Amadeus. I chose to reproduce a pink flamingo, an animal with an elegant bearing, so that it would be a welcome gift for the presenter's wife, a well-known dancer.
My land is where I rest my feet
A Sicilian family emigrated in Australia, turned to me for a personalised creation, driven by the wish to bring some of our wonderful land with them. Their nostalgia inspired me this music box that, thanks to the power of imagination, move these two different and distant places closer: a couple and a kangaroo live the islands above a sea of notes.
Life is more fun if you play
Which child hasn’t dreamt of driving a truck? I remember that, when I was a child, I used to spend hours and hours playing with my little truck and in my fantasy I would load it, unload it and drive it for real. This music box, made with the most regular and pure shapes that exist – rectangle and circle – brings me back to those happily endless hours.
Ricordo che da Piccolo passavo ore e ore a giocare con il mio camioncino, e nella mia fantasia lo caricavo, scaricavo e guidavo veramente. Questo carillon, dalle forme più regolari e pure che esistano – il rettangolo ed il cerchio - mi riporta con la mente a quelle ore felicemente interminabili.
London images and notes
Music box meant for a person living in London, who wished to represent his new city. A “cardillon” came out: a postcard within a carillon. It could be the first music box of a series portraying the cities of my customers.
I want a train loaded with colours
A father wanted to give his son a music box, but the boy was crazy about toy trains. It seemed to him to have made an irreconcilable request, nevertheless playing with geometrical shapes, I managed to create a little stylised train full of colours. I only ask the customer to express his wish, then it is up to me to give it a shape!
Up there it is always the same...
Piano Battaglia, a mountain resort on the Madonie reminds me of excursions I used yo do with my family when I was a child and now, after so many years, it is wonderful to take my son. Generations follow one another, but some places remain unaltered over time. A fir tree and a house like those of that wonderful place symbolize family and the cycles of nature and life.
Asymmetrical lines for parallel paths
Music box produced as First Communion party favors of two very close cousins... I thought of similar shapes with different colours, two boys next to each other, near and conspirational. I like to imagine that this music box will accompany them in their life journey...
Births and rebirths of life
When a child comes into the world, a mother and a father are also born… that is so true! This music box was created as a gift for a pregnant woman. The melody will accompany nine months of intimacy, it will become a lullaby for each nap and will remain the symbol of the family bond, transitional object of every life step, capable of transmitting warmth and security!
Guardians of my island
Another article that represents my Sicilianism, dedicated to the coasts keepers, from Augusta to Favignana, passing from Lampedusa and then moving to San Vito lo Capo, hiking up to the top of Strombolicchio to the Montorsoli Beacon, visible to those coming from the continent. My lighthouse, with its essential shapes, represents them all and has become one of the most captivating items in my production.
In the days when the reimagining of Dumbo was being released in the movie theatres, a family from Lecce ordered me a party favour to celebrate their daughter’s birth. The baby elephant recalls the tenderness of a new life.
I have always been fascinated by the shapes of vintage cars, with their simple yet captivating lines. Big toys that have crossed centuries. Only in 1910 the ignition became electric, but before then it was necessary to turn a crank, like the one of the music box, to start an old Ford and bring us back to the U.S. of the beginning of 1900.
Take these hands of mine, make them life, make love of them.
Carillon requested by a Sicilian architect who wanted to express the union of his
family. The geometric shape that immediately came to my mind was the
circumference, because in it every point is firm, like in a family embrace, it is
tightened tightly and held close to the heart.
Write with the light
Created for a photographer, this music box depicts her main instrument, a vintage camera: “the camera is a sort of professor: it teaches me to understand the world, to see how things come together. It teaches me to remember the past because it makes me look back. I obey from time to time, but not always. It’s like a person”. Arno Rafael Minkkinen
A peddler, three wheels and more flavours
By now, ice cream carts are rare in Italian and European metropolis. They were one of the symbols of products “made in Italy” exported abroad as a consequence of Italian emigration. When a mother from Palermo requested me a music box for her daughter, which would bring her back in time, I remembered an ancient photo I had seen in a café, portraying an ice cream seller and his cart: a vintage yet romantic idea.
A kids’ game and more!
This music box – construction game has been conceived while playing with my son. I created several solids with holes and wooden pegs, I put them on the table in front of him and his creativity let loose. The result is a modular and fun music box… upon my son’s word!
I would like to raise you
A father in love with his wife and his son, turned to me for a gift from Saint Valentine
that really left him speechless. After so many sketches and projects we have come to
the creation of a music box that focuses on the love of their family, warm and
powerful like the fire of a balloon.
Fertile ground for creative talents
This music box was manufactured for a jewelry designer, as gift for her little nephew. The request was that of a composition of shapes and colours to depict a tractor in a minimal style. You can see the result in the pictures… judge yourselves!
Because you are there
Il is difficult to put into words that wonderful feeling of enchantment and incredulity that one feels when watching at his newborn baby. I have tried to do it with my music box Enchantment, created for a couple of new parents from New York. Mom and Dad hold each other’s hands, united and filled with tenderness, they contemplate that little creature in silence almost holding their breath, a single thought: “Because you are there. You really are there”.
Together as concentric circles
A girl wished something unique for her friends, a music box that recalled freedom… Who hasn’t dreamt to fly and to do it together with beloved people? I imagined them on a hot-air balloon, weightless and timeless, like if they were hanging on the sky, in the world where birds plunge their wings into the clouds.
The city from above
Imagine to be in a city that you would like to visit, embark on a cabin, turn the handle and you will hear a melody. Thus your imagination will set off. Like when you were going on the big wheel as a child, by magic you will feel like seeing the whole city from above!
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