Backgammon Beauty is dedicated to Raimondo, my grandfather
He taught me that creativity and courage make life exciting. He taught me that to fly I have to believe in my work. And last but not least… He taught me to play Backgammon!
The extraordinary circumstances of the 2021 lockdown allowed the merging of passions, that I never thought could be joined: the passion for playing, the passion for art, the passion for painting. During the lockdown, I was in Venice, I had forgotten my backgammon board in Milan, I missed playing backgammon, so I decided to draw and paint my own. That’s how the Backgammon Beauty project started!
Valeria is an Architect, she graduated in Switzerland in 2020. She did her Bachelor and Master at the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio.
After spending lots of time abroad in the past few years... in New Zealand for 6 months in (2010), in Japan for 9 months (2014), in Berlin for 1 year during my internship at Kéré Architecture (2017), in Ciudad Abierta with EPFL, Chile (2018) in Lausanne for 1 year during the Erasmus at the École Polytecnique Fédérale de Lausanne (2018)
IMPRINTS FROM THE WORLD
WHAT SHE GET FROM... NEW ZEALAND She feels the power of nature and an attraction for the wild.
JAPAN She tends to have the Japanese attitude: mild manners, observing and try to get the non-verbal. The Japanese call it: "read the air".
CHILE She discovered the charm and the satisfaction of working with her hands.
BERLIN She experienced for the first time, all the all the phases of the project, from the idea to the construction and the great results of the team working.
SWITZERLAND She learned the down to Earth approach.
...Now she is back in Milan, where she was born, working for the development of Backgammon Beauty project.
Valeria Molinari’s Atelier is in Via Marsala 11, Brera District, Milan.
YVONNE FARREL AND SHELLEY MC NAMARA Grafton Architects Pritzker Prize 2020 «...Architects have the task to imagine alternative worlds... Imagination leads to optimism; architects have to be optimistic».
Extract of the interview with Shelley Mc Namara for my thesis essay «Women, Meaning, Gravity».
FRANCIS KÉRÉ Kéré Architecture Pritzker Prize 2022
«..I am hoping to change the paradigm. Push people to dream and undergo risk...».
During the design process of the Serpentine Pavillon in London, Hyde Park, 2017.
MARIO BOTTA «..A wish and a goal to be a good architect: always feel an ethical tension, thus your work becomes your passion...».
September 2014, Mario Botta’s welcoming speech at the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio.
Journalist and publisher, marketing and brand management consultant.
«There has always been the question whether is art to inspire life or life to inspire art...However, the most important thing is to make your life a true masterpiece!».
«The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams». Eleanor Roosvelt