Here is an extract from the interview with Brunello Acampora, founder of Victory Design studio, at Barche Magazine in February 2017.
Brunello Acampora talks about Total Design
[Barche Magazine]: How would you describe your work?
[Brunello Acampora]: ‘I try to design in a sensational and total way, leaving a mark. I can’t do the same thing twice, it doesn’t interest me, it irritates me.‘
[B.M.]: What inspires you?
[B.A.]: ‘By a continuous searching of beauty and progress, by every creative Art, by the Italian Design, which, in my opinion, comes to mean the figure of Leonardo da Vinci.’
[B.M.]: Is your work influenced by any particular movement or person?
[B.A.]: ‘My aesthetical training has been strongly influenced by Walter Albini, key man in the Italian haute fashion and a friend of my family. In the naval design world, besides Peter du Cane and James Beard, Paolo Caliari and Franco Harrauer, Renato “Sonny” Levi was my mentor, a brilliant man, who I deeply loved for his unique skill to marry beauty and function. I’m a fan of Elon Musk and, in wider terms of everyone who can innovate and create, without worrying about looking for trouble.‘
[B.M.]: Are there projects you’d like to work on that haven’t yet come your way?
[B.A.]: ‘Many: an airplane, an airship, a submarine, a helicopter and a sailing boat less boring than the present ones. I’m not interested in cars- as a designer- but I’d like to design a very different super yacht, giving less to lushness and more to the life at sea.’
[B.M.]: Where do you think design is headed?
[B.A.]: ‘The improper use of the digital instruments is enlarging our background of formless shapes and geometric virtuosity without a valid concept. But this melting pot of different disciplines will be fruitful, moving us towards a great evolution.’
[B.M.]: What does your workshop or studio look like?
[B.A.]: ‘Like a bright square, where we come together to talk, invent, arguing, laughing to create beautiful things and processes.’
[B.M.]: What do you envisage for the future of design?
[B.A.]: ‘In wider terms, the future will be wonderful: Fidel Castro said that we must not be pessimistic and I think he was right. The Design will tell fewer lies making fewer promises.’