Giuseppe Di Nuccio has been appointed CEO of ItalianCreationGroup, a high-end Italian holding company with prestigious brands such as Driade, Valcucine, FontanaArte and Toscoquattro.
Co-founded by Giovanni Perissinotto, in 2013 the Group began a new phase involving five years of takeovers. The choice of a manager from the high-end design and fashion world is consistent with the very concept behind ItalianCreationGroup’s formation: to bring together excellent Italian companies in order to create a group based on luxury that offers a global lifestyle with exceptionally high standards while supporting a supply chain throughout Italy that is unique and guarantees exclusive products and projects.
With his experience in “Made in Italy” in both the fashion and design worlds – Gruppo Armani, Jil Sander, Burberry and the latest turn-around at Borbonese – Giuseppe Di Nuccio can guarantee a decisive impact on business thanks to his experience of the global luxury market, its distribution and to his know-how of international final consumers with elevated expectations.
‘Opening a new chapter in the book, which thanks to other shareholders we started writing five years ago – says Giovanni Perissinotto, President and co-founder of ItalianCreationGroup – is a crucial step that will be appreciated by the market and that enables us to continue with the next chapters of this Italian story.’
‘I am delighted and honoured to accept this prestigious position and I would like to thank the Board of Directors for their confidence in me. – points out Giuseppe Di Nuccio – I admired and am already passionate about Driade, Valcucine, FontanaArte and Toscoquattro, the wonderful brands that, with their heritage and their projects, determine trends and write the history of luxury worldwide. To support and promote the idea of genuine Italian style comprising expertise and outstanding quality is a privilege that will allow us to address the changes also facing this sector.’
FontanaArte at the Light + Building Frankfurt 2018
In 1998, the Italian Association for Industrial Design (ADI) awarded the Compasso d’Oro for career to FontanaArte, highlighting in its reasons how the company, by involving different designers, had managed to create a lively creative climate that had upgraded one of the historic names in Italian design.
While being the most illustrious recognition for FontanaArte, this award is by no means the only one.During the eighty years of its history a huge number of products have received important awards on both a national and international level.
“THE BAR IS OPEN” – ALAN FRIEDMAN AND JOE BASTIANICH at VALCUCINE’S FUORISALONE
A conversation on Italy held by two Italian lifestyle lovers from New York
Just like any other celebrity, when Alan Friedman and Joe Bastianich reached Valcucine’s flagship store in Brera, Milan they were late. After having greeted Giuseppe Di Nuccio, Valcucine’s new CEO, they stopped to admire the star of the evening: the first home bar designed to suit any space in any house or hotel. As is his custom, Joe came straight to the point: “Every male should have this bar at home! Can I have a Campari Soda?”.
Everyone went downstairs where outstanding, mind-boggling kitchens worth hundreds of thousands of Euro were showcased. “This evening, we are honoured to host a celebrity of Joe Bastianich’s standing. I’m just a poor journalist…..”said Alan Friedman – internationally-renowned journalist – slyly. – “You said it!” Joe replied, ironically. He had just arrived from Vinitaly in Verona to greet his friends at the Fuorisalone event with a glass of Vesta Bianco 2015 wine.
That’s how they started to chat about New York in the seventies, about great artists and off-limit zones; the foods loved by Italian Americans who have contrasting opinions on spaghetti with meatballs; about Italian wine, food and culture locations. An unrestrained conversation held by two Americans boasting prestigious and highly-envied standings in their fields and displaying a knowledge of Italy that well exceeds that of most Italians.
Alan Friedman was the Financial Times’ correspondent in the trend-setting Milan of the 80s when Joe was an adolescent living between Queens and Manhattan, in search of his identity as a son of Italian immigrants from Istria who arrived in the Big Apple in the 50s. Alan has chosen Italy as his second home and so has Joe, to the extent of selecting Cividale del Friuli as terroir for his wines, where he can relax after his experiences in restaurants all over the world and after benefiting from publicity worthy of a Hollywood star.
Together they opened the Valcucine bar – designed by Gabriele Centazzo and featuring a new system called Logica Celata – to spend the design week with friends, immersed in Valcucine’s natural conviviality. For this occasion, the company collected the best names in its area: in additional to Cantina Bastianich wines there were Nonino spirits; Dolomia mineral water; Elisir di Gambrinus liqueurs and products such as “pitina”, an autochthonous salami from Friuli; artisanal cheeses made by the Turnari dairy, Slow food Presidia of Gemona, and the unparalleled Rosa di Gorizia, Slow Food Presidia and representative of the food and agricultural biodiversity of Friuli Venezia Giulia that must be protected.
Teasing each other, the two speakers explored itineraries in the most beautiful locations of Italy and in the most authentic areas of New York, revealing knowledge imbued with experience. Our compliments to them both.
“What’s your favourite Italian dish?” asked Alan at the close of an evening that saw the Valcucine store almost bursting at the seams. Joe replied: “I love many first courses, but those made with fish and shellfish from the South of Italy, enjoyed in one of those enchanting Sicilian locations, are the ones I like best. How about you? – “Although my wife is from Tuscany, I don’t like Caciucco (fish and shellfish soup)….I would say, Tagliolini with truffles!” Alan replied, while Joe added: “You’re a real snob!”