Stefano Pilato

Stefano Pilato with his Ray Fish sculptures and Enjoy Cacciucco t-shirt designStefano Pilato with his Ray Fish sculptures and Enjoy Cacciucco t-shirt designIn the heart of one of Livorno’s most traditional districts -  Il Borgo - lies the workshop where Stefano Pilato creates his unique sculpture-designs, most with a marine flavour. In fact his shop is called Pesce Fresco (‘fresh fish’). All his sculptures are made from reclaimed materials, from driftwood, to nuts and bolts, and even abandoned computer mouses which he made into squid!

Stefano was born  in Livorno in 1965 and grew up in the Borgo Cappuccini district. He began drawing when he was a child, and cultivated a love of design and architecture through his studies at the Istituto d’Arte in Pisa.

He began to create his fish designs in the early ‘90s and enjoyed immediate success following an exhibition in a Livorno restaurant in 1993.

Stefano has worked as a graphic designer, and has One of Stefano's Scorfano fishOne of Stefano's Scorfano fishalways had an interest in architecture and sculpture. He admires Mirò, Kandinsky, Picasso, as well as the modernist architect Corbusier.

Recently he has become involved in a project to revitalise the Borgo district which has been declared a Centro Commerciale Naturale (natural shopping centre) for which he has designed the logo. Stefano also patented a logo to promote Livorno's trademark dish, Cacciucco, as displayed on the t-shirt he is wearing in the photo.

Another of Stefano's fish designsAnother of Stefano's fish designsWhen he’s not working, he enjoys cycling and spending time by the sea with his family.

Stefano, how do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?
I think I’ll still be working with the same intensity, but I hope that I will be able to be more selective in the kind of work I do, and that my work will have greater credibility and greater worth.

What’s your favourite place outside Italy?
I love cities – especially Lisbon, Barcelona, Paris and San Francisco.

And in Italy?
Venice, Naples – cities by the sea

And your favourite spot in Livorno?
The seafront, from the port to Quercianella. I get inspiration from the port.

Choose: Cacciucco or Triglie alla Livornese
Cacciucco

Choose: Ponce or Corretto al Sassolino
Ponce

Choose: Bagno or Scoglio
Scoglio

What do you miss about Livorno when you go away?
The light and the skyline

Would you like to live anywhere else?
No, I am happy here, I’m at home and I know my way around.

Livorno’s best point?
The cruel Livornese irony, and the people’s ability to adapt

Livorno’s worst point?
Indolence. The inability to make the most of the city’s resources.

Where would you take a friend on a one day visit to Livorno?
Along the seafront. And around Livorno’s architectural points of interest: the buildings in the Venezia district, the Casini di Ardenza, the old Fonte del Corallo building. I’d also show them the city’s architectural disasters.

To see more of Stefano's work, visit his website

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