Nathalie Du Pasquier was in awe when she visited Emanuele Bevilacqua at his family-run weaving company, where centuries-old wooden looms receive meticulous maintenance from him personally on a daily basis.
“The small defects in the wood are what bring the fabric alive,” says Bevilacqua. Brocade, satin and silk damask are still woven on the looms, including the precious soprarizzo velvet Bevilacqua is famous for, an intricate combination of cut and uncut pile that gives a three-dimensional textural effect. “The place is unique, something very rare. Plus, it was my first experience with weaving, and it has been a wonderful and intense experience,” says Du Pasquier.
Together, they chose the colours for the cotton base and for the silk tuft of her design, which needed to be mirrored vertically down the centre line in this case. She first drew it with pencil on paper, then enlarged it to full-scale in order to verify the proportions, after which he made the technical drawings. “The great thing about Doppia Firma is that it brings designers together with talented people who create things,” she says. As for him, Bevilacqua was delighted with Du Pasquier’s design for being something new and out of the ordinary for a fabric-maker whose most modern weaving designs are from the 1930s. Art deco is his favourite style, but most of the reproductions he makes are based on much more ancient patterns from the past, commissioned by museums, churches and interiors of prestige.