Friday Five with Daniel Germani

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Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Daniel Germani has been calling Phoenix, Arizona home since 1998. After finishing architecture school, he spent eight years in Rome, Madrid, Brussels, London, and Amsterdam working in a variety of creative and entrepreneurial pursuits. Also holding a Master’s in International Management from Thunderbird, these days the multitalented Germani focuses on modern furniture design and architectural renovations. Let’s see what this designer selects as inspiration for this week’s Friday Five.

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1. Rome
I lived in Rome for a good portion of my 20s and there is not one thing that I didn’t like about it. Rome is a magical city. The chaos, the food, the people, the architecture, the art and did I mention the chaos and the food? One can never unveil the thousands of years of history layered up one over the other. I keep going back as often as I can because it is so inspiring.

2. Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris
What can I say of Le Corbusier that has not been said before. He was a renaissance man. Architect, urban planner, designer, painter and writer he mastered it all. His views on urban design, architecture and design were way ahead of his time. Le Corbusier has always been an inspiration.

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3. Dekton Aura
Dekton Aura by Cosentino is a total game changer. Its ultra-compact makeup allows for installation both indoors and out, and the large slab design can be book-matched for endless symmetrical continuity, expanding the horizons for both architects and designers alike. It is versatile and sexy — definitely one of my favorite materials to work with at the moment.

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4. Fortoul Brothers
I love these über talented bi-coastal brothers and their “nomadic gallery”. Their art is powerful, comes from the heart and represents their Latino heritage. Truly amazing!

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5. Il Postino, the movie
There is something about this movie and its soundtrack that stroke a cord with me. Massimo Troisi’s unforgettable, and posthumous, portrayal of a postman delivering Pablo Neruda’s mail in exile is beyond moving. It is a story of love and life in simpler times.