The fire in the fireplace is a return to the pleasure of small, simple, and perfect things.
Ruggero's magnificent house, a skillful restoration of a medieval stone building, has been practically a dormitory for years, inhabited for just about ten weeks a year.
For him, traveling was not only a professional necessity but a physical need. Dealing with fine woods, a craft he has honed like a tailor, has allowed him to visit the most remote and unspoiled places on all four continents, to have extraordinary encounters with people from the most diverse backgrounds.
FORTUNE MUST BE ACKNOWLEDGED
The encounter with Jacqueline happened almost by chance, at a time when both had laboriously achieved a kind of stability. Like a couple from another era, they didn't see each other for many months after that first meeting in Buenos Aires, but they began to write to each other. Every day, a long, deep letter in which they talked about themselves as if it were an urgent necessity for both.
The complicity that was slowly being built was truly rare. Jacqueline, an anthropologist, had just returned from a long research expedition in Patagonia and was already ready to set off again, backpack in hand. She had the maturity to recognize it. At a certain point, she realized that this thing had a precise name; it was called "fortune" and loudly demanded to be acknowledged.
The Turkish author Orhan Pamuk, Nobel Prize in Literature, is one of Ruggero and Jacqueline's favorite authors.
CAN GIVE US HAPPINESS
THAT DOES NOT EXPIRE
IN HUNDREDS OF YEARS.
– Orhan Pamuk
LIFE? IT'S AROUND THE FIRE
The decision matured in a very natural, almost simple way, no matter how enormous the steps ahead appeared. Leaving Buenos Aires and moving to Ruggero, in a small town at the foot of the mountains, where everyone knows each other by name. And then, seeking a child, succeeding, and welcoming her as a gift.
Jacqueline arrives in winter, a cold, damp winter that penetrates the bones and raises questions. To radically transform one's life requires concentration, a focus on what truly matters. And it's the fire that accompanies her on this journey, precisely that fireplace that seemed so strange to find in a house, a relic of an ancient past.
The fireplace is a two-sided model. It divides the living room from the dining room.
THE FIREPLACE HAS BECOME
SOMETHING ESSENTIAL IN MY LIFE.
IT'S THE PART OF THE
HOUSE I LOVE THE MOST.