"When I was a kid in Italy, my favourite tv program was Action Now.
Every week, presenter Brando Quilici traveled the world and introduced unique personalities who did a bit crazy and reckless things, such as jumping the Grand Canyon on a motorcycle (the stuntman Evel Knievel) or walking on a tightrope between the Twin Towers (the tightrope walker Philippe Petit).
The episode which struck me most was about Carl Boenish, the founding father/inventor of B.A.S.E. jumpers, who climb bridges, skyscrapers, antennae, and then parachute. His motto (which immediately became my own motto) was: 'Happy are those who dream dreams and are willing to pay the price to see them come true', which means living by pursuing your own dreams and passions.
Thomas Rudolph Contu, craftsman / sculptor / designer, lives like this.
I've known him for years: anytime I meet him, he passionately and enthusiastically describes the piece he's working on or an idea for a future work with his unique Tuscan accent (he's a bit Dutch, Indonesian and Sardinian; he grew up in Florence but lives and works in London).
The idea was shooting one of his working days, starting from the morning, when he rides his Vespa from his house to the studio where he works, thinks and creates until late at night".
Trained according the Florentine mosaic tradition, Thomas loves working with steel, stones, crystal, bones, materials with which he makes his works of art, sculptures and furniture pieces, on commission only.
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Thomas Rudolph Contu
a filmmakers / ENTERTAINMENT production for Vogue Italia
directed by Alex Grazioli
cinematography Paul Bryan & Alex Grazioli
produced by Alex Grazioli & Martino Properzi
edited by : Alex Grazioli & Paul Bryan
in collaboration with Mrs Grey Films