Danne Semeraro is the principal behind Sempli, a glassware company with a fresh approach to wine, beer, and sake glass design. We asked him a few questions but forgot the wine.
Design inspiration: I travel to new places. That gives me a fresh perspective. But you can find inspiration in anything, if you look hard enough.
What’s always on my desk: Besides my computer–tracing paper, pencils, Sharpies and the positive for the mold of my first glass design.
Most prized possession: My father’s gold watch.
Favorite cities: I have so many. Florence is such a Disneyland of Renaissance design. New York is nonstop everything. LA is the beach, the mountains–unbelievable. Then there’s Helsinki, so beautiful and austere.
Favorite restaurant: Trattoria La Casalinga in Florence. A rustic place with magical Tuscan food. I want to order everything on the menu.
Favorite bar: Employees Only in New York. The bartenders don’t over do it. I want a drink, not a fruit salad.
Favorite foods: My mother’s homemade ravioli. Swedish nappar candies. Or Ahlgrens bilar if I’m sketching. They’re not as sticky as nappar.
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Favorite fashion designer: Jimi Roos. We were roommates in school, in between girlfriends.
Go-to vacation spot: My family home in Italy. It’s my recharge station.
Mr. Semeraro's (and Sempli's) designs are available at Amusespot.com or in our showroom in Anthem, Nevada.