Friday, October 07, 2016

Venice: T Fondaco dei Tedeschi – Grand Opening Party

Photograph and copyright by Manfredi Bellati

Venice: T Fondaco dei Tedeschi – Grand Opening Party. DFS’s T Fondaco dei Tedeschi, Venice’s lifestyle department store, offers shopping, fine food and culture, lands in Venice at the feet of the Rialto Bridge in the iconic historical building. The T (T stands for Traveller) Fondaco dei Tedeschi was constructed in 1228, across from the fish market. Over the centuries it was used as a trading post for German merchants, a customs house under Napoleon, and a post office under Mussolini.
Above. The view from the rooftop terrace of the Canal Grande.

 “I am delighted to welcome you to an evening of entertainment and theatrical delights as we bring this beautiful building to life for your enjoyment.”
Eleonore de Boysson
DFS Region President, Europe and Middle East

T Fondaco dei Tedeschi
The internal courtyard, as well as, the exterior have been fully restored by award-winning architect Rem Koolhaas, whilst the interior shopping space was designed by acclaimed architect Jamie Fobert. And, the soon to be opened restaurant is designed by Philippe Starck and operated by Michelin-starred chef Massimiliano Alajmo.

Margherita, Bianca, Leonardo, Gibi and Viola Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga

 Beppe Modenese and Michela Vanon Alliata

Natalie Rucellai, Umberto Bianchini and Manuela Luca Dazio


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Giovanni and Servane Giol


Sigifredo di Canossa, Alessandra Moretti, Alessandra Zoppi and Fabio Moretti

Paola Caovilla, Fatima, Fabrizio and Carla Plessi and Mario Mauroner

Roberta di Camerino and Tessa Zanga


T Fondaco dei Tedeschi
La Bottega Rialto – Pasta
One of the many Venetian products on sale on the ground floor of the luxury shopping center


T Fondaco dei Tedeschi
Animation and Entertainment

Giulio and Benedetta Giannelli Viscardi


Jane da Mosto and Letizia Bovio

Stefano Guindani and Max Montingelli

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All the shops are located around the courtyard. Over 700 of the world’s luxury brands are present; fashion, beauty, local gifts, accessories and more.


 Emanuela Bassetti and Cesare De Michelis

Shamina Talyarkhan and Barbara Berlingieri

Alessandra and Filippo Gaggia

  Photograph and copyright by Manfredi Bellati

Fabrizio Plessi - Under Water – Installation

My monumental video installations are always born from the nature of the space and architecture, and I like to insert my work in there as if it always belonged to it. When it came to the Fondaco dei Tedeschi, I thought about its history, its spirit and its philosophy of being a blend of stories and languages. I imagined an installation that could co-exist with the architecture made by Rem Koolhaas. Taking inspiration from the golden brass surfaces I created a mental picture of sixty pieces of a massive golden Byzantine mosaic underwater. I wanted to achieve a fluid, ever-changing, almost breathing movement that also gives an abstract feeling of an imaginary collective.”
Fabrizio Plessi

 Fabrizio Plessi - Under Water – Installation
Hosted in the Events Pavilion, the cultural space, on the top floor, Fabrizio Plessi’s Under Water installation is on show until January 17.

Carla Plessi and Giuliana Giorgi Lavezzi


Fiammetta Cicogna


Stefano Zecchi

Photograph and copyright by Manfredi Bellati

T Fondaco dei Tedeschi – Grand Finale
Acrobats slide down the walls of the courtyard to music 

T Fondaco dei Tedeschi


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