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The Essential List: Stefania Siani

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DLV BBDO ECD makes her own olive oil, runs an art gallery and can’t resist a mango

The Essential List: Stefania Siani

Italian creative agency DLV BBDO is a family business. Well, sort of. Executive Creative Directors Stefania Siani and Federico Pepe head up the creative department there as husband and wife. Which makes them quite the power couple. They also keep themselves busy with quite a massive side project - running an independent art gallery in Milan.

Convinced that this indicated good taste, we asked Stefania for her Essential List. It turns out we were right - her life with Federico and their children is a stylish dream, filled with creativity.



o Place of birth: Salerno 

o Hometown: Milano 

o Staycation: L'inglesina, my olive garden in the South. Pepe's house, our home near Lago Maggiore

o Vacation: New York 

o Place of work: Everywhere. I work with my husband Federico Pepe, who's the other ECD

o Place of workout: Le Dictateur. It's an independent art gallery in Milan. One of the most vibrant in Italy. I run it with Federico. It's a little space on the street cut out from a liberty building called Futurdome 'cause it used to host the futuristic art movement back in the day

o Mode of transport: Metro, taxi

o Miscellaneous Travel Essential: Jeans, Poe, Vans, Vogue sunglasses, my two kids: Violetta and Antonio. 



o Artist: Federico Pepe, Maurizio Cattelan, Bruce Nauman, Sarah Lucas 

o Musician: Depeche Mode

o Commercials director: Alejandro González Iñárritu

o Film director: Paolo Sorrentino, Quentin Tarantino, Stanley Kubrick, Federico Fellini

o Photographer: Roger Ballen, Jacopo Benassi 

o Film: La Dolce Vita (Fellini) Il divo ( Paolo Sorrentino) 

o Series: The Young Pope, House of Cards, Happy Days 

o Commercial: Under Armour/ Rule Yourself/ Phelps 

o Music Video: Depeche Mode - Wrong

o Book: Elena Ferrante ‘L'amica Geniale’, Plato’s Symposium, Raymond Carver ‘Cathedral’, Paolo Sorrentino ‘Gli Aspetti Irrilevanti’, Dostoevsky ‘The Gambler’

o Newspaper (off or online): La Repubblica

o Magazine: Dazed, Freeda

o Podcast: Ted

o Miscellaneous Art: Coco - our project of video art and music; Vincent Peters 113c, our last exhibition at le Dictateur; ‘I am Wasting my time’ a typography exploration by Pepe, Fabio Novembre ‘Lapsus’ at le Dictateur (here with Marcelo Burlon); FAQ le Dictateur n5, curated by Maurizio Cattelan and Myriam Ben Salah; our last publication, ‘Credenza’; ‘Miscredenza’ - our design project with Patricia Urquiola here with Federico

Food and Drink

o Breakfast: Cappuccino, croissant 

o Restaurant: The Small, Milano 

o Dish: Le Dictateur dish designed by Federico Pepe for Editions Milano

o Snack: Bread and my olive oil

o Guilty Pleasure: Mango 

o Bar: Champagne Socialist, Milano

o Tipple: Martini Royale

o Soft Tipple: Fresh lemonade

o Miscellaneous food: Pizza, risotto, sgombro (mackerel)

o Miscellaneous Beverage: Martini, spritz, white Russian, prosecco, Dolcetto d'Alba



o Phone: iPhone 8

o Computer: Apple 

o TV: Sony 

o Camera: Leica 

o Soundsystem: Bose

o Pen / pencil: Bic

o Where you document an idea: Moleskine

o App: Just Eat

o Website:

o Blog: @talkingass Jacopo Benassi

o Work program: Word

o Digital work tool: Word

o Analogue work tool: Paper

o Grooming: Estee Lauder – addicted!

o Miscellaneous Kit Essential: Lush sandstone soap, Yankee Candle, ocean salt scrub 

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LBB Editorial, Thu, 07 Dec 2017 14:44:40 GMT