People 16 January 2018
Giangi Razeto is a true artist who has managed to express his creativity in his profession. With his brother Andrea he produces locks and handles for boats and yachts
by Fabio Petrone – photo by Andrea Muscatello
«Creating means having imagination, an attitude, but in order to be able to use it concretely at work, one must learn how to use it, mediating what comes from within with what surrounds us, the things that strike us because of their beauty or functionality, in a sort of constant balance between imaginary world and reality».
These are the words of Giangi Razeto, the creative force in F.lli Razeto & Casareto Spa, a company whose history spans nearly one hundred years, specialised in making locks and handles for boats, ships, yachts and superyachts. His creativity is behind the lines that have made the products of the company distinctive in the last 10 years.
The company from Sori, Genoa is a proper industry, even though it is family-run and the other front man is his brother Andrea, in charge of commercial strategies and marketing, Vice President of Icomia and of Ucina Confindustria Nautica.
«If one wanted to draw comparisons, if I were to find a fitting definition of my work by comparing it to another ‘profession’, I would define myself as a music maker who creates a remix by starting with an idea and turning it into reality by using tunes and pieces that have already been created by somebody else». The thesis on the relationship between music, discotheques and young people he wrote for his degree in sociology explains the comparison, but only in part.
Giangi Razeto, a true artist, a sculptor and the designer of the handles signed F.lli Razeto e Casareto, allows his creativity to emerge entirely, creating products that meet the requirements of the market at 360°.
They range from totally one-off handles that he designs himself working alloys and metals in the company workshop – or entrusting them to world famous artists, masters in working the most diverse materials, from crystal to porcelain, from leather to the most precious jewels – to the design of handles that although exquisite are designed for serial production.
His work has led him to range from the Free-Go series, that mimic animal camouflage, to luminous ones which, thanks to a patented system that requires neither wiring nor batteries that need changing, includes LEDs in the handle that allow the client to choose their colour.
Or the handles of the series The Sea World in Bohemia crystal, engraved by Arno Cancik, or those of the “Tribute to” series, that also includes the Tribute to Doha, the most precious one ever created as it is entirely covered in micro diamonds, with a stripe of diamonds set in the shaft, and also illuminated internally thanks to the LED system.
F.lli Razeto e Casareto is presenting a new series of collections for the next nautical season. They include Tribute to Sicily, they are jewel-handles inspired by Sicily, a land that transmits unique warmth, passion, colours and emotions.
A mix of sensations that Giangi Razeto has wanted to transmit by requesting the collaboration of Rosanna Siciliano, the designer of Ciprialavica and Made By Sicily with whom he has created several designs, all based on the use of precious materials and unique ways of working them