What interests me is the style of the furniture that you see on the side of the street. It’s a sort of modern baroque, exalting gold spray finishing and plastic diamonds for the upholstery, wrapped in film plastic to protect it from the dust. Just like the original baroque, the “modern-baroque” uses contrast, movement, exuberant detail, grandeur and surprise to achieve a sense of awe, being not just a tool to express power but also to impress.

Born with the intention to mark a difference between the capability of the Catholic Church and the simplicity and austerity of the Protestants, the baroque has also been adopted by royal families, such as the Bourbons in Naples for the Reggia di Caserta or Louis XIV of France for Château de Versailles.