In the beginning there was a little girl who licked her mustache in front of a pastry window, today there is a woman who has won the award as Designer of the year at Maison & Objet 2022. After Laura Gonzalez, Michael Anastassiades and Franklin Azzi, this time it’s up to Cristina Celestino, Italian born in the 1980s, to receive the recognition of the Parisian exhibition that closes this summer. The reasons include the desire to reward the “cultured sophistication” of creativity from Pordenone, which you can admire, during the fair, the installation “Exotic Palace”, conceived to transport us as if by magic to another world.
After graduating in Venice, Cristina Celestino began collaborating with various studios before concentrating on interior design and founding the Attico Design brand in 2011, which was followed by a personal studio in Milan that opened in 2013. Her projects range from the housing sector to the receptive, which follows both from the art direction and from the design side.
Still, it all started with a greedy little girl, enchanted by the shop windows with sweets that arranged babà and lady kisses like pearl necklaces. It was the first encounter with design, and that’s what Cristina Celestino still remembers today as the starting engine for her work: attention to the product, of course, but also to everything around it, without forgetting the social component.
An awareness that is captured in the tendency to offer many sessions in the spaces it is entrusted with, just so that the user feels comfortable and the interaction between people is favored. Thus, some of the most iconic pieces of his production were born, such as the sofa for Etel, magnificent in its double faces in boiserie and upholstery, hidden by a meandering curve that simultaneously creates two different spaces.
The world of jewelery has also exercised a certain fascination with the designer, who for Fendi Home was inspired by the fashion house’s classic business. A charm that is not extemporaneous and that stems from a deep research in the Fendi archives to appropriate aesthetics and a way of working that consists of meticulous experiments, prototypes and continuous experiments. Rings, earrings and cufflinks are all items that offer their details offerings to the view, in a continuous discovery. For his Website for Fendi Casa, Cristina Celstino he zoomed in on the cufflinks and used them as a counterweight to balance a lamp, while the butterfly on the back of an earring served as inspiration for the coffee tables. An ability to jump between design, art and related areas such as fashion, which is essential: “The designer’s ability lies in interpreting all these basic ideas and then transforming them into a vision linked to product design. It is a process that takes time, but which I find extremely enriching ”.
An almost handcrafted work that reflects a path that is not completely linear. After studying architecture and choosing her masters like Adolf Loos and Carlo Scarpa, Cristina approached design on her own and became attached to a modus operandi that starts from an urban plan and then reaches a detailed realization. Hence the need to have its own collection to inspire from time to time. This allowed her to see new relationships between objects and between the environments she had immersed them in. After all, as she herself says, “I never hesitate to draw inspiration from the past when I get started. with a new project “.
This can be seen, for example, in his work for Fornace Brioni, which draws on history through the prism of local art. For the Mantua-based firm, Cristina originally drew inspiration from the geometric shapes and colors of the Italian garden, then drew inspiration from the natural elements that characterize the Palazzo Te cave, to finally mention the Lombard Baroque architecture and the churches of Bibiena. brothers. The use of perspective illusion and fretwork was then further highlighted, precisely to emulate the example of Bernini and Borromini, and to give life to textures that rediscover the graphic symbols of the Baroque and which give his drawings a sense of extreme rigor.
ForSeptember 2022 edition of M&O, gives the designer free rein to her passion for France and for Paris in particular, which she has also learned to appreciate the patisseries of (and it is no coincidence), as well as of course Maison La Roche by Le Corbusier. “Exotic Palace” is a delight to the eye, which combines the love of decoration and colors with nature and the search for a distant space. Sight, sharing and conversation are the themes that this corrective reflection revolves around. The same thing fascinated her when she was a child.
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