Cristina Celestino is a new talent on the Italian scene and she knows it now that her work has received recognition in various fairs and exhibitions. Her work brings together the rigour of her training as an architect, a designer’s inspiration and the curiosity of a collector of unique objects. She lives and works in a 1920s house in Milan which functions as both studio and home, where she finds the inspiration she needs to apply to her work. Her pieces are domestic, familiar, evocative, and have a retro feel that she reinterprets so as not to fall into nostalgia for a time gone by.
How do you make sure that your objects and ideas are different? With variations of scale, with new perspectives, using materials that add visual richness and serve to redesign the traditional imagery. Her special curiosity for everything around her – her house, her clothes, her personal belongings and even her friends – is a source of inspiration. “I’ve always been struck by the personal identity of each of the pieces I discover. They don’t have to be extraordinary objects, but they do have to have something makes them special”, she says.
I created my own brand so that I would have total freedom of expression
After graduating in 2005 at the IUAV in Venice, the designer’s dream was to become an entrepreneur in order to create her personal style and control the entire creative process, from the first line sketched with a pencil to the marketing of the final product. With this in mind, in 2009 she created her own design brand, Attico Design, in which she also allows herself the luxury of going down whatever roads she wishes without having to adhere to anyone else’s stipulations.
“I created my own brand so that I would have total freedom of expression”, she always says in her interviews. Being selected to participate in Milan’s Salone Satellite, a global showcase if ever there was one, has also contributed to her success.
This philosophy has not prevented her from working and collaborating with different producers, but the time has come now to put some distance between herself and the rest in order to focus on her own company. She has even become a little more ambitious when it comes to having her limited-edition pieces appearing in art galleries, exhibitions and museums.
Cristina Celestino is in no hurry. She has worked and continues to work with various renowned clients (Seletti, Flexform, Torremato…) which enabled her to globalise her design, and in the case of her recent project ‘Cristalino’, for instance, she has even allowed herself to be seduced by more personal collaborations, like this design that she worked on with Paolo Polloniato. The future? Well it looks very promising: the projects are already piling up.
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