Meet Maison&Objet’s designer of the year Cristina Celestino

At each edition, Maison&Objet names a designer of the year, celebrating the work of some of the most talented international designers.

Following on from Franklin Azzi’s eclectic architecture, the September 2022 trade fair is set to shine a light on Italian interior architect and designer, Cristina Celestino, who founded the Attico Design brand in 2011 and then went on to set up her own studio in Milan in 2013.

With a focus on the hospitality and retail sector, her collections include seats, settees, footstools and sofas.

“Sofas are one kind of product that I’m extremely comfortable designing and that I thoroughly enjoy exploring,” Celestino explains.

“They bring people together and provide somewhere to sit down for a chat. Plus, they can adopt so many different looks and feels that I’ve explored extensively in my work. For me, sofas are so much more than just a piece of furniture.”

She aims to strike a balance between art, fashion and design. Her projects for Fendi and the stores she has designed for Sergio Rossi show her familiarity with the world of fashion and the major couture houses.

“The work they do is extremely meticulous and involves researching and prototyping, so it’s not really any different to the world of design.

“The designer’s skill lies in interpreting all these core ideas and then turning them into a vision that is related to the product’s design. It is a time-consuming process, but one that I find extremely enriching.”

If you are planning to visit Maison&Objet, don’t miss Celestino’s Exotic Palace project, which will be on display for the duration of the trade fair.

“The project designed for the upcoming edition of Maison&Objet was born out of a desire for temporary immersion into another reality, where the exotic beauty, the love for decoration, the passion for colours and the urge to create scenarios in connection with nature are punctual,” says Celestino.

“Opening windows on other worlds, creating bridges between past and present, gift the audience with a reinterpretation of topics like ‘watching’, ‘conversating’ and ‘sharing’ as part of a choral approach. On this ground, the decorative and architectural project becomes the mean to convey the senses.”

Maison&Objet Paris is held from 8 to 12 September 2022.

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