Pho­tos by He­le­nio Bar­bet­ta/ Li­ving In­si­de – text by Pao­la Ca­ri­ma­ti

Cri­sti­na Ce­le­sti­no — p. 69

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On the four­th floor of a pe­riod buil­ding, the Ita­lian de­si­gner re­veals her pas­sion for col­lec­ting. In tai­lor- ma­de in­te­riors by hi­sto­ric Ita­lian firms, pro­to­ty­pes and crea­tions by the great ma­sters co- exi­st Mi­lan, a 1950s buil­ding. He­re we meet wi­th Cri­sti­na Ce­le­sti­no, lea­ding de­si­gner of Ita­lian nou­vel­le vo­gue. Born in 1980, Ce­le­sti­no mo­ved in­to this apart­ment la­st year. “We pre­ser­ved the ori­gi­nal in­te­rior ar­chi­tec­tu­re”, she tells us. “I li­ke hou­ses whi­ch ha­ve li­ved, whi­ch ha­ve a sto­ry to tell. I don’t un­der­stand tho­se who di­stort the soul of a pla­ce, tran­sfor­ming a ti­me­less clas­sic in­to a mo­dern loft”. Punc­tua­ting this re­fi­ned do­me­stic sce­ne, so­me ca­re­ful­ly se­lec­ted fur­ni­tu­re. The­re’s a cul­tu­red and so­phi­sti­ca­ted vin­ta­ge vi­be: the pie­ces, cho­sen by the de­si­gner wi­th the flair of a true col­lec­tor, fit na­tu­ral­ly in­to the spa­ce. An overall re­flec­tion of this young wo­man’s cha­rac­ter – de­ter­mi­ned, but gra­cious. Ms Ce­le­sti­no has dra­wn upon a re­per­toi­re of ima­ges of the pa­st, “whi­ch I rein­ter­pre­ted wi­th a con­tem­po­ra­ry twi­st”, she ex­plains. “I work wi­th tru­sted ar­ti­sans who help me to choo­se my tech­ni­ques: so­me an­cient, so­me re­co­ve­red af­ter be­co­ming lo­st over ti­me”. The col­lec­tion of Si­pa­rio uni­ts, for exam­ple, fea­tu­res tra­di­tio­nal brai­ding, tran­sfor­med in­to soft doors that clo­se the pie­ces. A cle­ver quirk – so­me­thing old ma­de in­to so­me­thing new. www. de­si­gnat­ti­co. com

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