Cristina Celestino, was born and raised in a small city in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region. After high-school she enrolled at the School of Architecture at IUAV University of Venice where she graduated with honors. Shortly after, she started to collaborate with a number of architecture studios where she was involved in urban-scale, architectural projects. But it was at the Sawaia & Moroni-studio in Milan where Cristina first started designing interiors. In 2012 she launched her design brand, Attico Design and opened her studio a year later.
Since then her career has taken of, working on many personal projects, developing limited edition pieces for galleries, museums and collaborating with firms worldwide.
Because of the COVID situation we are not allowed to travel from region to region, I talked to Cristina on the phone. She’s lives Milan, in a house from the 1940’s with her husband and small daughter.
What made you realize you were more interested in interior design?
‘Doing it! At Sawaia & Moroni they asked me to work on some projects and I had more fun designing the interior than the exterior. A colleague of mine was working on some objects, and I remember that appealed to me too…
What was a game chancer for you?
‘In 2012 I launched my brand, Attico Design, a nod to both the beloved attic I rented for a few years in Rome as well as the poetic idea of looking at things from above. While I was designing pieces for my collection, I was selected to take part in Satellite, an annual event of the Salone del Mobile presenting new and young talents to the industry. That definitely brought me some attention, ‘shortly after that I was asked to work for several international galleries, showrooms and museums. Suddenly I was on the map, so to speak.’
You were also noticed by ‘commercial’ brands
‘Seletti had seen my Atomizers, a selection of coloured blown bottles in borosilicate glass, at Sattelite and noticed the praise they were getting. About a year later, they asked me to produce them exclusively for them.’ The bottles are now part of the permanent collection at the Triennale Museum in Milan.
So that’s how it works? Companies spot your creations and want them in their collections? Laughing ‘Exactly, although nowadays I get to be briefed with a precise wish-list.’