September 2022 edition of Maison & Objet names Cristina Celestino Designer of the Year

At each edition, Maison & Objet nominates a Designer of the Year to celebrate the work of architects and designers on the international scene. For the September 2022 edition, Designer of the Year is the talented Cristina Celestino, who presents the “Palais Exotique,” designed especially for the occasion.

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Cristina Celestino

Cristina Celestino was born in Pordenone, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, an area where many talented designers and architects have come from and achieved worldwide fame. After studying architecture at the University of Venice (IUAV), she deepened her design knowledge. In 2011 she founded Attico Design, and in 2013 she opened her studio in Milan. Today Cristina Celestino is an interior and industrial designer working in various fields. In fact, her most recent work includes projects for hospitality, such as the Palazzo Avino hotel in Ravello, and retail, such as the Sergio Rossi flagship store in Milan. There are also numerous temporary installations, such as the recent Florilegio, at the Radaelli Florist, during Milan Design Week 2022.

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Flagship store Sergio Rossi in Milan

Art direction and industrial design

Art direction for brands of architectural materials and furniture products is one of Cristina Celestino’s activities. For example, herwork for Fornace Brioni perfectly expresses the designer’s passion for material and historical research. Fornace Brioni is an ancient furnace based in Gonzaga, near Mantua, the land of the Gonzagas par excellence. Celestino was therefore inspired by the Renaissance, with its Italian gardens and Renaissance architecture in and around Mantua, for materials with warm colors and textures that recreate the perspective illusions of the paintings of the time. Warm colors and precious materials are recurring themes in the architecture of Cristina Celestino, who works with several fashion brands; she draws inspiration for furniture products from their designs.

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Fornace Brioni collections

Cristina Celestino, in fact, also designs the furnishings of the spaces she creates, in which she infuses a spirit of hospitality and friendliness, expressed in the presence of many seats, which bring people closer together. In fact, she particularly likes to design sofas; these elements can take different shapes and layouts and lend themselves to design research. In a nutshell, Cristina Celestino’s approach is to constantly seek a balance between art, fashion and design.

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At Maison & Objet in Paris, Cristina Celestino’s “Palais Exotique” opens its doors from September 8 to 12, 2022.