[B]How does your culture/background affect your work?[/B]
It affects me very much. Not only are my designs inspired by the landscape - its seasonal shapes and colours – of the country where I live and where I was born, but my family history is also very important. My mother’s creative direction of the company and the sense of colours and materials of my father are hugely influential to my work today. I look to our archive for inspiration for of textures, shapes, techniques, values, principles. To me my background is like a safe full of gold that will never be used up but will keep going and evolve.
[B]Do you believe that heritage is an important part of design? [/B]
I don't know what it is like working without a heritage. I feel so lucky because from my parents I haven't just inherited a very famous brand; they were the creators of a language, a lifestyle made of tones and patterns, made of beauty, comfort and freedom, and I believe most of their ideas still are up to date. To me they were a very important starting point. I like the new mixed with some past, some memory and some tradition.
[B]How far would you go to source your materials when designing?[/B]
I am essentially modern, but when I design I like to feel completely free. I go as far as I need to source my materials, anywhere I can get what I need in that moment. I am a perfectionist and I don't like to compromise.
[B]Is the use of natural materials important to you? [/B]
Yes, for Missoni they have always been important, especially in the knitwear, although today some technological materials and threads are also very special: they can be lighter and more comfortable. They can stretch, adhere to the body and make it feel at ease. I use the material I believe is the right one for its light, weight and consistency.
[B]Do you have a favourite place for inspiration?[/B]
No inspiration to me can be anything, anywhere. If I had to pick something then of course, I like contemporary art, cinema and literature. I’m also often inspired by Venice history and Sardinia or Monte Rosa landscapes.
[B]Where do you see the future of design/the beds of the future? [/B]
I see a much larger bed, a bed that should be the new ‘agorà’ of contemporary home life. Like a place to be both on your own and be with other people as a meeting place, a working and talking place, a place to watch movies and TV. I see less table and chairs in the future and see the bed as an alternative to the chaises longues and couches. I see the future as an interaction of informatics and informality, virtual and personal memories, past and present.
[B]You design clothes to accentuate a person’s figure do you think the same principles are applied to furniture design?[/B]
Design is about body but also about space, I wouldn't say the principles are the same.
[B]Do you believe the catwalk influences interior design and/or vice versa?[/B]
Yes, they are influencing each other but in a very transversal way, quoting materials, patterns, finishes etc.
[B]What has inspired you, working with a brand like Hastens? [/B]
Like Missoni, Hastens has a great past, a tradition. And Hastens also tied its name to a pattern!
[B]What do you think their appeal is compared to other furniture manufacturers?[/B]
It is the appeal of things with a history. It is about uncommonly beautiful and perfectly done classics.
[B]Hästens is a family business and the craftsmanship has been handed down for generations, tell me a bit how this compares to how your own company works?[/B]
It is for several reasons that I say Hastens is for beds what Missoni is for fashion knitwear. It is not simply a family business, but history on invention, memory of a production looking backwards and forwards, crafts and high technology. We are both classic and innovative at the same time.
[B]How do you dress your own bed; does this change seasonally? [/B]
No, I do not change my bed seasonally. I always have white linen sheets and I use different patterned spreads, old and new, to cover the bed and a bolster behind the pillows.
[B]The bold colour-check pattern on a Hästens bed has become a global icon signifying luxury in beds, how would you describe Missoni’s signature image?[/B]
Stripes, waves, flames, zig-zags, squares, bands. fringes - a mix of tones and patterns.
[B]Have you ever had a recurring dream?[/B]
No. I have lots of different dreams, but I rarely remember them.