The Happy Room by Cristina Celestino for Fendi
Updated: Jan 7, 2020
Celestino has called her Fendi project The Happy Room, and its aesthetics reflect her love of Gio Ponti and Fifties elegance. One recurring feature of the collection is the detail in brushed brass inspired by the clasps of earrings, becoming oversized in the bases of the tables and also appearing on the backs of the upholstered creations, to transform furniture into jewellery. Precious fur, the signature of the atelier, is applied in an unusual way at the base of the two seats. She’s turned it into everything from a table stand to a handle/ornament to be found on the backs of velvet upholstered chairs and sofas. Occasional tables have inlaid marble tops, while a lampshade is made in perforated leather. Double-sided curtains in grey and primrose yellow velvet help to increase the sense of softness and warmth in the Miami space, while arched mirrors reflect the palette of pinks, blues and greens. Low-slung armchairs in mustard-coloured Rubelli velvet sit on a base of pale grey fox fur, while the new material, Etere, forms part of a five-panel screen.