Seeking Patterns

Posted on June 7. 2019



Seeking Patterns
Silvia’s curious nature and ability to fully immerse herself led her to pattern design. After working for some of Europe's leading textile companies she decided to open her own studio, “I loved my work, but I was missing a sense of freedom.” Based in Milan, Silvia designs custom prints and patterns, art directs fabric collections and help brands strengthen their identities through color consultancy.

Tell us how you first got started with textile design

I started my career as an illustrator 12 years ago and ended up in textile design almost by chance: I was so surprised and fascinated by all of the work that went into creating a single collection and the incredible amount of research it took to predict even a single shade of color.

Where do you find inspiration?

I travel as much as I can, and the impressions I gain from these travels have a big impact on my work. I collect vintage botanical and color theory books, and I try to soak up all the little details from everyday life. My work is always based on solid research though, and when I’m able to convert creative impulses and inspiration into value it’s always rewarding.

What has been the most fun project thus far?

I am so lucky to work on so many different projects, but if I really had to choose, I recently have been creating wallpapers, and that has been very exciting. I love learning new things and I’ve had to take a completely new approach to scale, usage, and printing techniques.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you first started your creative career?

I wish I knew that a multidisciplinary approach is enriching, and not limiting. If you have several passions and you make them work together; it will eventually pay off. And that having to work on projects outside your comfort zone is where you can learn the most.  

What is the best part about your studio?

When I was looking for a studio and came to visit the space I am currently in, I immediately fell in love with the courtyard. It’s located in a bustling street near the Navigli area, full of historical local shops and bakeries. Yet, when you step inside the yard, you will find an utterly peaceful space filled with two centenary magnolias and a glorious wisteria. I love the light that surrounds me while I work and the sound of toddlers playing outside in the nearby kindergarten!

What is important to you when picking out pieces of furniture to surround yourself with?

I always look for pieces that combine beauty and function - that’s what great design is about. I prefer to buy less and invest in great quality pieces that I will use and love for years to come.

How did you first discover the Variable balans?

I remember my parents having what was probably one of the first balans models when I was a kid. And when I opened my own studio, I knew that one of the first things I needed was the perfect chair!

What do you like most about it, why that chair and not an ordinary chair?

I love its aesthetic and comfort, how it helps my posture and how it follows my body’s movements throughout the day.

How do you incorporate movement into your daily life?

I am lucky enough to live in an area that makes most places easily accessible by foot. I love to walk as much as I can and enjoy the beauty of my city. During weekends, I often escape to the mountains with my little family to hike and enjoy some fresh air, quality time and the beautiful landscape in the Alps.

Which interior piece are you currently missing?

Being a freelance working mom gives me the opportunity to spend a lot of time with my baby and enables me to work wherever I want. That’s why I often work from home, so the next thing on my list is another ergonomic chair for my home studio!

What are you busy with right now, any fun projects you can tell us about?

I just presented my new wallpaper designs for Wall & Deco at Salone del Mobile, and I have been busy designing for several kids wear brands, which is always super fun! I’m also working on prints for a new yoga apparel brand based in Los Angeles, that make garments using recycled plastic bottles. 

Photos: Silvia Stella Osella

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