Posted on June 7. 2019
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
I love its aesthetic and comfort, how it helps my posture and how it follows my body’s movements throughout the day.
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.
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!
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