For our annual issue “The Originals”, we asked creators – pioneers in art, design, fashion, comedy, activism, and more – to share their ideas. to stay true to themselves. Read all interviews from this year here.
After about three and a half years working as an interior designer in the studio of famous architect Peter Marino, you started to support yourself as an artist and designer in 2018. folding chair in the signature print from Louis Vuitton, Fendi hand sanitizer and Gucci pill bottle cover. How did this concept materialize?
Working for Peter was like going to college. I learned the language of design from him, and so much about materials, textiles, artists, everything. I had the concept of reusing designer luggage from something I made myself. I was rummaging through my closet looking for some material I could use to upholster a chair, and picked up a Louis Vuitton garment bag with a broken zipper. I realized this was the right amount of material for the chair, so I went for it. It all happened with no intention or a clear plan from the start, that’s how most of my work goes. It starts off as one thing and turns into another. I try not to cling too much to a specific result.
Last summer, you designed a psychedelic-inspired capsule collection for Fendi called FF Vertigo, covering their signature baguette bag and other pieces in a distorted version of the classic FF print. Prior to that, you redesigned the brand’s Miami store for Design Miami, covering the store with collages and archival images Fendi. How did it happen?
I met Silvia Venturini Fendi and her team on Zoom. Silvia said “to be disruptive”, and this freedom allowed me to conceive without any limits.
What was your first luxury purchase?
Prada America’s Cup orange sneakers.
You said you didn’t want to stick to a singular category of artist or designer. Can you elaborate on this topic?
Utility and haute couture are concepts that often don’t go together, and I like the idea that a folding chair is something to be cherished and maintained. I take my work, the creation process and the quality of my pieces very seriously, but I like a not-so-serious end result. My job is not meant to intimidate; instead, I want it to be very accessible. I want people to smile or laugh when they see it.
If you could cover any object, regardless of size, with a printed logo, what would it be?
A New York bus or a tugboat.
Could you imagine yourself working in-house for a fashion brand?
Everything is possible!
Who do you consider to be original?
Who is your style icon, and why?
A mix between Aaliyah and my grandmother – elegance, with a certain comfort.