Italian designer Cristina Celestino has sent me her latest work. The Ecstasy project is an elegant study on the symbolic of food, pure in form, full of value and meaning and inspired by the Catholic eucharistic host. “The recurrence of eucharistic gesture becomes recurrence of the host, stripped of its religious value and used as texture or employed in oversize format adorned with digital print”.
For Italian design studio Attico, Cristina has translated the idea into a dressing table with a basin and pitcher that can be interpreted on many levels.
The romantic dressing table has been purified, abstracted in volume and transformed into an “aesthetic altar”. The host’s form repeated on surfaces generates texture while digital prints use the discs as blank canvases. The intimate gesture becomes an intimate space for hedonistic enjoyment.
￼Ecstasy is part of the FOODMADE collective exhibition taking place in Ventura Lambrate disctrict, in Padiglione Italia, during Milan Design Week 2013, starting tomorrow.The event gathers a collection of 17 projects inspired and created BY and not FOR food.
“Food as raw material but also as a key element of the creative and productive process. An essential element of human life, fuel for the mind, body engine, irreplaceable raw material, completion of a basic need and again opportunity to conviviality, sharing, relationship, much of us and our sociability revolves around the FOOD.”
About : Cristina was born in 1980 in Pordenone. She graduated in Architecture in 2005 at the IUAV in Venice under Architect Massimo Carmassi, starting immediately to work in his studio based in Florence. In the following years she has been working on retail interior projects for several brands. Since 2009 she has been working at the Sawaya & Moroni design, architectural office based in Milan.
Photos © Mattia Balsamini
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