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New Art Direction by Cristina Celestino for Fornace Brioni

Cristina Celestino for Fornace Brioni

You might think, it is probably the best kept secret where designers get their inspiration from – but looking at the work and some of the art direction by Cristina Celestino, some of her secrets seem to unveil. We can see artful connections to modern fairy tales, combined with spectacularly translated designs, reminiscing fashionable jewelry.

Quoted to be a ‚Superstar‘ during the Milan Design Week by Spazio Pontaccio (the address in town), her work is both, abstract or stylized from familiar forms, characterized by an abundant use of colors. We have shown her work Happy Room for Fendi (remember those furniture designs inspired by ear studs?) before and there was simply no escape at the Salone this year. Her pieces, seen in different collaborations throughout town were always love at first sight – and we would love to introduce one project in particular because to us, she is a Superstar, too!

For Fornace Brioni, Celestino took over the art direction and created the first two collections – „Giardino all’Italiana” and „Gonzaga” – made of cotto – a type of Italian brick tile. We included „Mosaico”  as well belonging to the same set styling.

Fornace Brioni designes unique and custom-made solutions, with a special care for details and hight quality results. Every product is available in a wide variety of colours, textures and shades, in order to embrace every creative imaginary.


The collection of Gonzaga, wanted to create a temporary short-circuit with timeless motifs, proposed for the first time in cotto. The motifs are based on designs typically found in fifteenth-century paintings, and are proposed through typical patterns of perspective, patterns of light and shade, and draped effects.

Cristina Celestino for Fornace Brioni

Cristina Celestino for Fornace Brioni



And in „Giardino all’Italiana” the natural materials are artificially formed and glazed – dating back to the original idea from the late Renaissance period of designing the nature.

Cristina Celestino for Fornace Brioni


‚Mosaico‘ focuses on a collection of mini tiles formed with raw materials, high tactility and earthy colors. The collection includes mini-tiles measuring as little as 1×1 cm with simple yet timeless textures.

Cristina Celestino for Fornace Brioni

Cristina Celestino for Fornace Brioni

Photo credits: Mattia Balsamini | Styling and set design: Studio Fludd


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