Cristina Celestino designs for Saba the new Gala seating system, thus establishing a collaboration with the company. The project responds to the desire of investigating the sofa as a place and not only as a mere functional product, to the aspiration of dematerializing the very concept of traditional living and to create a sofa with a strong iconographic design component.
With a subtle reference to the retro-future atmosphere of sofas that inhabited the ‘70s, the new collection explores the flexibility of the upholstered object with a no gender, sculptural and sophisticated volume, which lends itself to interpreting different visions of interiors, from residential to hospitality contexts. The central backbone is a vertical element that draws pleated curves ready to accommodate, both on the front as well as on the back, a seat-pouf element of different depths. The many possible configurations give life to a “hybrid” and flexible sofa with which one can interact.
In a collective utopian imagination, the name Gala is associated to the concept of elegance and sophistication, but Gala is also an ornament, a decoration that is created with a rippled textile band and in our case, Gala becomes the structure of the upholstery itself. Gala is also one of the planets in Star Wars and an indirect tribute to the world of stars, to the optimism and the avant-garde that characterized that era.
Production year 2021
Cristina Celestino was born in 1980 in Pordenone. In 2005, after graduating from the School of Architecture at IUAV University of Venice, she worked with prestigious design studios, focusing on interior architecture and design. In 2009 she moved to Milan, founding two years later her brand Attico Design. In 2013 she opened her own design studio. In occasion of DesignMiami/ 2016 Cristina designed “The Happy Room” collection for Fendi. As a designer and architect, Cristina Celestino creates exclusive projects for private clients and companies. Her work also extends to creative direction for companies, and the design of interiors and displays. Cristina has received many international prizes and honours, including the Special Jury Prize in the “Salone del Mobile.Milano Awards” in 2016 and the Elle Deco International Design Award in the Wall covering category in 2017 with “Plumage” for Botteganove, in 2019 with “Giardino delle Delizie” for Fornace Brioni and in 2020 with “Policroma” for Cedit.
Cristina Celestino is an avid collector of masterpieces of Italian design and a curious investigator of objects: her work is based on observation and research.
In her projects, driven by in-depth exploration of the potential of forms and functions, there are historical and contemporary references to the worlds of fashion, art and design.
The fil rouge of her creations is clear, rigorous use of geometry, in a process of careful manipulation of traditional forms: her projects also feature variations of scale and brilliant little inventions, playing with conventional messages and hidden, unexpected meanings.