Background. Born and raised in Milano, Cristina Prandoni draws her inspiration from her hometown’s unmistakable aesthetics and the cultural heritage of the Modernist movement, a very special mix of design and architecture organically intertwined. It comes as no surprise, that the first lighting fixtures she designed were directly inspired by a pair of 1932 Piero Portaluppi industrial steel sliding doors she saw at Villa Necchi, a cultural landmark in Milano. After training at Christie’s and at the Inchbald School of Design in London, Cristina has already worked on several large-scale interiors and lighting projects in Kensington and Notting Hill.
Signature Style. The sculptural quality of her designs, which reflects true craftsmanship as well as a deep commitment to detail. Staying close to the production process is an essential part of her approach, as she enjoys channelling the expressive strength of metal, making it a recurring theme of her work. “I am especially focused on exploring the various stages of metal’s transformation: patina, colour finishes, bronzing, which are a constant discovery,” says Cristina.
She loves. The power and simplicity inherent to the industrial modernist movement, the strong impact of basic geometric forms and the juxtaposition of old and new.
Showstoppers. Type 35, a lighting fixture born out of memories of her father’s passion for racing vintage cars. The brushed steel wall-light draws its inspiration from the very dashboard of the car it was named after: A Bugatti designed in 1925.
What’s up. Cristina is currently working on creating larger light pieces and experimenting with new techniques in metalwork, continuing to steer her design practices toward more sculptural pieces. A selection of her most distinctive works is now available exclusively on The Invisible Collection