As a freelance professional architect, Maria Fiocco was looking for a more personal and independent mean of expression, a more intimate and emotional sphere, in a smaller scale than architecture and in which dexterity and artisan skills represent an added value. From this research comes her project telàio: manual skills linked to childhood memories, once laid down and now resurfaced through contemporary shapes and materials, flow into the creative process. The artisan tasks of embroidery and weaving are applied to functional and contemporary objects, turning them into something magical and evocative.
A short description of your collection.
My telàio coffee table are part of a bigger project based on reconsideration of the arts of embroidery and weaving through contemporary shapes and materials. The idea is to apply the decoration not to fabric, but to a rigid openwork metal base and replace the threads with leather strips. This way, the end result is macro stitches, used to create evocative patterns, reinterpreted in a contemporary way.
What inspires you?
The patterns for my “weaved metals” come from my grandmother’s crochet, traditional male textiles, the art of weaving on an old Viennese wicker chair, the flowers on a brocade and the weaved baskets of Mediterranean tradition. These patterns can be combined in a mix&match of shapes and colours.
Your style in three words.
Evocative but contemporary, decorative.
Detail makes a difference... What’s yours?
I could say the “honesty” of artisan craftsmanship. I make my patterns personally and by hand stitch after stitch, through precise outlines designed to make the embroidery tasteful eve on the back. Given that I don’t put anything underneath the openwork metal surface, the weaving process is clearly visible. Small imperfections are the expression of the artisan crafting, guarantee of uniqueness of the single object.
Which object do you wish to design?
More than an object, I’d like to design a space made out of objects produced in the style of my telàio coffee tables.
The telàio project presents potentially limitless creative opportunities and many different applications in home décor and fashion. I can think about a showroom for leather footwear or accessories with stands, panels and other pieces of furniture made of openwork metal sheet embroidered with leather. It would create a sort of unity between the brand, the collections and the expositive space. The project could also be applied to the accessories themselves, like bags and pochettes.
If your brand was a song?
I love Yann Tiersen, the tracks made for Amélie (Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain) in which the instruments – such as the accordion – and the richness of the acoustics recall the tradition and are reinterpreted in a contemporary and strongly poetic way.