Carolina, could you tell us about yourself?
I’m a Milanese girl, brought up between Switzerland, Milan and then last in London. I’m a visual artist. I worked as a textile designer for quite a long stretch of my career start so people think that I’m a fashion designer. But essentially I’m a textile artist with a lifelong dip into photography. At the moment I’m happily working on a large scale serie of tapestries and on a short music film.
What do you do here in Hackney? What do you like best about the neighbourhood?
In Hackney, I have my house and studio that I share with my husband. We live in a converted ex barn and we rebuilt a whole new part to fit his massive artstudio below Conrad is a British sculptor and needs lots of space, our 3 kids live in the house with us. Hackney and Clapton is a very friendly neighbourhood, dynamic and with lots of artists, architects, young entrepreneurs. I could say that Hackney is run by the young people mainly. It’s interesting, it’s wild, it’s getting much cleaner and less rougher since I first came here but it’s still fun.
How have you furnished your living space? Did Conrad contribute to the overall result?
Conrad and I have been collecting stuff and curiosities since we were young so we have quite a lot of objects between the both of us. We like it somewhere between contemporary industrial and warm it up with some vintage or ethnic pieces.
Do you often work together on things?
We talk a lot about personal projects and process of making, there is a very fluent exchange of opinions. We also have the studios one on top of each other. We officially only worked together for the Royal Opera house where I designed the textiles for his performance Machina back in 2012 and for the house which was and still is quite a big project.
How did you select your furniture? Do you change the furniture regularly?
No we inherited family furniture here and there, we tent to buy furniture or interesting objects at markets or when we travel.
Is there a particular era, artist, or work that influences you most?
No there is not a strict consistence, we appreciate timeless design.
Could you let us know about your favourite places to go in London?
We do tent to be cultural when we go out so Barbican Center, the Southbank Center, the Old Vic Theatre and the Almeida. Lunch or dinner at Moro in Shoreditch. Dinner at Bocca di Lupo. Getting lost in Soho at night is always fun. Stroll at Borough Market.
Any plans for 2018?
Photography: Constance Gennari – Text: Caroline Balvay – Translation: TextMaster @thesocialitefamily