Matteo Cibic: EDIDA India 2016 Tabletop winner
The two-time EDIDA winning, renowned Italian product designer, Matteo Cibic always has something up his sleeve. Be it envisioning new home decor objects like his previously EDIDA winning 12 piece furniture series for Scarlet Splendour, undertaking a research project like Vaso Naso or even dabbling in fashion – he’s been there, done that brilliantly each time, if we may add. We speak to the visionary on his recent win on the fruit bowls, a part of the Vanilla Noir collection for Scarlet Splendour, and his inspiration behind creating the product.
What is the best part about winning an EDIDA?
Matteo Cibic: The awards given by the top authorities in design and decoration confirm the fact that I’m doing well. It encourages me to keep working hard on my exuberant and wild new projects!
The best way to describe your EDIDA winning product…
MC: The fruit bowl, part of Vanilla Noir is like a timeless piece – it could've be designed anytime in the past eight centuries in Italy, India or Japan. It is a luxurious object and its design is steeped in history. Since I love pottery and most museums showcase the best of it, I wanted to create an object of that value.
Take us through the process of creating your EDIDA winning product.
MC: A lot of my research is done inside museums, books and libraries. History, pop culture, animals, plants, decoration, architecture of ancient buildings and even carpets inspire my creations. For this collection, I tried bringing together influences from East and West, the past and the future, and put it all together in a black and white colour tone.
A recent product or collection you admire in the tabletop category.
MC: I think that would one of my collections again – the Tablejoy series for Paola C.
Can you think of two characteristics of a tabletop product of the future?
MC: I believe that someday in the near future we will be able to accesses high tech polymers, porcelains or glasses to make self-cleaning crockery.
Photograph courtesy Davide Gallizio, Scarlet Splendour