Name: Eliana Trentalancia
Company: Reloaded Design
Position within company: Designer
Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc.)
I was born in Milan, Italy. As a young woman I have attended for a period at Marangoni, a fashion/design school in Milan and after, the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. I have worked for 25 years in Italy and abroad for the most prestigious luxury brands in both fashion and design. I have always nurtured a passion for the esoteric sciences and alchemy.
How would you describe your personal interior design style?
Eccentric, eclectic and visionary, made for those people who are not afraid to to be bold, who are willing to let their imaginations run wild in a dreamlike, extravagant and ironic world.
Where does your design inspiration come from?
Each piece comes from a different inspiration, different era and shows a variety of Italian workmanship techniques. Mirrors, iron, glass beads, perforated metal, semiprecious stones, bijoux, esoteric symbols, paper and fabric, jade, skulls, zodiac signs are all used to give each piece an individual mood: weaving a dream, a poem, mystery and magic.
Every item is inspired by different cultures and epochs, from Gothic to French Baroque. Opposing materials are put together – poor and precious- for fun, to challenge the conventions of traditional design. Each piece has a different identity. I love the contrast between simplicity and opulence.
Of course, my background in the fashion world inspired my creativity….
In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?
In one word, homologation. Great pieces, but all similar…. Just few designers try to be outside the dictated trends. You can be minimalist or you can follow opulence, but I think design should offer more creativity.
Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2017 and beyond.
Mixed styles, contamination, functionality, originality, decor
If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to product design, what would it be?
Be distinctive, think outside the box
How important are The International Design and Architecture Awards as recognition of talent and achievement?
It is really important! Each designer or artist need appreciation and recognition within the field, it is a boost to carry on.
What projects are you currently working on?
Experience always new ways and materials
What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?
To create useful but original little pieces of interior design
Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself
Your most treasured possession?
An old masonic gold ball pendant
Your favourite holiday destination?
Your favourite hotel / restaurant / bar?
Hotel – A little bungalow on the beach
Resturant – I Tre Marchetti in Verona
Bar – Cova Milano
Your favourite book / film / song?
Book – The Master and Margarita
Film – The Gladiator
Song – Don Giovanni’s arias
Your favourite food and drink?
Food – Penne alla Norma
Drink – Sassicaia wine
Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? (in no more than 25 words)
Creating new pieces in my atelier, with a good music background