This exlusive interview with designer Vicente Wolf was conducted by Nicola Linza and Cristoffer Neljesjö in New York during March 2011
Interview with Vicente Wolf
How would you describe your signature style?
My signature style? Well, it is very hard to say what it is precisely yet I know people say things such as comfortable, light, elegant, but relaxed. I like to include a bit of humour along with a global point of view. I always work to mix difficult periods and styles in each space I design it was once said to me that to move forward you must take a bit of the past along with you.
You can do any interior in the world (past, present or imaginary) which would it be? And why?
If we are speaking solely of timeframe I always try to stay in the moment …the now! If one goes too into the past one risks losing their groove. However, I can also say that it would be not so much about the time period; moreover it's always where your head is at during a given time. My ideal time is the mid-30s when there was enormous craftsmanship and style with great experimentation.
What is your favourite colour?
No colour. I like Benjamin Moore Super White, and if we are to speak of colours I’d say soft colours, such as watercolours. In my spaces the walls will be white but the furnishings are rarely white always tonalities of taupe and greys …also soft blues.
A French aristocrat who has a chateaux outside Biarritz, has a large collection of antiques and a very traditional French and Spanish taste, wants to hire you to do his place in Paris. You are to collaborate with one designer for this one project who would it be? And why?
The Belgium designer Alex Vervoordt because he is both traditional yet modern. He is someone to learn from.
It is 1970 we are meeting up at a party that Luchino Visconti is having in Rome. What are you wearing? In addition, whom do you want to meet?
I am wearing a black sharkskin suit with stovepipe pants. I’d like to talk to him and his art director about their sets. There is always a sense of offhanded direction that always was authentic in every Visconti film. I want to meet the great actress Silvana Mangano.
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