Could you tell us about your collections this year?
This year, for Milan, we really did very much on these floral patterns – it’s orchids and protea.
I take a lot of inspiration also from the Missoni fashion collection. I’m free to pick whatever I think and be added or emphasised or worked out into the home collection. Then, there are patterns like the protea pattern, that I do expressly for the home collection.
Missoni is a family affair, how does this work for you?
My daughter; she runs the fashion side of Missoni. Her daughter just joined too, working on the creative side – bags, shoes, jewellery, eyewear. She’s very positive and very determined.
The factory was always [my children’s] playground when they were children; so it is for their children. The children come in, and since they were very little they draw and they play with colour, play with fabrics – it’s a fascinating world for children. They dig into the cuttings and waste baskets – for a child it’s amazing.
Could you tell us about your outdoor furniture ranges?
We have recently launched more outdoor furniture because I need them for the hotels. Now we are opening the second Missoni Hotel.
Ah, yes, the hotels – they are very beautiful…
The first one is in Edinburgh; the second one is in Kuwait city. It’s a very colourful hotel as it is facing the ocean; it gives a totally different inspiration. Now, we are working on a hotel in Brazil, these fabrics will be for Brazil. The vegetation in Brazil is breathtaking – like in Australia too.
Hotel Missoni – Edinburgh
I want comfort, I want lovely shapes. If we have them, okay. If not, we choose other designers. It’s like my home – I like variety, I like change. The chairs we use in the hotels are the ‘Wishbone’ chairs by Hans Wegner – he designed the best chairs in the world.
How do you keep your approach fresh and interesting?
There is so much inspiration around, so we do what we like. I can say, from what I see, that we are trendsetters still. It’s very rewarding when you see, for example in Maison Objet in Paris, how much we are copied!
This is quite enjoyable, as it keeps you going forward. It is part of being a designer. You want to step forward, you want to find other ways of using colours and textures – it’s endless.