A TALK WITH AMBRA MEDDA
Photography by Tanya Houghton
Ambra is one of those women you’ll always look up to. She’s an eclectic business woman, always involved on all sorts of interesting projects linked to design, art, fashion and more. In the past year she moved back to London from New York and build a family with designer Edward Barber, with whom she has two wonderful daughters: Rosa and Greta. We went visit her at their house and spent the morning in their lovely (and perfectly British) garden, talking about past and present.
Design has always been a more inclusive reality than fashion and art. You are part of all of these worlds, which one do you feel more comfortable with?
I feel a great sense of gratitude and relief in being able to do what I love most: researching talents, telling stories through collaborations, curating exhibitions, and working alongside inspiring creative individuals and institutions. I’m incredibly lucky to be able to glide in and out of the worlds of art, fashion and design, which enables me to connect people and ideas across these fields. The world we live in now constantly presents both opportunities (and challenges!) that emerge from cross-disciplinary collaborations.
What have you been working on lately?
In the span of the last few years I started an online business, moved back to Europe and had two children, our daughters Rosa and Greta.
You are currently living in London with your partner Edward Barber and your daughters. How is life in the city?
I returned to London from NYC three ago and have truly loved being back. On a cultural level, the city has so much to offer. It feels very much like the center of the design community. I find that it is a perfect base, for now!
What was your first contact with Mutina?
Edward initially introduced me to Mutina. He said that as a designer, they were a pleasure to work with. He described Mutina to me as a company that really pushes the boundaries, both in terms of the designers they seek out and the different technologies they experiment with.
During Milan Design Week 2016, you used the Puzzle collection by Barber & Osgerby at Restaurant Marta, in partnership with Airbnb. Can you motivate your choice?
For ‘Makers & Bakers’ we needed an eye catching element to frame the performative element of the show: the bread maker Carter Were, whom we brought over from New Zealand. The Puzzle collection adorned the bar counter in the space, and was the perfect focal point. The show itself celebrated tabletop objects created by different young designers, so this was the perfect surface to heighten that experience!
Do you have a Mutina collection you prefer?
Phenomenon by Tokujin Yoshioka.
In an ideal home, how would you use Mutina in the different spaces?
I would plaster all my bathrooms in Mutina tiles. I would absolutely love a patio floor and wall covered in tiles… Ideally overlooked by the main living area of the house.