The Heroine’s Journey of Chiara Zanella

What is the best thing that I love about my work?  I always thought that Creativity is Alchemy. It makes you able to turn matter into something else. You can do it with anything: colors on paper, food, objects, spaces. I especially love to work as interior designer because this is what to me perfectly depict the concept of a total artwork. I take everything as a challenge, problems and unexpected mainly just as a reason made for us to find a good solution, that is only asking to be transformed into beauty.

What is my idea of perfect happiness? At the moment is to wake up with the person I love, being surrounded by art, grace and all things we like. To spend a day looking for hidden treasures at flea markets, buying plants for the garden, go to the Opera, have a nice dinner while enjoying the most interesting and fun conversations we can have, sharing our passions and demonstrating that another world is possible.
What is my greatest fear? Fear is a feeling I just dont want to consider. It does create the assumption that something horrible can happen to you. I lived the most complicated and difficult time of my life recently, and I think I walked through all my greatest fears and improved myself so much…that I understood that being afraid of something is now what I don’t need anymore.  
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? When I start any project, I always see the hidden potential of everything….I listen to that, try to make it happen. But sometimes the attitude of seeing the best in everything or everyone can be dangerous. 
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? Axel Vervoordt is for sure someone very inspirational to me.
What is my greatest extravagance?  I don’t have a television. Can this be considered extravagant nowadays?
On what occasion would I lie? I will know that the exact moment I will be forced to lie for something.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? Sometimes gender politics.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? It was that moment last January when I was told that my decoration project for a gallery was the most beautiful one of the entire Déco Off in Paris.
If I could, what would I change about myself? My impulsivity.
What is my greatest achievement in work? It’s when you make a renovation project…and it looks actually as everything you have re-created has simply always been there.
Where would I most like to live? I live in Venice. And I cant think about any other place more perfect then here right now.
What is my most treasured possession? A pair of prints I bought in Sweden. They are two Dutch engravings of the 16th Century I did find in the middle of nowhere and in the middle of the chaos of a junk shop for 10 euros each. The same are part of the collection of the MET and of the British Museum.
What is my most marked characteristic? Stubbornness.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? I would say Palazzo Fortuny. But basically all Venice is a great inspirational moodboard.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city ? The cafe at the Biennale head Office in Ca? Giustinian, with a stunning view on the Grand Canal and San Giorgio island: L’Ombra del Leone. Their terrace is the place where I move office sometimes when the weather is nice.
What books influenced my life and how?  The Master and Margarita, Bulgakov. Uno, nessuno e centomila, PirandelloIt’s all about appearances. The way we constantly can misunderstand everything, potentially. The awereness of being seen from others in a way that is not the way you look at yourself, and viceversa. Its about life and its mirrors.
Who are my favorite writers?  Fedor Dostoevskij. José Saramago. Arthur Schnitzler. Colette
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Die Zauberflöte, Mozart.
Who are my heroes and heroines ? In fiction and in real life, anybody who is not scared of pursuing her/his own dreams.
Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? The Tenant, Roman Polanski
What role plays art in my life and work? I do my best every day to make them to be the same reality.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? Im working at the moment together with one of the most strong and smart women I know, Toma Clark Haines. Together, she says, we are dangerous!
Whom would I like to work with in 2018? I think I am already working with who I wanted to. I should plan now for 2019!
Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018? Like minded people who can teach me everything I need to learn.
What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on?  I’m designing a new model of kitchen for an Italian brand, L’Ottocento.
I’m working together with Toma Clark Haines at the next jewelry and bags collection inspired by the Victorian age, in collaboration with Bevilacqua, the historical Venetian velvet manufacture.

Where can you see me or my work in 2018? The kitchen I’m designing will be presented soon in a showroom in Milan. My last interior design project will be fetaured on QUIN, the interior design magazine.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? I never give up because of passion.
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? Toma Clark Haines. Mariska Meijers. MIchaela Zimmer.
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