54 INTERIORS & SOURCES JUNE 2015 interiorsandsources.com
Photography courtesy of Billiani
WHERE DID YOU GROW UP?
I was born in the mind of my creator, Emilio Nanni,
and grew up in Manzano, Udine, with Billiani—a
long-standing Italian family whose success is based
on simple but fundamental values and principles.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST BIG BREAK?
Well, my first and great occasion was Salone del
Mobile 2015 in Milan! It was an amazing, scenic
stage for me.
WHAT’S THE RUMOR MILL CHURNING OUT ABOUT
YOU THESE DAYS?
People say that the tailored finishes emphasize
my strong character.
WHERE WAS THE LAST PLACE THE PAPARAZZI
I saw a picture of me standing at the fifth pavilion
in Rho Fiera with Luigi Billiani and Emilio Nanni—
we were breathtaking!
ASIDE FROM SUGAR, SPICE, AND EVERYTHING NICE,
WHAT ELSE ARE YOU MADE OF?
Well, my frame is comprised of stained or
lacquered beechwood, and I’m upholstered
in fine fabric—but I’m also made of love, design,
IF YOU COULD GET ONE PLASTIC SURGERY
PROCEDURE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
I don’t think I need any! People say I have the perfect
behind. Never has there been such sweet fusion
between frame and seat. I'm characterized by
my accurately conceived construction and the
master craftsmanship of my shell, which folds
and receives my back leg.
WHO ARE SOME OF YOUR IDOLS AND
My main influencer is Italian design with its
history of hand-crafters, but my idol is my creator.
I wouldn’t be here without his creativity.
WHAT’S YOUR BIGGEST TURN-ON?
I can combine innovation and formal precision
with extreme comfort. My soft elegance bestows
imminent comfort upon guests and prestige to
You’ll never get up from me. Is that a turn-off?
WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO WORK WITH NEXT?
I would like to work with imaginative architects
and interior designers who are able to underline
my expressive force.
WHAT’S THE WORST PART ABOUT FAME?
You know, it’s so strange. Everybody suddenly
loves you and wants you. They dream about
you; they want to be with you. It can be daunting.
But I’m lucky. My Billiani family is very strong and
provides great support.