The Hero’s Journey of Francesco Carli

What is the best thing that I love about my work?  

My work gives me the chance to satisfy my need for expression.

What is my idea of perfect happiness?

Be allowed to be creative, to travel at my own pace and not spend too much time away from my partner.

What is my greatest fear? 

Lose my freedom

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

Sometimes I worry too much beforehand for specific things that might go wrong… even when I know that I was capable to manage very similar situations in the past!

Which living persons in my profession do I most admire?

Achim Menges, Es Devlin, Jessica Rosenkrantz

What is my greatest extravagance?

I don’t own a car.

On what occasion would I lie?

I tend to lie not to hurt someone else‘s self esteem.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

I totally hate when someone with limited knowledge in the field of design is put in the position of giving me specific directions about my work. This usually happens when working with big agencies or corporations: it’s the price I have to pay to have access to bigger projects.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

Last November when being recognized by a cultural institution dear to my heart for a design project I worked on with my partner. In that occasion I was able to discuss the creative process behind my work with people with great insight in the creative and cultural field. That moment was inspirational.

If I could, what would I change about myself?

I’d like to know better when it’s time to take a break and relax.

What is my greatest achievement in work?

Being able to say no to collaborations with people I don’t like and I don’t trust.

What do the words ‘The Financial Freedom to Create’ mean to me?

I’m just glad I can make a living being a designer, doing a creative job I – most of the time – love doing. Financial needs sometimes can be a motivation to be more creative and find different outlets for my need for expression.

Where would I most like to live?

I’m quite happy in Milano but sometimes I dream of living in a bigger city or in a city with a warmer weather during the winter.

What is my most treasured possession?

My records collection.

What is my most marked characteristic?

Childish creativity.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

I’m lucky enough to have my own small hidden and secret garden.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?

Ceresio 7

What books influenced my life and how?

Salomè” by Oscar Wilde with illustrations by Aubrey Beardsley has been a great literary and visual inspiration during my formative years.

Who are my favorite writers?

Elfriede Jelinek, Thomas Bernhard, Colette

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

Anything by Sopor Aeternus & The Ensemble of Shadows: music full of a special sadness that somehow ends up being comforting.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

Madame Bovary

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

My partner Lorenzo, my parents, Miss Diana Ross

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

What role plays art in my life and work?

Art is a great inspiration even though sometimes I’m not totally at ease with the dynamics of the arts and culture industry.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

Lorenzo, my partner.

Whom would I like to work with in 2018?

I’d like to continue to work on personal projects with my partner Lorenzo but also keep working with my current business partners Nicole Bonini and Nick Bellora

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018?

Marco Balich

What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on?

I can’t wait to work on a museum exhibition at Museo del Novecento here in Milano and on a separate note I can’t wait to launch a new jewelry collection at the end of the year, in time for Christmas.

Where can you see me or my work in 2018?

All my work as an exhibition and event designer is made under the banner TOP TAG with Nicole Bonini and Nick Bellora

As a jewelry designer I work with my partner Lorenzo under the name 3different

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?

Creativity is what keeps me going.

Which creative heroes should Peter invite to tell their story?

Haruko Ito, Magdalena Crisantemina, Andrea Liberni

How can you contact me?

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