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Designer Matteo Cibic Specializes in Surprises

Cibic’s work “mixes the glamor of fashion with the eclecticism of design. His fantastic creatures and strange forms could come from a fantasy 3-D movie.”
Matteo Cibic poses on River Moss, one of the carpets he created for Scarlet Splendour, with a ceramic character called The Princess.
05_05_MatteoCibic_01 Source: Martina Giammaria for Newsweek

When I meet Matteo Cibic on a gloomy spring morning at Rossana Orlandi, an internationally respected, independent design showroom in central Milan, he is troubled. Unknown to me, my editor had told him I was a fan of “VasoNaso”: a yearlong project where the 33-year-old Italian industrial designer made a different ceramic vase every day for a year, each with its own, unique nose-like protrusion. Thinking it might make for a good photograph to go with our interview, Cibic tells me he’d tried to make a vase modeled on a photo of my profile—but it cracked in the kiln.

Instead of presenting me with

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