The first time I saw Anna Maria Corrado’s work, she was sitting at her desk, her eyes wide with excitement.
She had a passion for design, and the images she made for the studio, like this one, instantly caught my attention.
A lot of the time, Corrando would draw on a palette of colors and textures, making a new design for each client.
But this time, she’d be doing it with a palette made of her own personal skin.
“I wanted to make a cabinet for my daughter,” Corrados told me over Skype.
The idea for the cabinetry project was born from the frustration of her daughter’s asthma.
“The first time we had a bad bout of the cough, she went to her room to play with her dolls and when she woke up, she had her own clothes on,” she said.
“It was very difficult.
I was thinking of ways to make the house feel more alive, more alive than it is.”
Corradas thought about how she could do this, so she got her parents to help her.
Corrada has been a cabinettier since she was six, when she began her career in Italy, which, at the time was a very difficult profession to break into.
She went to work for the family’s restaurant in Turin, where she helped make their dishes from scratch.
“One day, my mom said, ‘Don’t worry, Anna, you’ll be good,'” Corrades recalled.
“She thought I’d be very good, but then when I was here, I found out it’s not that easy.”
When Corrads mother died in 2014, Corrs mother, Carmen, had to leave the restaurant.
But she kept up with the family in the meantime, and her work with the restaurant gave her a new perspective on how to make things.
She made an amazing cabinetry design for Corraces daughter, who now has asthma.
Corruzzo’s cabinetry came out of a moment of desperation, Corriadas said, when her mother asked her to paint a cabin for her daughter.
“After she finished her work, my mother asked me to paint something for her, so I said yes,” Corriados said.
But the project was also a way to give Corrantes mother’s house a fresh start, a place to feel like a family again.
The first cabin she painted was for Corriades daughter.
When I asked if the project influenced her work in the future, she laughed and said yes.
I know I will continue doing this in the long run.”
I asked her if she thinks it would be possible for her work to be seen by people outside of Italy.
“Absolutely,” she replied.
“When I first started out, it was very hard to find places to do cabinetry.
So this is something that has always made me smile.”