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Opalina: Glass Furniture by Cristina Celestino for Tonelli Design

07.08.16 | By
Opalina: Glass Furniture by Cristina Celestino for Tonelli Design

Cristina Celestino designed a capsule collection of furniture for renowned Italian glass furniture makers, Tonelli Design. Opalina includes a dressing table, a writing desk, a mirror, a coat stand, and a stool, which feature muted translucent colors, rounded edges, and unique joints.

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The history of the collection is based on the word ‘opaline’, which up until the 19th century, referred to an off-white rose color. Then, the antiques world adopted the name for both the color and the material of the object – opal crystal – before eventually using it in a broader sense to include color variations. Celestino now expands on the term to include her glass furniture that’s made of thick, etched and painted glass that results in a translucent, silky finish.

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Photos by Mattia Balsamini.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.