Besana Carpet Lab presents Planetario, a project designed and developed by Cristina Celestino which strongly highlights the identity and unique features of wall-to-wall carpeting.

Planetario is an exquisite ode to the past glory of carpeting, yet casts its gaze to the future. A scenic retro-futuristic setting welcomes visitors in a dream-like domestic atmosphere inspired by the themes of space and of its antithesis, the underwater world, whose elements are found in the latest collection created by the designer.

Her vision is that a new era has come for this fabric and its unexpected uses; this has allowed the designer – who is renowned for her natural tendency to transform and reinterpret materials – to delve into the use of this precious fabric. She analysed how carpeting was used at the time of its greatest glory, in the 1960s and 1970s, drawing inspiration from the sophisticated interiors designed by Nanda Vigo, Willy Rizzo and Joe Colombo.

“Although the present has lived up to – and surpassed – the 1960s visions of the future, we still bear in mind the visual legacy of those interiors and of those bygone days. So, I’ve projected the values and identity of such atmospheres into a setting where the dialogue between the three dimensions of time strikes a new balance.” Cristina Celestino
A modern reinterpretation of carpeting as a versatile, practical and rich fabric that – thanks to Besana’s great skills and 40 years of experience – turns into a customizable element, the focal point of contemporary design interiors.

The iconic material comes to life and interacts with luminous sculptures by Esperia, a historic brand and a symbol of Italian excellence that, back in the 1960s and 1970s, created – in collaboration with Angelo Brotto – a lamp inspired by an optimistic vision of tomorrow, a vision that was “projected into the future”, poised between art and design.

Design: Cristina Celestino
Featuring exclusive lighting project by Esperia
Development: Imma Pezzella, Clémence Plumelet, Alice Maffi, Matteo Maffioletti
Partners: Dedar, Sikkens
Press office: Martina Gamboni – Strategic Footprints
Photo credits: Helenio Barbetta