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Let us get up close and personal with one of the top designers today, Carlo Calma, through his favourite things.

How ironic that top designer Carlo Calma would describe his favourite artist, Olafur Eliasson, as someone “who is blurring art and architecture” for the same would fit him to a T. Known for quirky sculptures or installations mixed in with cutting-edge architecture, Calma is today, one of the country’s brightest and most sought-after designers of revolutionary architecture.

What is your design bible?

Everyday things and nature are my inspirations and nature.

Who is your design icon?

I have two: Thomas Heatherwick for architecture and Patricia Urquiola for interiors.

In your profession, what is the tool that you cannot do without?

My iPad Pro 2020 with Pencil, which is perfect for working from home and having a nomad office; it is my tool for easy sketching. Lately, I have been relying as well on Grasshopper and Kangaroo softwares for designing.

During these quarantine months, what has been your favourite pastime?

I have been binging on Netflix and have been exercising with my Air bike.

What are you currently following on Netflix?

The Umbrella Academy, Glow Up, Unwell.

What is your favourite place in the world?

London is my second home but also, lately, Lisbon.

What is your favourite fashion item?

My Nopeet clear glasses because it acts as my face shield. I use it every time I leave my house and they are very comfortable.

Who is your favourite artist?

Olafur Eliasson, who is blurring art and architecture and creates spatial experiences.

What food you must have at least once a week?

Yogurt, because I’m now into probiotics. Good for immunity and gut health.

Wine or whisky?

Definitely wine, red wine. My choices these days would be a good Napa Valley wine or a Brunello, and other full-bodied wines.

What is your current favourite palette?

Monochromatic palettes; also, tones of different greens. I believe plants and foliage can now be considered as a palette in designing spaces.


This article was originally published in Tatler Philippines October 2020 issue. Download it on your device via Zinio, Magzter, or Pressreader.

  • PhotographyMarc Henrich Go