What's inspiring me

Every now and then a person comes along that totally captures my attention. I've read a few pieces lately about the new Design Director over at Tiffany's, Francesca Amfitheatrof, and I have to say I'm intrigued. 

Flora Hanitijo

Flora Hanitijo

It might be the fact that she grew up in Tokyo, Rome, Moscow, Manhattan, and London. The result of a father who was a Time magazine bureau chief who toured the world for work and an Italian mother who did the same as a public relations executive at Valentino and Armani.

Photographs: Alpha Smoot. Jewelry: Marko Metzinger.

Photographs: Alpha Smoot. Jewelry: Marko Metzinger.

It might be the fact that she has designed a new collection for Tiffany, "The T Collection" that is both witty and beautifully simple. I can imagine wearing one of those gold bangles everyday. Or how about the "Smile" necklace below made of an elongated "T" shape.

Photographs: Alpha Smoot. Jewelry: Joshua Scott.    

Photographs: Alpha Smoot. Jewelry: Joshua Scott.

 

 

It might just be that she still does all her own sketches by hand a process that roots her designs in the human touch which I think comes across in the work. Finally there are the hints of her sophisticated taste in the clothes she wears and the snippets of her rented home in Brooklyn, a place she chose because it reminded her of East London and her desire to be around creative people.

Whatever it is I want to know more and would definitely love to see her home. There's a great article over at T Magazine if you want to read more.