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In its sketch-like starkness, the Albert Coat Rack references the wintry Chicago landscape native to designer Felicia Ferrone as well as her later stint "blurring boundaries" with legends in the field in Milan. The abstracted tree "branches" can hold jackets, scarves and hats, with a large base platform for shoes or bags. In black, white or a black/white combo, the powder-coated steel Albert also engages the eye with its sculptural quality. Not surprising, given both Felicia's multidisciplinary experience in interior architecture, exhibit design, furniture and home accessories as well as the fact that her work is included in the Art Institute of Chicago’s permanent collection.
“I’ve always known I wanted to work for myself, and I always knew I wanted to be in some kind of design director role," says the founder of Fferrone. “It really wasn’t until the Revolution Collection of glassware that it finally happened. It allowed me the opportunity to figure out all the ‘moving parts’… that couldn’t be done well while working for someone else.” For Chicago’s Felicia Ferrone, that followed an initial stint as an architect in Milan working under notables such as Antonio Citterio and Piero Lissoni.
Minimalist contours, an unwavering attention to detail and an often whimsical sensibility characterize the designer’s much-awarded work, both for her own company and for clients such as Boffi, Volume Gallery and Covo. “I knew I also wanted to be free to pursue design with established brands along with more self-directed work,” adds Felicia, “and having my own studio allows me that freedom of choice.”