Here we sit down with the man behind our newest brand, Michael Chazan of Moda Piera, in his beautifully curated Melbourne home. Michael is responsible for the beautiful Arancini table and floor lamp which is now available at Fanuli. Read on as we talk to him about the path that led him to design, his inspiration, and what the future holds.
1/ Tell us a little about yourself and Moda Piera?
From the age of four, all I wanted was to be an architect. However, at age 17 – during a moment of constitutional weakness – I decided to study Economics and Art History and became a banker instead. As such, my path to design was a bit more convoluted than it could have been.
When I finally realised that doing something you love is more rewarding than most any other career motivation, I went to go back to school and studied design.
Not long after that, in 2016, Moda Piera was conceived as a vehicle to hone my craft and experiment with ideas in design that would have otherwise lived in my library of notebooks as anonymous doodles.
Thankfully in the early days I managed to convince a few people to buy some of my work, and a couple of years down the track Moda Piera continues to be a rewarding creative outlet…. and a way to justifiably turn my doodles in to beautiful real-life objects.
2/ How would you describe your process of designing and then making?
My designs tend to start their life as a collection of disparate references – a shape, a colour, or a particular material. After letting these individual references ruminate for a while, I try to bring the disparate parts together in to a complimentary form. Several iterations later – or perhaps, many many iterations later – I land on something that works and then start nutting out the details, thus allowing the form to step off the page and in to the real world.
3/ Where did you grow up and what path led you to design?
I grew up in various parts of Melbourne and had a pretty eclectic childhood – surrounded by musicians, intellectuals and a variety of individuals who engaged in conversations about politics, music and visual arts in the same breath. Thinking about all of these things at the same time became par for the course, and as a result I came to love the idea of approaching design simultaneously as a pseudo-philosophical problem-solving exercise, as well as an aesthetic pursuit. So despite my early professional detour, I think I was always bound to return to some sort of “creative” career.