What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
My love, you know better than I do: I try to wake myself up! I’m the opposite of you; I wake up slowly. I fight against myself to do it.
What is the last thing you bought?
The last thing I bought, or rather, that I’m about to buy, is my portrait painted by our friend Giorgio Baldessin, known professionally as No Curves. At the inauguration of his wonderful show at the Avantgarden Gallery in Milan, he exhibited it without telling me: it was a surprise for me and I’m buying it for good luck.
What makes Fabio angry?
The only person that makes Fabio angry, is Candela.
What makes Fabio happy?
All it takes to make Fabio happy is Candela and our two little girls: Verde and Celeste.
A sound track that, for you, represents the Salone del Mobile (the Milan Furniture Fair)?
I love Italian music for the simple reason that I sing it, I really understand the words, I join in the choruses and I try to teach it to my little girls … At the moment I would choose a piece by Lorenzo (Jovanotti). His tour of the stadiums is getting closer, and I listen to the new songs.
Do ideas come to you, or do you go looking for them?
To tell the truth, they come looking for me; I simply have to try not to hide myself. Often images just come into my mind, from nothing; they jump out at me and I only have to stay still.
How and when was the idea of Lapsus born?
Lapsus is the result of progressively drawing nearer to the world of Freud. I had been working on it for a while; I was impressed by some photos of his celebrated sofa which I saw on the internet. Who knows why I had expected something really cold, abstract, but I saw a sort of Roman couch, covered with Persian rugs, which brought me much closer to him. I saw something that I could have done myself: stratified, stained (in the best sense of the word) very transversal, and then I started to rethink it.
Through the experience of Lapsus, you impersonated a woman for three hours. If you could change sex, who would you like to become?
I should like to be you, but I’m not serious enough to be able to do it.
Which food represents you?
Broad beans and chicory.
Ask yourself a question and give yourself the answer.
What do I call myself? I never call myself.
How would you explain your work to a child?
Verde, Celeste, your daddy enjoys himself and gives enjoyment to others.
Let’s play a game: you are not Fabio Novembre. Which designer or architect would you have liked to be?
More than one: Carlo Mollino, Ettore Sottsass and Alessandro Mendini. They are my origins.
An existing design or piece of architecture that you would have liked to design?
I’ve always thought that the Panton Chair was the perfect object; the shell of man. And it was a limitation until I designed its evolution: humanising it. Every time I come up against “perfection” I don’t try to exceed it but, at least, to update it according to my time, to attune it to my sensibility.
If I gave you a magic wand, what would you like to design or create?
I’d like to give a home to whoever doesn’t have one. Yesterday, I listened again to a conference given by a friend of mine, Roberto Cingolani, the Scientific Director of the Italian Institute of Technology, in which he explained how 20% of the world’s population owns 80% of the world’s resources. If I had a magic wand, I should like to make it fifty-fifty, but then, as you know, my sign is Libra…
What would you never wear?
I think a thong: I find it an extremely uncomfortable garment. If I were a woman, I would rather be naked than use it.