Ambra Medda

Exceedingly accomplished – aged just 23 she founded and was a director of Design Miami and Design Miami/Basel – Ambra Medda is not only revered as a dynamo in the design world, she’s also feted for her personal style and movie-star good looks.

The glamorous globetrotter was born in Greece, raised between London and Milan (her mother is famous galleriest Giuliana Medda), and finished her degree in Chinese Language, Literature and Art in Beijing before relocating to America. Here, she chats to rag & bone…

You recently collaborated with Pharrell Williams on the travel book Places & Spaces I’ve Been. Can you discuss the project?

Pharrell and I are friends, collaborators and have both lived in Miami. I believe we have a lot of mutual respect for each other and the role we play in our respective fields. When Rizzoli decided to do a book on Pharrell I think they thought I would be a good person to capture Pharrell’s spontaneity and his outlook on Miami, art and design. I haven’t seen the final result yet but I’m sure the book will be great. I think Pharrell’s incredibly intelligent and inspired.

How would you describe your style?

Quite eclectic. Some days I’ll happily go vintage and classic. Other days I’m more modern and casual.

You’re based in New York. What do you love most about the city?

I love the quality of the light, the electricity in the air and sense of possibility. Another great thing about New York is that so many people come to the city for work or for fun so I get to see a lot of my international friends who are spread out across the world here.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Traveling, spending time with friends, going to the cinema and visiting art and design exhibitions.

What’s been your biggest challenge?

Quitting smoking.
What’s your ultimate aspiration?

Making crafts exciting, collectible and contemporary.




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