Artist-designer, explorer, dreamer, collector, inventor and an inspiring personality, Pascal Morabito (b. 3 May 1945), is an inexhaustible source of ideas in areas such as jewelery, watches, perfumes, cosmetics, leather goods, fashion, design, sculpture, architecture, furnishing, hospitality, wellness and luxury lifestyle. He was 19 or 20 years old when he met César, Dali, Arman thanks to opening in 1968 of its own artists’ jewelries department – first workshops of this nature – called “Centre de Création et d’Etudes du Bijou Contemporain ou Microarchitecture” (Creation and Study Center of Contemporary Jewelry or Microarchitecture). A mixture of luck and hard work, these emblematic meetings marked him profoundly and forever. Being a descendant of Italian goldsmith family, he creates unique pieces of great jewelling for the most dicerning clientele.
Projects of 1970 immediately catapulted Morabito into the spotlight: the work for the cinema trophy “César du cinéma”, micro-sculptures for the biggest artists of the time, first exhibition, Place Vendôme, jewelry, “No quarter for Cartier” exhibition… Success and recognition came immediately. Square and cube become symbols and a signature of the artist’s creative codes.
In 1972 his jewel the “Diamant captif” (Captive Diamond), a diamond confined in a cube of Plexiglas, set with gold, went round the world and enabled Pascal Morabito to have a place in the Museum of Modern Art in New York and to win the “Diamond 73″ award. He completes its collection of cubes by creating multiple variables based on its volume “bible”.
The eighties saw the launch of the perfume “Black Gold” (the first fragrance jewel), “Night and Day” watches, Pascal Morabito cognac, a functional furniture collection, a line of eyewear and exquisite writing instruments and many more. The artist was selected by the French Confederation of Arts and Crafts for the realization of a monumental sculpture exhibited at the Grand Palais and the Quai Branly at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. Morabito signs the trophy “Eiffel d’or” for civil engineering.
The nineties were marked by an interest in large-scale sculpture, environmental programs, minimalist architecture, home automation and intelligent home. Morabito designs the interior of a Porsche and a Twingo. “Passion Méditerranée” concept translates into perfumes and the “Zephyr” pool. The muselet was raised to the rank of jewelry. The designer created for Piper Heidsieck, Royal Coteau, Deutz, Prince of Orleans and Cattier houses.
The millenium came with successful projects in domains like fashion, accessories, tableware, furniture. In 2006, he drew up plans for a property called “MORABITO Art Villa” facing the Indian Ocean on the paradise island of Bali.
What means luxury to you in one word?
What are your models or fundamentals in life which you will recommend to others?
What is your criteria for luxury in order of preference
Emotion, Quality, Simplicity, Experience
What is your favorite luxury brand(s) and why?
Why do you think I made my own brand?
Name 5 luxuries which are “indispensable” for you and why:
A good pillow, a confortable shoe, a soft underwear, an Iphone and it’s HDR photo, a light Panama.
Digital and Luxury. Love or Hate? What means “digital” for you ?
Digital is freedom
How will be luxury in the future ?
To need nothing but Love