Following a triumphant two years, designers Basso & Brooke's meteoric rise to fame is remarkable, and their passion irrepressible.
In 2004 designers Bruno Basso and Christopher Brooke won London's famous Fashion Fringe competition with a dazzling assemblage of decadent outré prints and amplified proportions, marking the beginning of a dizzying journey to worldwide fashion fame.
This has undoubtedly been Basso & Brooke's year, as not only were they personally invited to contribute to and attend the Metropolitan Museum's forthcoming Anglomania exhibition by Anna Wintour, the high priestess of fashion and co-chair of the exhibition's gala event; at this year's Milan Furniture Fair the young men took crystal to dazzling new heights with an innovative crystal chandelier, at the hottest event on the schedule, Swarovski's crystal palace. Basso & Brooke, the heady Anglo-Brazilian concoction, have not only put Britain's flagging fashion scene back on the map, scooping many awards along the way, their inspiration and energy has spilled over into interiors.
How did you get involved with Swarovski's crystal palace?
Bruno: Swarovski has been our sponsor from the start. When we first met them we talked about our desire to print crystals, and this is the first time in the company's 111 year history that it has produced printed crystals.
The crystals on the chandelier feature different prints, is there a story?
Bruno: Yes, it's the same story as our fashion collection for next season. It's an allegory. It's flora, fauna, chemistry and robotics. Everything from a science fiction theme.
You're best known for your stunningly fanciful prints, where do the ideas come from?
Chris: We work with so many different people.
Bruno: I think that our circle is very inspiring. It's a huge brainstorm.
As well as the chandelier, you recently designed other pieces for the home, are you moving into the interiors market?
Chris: Yes, we've just started. We're doing a bespoke line of homeware. We designed a chair and a rug for Harrod's Truly British exhibition and we are working with a client to create bespoke wallpaper for her. I think that the luxury market is going this way. Everything is bespoke, people want something that no one else can have. It's like being a king; you can have your own dinner set, your own swimming pool or your own bathroom.
You've had a phenomenal couple of years, how does it feel?
Chris: We don't think about it, we just get our heads down and get on with it. We never put our feet up and say'We've done really well, we'll take it easy now.' We push forward and just produce the whole time.
Bruno: We can't take all the merits. Our work is a big collaboration. We work with good people.
What is your definition of luxury?
Bruno: Something which suits you the way that you want it to.
If luxury were an object, what would it be?
If luxury were a place, where would it be?
Bruno: I would say a cold place, as I don't like sweat. Cold is a luxury for me, so probably Antartica.
If luxury were a person, who would it be?
Chris. Joan Collins
If luxury were a moment, when would it be?
Chris: The second you fall asleep.
Bruno: The first kiss.