About MEDITERRANEAN FUSION
"When I see a piece of craft that I like,
from an old Khmer house or
from a tribal village or in a colorful market,
I can immediately visualize the integration
in a new ,original and unique piece.
I like the beauty in general, in many things
and when I design I want to create objects for a beautiful space,
as architect I can see the space finished
when is not even there yet."
Mediterranean Fusion Interior and FurnitureDesign
Born as inspiration from the Cambodian arts&craft, with the aim to give a new life and shape to beautiful pieces, often created only to be simple «objects» without any other integration.
Valentina’s project is to give them a new space and function in unique and original furniture that link atthe sametime her Italian background with her passion to Asian culture.
“What finally is beauty? Certainly nothing that can be calculated or measured. It is always something imponderable, something that lies between things.”
Mies van der Rohe
Valentina Chiodi has been an architect since 2001 and graduated from Rome’s “La Sapienza” University. She specializes in Sustainable Architecture and Urban Development with the use of renewable energy. For over a decade since 2002, Valentina worked for several projects in Rome and also began her first furniture designs. This was a passion from her childhood, when she would spend hours in her uncle’s carpenter workshop in the south of Italy during her holidays.
In 2010, she founded Geco Green Energies in Cooperation, an NGO for sustainable architecture projects in developing countries, working with several organisations in different provinces of Cambodia such as Don Bosco in Sihanoukville and Sustainable Cambodia in Pursat.
In 2012, she came to live in Siem Reap and since 2015 she has been focused on creative designs of furniture, mixing her love for Mediterranean culture and inspirations from Asia, as well as using different materials and craft from Southeast Asia for a wide variety of spaces such as homes, hotels, offices and restaurants.