We had the good fortune of connecting with Marianna Fiorin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marianna, what’s the most difficult decision you’ve ever had to make?
To leave Italy, my country, to follow my dreams. I didn’t know what I would have found here, I just left. And beside I was excited, I was also scared by the idea of leaving my family and friends. Still now there are moments when I miss them a lot, but I know I made the right choice, I can help them by being here, and they are also proud of me.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My job is my passion. And I love being able to transmit that same passion and emotions through my designs. Studying architecture in Italy I have a technical background, still my soul is more of a creative artistic one. I believe that this combination is a good quality I have, together with determination. I always worked hard, in the night, during the weekends if needed. When I moved to the US, I had the opportunity to work on a very important project, which required hard work and dedication. Once completed, thanks to word of mouth, I had an offer to do a very prestigious project. So I decided to quit my job and start my firm, and since then has been a positive experience. Hard sometimes of course, but I would never go back. Challenges happen every day, and I do have moments where I feel upset, but then I remind myself how far I’ve come, and how far I can go, so I keep going. Also, being here I can help my family in Italy, which owns a mill work factory, as I can give them work not only from my projects, but also from contacts that I made here.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My favorite place in the city is Central Park. so that’s the first spot where I would take my friend. Maybe for a pic nic with lobster rolls from the Plaza food court. I would for sure take my friend to visit the main attractions like the Empire or Rockefeller, Flatiron district, walk on the High Line at sunset, the Brooklyn bridge and Dumbo, the 9/11 Memorial site. Also for a walk in the West Village with a stop at Magnolia Bakery to try the Banana Pudding. My favorite thing! For dinner I would take my friend at Buddakan for a very special meal and location, at Blue Ribbon or at Yama for good sushi. At Raoul’s for the best steak. I would check which art exhibitions are happening and for sure go to a concert at Madison Square Garden. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Lucia Giovannini is an Italian writer and life coach. One of her book was a key in my story. I did a vision board after reading it and it was really powerful in helping me towards my goals. Her book made me passionate about personal development, and after that I read several books about the topic, went to seminars, with her and with other authors. It was a key factor for me as it helped me to look inside myself and see what I really wanted.
The pictures of the kitchen with the slatted wood and the living room with the flowers on the ceiling are by Assaf Pinchuk.