Inside Cocolea with Cristian Cocolea
When my imagination can be translated into creating furniture and art that reflects my passion, vision, and love of what I do, I feel blessed…. Each piece is unique … when a vision becomes reality, I feel accomplished.Cristian Cocolea
Inside Australia Based-Luxury Furniture Brand Cocolea With Cristian Cocolea
From a very early age, I always knew I wanted to create and make beautiful things… I wasn’t sure what that was exactly. But I always had a great eye for things that were different, unique, and beautiful.
Whether that was a painting, a piece of furniture, or a sculpture, I just always knew that I wanted to ‘create’. And as they say “The Devil is in the Detail” … I think our pieces reflect this.
Meeting and falling in love with my wife Dorina, whose love of creating and building our beautiful home gave me the support and opportunity to finally make our dreams come true by working together to build our business and brand Cocolea.
Cocolea embodies who we are and celebrates the beauty of the pieces that we create, a shared love and passion which continues to grow and allows us to share our pieces with our clients globally.
When you love what you do and have the passion and vision for, we have it’s so easy to make the next part of the Cocolea journey a reality …. Our future plans include the building of luxury accommodation which will incorporate and showcase unique pieces from our ‘Cool as Foc Art’ luxury Art Collection by Cristian Constantin, (a play on words Foc meaning fire in our native tongue!) watch for this space!
Now for a Peek Inside the Fabulous and Inspiring Mind of Cristian Cocolea With the Lh Design Questionnaire
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Spending time with my family, our children, parents, and friends! Whether this is playing games at home, fun days at the beach, sharing special family days and occasions and bringing everyone together to enjoy each other’s company. We love to travel, experience different cultures, and live life to the max. Work to live, don’t live to work.
What is your greatest extravagance?
Love for experiencing amazing food and new locations which showcase unique environments. Amazing restaurants hotels and the like! A love for experiencing all things luxury and beauty to inspire imagination and creative thinking which is the ultimate inspiration to new designs and products in the future! Life is all about experiencing. Our experiences make us who we are and ultimately drive the output in the work we do! To make luxury you need to live it!
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My greatest achievement has been growing and learning in my Marriage and relationships as a man and in becoming a father to 3 precious sons who I will guide and teach and help navigate them to becoming the best young men they can be and in achieving a lifelong ambition to have my own business that would allow me the freedom to be creative and be the ‘captain of my own ship’ in life and determine my own outcome.
What profession does your alter ego have?
The greatest superhero at night!
The project you will never forget.
The customized pieces and fit-out created for No1 Fertility, a bespoke IVF clinic at the Paris end of Collins Street in Melbourne CBD. It included a 14 seat 10cm clear resin table with floating 24ct gold leaf pieces inside the tabletop.
The other memorable project is the creation of all pieces, including 10meter long reclaimed wood lighting hanging off the ceilings and display stands, for an entire Harley Davidson store in Australia. All pieces were custom-built to the project specifications and visions.
Your favorite business tool or resource.
My imagination which comes from experiencing life to the max and seeking out extravagance!
The most timeless design.
Cocolea Billionaire Dining Table with 10cm thick clear resin top with 24ct gold floating gold leaf.
Work to live don’t live to work.
Love happens when…
You love…. You love who you are, who you share your life with, what you do, how you do it, and how you feel … Love is being authentic, true to yourself and your beliefs and dreams and loving your life, and appreciating every single moment and memories you make.