Semaine: What role does food play in your life?
Delfina: Food is a fun way of experimenting with different materials. Even if every time I cook it ends in laughter and calling in a delivery pizza for everyone, I still enjoy it. But I am a slow, messy cook, and I care more aesthetics than taste. So things can look incredible…and taste not so great.
Semaine: What is your first food memory?
Delfina: My mom giving me milk while wearing a spectacular ruby and diamond ring. I always thought that the stone infused the milk with a precious serum that influenced my future as a jeweler.
Semaine: What is your family’s signature dish?
Delfina: My mom’s signature dish when we were children was lamb chops cooked in Coca Cola—a delicious invention that makes every child happy!
Semaine: In this week’s film you share your recipe for Torta della Nonna. What is your real-life Nonna like?
Delfina: My grandmother didn’t teach me to cook—she isn’t that kind of grandmother. But she taught me the art of hospitality, how to set up a great table, and how to put creative and personal touches in everything that I do.
Semaine: What piece of jewelry would you love to find inside a cake?
Delfina: A diamond ring. I’ve always wanted to crack diamonds with my teeth.
Semaine: What’s your definition of a perfect day?
Delfina: Any day spent with family on our farm in Italy. We walk in the forest, collect honey from the beehives, and pick vegetables from our garden before all cooking together in our marble kitchen. This is happiness!
Semaine: Your career as a jeweler has spanned over a decade. What have been some of the highs? And some of the lows?
Delfina: Only highs! One of the greatest moments was when the Louvre’s Musée des Arts Décoratifs acquired two of my pieces for their permanent jewelry collection in 2012, making me the youngest designer to be showcased at the venerated museum.
Semaine: What’s it like being a Fendi?
Delfina: It means being part of an incredible compilation of unique women who have helped define the woman that I am today—personally and professionally. Being in my family was like going to school from day one, but without fear and without performance anxiety. In front of me I had these great teachers who immediately taught me everything I needed. I remember having animated conversations since I was a child. No matter what age I was, I knew it was important to have a point of view. It’s an attitude that has pushed the accelerator of creativity in all of us.
Semaine: It’s your last meal. What’s on the table?
Delfina: A huge plate of spaghetti pomodoro e basilico—my favorite. I’ll be sharing it with my three kids and listening to Notturni di Chopin, which was the music I made them listen to when they were born.
Semaine: What do you hope to cook in the studio—and in the kitchen—in 2020?
Delfina: Lab grown meat. I hope this technology soon becomes more accessible and easy to find for everyone.
Now there’s nothing left to do but cook. Gather your ingredients, set your timers, and—Buon Appetito!
By Elsa de Berker for Semaine.
Essentials. Everybody needs them. Plus points if you can fit all of the following in a Fendi 'Baguette' or 'Peekaboo.'
22-23 Lungotevere delle Armi
47 Via Marmorata
106 Via Ostiense
144 Piazza de’ Ricci
9 Via Edolo
6 Via Pietro Peretti
5 Piazzale Scipione Borghese
117 Via del Pellegrino
38 Via della Fontanella di Borghese
40 Via della Fontanella di Borghese
16 Via della Scala
107 Via di Monserrato
What does the word “taste” mean to you?
Means that sometimes also bad taste can be tasteful!
Do you have a life motto that you live by?
Mistake in italian is “errore” which also means to “wonder” …
What was the last thing that made you laugh?
Me trying to do a dance tik tok with my 13 year old daughter.
What are your favourite qualities in a human being?
Sense of humour
Who is your hero?
What is your biggest flaw?
My shyness which can be mistaken for arrogance.
What is your best quality?
What would your last meal on earth be?
Milk, as my first one.
What does success mean to you?
The word success and its concept frightens me. Especially for a creative mind, the moment you think you have achieved success you risk losing it.
If you had the power to change anything you wanted in the world, what would you change?
I would cancel the concept of money.