Extraordinary but everyday items, including furniture and accessories, have been given the design treatment at Milan’s Salone del Mobile (Furniture Show). For Giorgio Armani, the lines and proportions of the pieces define a new elegance, which is emphasised by the quality of the materials. This recognisable style, the principle of which is lightness, features thin lines and light structures. Interpreting this aesthetic is a refined combination of materials, such as wood and plexiglass, and the use of colours, including the primary tones of red, indigo, green and petrol blue. The creative career of Paola Lenti, instead, begins with an elementary principle: she restores to elements a vital impulse, transforming them into one-of-a-kind objects with new forms, unusual weaves and interesting colours. She creates new colour shades, unique nuances, unusual combinations of technical fabrics and yarns in which colours and light are reflected to achieve rhythm, form and harmony. Cuttingedge technological materials and traditional craftsmanship are combined in indoor items such as seats, sofas, screens, rugs and fabrics, but also in furniture for the outdoors. Roberto Cavalli, in his Roberto Cavalli Home line, conveys timeless luxury with a contemporary touch; a tropical world imbued with elegance and chic glamour, in which classic tones of beige and grey are married with vivacious lime green. The brand’s extensive offer includes furniture for living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms. Exotic motifs, including one with banana leaves, are combined with prints of lynx and zebra, while natural features, such as the leaves of Monstera, the Swiss-cheese plant, become decorative
elements for lamps, coffee tables and sideboards. Rubelli Casa, instead, expresses the contemporary way of living through a movie-inspired collection designed by the architect Marco Piva, together with vintage pieces created by Studio Rubelli. The fabric, the detail and the tailoring are all evident. The leitmotiv is the meeting of materials and textures, the use of marble and metals, wood and lacquer, and geometric forms and diagonal lines to distinguish the objects. The creations of Studio Rubelli bring back memories of the fifties with a blend of decoration and design. For cladding and upholstery every type of solution is possible, even the combination of different fabrics on the same article. An elegant lifestyle is showcased by Fendi Casa with new living concepts that balance tradition and innovation: a contemporary depiction, between design and fashion, that enhances style and function. The manufacturing skill of the maison’s craftsmen is seen in the details, in particular in living room: in the fine leather inserts applied to the arms of the sofas with square, neat lines upholstered in velvet, in the union of materials and marble in the coffee tables,
and in the shape of the armchairs. A refined atmosphere that inspires relaxation and brings back memories of iconic films. Allure and contemporary minimalist luxury is conveyed by the Formitalia Luxury Group, using an abundance of shapes and a classic soul to achieve a modern style that is embellished with fine materials and exceptional finishes, and cadenced by Italian craftsmanship. Satin-finished metals, natural stone, hides and special fabrics distinguish the clean design, highlighting impeccable craftmanship. Franco Bianchini also has an original vision of luxury in the home and in furnishings, painstakingly taking care of details and handfinishing features of his sophisticated items. To match the furniture, he offers a line of rugs with geometric patterns. The wood used in the collection is English walnut, with warm chestnut tones, together with ‘jewel’ elements and steel profiles. The line is inspired by the atmosphere of the thirties with black tones and sumptuous fabrics such as velvet, laminated textiles and fine leathers. Luxury Living Group with Bentley Home has launched a new couture kitchen, an expression of modern family life, designed by the architect Carlo Colombo, which features fine materials and finishes that reflect the luxury of the British car firm. The design is linear with a central island made of larch with a marble top, for a dynamic surface that creates movement. Lastly, the sophisticated bathroom is interpreted by Antonio Lupi with a contemporary style. It is embellished with elements with monolithic shapes made of Carrara marble, which gives the space an identity, and with functional features for relaxation, which are introduced with painstaking attention to detail.