THROUGH GIOR­GIO’S EYES

ART & DE­SIGN The lat­est Ar­mani/casa col­lec­tion tips its ex­traor­di­nar­ily stylish hat to its new flag­ship lo­ca­tion on Corso Venezia in Mi­lan.

Robb Report (Malaysia) - - Art & Design - De­cem­ber- 2017 By RENYI LIM

Dy­namic, stream­lined and a head-turner, the new res­i­dent on Corso Venezia 14 in Mi­lan - a gate­way to the city’s world-fa­mous fash­ion district - is un­mis­tak­ably of Ar­mani her­itage. The largest Ar­mani/casa store in the world, which opened its doors in April this year, is in­stantly recog­nis­able by its many win­dows (16 at street level alone), and dis­creet plat­inum metal mesh screens. Vis­i­ble as a mo­tif on ev­ery win­dow is The Logo Lamp – the de­signer’s much-beloved 1982 cre­ation, and a sym­bol of Ar­mani/ Casa – which you’ll also find carved into the wood pan­els of the walls on the ground floor.

“De­sign is an es­sen­tial part of my ideal life­style and this new store gives me the op­por­tu­nity of show­ing my en­tire col­lec­tion for the home,” Gior­gio Ar­mani says of his new flag­ship. “It’s an im­pos­ing, though not mon­u­men­tal, prop­erty, which I en­vis­aged as a stu­dio – flex­i­ble, ver­sa­tile and con­stantly evolv­ing.” To cel­e­brate the four-floor show­room and ate­lier, which repli­cate the spirit of a large de­sign stu­dio, Ar­mani/ Casa has re­leased a new col­lec­tion that em­bod­ies the el­e­gance, flu­id­ity and fresh­ness wo­ven tightly into the DNA of the brand. New pieces and rein­ter­preted clas­sics from pre­vi­ous years merge el­e­ments of the past and to­day, ex­press­ing the creative en­ergy drawn from the ar­rival of Ar­mani/casa in Mi­lan.

Be­sides the afore­men­tioned Logo Lamp, es­tab­lished pieces

“This new store gives me the op­por­tu­nity of show­ing my en­tire col­lec­tion for the home.”

such as the Le­vante screen, the Jazz and Ries­ling bar cab­i­nets, the Danz­ica low ta­ble and the Seine ta­bles in their new Ma­trix ren­di­tion now ap­pear with play­ful, ex­per­i­men­tal twists. Beige and brown wood are al­ter­nated with rare fab­rics, for in­stance, while met­als and lac­quered sur­faces are mas­ter­fully com­bined with nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als to en­hance their el­e­gance. A reimag­in­ing of con­tours and struc­tures, de­liv­er­ing an airy, weight­less qual­ity with ul­tra-

Met­als and lac­quered sur­faces are mas­ter­fully com­bined with nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als to en­hance their el­e­gance.

thin lay­ers, seam­less lines and en­velop­ing shapes, speaks vol­umes about Ar­mani’s quest for per­fec­tion, as well as his achieve­ments in cul­ti­vat­ing a ref ined, lux­u­ri­ous aes­thetic.

A closer look at the Musa book­shelf in Canalettto wal­nut with its un­usual leather- clad shelves re­veals Ar­mani’s sleek de­sign tech­nique, just like the Mor­feo bed’s seam­less curve from head­board to foot­board and the

A closer look at the Musa book­shelf in Canalettto wal­nut re­veals Ar­mani’s sleek de­sign tech­nique.

Madi­son sofa’s soft es­sen­tial lines. From the wide se­lec­tion of lux­ury ob­jects to the rich tex­tile op­tions also avail­able within the col­lec­tion, the pu­rity of Ar­mani/casa’s lines point to a se­cret lux­ury aes­thetic for con­nois­seurs. In Ar­mani’s eyes, ex­clu­sive de­tails make all the dif­fer­ence to a liv­ing en­vi­ron­ment that speaks of a con­stantly evolv­ing project and bold, un­flinch­ing cre­ativ­ity. www.ar­man­i­casa.com ≠

The pu­rity of Ar­mani/casa’s lines point to a se­cret lux­ury aes­thetic for con­nois­seurs.

The leatheruphol­stered Mar­got arm­chair and footrest, with an in­ner steel struc­ture, solid wooden legs and padded in foam rub­ber. Ar­mani/casa Move vases of­fer fluid metal­lic and sculp­tural­forms for the home. Inset: Magno travel ac­ces­sories.

The four-storey store is lo­cated on the street above the Nav­iglio canal.

Kitchens and bath as well as rel­e­vant tex­tiles, wall and floor cov­er­ings are on the base­ment level.

Be­low: Ar­mani/casa’s Maya of­fers calm­ing woody tones to your in­te­rior. Inset: the Manta dec­o­ra­tive can­dle­stick lights.

Left: the brand’s highly recog­nis­able An­dromeda arm­chair, an in­tepre­ta­tion of the Gior­gio Ar­mani style. Right: Me­dusa floor lamp with a dif­fuser disc.

Ar­mani/casa’s Mas­cot bed­room slip­pers of­fer flair even while go­ing to bed.

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