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Never one to cave in to os­ten­ta­tion, To­mas Maier once again in­fuses the new Bot­tega Veneta Home Col­lec­tion with his di­vine brand of stealth wealth.

It all started with a bench. Since the con­cep­tion of that first piece of fur­ni­ture for Bot­tega Veneta in 2006, cre­ative direc­tor To­mas Maier has suc­cess­fully grown the brand’s home col­lec­tion to in­clude din­ner­ware, frames, pil­lows, light­ing and an ever-ex­pand­ing list of cat­e­gories.

Not one to pan­der to trends – “we have never been in­ter­ested in do­ing any­thing flashy or of-the-mo­ment” he has said – yet al­ways man­ag­ing to stay cur­rent, Maier’s brand of ef­fort­less stealth wealth has kept the Ital­ian la­bel at the fore­front of lux­ury. The launch of its new Home Col­lec­tion at Salone del Mo­bile in April this year proved that. To the unini­ti­ated, the Salone del Mo­bile – first launched in 1961 – is an in­ter­na­tional fur­ni­ture and fur­nish­ings trade fair held in Mi­lan. Since then, it has be­come the fur­ni­ture fair to which lead­ing in­ter­na­tional man­u­fac­tur­ers flock.

At Salone del Mo­bile, the col­lec­tion was pre­sented within the op­u­lent in­te­rior of Palazzo Gal­larati Scotti, an 18th-cen­tury palazzo on cen­tral Mi­lan’s Via Bor­gospesso that also houses the Bot­tega Veneta Home bou­tique. Stun­ning fres­coes by early-18th cen­tury Ital­ian artists Carlo In­no­cenzo Car­lone and Gio­vanni Bat­tista Tiepolo, cof­fered ceil­ings and stone walls proved an ex­quis­ite coun­ter­point to the new line, bring­ing past and present to­gether har­mo­niously in a sin­gle space.

This year, Maier’s as­tound­ing abil­ity to con­flate the com­mer­cial and cou­ture­like de­sign man­i­fested it­self once again. The Rudi line, which com­prises a club chair, a footrest, a day bed and a three-seater sofa, is lux­u­ri­ously sleek, and sees an amal­ga­ma­tion of clean, min­i­mal­ist sil­hou­ettes and plush ma­te­ri­als (think vel­vet, suede and leather). Also new to this col­lec­tion is a bronze round arch ta­ble, so-called be­cause of the cut-outs on its base. Avail­able as a five-arch or eight-arch ver­sion, this piece sees bronze com­bined with honey-hued veined traver­tine or matte oak (avail­able in two lus­cious shades: Espresso or Adoise).

Need­less to say, the brand’s sig­na­ture in­trec­ciato mo­tif makes a req­ui­site ap­pear­ance, sur­fac­ing on a few new pieces: On the bronze ta­ble de­signed by Osanna Vis­conti di Mo­drone for Bot­tega Veneta, the wo­ven-leather pat­tern is used across the en­tire sur­face of the hand-made piece of fur­ni­ture. Mean­while, a new chest of six draw­ers (in suede or leather), which comes with ei­ther a mar­ble or wooden top, fea­tures the brand’s iconic bronze han­dles im­printed subtly with the in­trec­ciato de­tail.

“A lux­ury prod­uct is sig­ni­fied by the ma­te­rial that’s used, its de­sign, the know-how of its ar­ti­sans,” Maier has said. “And ob­vi­ously, I have an ob­ses­sion with func­tion­al­ity – a bit of my Ger­man back­ground.”

Fur­ni­ture aside, the new col­lec­tion also in­cludes a set of porce­lain table­ware in an al­lur­ing shade of Ash and fea­tur­ing an ox­i­dised sil­ver bor­der; Ber­ber-style car­pets in pat­terns and colour-com­bi­na­tions unique to the brand; new al­paca and wool blan­kets; and a stel­lar col­lec­tion of eight sil­ver ster­ling boxes with semi-pre­cious stones named af­ter eight of the plan­ets in our so­lar sys­tem.

NOT ONE TO PAN­DER TO TRENDS YET AL­WAYS MAN­AG­ING TO STAY CUR­RENT, TO­MAS MAIER’S BRAND OF EF­FORT­LESS STEALTH WEALTH HAS KEPT THE ITAL­IAN LA­BEL AT THE FORE­FRONT OF LUX­URY.

The new home col­lec­tion also fea­tures the launch of the plush Rudi line.

A bronze ta­ble de­signed by Osanna Vis­conti di Mo­drone for Bot­tega Veneta is new to the col­lec­tion.

The han­dles of a new chest of six draw­ers fea­tures the iconic Bot­tega Veneta in­trec­ciato pat­tern.

The new Bot­tega Veneta Home Col­lec­tion was pre­sented at the Palazzo Gal­larati Scotti, a gor­geous 18th-cen­tury palazzo in cen­tral Mi­lan.

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