ITAL­IAN IN­VA­SION

The Fes­ti­val is a melt­ing pot for the best de­sign from around the world – we shine a light on the big Ital­ian brands’ cel­e­bra­tions

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MOLTENI & C

Two de­signs will be pre­viewed in Lon­don for the first time at the brand’s show­room on Shaftes­bury Av­enue dur­ing the fes­ti­val. Francesco Meda’s new ‘ Woody’ chair will be ex­hib­ited along­side the reis­sue of Gio Ponti’s ‘Time & Life’ din­ing ta­ble, which was orig­i­nally de­signed for Har­ri­son & Abramovitz’s build­ing of the same name in 1959. The event will be the last at Molteni & C’s cur­rent home be­fore its moves to Bromp­ton (molteni.it).

PO­LIFORM

Head to its show­room on the King’s Road in Chelsea to see the lat­est col­lec­tion, in­clud­ing work by long-time col­lab­o­ra­tor French ar­chi­tect JeanMarie Mas­saud, whose new pieces are in­spired by the re­ju­ve­nated in­dus­trial area of Bell­port, just out­side New York. Also look out for the un­veil­ing of Po­liform’s col­lab­o­ra­tion with fash­ion and de­sign school Isti­tuto Marangoni Lon­don (po­liform.it).

POLTRONA FRAU

Join­ing in with the plethora of events hap­pen­ing across west Lon­don’s Bromp­ton De­sign Dis­trict, Poltrona Frau’s Ful­ham Road show­room will show­case the brand’s 2018 col­lec­tion. The Ital­ian leather ex­pert’s new range, which in­cludes fur­ni­ture, light­ing and ac­ces­sories, ex­plores the no­tion of light­ness (poltron­afrau.com).

MERIDIANI

This year, the Bromp­ton De­sign Dis­trict wel­comes Meridiani into the fold as the lux­u­ri­ous Ital­ian brand of­fi­cially in­au­gu­rates its flag­ship store in Lon­don. With a prime spot in front of the Vic­to­ria & Al­bert Mu­seum, the new show­room is de­signed by Meridiani’s art di­rec­tor An­drea Pari­sio, who has been work­ing with the com­pany since its in­cep­tion in 1996 (meridiani.it).

CALLIGARIS

In cel­e­bra­tion of its 95th an­niver­sary, Calligaris has in­vited style au­thor­ity and for­mer ELLE Dec­o­ra­tion Edi­tor in Chief Michelle Ogun­de­hin to cu­rate its Lon­don show­room. The ex­hibit, ti­tled ‘My Home’, will cap­ture the com­pany’s con­tem­po­rary style while show­ing off the func­tion­al­ity and flex­i­bil­ity of its fur­ni­ture de­signs (calligaris.com).

CAP­PELLINI

Bri­tish de­signer Jasper Mor­ri­son has been cre­at­ing fur­ni­ture for this Ital­ian brand since es­tab­lish­ing his de­sign of­fice in 1986. To cel­e­brate over 30 years of col­lab­o­ra­tion, Cap­pellini’s Clerkenwell show­room is host­ing a ret­ro­spec­tive of Mor­ri­son’s work, from his ‘Think­ing Man’s Chair’ – spot­ted by Gi­ulio Cap­pellini at Aram Store in 1987 – to his new ‘O-cap’ chair (cap­pellini.it).

CASSINA

The brand’s Bromp­ton show­room will wel­come its 2018 col­lec­tion, which is on show for the first time in the UK. Pieces in­clude the mod­u­lar ‘Bowy- Sofa’ by art di­rec­tor Pa­tri­cia Urquiola, ‘Or­di­nal’ ta­bles, a new col­lab­o­ra­tion with Michael Anas­tas­si­ades, and reis­sues of pieces by Frank Lloyd Wright and Vico Mag­istretti (cassina.com).

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