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YOUR WARDROBE ISN’T THE ONLY PLACE FOR GUCCI’S BOLD COL­ORS, RICH TEX­TURES, AND ITAL­IAN RO­MAN­TI­CISM...

Hamptons Magazine - - Contents - BY RACHEL FELDER

Your wardrobe isn’t the only place for Gucci’s bold col­ors, rich tex­tures, and Ital­ian ro­man­ti­cism…

De­signer Alessan­dro Michele’s as­sertive trade­marks aren’t lim­ited to Gucci’s sturdy-heeled shoes or jack­ets with ex­pertly cut sleeves. The brand re­cently un­veiled Gucci Décor, a collection of items de­signed to adorn living rooms and dress­ing ta­bles while shar­ing the vi­brancy that has come to dis­tin­guish his wear­able pieces. “He loves abun­dance,” says Neiman Mar­cus’s Ken Down­ing. “[He has an] abil­ity to cre­ate this ro­man­tic, ef­fu­sive abun­dance that cap­tures the imag­i­na­tion and draws you in.”

That ex­trav­a­gant sen­si­bil­ity lends it­self es­pe­cially well to décor; it’s easy to imag­ine a sin­gle state­ment piece ac­cent­ing an oth­er­wise un­der­stated room. The collection in­cludes or­na­men­tal pil­lows, trays, richly lac­quered chairs with em­broi­dered cush­ions, and small ta­bles, all made in Italy. It fea­tures many of Michele’s bold sig­na­tures: em­broi­dered images of an­i­mals, such as slith­er­ing ser­pents or roar­ing li­ons; the use of rich vel­vet; and a vivid palette that in­cludes col­ors im­mutably as­so­ci­ated with Gucci’s her­itage, like crim­son red and bright green.

Among the stand­outs are deeply scented can­dles en­cased in dec­o­ra­tive porce­lain ves­sels (de­signed to be keep­sakes long af­ter the fra­grant wax has burned off). The ele­gant con­tain­ers are made by Richard Gi­nori, a cen­turies-old pro­ducer of china, founded, like Gucci, in Florence. Gi­nori is, not co­in­ci­den­tally, owned by the same par­ent com­pany, and for the last few years Michele has over­seen that brand’s cre­ative di­rec­tion in ad­di­tion to his du­ties at Gucci. Amer­i­cana Man­has­set, 2124 North­ern Blvd., 516-365-0994; gucci.com

The new Gucci Décor collection in­cludes pil­lows, trays, and richly lac­quered chairs with em­broi­dered cush­ions, made in Italy and adorned with the de­signer’s signature an­i­mal mo­tifs. Go bold!

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