Go big—and take it home

Fash­ion brands leave their sar­to­rial marks on this year’s Salone del Mo­bile and Mi­lan De­sign Week.

Esquire (Malaysia) - - CONTENTS - Words by Ian Loh

Fash­ion brands leave their sar­to­rial marks on this year’s Salone del Mo­bile.

EACH YEAR, salone del mo­bile—the most im­por­tant fur­ni­ture event on the de­sign cal­en­dar— plays host to some of the big­gest names in the in­dus­try. The week-long af­fair puts forth the most com­pelling home prod­ucts and brands for the year to come. To put it shortly: it’s the fash­ion week for fur­ni­ture. And over the past few years, more fash­ion houses are get­ting into the game than ever.

This year, a num­ber of ex­hi­bi­tions and pre­sen­ta­tions were present across the city of Mi­lan: from Ver­sace’s new home col­lec­tion at the expo and Louis Vuit­ton’s first Les Petits No­mades pre­sen­ta­tion at Palazzo Boc­coni to high street brand COS’ in­stal­la­tion by Phillip K Smith III at Palazzo Isim­bardi, fash­ion brands con­tinue to ex­pand their home col­lec­tion in line with their fash­ion aes­thet­ics.

We round up some of the best home­ware from the most ex­cit­ing de­sign­ers’ brands, so you can (fi­nally) match your clothes to your home. LOUIS VUIT­TON Since its launch in 2012, the Louis Vuit­ton’s Ob­jets No­mades col­lec­tion has con­tin­ued to grow. The col­lectable fur­ni­ture line draws in­spi­ra­tions from the House’s his­toric art of travel and a rein­ter­pre­ta­tion of its val­ues. This year, the French house launched 10 new Ob­jets for a to­tal of 25 limited edi­tions col­lectibles, and in­tro­duced two new de­sign­ers, In­dia Mah­davi and Toku­jin Yosh­ioka, to its im­pres­sive list of de­sign­ers. But our ab­so­lute favourite (and pos­si­bly the best thing we saw dur­ing the fair) is An­dré Fu’s Rib­bon Dance—a stun­ning fluid con­ver­sa­tion chair in­spired by the move­ments of tra­di­tional Asian rib­bon dances. It fea­tures two seats in­ter­con­nected by a seam­less, el­e­gant curv­ing piece of wood which forms both the back and the arm­rest of the chair, cov­ered in blue Louis Vuit­ton leather. Other note­wor­thy items in­clude the Cam­pana Brothers’ Co­coon and Bom­boca sofa, Mar­cel Wan­ders’ Di­a­mond Screen and Di­a­mond Mir­ror, and Raw Edges’ My Shelves.

VER­SACE In­spired by the Ver­sace home in Via Gesù, the 2018 col­lec­tion for Ver­sace is un­mis­tak­ably Ital­ian. The Ver­sace Tribute 1 sofa, for ex­am­ple, fea­tures Gianni Ver­sace’s Barocco in vel­vet print and guil­loché metal Me­dusa icons. While an­other key item, the Van­i­tas Chair, is in­spired by a Louis XV chair once owned by Gianni Ver­sace. The chair plays to the con­trast be­tween the neo­clas­sic taste of the past and the sparkling Metal Mesh golden fab­ric of the present, with a layer of gold on top. The home fur­nish­ing line is also char­ac­terised by the dis­tinc­tive V that runs through­out all its pieces. Like its clothes, the Ver­sace Home col­lec­tion is not for the faint-hearted.

BOT­TEGA VENETA For the Ital­ian house, this year’s home col­lec­tion was up­dated with play­ful new fin­ishes and a brighter, more colour­ful pal­ette. But the col­lab­o­ra­tion with Ital­ian de­signer Osanna Vis­conti di Mo­drone is a stand­out for us: the three-piece cylin­dri­cal lights, made with a lost-wax cast­ing technique (typ­i­cally used in sculp­tures), cre­ate an ex­quis­ite tac­tile in­trec­ciato tex­ture on the bronze (sim­i­lar to its leather goods). There’s also the clas­sic Rudi sofa, up­dated with Rudi Fringe, a wo­ven in­trec­ciato bor­der along the base that falls into a passe­menterie-in­spired fringe. One of the nov­el­ties is the very mod­ern BV Tre, a mo­du­lar seat­ing con­sist­ing of a cor­ner Seat, a sin­gle Seat and a pouf, that can be con­fig­ured in any way you like.

SWAROVSKI Ate­lier Swarovski built a grand green house at the courtyard of Palazzo Ser­bel­loni to show­case its lat­est home dé­cor line, de­sign­ers’ col­lab­o­ra­tions and a new light­ing col­lec­tion. We es­pe­cially loved Ja­panese stu­dio Nendo’s ex­quis­ite col­lec­tion of solid crys­tal blue bowls in­spired by wa­ter and na­ture. Mi­lanese’s ar­chi­tect and de­signer Pa­tri­cia Urquiola’s freeform con­tain­ers aren’t only strik­ingly-beau­ti­ful, they’re also very in­no­va­tive. She uses a crys­tal ap­pli­ca­tion technique com­bined with a flex­i­ble tex­tile that al­lows each con­tainer to be moulded into dif­fer­ent forms and shapes with in­fi­nite pos­si­bil­i­ties. Dutch de­sign­ers Tord Boon­tje and Mar­jan van Aubel in­tro­duced two new light­ing com­po­nents to the chan­de­lier range— the “Lu­mi­nous Re­flec­tions” is up­dated with matte sil­ver and high gloss 24K gold fin­ishes; while the “Cyanome­ter” range con­sists of a floor lamp, a ceil­ing lamp and wall light us­ing white opal crys­tals.

HERMÈS Hermès trans­formed the Museo della Per­ma­nente into a gor­geous, colour-block­ing show space of seven dif­fer­ent rooms, all cov­ered in 150,000 lust­wor­thy Moroc­can tiles. Each room show­cased an im­pres­sive range of items from blan­kets, crock­ery and vases to oc­ca­sional ta­bles, multi-pur­pose boxes, a neck­lace stand and even a dream-catcher. One of our favourite de­signs was the porce­lain vases from “Périmètre” that re­sem­bles a leaf that has been folded then pinched to­gether. “A Walk in The Gar­den” (an English walk to be pre­cise) fea­tures a se­ries of plates hand-drawn by Ir­ish artist Nigel Peake. Us­ing orange, green, but­ter­cup and Prus­sian blue, he weaves twigs, leaves and grass through lat­ticed, che­quered and her­ring­bone mo­tifs. And two nov­el­ties were in­tro­duced in the Équipages d’hermès: the Bou­chon stool with pinched, sad­dle-stitched leather and the Vice-versa ta­ble, made out of oak and rat­tan, which can dou­ble as a bed­side ta­ble.

LOEWE Creative Di­rec­tor Jonathan An­der­son con­tin­ues to cel­e­brate ar­ti­sans around the world. For this pro­ject, Loewe ex­plores the ar­ti­sanal tex­tile de­vel­op­ment that bridges tra­di­tional and mod­ern savoir-faire across dif­fer­ent re­gions. The re­sult is an eclec­tic se­lec­tion of 50 styles of blan­kets and ta­pes­tries, with 12 limited edi­tion re­lated shop­pers, fus­ing clas­si­cal tech­niques like blan­kets crafted with the Ja­panese ‘boro’ technique, African patch­work from Togo and Sene­gal, In­dian rib­bon em­broi­dery, and styles wo­ven in hemp, jer­sey, or leather. More ex­per­i­men­tal de­signs in­clude blan­kets adorned with safety pin ap­pliqué, nee­dle punch leop­ard spots, Span­ish shear­ling in­tar­sia, and black and white por­trait pho­tog­ra­phy printed on feath­ers. And all that for a good cause as prof­its of the full pro­ject will be do­nated to char­i­ties pro­mot­ing women’s ed­u­ca­tion in mi­nor­ity com­mu­ni­ties and tra­di­tional craft around the world.

ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA The Zegna Toyz line—which con­sists of small ac­ces­sories, en­ter­tain­ment and home prod­ucts—is be­ing re­designed us­ing its new Pelle Tes­suta fab­ric. The her­ring­bone pat­tern cre­ated from in­ter­wo­ven thin mi­cro leather yarns is in­spired by one of the brand’s iconic Lan­i­fi­cio Ermenegildo Zegna suit­ing fabrics pro­duced in 1968 (cel­e­brat­ing its 50th an­niver­sary of ready-to-wear). You’ll find ev­ery­thing from yoga mats, dog col­lars, phone pouches, cig­a­rette box cases to ping pong sets and mahjong (yes, you read that right) cut from the fab­ric. Be­yond that, there’s a spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion with Master & Dy­namic on a pair of head­phones and a turntable. Very cool, if you ask us.

Above: Rib­bon Dance by An­dré Fu’

Above: Ver­sace Tribute 1 Sofa Mid­dle: The Van­i­tas Chair by Ver­sace Home Below: Bronze chan­de­lier by Osanna Vis­conti for Bot­tega Veneta

Top: Cyanome­ter by Mar­jan van Aubel for Swarovski.Above (left to right):Bou­chon Stool; Perime­tre vases by Hermès home col­lec­tion.

Right (from the top): Turntable Master & Dy­namic; Mahjong; Yoga mat, ping pong set & dice game by Zegna Toyz.Below: Ta­pes­tries & blan­kets by Loewe.

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