Go big—and take it home
Fashion brands leave their sartorial marks on this year’s Salone del Mobile and Milan Design Week.
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.