Luxury fashion brands at Salone del Mobile 2016
Hermès created an impressive set inside Milan’s Teatro Vetra. Designed by Mexican artist Mauricio Rocha, Hermès welcomed visitors into a raised pavilion lined with monumental brick pillars that atmospherically funneled light out into the darkened space.
Bottega Veneta Home: Tomas Maier, Bottega Veneta creative director unveiled his latest designs for the label’s home collection at the Bottega Veneta boutique in Palazzo Gallarati Scotti – an 18th century palazzo in Via Borgospesso in the heart of Milan
Armani Casa: ‘Lightness’ was the theme that pervaded Armani Casa’s new home collection that was previewed at the brand’s Corso Venezia Space. Lined with lightweight bamboo prints that filtered the daylight from outside, the store’s interior was softly lit by large semitransparent gauze lanterns that displayed images of the new accessories on all four sides. Set against a backdrop of by deep black walls and a dark grey Bedonia stone floor, Armani’s new furniture and home accessories were divided up by full-height mesh panels printed with motifs borrowed from the collection
Loewe: A kaleidoscope of leather-upholstered oak furniture greeted customers at Loewe’s Milan store during Design Week. Created especially for the Salone, Loewe’s master artisans demonstrated their incredible skill by translating prints from Loewe’s silk archives into intricate leather inlay designs that adorned pieces of early 20th-century furniture selected by Loewe creative director Jonathan Anderson.
Bulgari: Inspired by the three rings of the B.zero1 Perfect Mistake ring and their three different shades of gold, Bulgari unveiled an impressive light sculpture in the gardens of its Milanese hotel. Conceived by NaNA architecture studio, the art work was made up of 18 three-metre-wide mirrored steel rings that spiraled across the lawn. By day the rings reflected their green surroundings but by night, embedded LEDS on the inside of the rings lit up, transforming the installation into a glowing light sculpture
La Perla: Italian designer Walter Terruso has crafted an elegant custom vanity table. Called Mia, the vanity’s oversized mirror covered in plissé silk sits atop a glass and brass table structure with pink-hued maple wood drawers. Showcased in the brand’s Milan store during Design Week, the vanity was displayed alongside a matching plissé silk modesty screen and stool that were introduced during the last year’s Salone.
Fendi Casa: Thierry Lemaire used materials such as brass, fine woods, lacquer and leather to create a collection that blended Italian sophistication with French decorative arts
Ermenegildo Zegna: Unveiled during Design Week at Zegna’s Via Montenapoleone store, Peter Marino’s cabinet is topped with a sheet of black bronze and incorporates two contrasting sets of doors made from the oak barrels’ curved staves. While one set is convex and showcases the naturally aged wood, the other is concave and stained a deep aubergine colour by the wine that was once stored inside
Christian Lacroix x Moooi: Following a successful collaboration with Moooi last year, Christian Lacroix debuted its second carpet design for the Dutch brand at Moooi’s vast Tortona show space. Lacroix, who have been slowly building a complete lifestyle collection over the past five years, were given complete creative freedom by Moooi creative director Marcel Wanders who simply asked designer Sacha Walckhoff to ‘create something crazy’
Marni: Continuing its love affair with all things Colombian, Marni’s Salone festivities centered around Cumbia, an ancient Colombian dance for couples. Transforming its Via Umbria showspace into an atmospheric ballroom, Marni called upon choreographer Susanna Beltrami to direct a live dance performance to a soundtrack of voice and percussion
Missoni: Set up within its via Solferino space, Missoni created an immersive architectural installation by artist Aldo Lanzini that was made entirely from its extensive archive of textiles. Bursting with the brand’s trademark waves, zig-zags and stripes, the glowing landscape, called Knitown, was lit by disorientating flashing lights that revealed hidden doorways, windows and interior spaces for visitors to explore
Tod’s: Five pairs of limited edition shoes conceived by five young Italian design studios were displayed across the window of Tod’s Via della Spiga store for the duration of Salone. The designers, selected by Giulio Cappellini, were assigned a material with which to customise Tod’s classic Gommino driving shoes. Working with ceramic, marble, leather, metal and wood, the surprising results include a wooden buckle on deign studio Zaven’s shoe and seams held together with pins on Leonardo Talarico’s metal version
Versace Home: This year’s introductions, which included four brand new lines, were completed by the launch of the brand’s first outdoor furniture piece – the Mesedia chair, which sees the the house of Versace’s unmistakable Medusa logo wrought in 5 shades of climate proof aluminium. Elsewhere, prominent themes included ocean-inspired motifs that were splashed across opulent living, dining and bedroom products in sweet pastel hues, as well as an exotic array of leopard and zebra prints that were combined with lacquered woods, silk jacquards and gold trimmings.
Roberto Cavalli: Creative Director Peter Dundas has added his stylish touch to the extensive home collection of Roberto Cavalli