4 posts tagged "Salone del Mobile"
Those of us at Prada’s Fall ’13 menswear show in Milan this January walked in to find a fully furnished apartment, what Miuccia Prada called the “ideal house.” Its furnishings came courtesy of her longtime collaborator, Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and his firm OMA, which also works on Prada’s stores (or in company parlance, epicenters). OMA’s new collection inched nearer to reality at Milan’s Salone del Mobile this week, where OMA’s partner in the venture, the design company Knoll, unveiled the new range, dubbed Tools for Life. The Prada furnishings, it turns out, were prototypes; nothing that baby pink or plastic spiked seems likely to make it to production. But no doubt there are Prada obsessives out there who will be glad to replicate Mrs. P’s ideal house in their own. Prada, for her part, didn’t collaborate on the line: This does not mark the debut of Prada Casa. But she did lend OMA and Knoll the Prada HQ on Via Fogazzaro for their press conference yesterday.
Next week’s Salone del Mobile, the annual Milanese furniture fair, will include plenty of Italian labels, as usual. Marni is releasing the latest of its colorful chairs, as well as hosting a workshop with the Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, where visitors can create “Abi-tante,” which the label describes as “small objects in the form of humanoids/robots made out of industrial waste.” Vionnet’s Goga Ashkenazi has blessed a variety of Italian designers with her patronage, and they’ve responded in kind with pieces like Nacho Carbonell’s chandelier inspired by the Maison.
But the festival queen may be Donatella Versace, who takes the occasion of the fair to show off Versace Home’s latest OTT wares. This year, she teamed up with the young L.A.-based Haas Brothers (their other brother, Lukas, is a sometime actor and rocker), who have already contributed one-off pieces to Mario Testino shoots and been commissioned by Peter Marino. For Versace, they created pieces like the Honeycomb club chair and the demurely named Bondage bench (above). “The process is very important to us,” Nikolai and Simon Haas told style.com. “It starts with a spark of inspiration and then becomes a tangible form. Donatella was the spark, and this furniture collection is our interpretation of the legend and the house of Versace.”
The spark herself had this to say: “I love the new iconic pieces the Haas Brothers have created for Versace Home. They have captured the essence of Versace today, with pieces that are grounded in tradition while also looking fearlessly to the future. It’s amazing how they have taken elements from Versace’s fashion DNA and remixed them to make pieces for the home that are fresh and new. I enjoyed working with the Haas Brothers so much, they also created some special graphic animal prints for my recent Fall 2013 womenswear show.”
Keep reading for a special video teaser of the collaboration coming together >
Furthering his long-standing penchant for artist collaborations (cue everyone from Erwin Olaf to Nan Goldin), Bottega Veneta’s Tomas Maier has tapped Nancy Lorenz to create her third project for the brand—a series of decorative boxes that will be displayed at next week’s Salone del Mobile in Milan. Entitled Skies and Beyond, the twenty-five-edition capsule is comprised entirely of one-offs—eccentric objets d’art rendered in blackened silver, palladium, and moon gold leaf. Lorenz is heralded for blending postwar abstractionism with the craftsmanship inherent in Asian art. She spent five years in Tokyo, where she learned to use industrial elements like lacquer in painterly ways. “I appreciate her refined technique, textural work, and overall artistic sensibility,” said Maier. The boxes capture an intersection of East and West—pewter grooves on one mirror hearken back to the raked sand in bonsai gardens, while the scratched mother-of-pearl on another invokes centuries-old Italian marble.
Skies and Beyond will be available for purchase through skiesandbeyond.bottegaveneta.com starting tomorrow. Each piece is priced at €5,000, or $6428.50 at the current exchange.
Today in Milan, the annual Salone del Mobile kicks off—the Milan furniture fair to me and you. And once again, fashion labels from both home and abroad and using the gathering to extend their reach from their clients’ clothes to their living spaces, debuting new collections and pieces.
Donatella Versace is one of Milan’s hometown heroes breaking out new wares for the occasion. “I think this is our ultimate home collection since it’s the perfect blend of fashion and design,” she told Style.com of the new offering. “It’s pure fashion in 3D! I wanted to make my outfits live in the homes of people and I think I finally succeeded. I love it because it is so direct and powerful that people will have no doubts when they see it: they’ll know it’s Versace.” It’s hard to imagine who else would combine leopard print, gold, heraldic crests, and crowns—on a single chair (left). But there’s subtler charm, too, in Versace Home’s gold-detailed leather sofa and undulating coffee table, debuting exclusively here.
If there’s no mistaking Versace, it’d be hard to mistake Maison Martin Margiela, either: the Maison has once again created a temporary apartment at the fair to showcase its furniture, produced by Cerruti Baleri. New for the season is the Lazy console table, scaled-down to off-kilter smallness, and a “shrinking” upholstered headboard, the Lolo (below). Continue Reading “Fashion And Furniture Meet In Milan” »