Salone del Mobile and Design Week are finally back in Milan after being postponed and then canceled after all due to the pandemic situation. So, here are the main highlights from the events where various brands presented their latest designs.
Armani/Casa Collection is all about nature and was inspired by our living on the planet. The new furniture line features Giorgio Armani's signature elegance and aesthetics with delicate animal prints and playing textures with flowers and leaves. The designer used a rich color palette of green, blue, and neutral shades. The collection also includes a bar cabinet which is available in only 88 pieces. The limited-edition item is all-covered with Japanese paper and cotton. Logoed accessories for barbeque lovers are continuing the spirit of the collection.
Versace revealed a collection of pieces designed in cooperation with Luxury Living Group, along with architect duo Roberto Palomba and Ludovica Serafini. The line combines geometric lines and decorative elements such as La Greca pattern.
Gucci, in turn, unveiled a temporary store created in the form of the cabinet of curiosities that matches the brand's Lifestyle collection. The objects vary from notebooks, pencils, pens, and canvas to an apartment for mice with Gucci furnishings in it. The assortment also includes playing cards, dice and poker sets, sleeping masks, pillows with the brand's print, slippers, and pajamas made of silk.
And Dior invited 17 artists and designers from all around the world to redesign the medallion chair, which is considered a symbol of the French fashion house. The chair designed in Louis XVI style was reimagined in its proportions and materials and transformed from the feminine style into a geometric shape.
Louis Vuitton collaborated with Marcel Wanders to expand the Objets Nomades collection. The luxury brand presented the Petal Chair with nine petal-formed cushions made in leather with the brand’s monogram design. And Fernando and Humberto Campana revealed the Merengue pouffe which is available in four colors.
Bulgari turned to art and hosted an exhibition that took place at the Gallery of Modern Art in the center of Milan. The jewelry brand from Rome brought together four international artists with their own commitment and a unique concept. For example, Azuma Makoto created a life-size garden inviting visitors to appreciate the change in shape, color, and smell of the natural elements. And Daan Roosegaarde demonstrated a wall decorated with metallic flowers to the connection between technology and nature. Ann Veronica Janssens worked on the room with a coffered ceiling and marble columns experimenting with light and reflection. Vincent Van Duysen installed a maze covered in metal, golden, and silver right inside the gallery.
Hermès revealed a collection of raw and tactile materials which includes the Sillage d’Hermès. A vintage round shape armchair was designed in cooperation with Studio Mumbai and consists of 70 percent recycled materials.
Off-White worked together with Ginori 1735 and presented a capsule available in limited edition. However, they both hinted at their partnership in 2022. The joint collection includes a tableware set which consists of dinner plates, serving platters, a teapot, and a teacup saucer set. All the items are made in black and white colors and designed in graffiti-inspired decors. According to the designer, the line suits both the modern dining room and a simple dorm room.
Valentino strives to support culture in a sustainable way by reprising the theatrical theme. The brand debuted with the new Valentino Act collection revealing a new window concept inspired by elements from theater spaces. These include red-colored curtains made of velvet and armchairs from the 1940s.
Tod's partnered with American artist Willie Cole and created unique sculptures made from the brand's recycled leather, semifinished products, and restored pieces as raw materials. Such sustainable work of art celebrates hand-operated work and craftsmanship.
Etro presented the Veranda line which is a part of the Etro Home Interiors collection. Produced by Jumbo Group, the range includes chairs, chaise longues, and tables whose tops can be transformed into trays. The items are made in neutral colors and reference nature in their materials using tropical forests prints.
Roberto Cavalli Home Interiors presented Wild Dining and Wild Suite that feature animal prints, leather, and metal details. The highlights from the collection are a round table, along with a Shira chair adorned with a jaguar printed silk and leather, and a leather sofa with cushions. A home capsule also includes linens, tableware, and wallpapers. In addition, the Cavalli Scratch line was also launched to add sharp motifs were to animal prints and black leather.
Missoni surprised with colorful style and signature patterns in its latest home collection. The Italian luxury brand unveiled a new collection of wooden chairs in three sites. The installation is colored in five different colors and decorated with zig-zag patterns. The outdoor line also features Nap Outdoor modular sofa in striped fabrics.
Antonio Marras is continuing to collaborate with Fratelli Colì and launched ceramic tableware sets. In addition, Marras presented a new line of table accessories. With Apulia-based brand, the designer also created a collection of ceramics which ranges from vases to lamps.
Diesel Living worked together with Scavolini and revealed its newest kitchen concept, named Get Together. The space, designed in partnership with the Italian furniture company, combines wood elements with a metal finish and features a central island and an operating block.
J.J. Martin introduced a collection of glassware, linens, and accessories to create a festive mood for the 2021 holiday season. The items from Martin's line feature the brand’s vintage aesthetic with birds prints, as well as geometric designs. Printed velvet cushions, trays, and vases were also presented that will be perfect gifts for your family and friends on any occasion.
Francesca Ruffini, known for chic loungewear, presented a few relaxed homeware objects. The range includes duvets and bed pillows made from silk and cotton in blue shades. The items are expected to be on sale from the beginning of November.
Acqua di Parma
Acqua di Parma released two collaborations that include projects with Poltrona Frau and the Artemest. Partnering with the Italian furnishings company, a smart scent diffuser was launched. Each of the circular-shape and leather-crafted diffusers can be customized in five different colors and features the brand's signature fragrances. Acqua di Parma also worked with the online destination and the Tuscan workshops on a set of candles and marble candleholders available in limited edition. The packaging was created in collaboration with Giannini who used the ancient technique of paper marbling.
Valextra presented a sculptural light installation, called Black Light. Ten monumental LED lights by Dixon and Prolicht, along with a new handbag were displayed. The installation won Tom Dixon's Award and was inspired by the archives of Gio Ponti, Ettore Sottsass, and Achille Castiglioni.
Aspesi's project, The Library of Ever brought Spanish designer and architect Patricia Urquiola together. They both reimagined the store’s windows and presented an installation with glass elements.
Sunnei's new installation is designed in collaboration with the NM3 studio and was created in the form of a steel cube with two benches. The aim of the metallic structure is to encourage mingling, combining nature and design.