L ike our wardrobes, our homes can always benefit from occasional refreshing. Here are stylish furnishing ideas from seven top fashion and lifestyle brands that recently showcased their latest interior collections at Salone del Mobile, the world’s largest furniture fair.
Add artisanal touches to your living space with pieces from Loewe’s “This is Home” collection, which includes lamps, blankets, ceramics and cushions conceived by creative director Jonathan Anderson. “It’s a collage of different bits of information… I like the idea that fashion can explode into the household,” he said. Decoration meets function in the wall ensemble of life-size, wool-knit, nude male figures. Oak items, including a signature mouse motif by Robert ‘Mouseman Thompson’, made up a charming set.
With its “Lien d’Hermès” pieces, luxury fashion house Hermes goes back to its roots by focusing on leather: Harnesses and saddles were the first products the house made. But instead of dressing horses, the material is used whimsically in this collection to dress objects. The bridle, in particular, is the key inspiration behind the collection. Combining the stitching and fastenings that might be found on equestrian headgear, and unexpected materials (maple, lacquer, crystal, wicker), the house puts an earthy yet quirky spin on coat hangers, vases and wine racks.
03: Louis Vuitton
No matter where home might be, Louis Vuitton’s “Objets Nomades” can bring a worldly feel to it. This year, the brand extends the collection’s elegant tradition of beautifully crafted, travel-inspired objects with 10 new pieces. From hammocks and swing chairs to foldable stools and deck chairs, artists used their savoir-faire to re-interpret the idea of exploration. The Campana Brothers’ playful sofa was inspired by clouds and the shell Botticelli painted for Venus; India Mahdavi’s Nomade side table draws from the talisman. Fine materials combined with novel forms merge to form this adventurous collection.
Sometimes, we’re a little wary of the adjective “minimalist”, which in certain cases can be interchangeable with “boring”. This is decidedly not the case with the designs — be they clothing or housewares — from Armani. Playing with contours and lightening up structures, the 2017 Armani/Casa collection is ultra-modern, with a weightless quality, yet palpably lush. The Morfeo bed is sleek with seamless curves, while the Canaletto walnut bookshelf Musa bears luxurious leather-clad shelves.
Embrace your inner child with the colourful and playful offerings that were on show at Marni Playland, the setting for Marni’s 2017 furniture presentation. A stretch of sand set the backdrop for interactive toys such as basketball hoops that double as storage. Also on display were new chairs and stools: Crafted from metal, painted wood and woven coloured PVC cord, the innovative shapes challenge norms and are produced entirely in Columbia by local female artisans.
06: Fendi Casa
Why settle on one hue when you can have six? Fendi Case displayed a very striking piece at its recently opened first flagship boutique in Milan. “Six Shades of Palmer” is an exclusive, made-to-order version of the Palmer sofa designed by Toan Nguyen, an award-winning Paris-born designer. The new seater features a graduated colour palette, ranging from intense red to a light pink. Sophisticated yet unexpected, it will be exhibited at the Via Montenapoleone 3 store and available on a made-to-order basis.
07: Paul Smith
When Paul Smith was young, a photography experiment with his father resulted in a picture of him sitting on a flying carpet superimposed over Brighton’s Royal Pavillion. This inspired his collaboration with The Rug Company for Milan Design Week 2017. Three rugs that celebrate bold British design and quality craftsmanship will be launched in the autumn of 2017. The Albemarle rug combines the soft sheen of hand-spun silk yarns, with shimmering grey lines that alter with the light. The Overlay rug, available as a runner, is vibrant and colourful, featuring the modern stripe pattern now synonymous with Paul Smith. Last but not least, Carnival Pale riffs on classic stripes through a combination of playful pastels, transparency and layering.