10 fashion houses make bold statements with luxury furniture collections
They may be the big names that rule Fashion Week, but they’ve taken their aesthetic sensibilities into the realm of furniture, boldly strutting dressy collections for the home. Below, covetable pieces from the likes of Hermes, Gucci, and Rick Owens.
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Californian native Rick Owens is not one to toe the line and his furniture collection bears the same avant-garde ethos. Drawing inspiration from military concrete bunkers and Egyptian tombs, Owens' striking pieces lean towards an almost modern take on Brutalism – but one fashioned from marble, basalt, and alabaster. Masculine pieces, such as this daybed made from plywood and petrified wood, makes a bold, dark statement against the populist light-filled Scandinavian aesthetics of today.
From a glossary of flora-fauna motifs comes Gucci’s foray into home accessories. The Gucci Decor collection, a selection of furniture and crockery, showcases creative director Alessandro Michele’s penchant for flamboyance. Victorian-style cushions and padded chairs take on bold embroideries of Gucci’s iconic tigers, snakes and roses. Geometric patterns from previous fashion collections find new life on folding partitions and silk wallpapers.
Hermes presented an extensive collection of home furnishings in Milan this year, ranging from porcelain tableware and lacquered boxes, to cashmere throws and wallpaper. The collection juxtaposes nature-inspired prints with geometrical lattices and mosaics, all rendered in soothing hues and seamless design.
Tirelessly inspired by Columbia, the Milanese house presents yet another collection with the South American country’s traditional crafts, materials and folklore in mind. From hammocks and stools, to baskets and cactus sculptures, its 2018 La Vereda collection is made with the usual PVC weaves but with a new loom-woven effect.
Known primarily for its leather products, Loewe’s fabric-focused presentation at Milan Design Week was certainly unconventional, but reflected its creative director’s obsession with the material. British designer J.W. Anderson trawled the globe, scouting textile artisans with incomparable craft techniques from India to Ecuador, in order to create the 80-plus collection of tote bags, tapestries and blankets.
The Italian fashion house known for its colourful and patterned knitwear returns with another home collection, this time inspired by a garden wonderland. Expect motifs such as poppies and butterflies, while Missoni’s iconic chevron and gradient stripes adorn its range of indoor and outdoor sofas and cushions.
If the outstanding workmanship and elegant design are not instantly telling of its maker, then the iconic Medusa head would most definitely give away its maison’s name. The Shadov chair and VM11 line of furniture and accessories are moulded in the silhouette of the Medusa.
Thank god for British design and humour. The classic Anglepoise Type 75 desk lamp is given Paul Smith’s “classic with a twist” treatment: The lamps are colourblocked in three unique schemes, and are reproduced in two more sizes – a humorous mini size and an outlandish giant size to be used as a floor lamp.
Designer furniture may be great, but what feels truly luxurious at the end of a long hard day has to be being ensconced in sumptuous bedsheets that promise recovering sleep. Hugo Boss Home’s Spring/Summer collection presents a range of downy bedlinen, made with 100 per cent Egyptian, 300 thread-count cotton. The abstract print will also appeal to sophisticated art lovers - Oceanwaves takes inspiration from Japanese prints and Volumn from Brancusi’s sculpture Endless Column.
The 2018 Home Collection is the second time creative director Tomas Maier has collaborated with Italian designer Osanna Visconti di Modrone, and the partnership continues to prove felicitous. Visconti imparts her fondness for bronze and her expertise in the lost-wax casting technique to create the brand’s exquisite signature intrecciato, or braided, texture on the bronze lamps.