High-end fashion brands take on Milan Design Week 2019 with collaborative projects and Instagrammable installations
Feast for the eyes
Australian design comes to the fore in Milan Design Week in the form of a capsule furniture line by fashion designer Dion Lee and interiors label DesignByThem. Inspired by Lee's signature weaving techniques, the 'DL lounge chair' and 'DL bench' features Italian saddle leather woven throughout a steel frame.
Spanish artist and photographer Coco Capitán (who has previously collaborated with Gucci) launches her debut project with Spanish footwear brand Camper. Colour-blocked in blue and black with rope-like laces, Camper's Brutus boots gets the nautical treatment to reference the artist's relationship with the coastal city of Mallorca.
Issey Miyake's Quadrilatero store will feature Dutch designer Jólan van der Wiel's 'Journey of a Raindrop' installation. Inspired by the various states that a raindrop experiences, the artwork's spatial design contrasts with the store's muted colours and shapes.
Belgian fashion designer Raf Simons can't seem to get enough of textiles it seems. He's back with Kvadrat for his sixth line of fabrics. Entitled 'No Man's Land', the open space includes Jean Prouve houses, Le Corbusier furniture and an expansive flower bed by Antwerp-based florist Mark Colle as well as a food residency by London's hip eatery Rochelle Canteen.
Marni has joined forces with Colombian artisans for 'Moon Walk', a vibrant collection of chaise lounges that are out of this world.
Melbourne-based artist Linda Tegg has created a living landscape installation 'Adjacent Field' at the Milanese headquarters of Jil Sander. Constructed using plants picked from abandoned sites across the city, the installation aligns itself with the label's latest collection of durable and outdoor-ready clothing. After the exhibition concludes, some plants will be returned to their original sites while some will be part of a permanent living assemblage in the studios.
Paul Smith has created 'Stack', a series of stackable vases with English ceramicist 1882 Ltd. The collaboration will extend further with a line of tableware and objects later this year.
Loewe has become synonymous with craft and artisanship. Its new range of 'Baskets' consists of home-related objects including vases for Ikebana that have been constructed using age-old specialist bamboo and leathermaking techniques.
Tod's is exploring the balance between technology and craftsmanship through eight international design talents: Korean industrial designer Yong Bae Seok, Japanese art director Mai Ikuzawa, Italian design duo Formafantasma, American car designer Chris Bangle, Italian illustrator Olimpia Zagnoli, Swiss designer Petter Neby, Italian astronaut Maurizio Cheli and Italian car designer Marcello Gandini. The exhibition 'No_Code Shelter' features architectural shelters that visitors can wander through.
Rimowa and Kaleidoscope magazine present a surreal installation of an aluminium-panelled car by Spanish designer Guillermo Santoma. On top of the artwork, a photographic zine and short film have been created by director Thibaut Grevet.