Salone del Mobile 2018: 10 fashion and jewellery installations we love
Salone del Mobile 2018 presents an emporium where fashion meets art. Our top picks? Bulgari, COS and Loewe
1. COS For this London-based fashion brand's seventh year at Salone del Mobile, they’ve collaborated with contemporary American artist Phillip K. Smith III for its Open Sky installation. Smith,who is well known for his works on light and space, was set on creating a large-scale sculpture on the grounds of the 16th century Palazzo Isimbard. "I wanted to pull the sky to the ground - to make it physically present," he said. “The square of sky above the courtyard transforms into a semi-circular form, that sits on the courtyard floor directly in front of the viewer. The idea was to actively and seamlessly merge the beauty of the surrounding architecture and the sky over Milan."
2. Loewe Focusing on incorporating textiles found around the world, this year’s focus bridges Loewe's expertise with other craft techniques in its tapestries, tote bags and blankets. It took creative director Jonathan Anderson and his team over a year to develop, which saw them travelling to rural parts of Asia, Europe, Africa and South America in a search for each continent's local artisans. Coming all the way from India is its ribbon hand-embroidery, which is utilised on Loewe's bags and blankets. Then, there's the highly exclusive and rare fabric sustainably sourced from the Ecuadorian mountains. Japanese boro and hand-painted tapestries as well as Senegal’s detailed patchwork patterns can also be seen in this collection. If you ever get the chance to purchase any of its elaborate items, profits will go to charities advocating education for minority women and traditional craft.
3. Marni It's all about going back to the roots for this Italian label's latest collection, 'MARNI LA VEREDA'. Stringing together colours and folklore, it depicts the small community settlements in Colombia called Las Veredas with Marni's iconic PVC chairs, only this time with peacock and bird designs in a loom-woven effect. Baskets are woven from sticks and branches using an old technique from Ibagué, adding coloured plastic into it for the first time. Furniture accessories are also included in this collection, with papier-mâché and beaded chickens made by hand by the women of Villanueva for four days. Like Loewe, Marni will be donating its profits to a charity called the "La casa sull'albero" project that helps families who are adopting or fostering children.
4. Max Mara In collaboration with German painter Kerstin Brätsch and the United Brothers collective, Max Mara designed 1,000 pairs of limited-edition sunglasses called Lavaprism. Inspired by volcanoes from Hawaiian islands and Campi Flegrei, it's meant to resemble a piece of natural landscape, with its geometric shape and a cutting-edge, futuristic feel.
5. Hermès This luxury brand's emblem is about to get a makeover by Mexican artist Miguel Castro Leñero, who is famed for his graphic depiction of animals. Its horse logo will be printed on three different blankets, where each piece is made from bi-coloured and hand-dyed double cashmere. Using the traditional Kantha embroidery stitching method for some details, the horse outline is cut from cashmere and then sewn onto the blankets with small glass beads. Other than showcasing home textiles and furniture, its collection will be displayed in a space designed by French architect Charlotte Macaux Perelman.
6. Swarovski The Swarovski Palazzo houses an installation of a greenhouse within Palazzo Serbelloni's secret courtyard, filled with different crystal designs from collaborations with Japan's Nendo, Spanish architect Patricia Urquiola, fashion designer Peter Pilotto and designer John Pawson. Candle holders, vases, mirrors and bowls alike will be featured, together with Atelier Swarovski's debut in-house décor line of scented candles, trays and jewellery boxes.
7. Louis Vuitton Presenting at this year's Fuorisalone is the French house's Les Petits Nomades collection of smaller scale objects inspired by Louis Vuitton's Objets Nomades range, which was launched in 2012. Four designers - Humberto & Fernando Campana, Atelier Oï, Patricia Urquiola and Marcel Wanders - have designed seven avant-garde objects like leather baskets and trays with the brand's famous monogram flower. Its Objets Nomades collection will also see the launch of Hong Kong designer André Fu's fluid-looking Ribbon Dance Chair and Marcel Wanders' two octagonal Diamond Mirrors.
8. Tiffany & Co. Tiffany & Co. joins the bandwagon of luxury labels revamping their existing items. Teaming up with Marilyn Minter, Laurie Simmons, Shantell Martin, Anna Wili-Highfield and Anna Galtarossa, they commemorated its Home & Accessories collection launch in Europe by revamping its sterling silver tabletop greenhouse. From black scribbled designs to an explosion of flowers, each greenhouse that’s part of The Greenhouse Project exudes the different creative touches of the artists involved.
9. Bulgari This Italian fine jeweller will be presenting its REINVENTING (DESIGN) RVLES installations at three different locations. The first part of the installation begins at Brera Design District, where a three-dimensional labyrinth greets you with the brand's key elements of materials, modularity and colour by three desginers: Iván Navarro & Courtney Smith, MVRDV and Storagemilano. Surrounded by Bulgari's B.zero1 design, its dream-like setting from the Dream Machine allows visitors to think about the traditional role of luxury and retail. Situated in Bulgari Hotel's Il Giardino as part two is the Mirror Cube installation. It transports you into the brand's B.zero1 design of the cube with small versions of the works in part one, where a special camera captures 36 frames per second to make a GIF for its visitors. At the Montenapoleone Boutique in the last segment, a gallery showcases patterns from the previous two parts of the Bulgari journey, and the many aspects of Italian furnishings.
10. Bottega Veneta Pastel hues are this year's palette for this collection. Collaborating with Italian designer Osanna Visconti di Modrone for the second time, it presents a line of bronze lighting pieces made from lost-wax casting technique with the quintessential Bottega Venetaintrecciato texture. "I wanted to show something very different from what I did two years ago, which was muted and graphic. I like to give new ideas of how my client could create a living space," said creative director Tomas Maier. Making an appearance during the event is also The BV Tre range of three items - a Corner Seat, a Single Seat and a pillow.