Medusa gets a starring role in Versace Home’s 2017 collection
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History told us that Marco Polo brought China to Europe, and certainly to Italian soil. At Salone del Mobile 2017 earlier in April, the Italians revealed the Versace Home 2017 collection, which signaled to us that chinoiserie might just be chic again. In fact, Chinese and Greek mythology sit side by side in Versace Home's three new lines: Le Jardin de Versace, VM11 and Shadov.
Featuring bedding, textiles, furniture and wearable items, the collection sees the Italian fashion house taking on the tried-and-tested textures and colours favoured by centuries past. Golden baroque mingles with cool greys, while sleek matt blacks are updated with marble inlays and spruced up with white veneer finishes. Medusa, the beastly, unapologetically feminine Greek nightmare — who also doubles up as Versace's icon — is moulded into chairs, printed onto jacquard exteriors and etched into eye masks and slippers.
Characterised by butterfly motifs, Versace's upholstery and bedding from Le Jardin de Versace borrows Chinese beliefs surrounding the fluttery creature. While a blue butterfly symbolises acceptance, yellow represents love and happiness and purple signals spirituality. Meanwhile, the pared down VM11 line — a name from the address of the Versace boutique in Via Montenapoleone 11, Milan — is dominated by neutrality and bold shapes. Versace's loud character isn't for everyone, but what's great is that you can still find sleek, structured pieces that can stand the test of time at home.
Available for order from August onwards at Versace Paragon and Marina Bay Sands.