Salone del Mobile 2013 has come and gone but there are more than just a few fashion designers whom have left a trace. Interior design and Industrial design are taking an immense interest in the eyes of Fashion Designers globally.
Salone del Mobile Milano Exhibition
The Salone del Mobile is the world’s largest home design exhibition taking place in Milan, Italy. This year, 2013, marked the 52nd edition of the exhibition. “Interiors of tomorrow,” was the motive and main theme behind the event for 2013. Designers and architects have flooded Milan Design week for years and decades, but recently fashion designers have made a move into the innovative, creative and beautiful landscape of interior and home design.
The Colorful Crossover
One of the first fashion designers to enter into the interior design market was Emilio Pucci. Pucci began to design and create fabrics that he licensed and sold to upholstery and accessory firms. Most recently, Pucci’s Creative Director Matthew Williamson, retrieved one of Pucci’s original archive prints and soon after it was promenading down the Milan Spring-Summer 2007 catwalk.
Missoni is one fashion designer of whom created a home collection several years ago, Missoni Home. Missoni Home has flourished and grown tremendously. Not only rising to the top as one of the most recognizable interior designers, but the combination of fashion design and interior design have enhanced and enriched the development of the brand reaching all connoisseurs of design. Of course it was only natural for Missoni to show their latest collection at Design Week, flaunting spring daisies and bright colors with giant pendant lighting but don’t forget their signature trademark ‘zigzag’ motif.
Design overload: Collaborative collections
In true Versace style, the brand has collaborated with the furniture design duo from Los Angeles, The Haas Brothers. The collaborative collection consists of three chairs, a sofa, a bench and two tables revealed at Milan Design Week. Hypebeast’s reaction to the collection was spot on, “Though all impressive feats of design, the highlight of the collection is surely the Donatella Chair, designed as a futuristic throne for Donatella Versace herself – a ‘queen’ of fashion royalty.” The collection exuberates a flashy golden touch in complete Versace style, with just a hint of that mafia touch that we all occasionally lust after.
From Bling to Nature
Giorgio Armani S.p.A. has embraced the eco-movement in their latest Armani Casa collection. Armani Casa was launched just over ten years ago and has become a huge asset to the Giorgio Armani Group. Salone del Mobile was the launching platform for their latest venture, a collection inspired by the beauty of nature. As noted in Design Scene, “For the elegant designs it was of utmost importance to use eco-friendly materials, such as striped banana tree finishes gathered only after the crops were cut.” The intimate connection between a product and the craftsmanship lies within all aspects of design, therefore it is only natural that Armani Casa’s vision of interior decoration is focused on the art and craftsmanship of each product. Now throw in materials made from eco-friendly sources and we certainly have a top interior collection curated by a fashion designer.
One fashion designer in particular decided to dig into something unique and charitable. Marni, works with ex prisoners in Columbia to create chairs that are only sold in Milan during Design Week. The chairs are made out of recycled materials, with a metal structure and multi-colored PVC threads featured on the backs and armrests, this style of chair is common in Colombia. According to Vogue Living, “But the Marni touch can be seen in this special edition of 100 chairs within the colours and patterns.” The vision behind the project is to help prisoner’s transition into a normal life after jail and all proceeds from the chairs are donated to support children with mothers in jail. Design can be a beautiful sense to the heart and mind, but when it comes with a good cause it can become an even stronger beauty.
Many of the most sought after fashion brands are easily depicting the crossover between fashion design and textile interior design, however it takes a clear vision to master the crossover. At the end of the day, designers are all creative souls and collaborations can only lead to inspirational and influential moments.