This month’s launch saw an influx of Italian fashion houses, such as Prada, Bottega Veneta and Louis Vuitton, collaborating with designers to showcase their latest in furniture and homewares.
Now in its 54th Year, the Salone Del Mobile attracts more than 350,000 design pilgrims over what is known as Milan Design Week. Over the years it has grown to become the largest and most prolific event in the design calendar.
We provide the breakdown of the most inspiring exhibitions of 2015:
1. BOTTEGA VENETA
Having produced a small selection of furniture for a number of years under the watchful eye of Creative Director Thomas Maier, Bottega Veneta unveiled a new full scale home collection for the 2015 exhibition. Known for their trademark woven leather, the company have begun to experiment with other materials. Working veined marble, oak and velvet into their designs, they have produced a classic and minimal range that highlights the age old techniques and craftsmanship used within every piece.
2. ZAHA HADID & BULGARI’S SERPERNTINI INSTALLATION AT THE BULGARI HOTEL
Bulgari celebrated the opening of Milan Deisgn Week alongside unveiling their latest Serpenti collection.
Designed by the architect Zaha Hadid, the exhibition is located in the gardens of their Bulgari Hotel. This 20 metre art installation conveys Hadid’s interpretation of a snake, intertwining her signature geometric style with fluid lines. Designed to showcase the evolution of the Serpenti line, the pavilion houses the latest designs alongside a selection that reached back to the 1960s.
3. BE OPEN’S GARDEN OF WONDERS
Be Open’s stunning exhibition at Brera’s Botanical Gardens examined the approach to the world of fragrance presented in three stages.
The first ‘A Journey Through Scent,’ was an educational trip centred around the heritage of the industry. Curated by perfume historian Elena Vosnaki and fragrance creator Gerald Ghislain, this installation celebrated the techniques and processes in twelve phases, all housed within an elaborately constructed olfactory pavilion.
On the other side of the grounds, the ‘Houses of Wonder’ consisted of eight separate structures created by a selection of 8 designers. This focussed on reviving some of history’s forgotten luxury perfume brands through a modern reinterpretation. Jaime Hayon’s reimagining of British brand Boissard featured distilling apparatus organised atop a white marble bench (right), whilst Front’s presentation of Guyla suspended their fragrance between 2 layers of glass (centre).
The last installation ‘A Vision in a Box’ was a cube like structure housing 10 bottles via a different set of designers. Tasked with illustrating their further vision of fragrance, this final stage demonstrated the importance of branding within the industry. Our favourite was GamFratesi’s monochromatic bell inspired design, in which a small sound is emitted by moving the bottle (right).
4. LOUIS VUITTON’S OBJETCS NOMADE’S EXHIBITION
Continuing the spirit of collaboration, Louis Vuitton added to their Objects Nomads range by commissioning nine established and up-and-coming designers. Tasked with reinventing Louis Vuitton’s Art of Travel and using the companies Special Orders as inspiration, the collection consists of an eclectic and innovative array of travel focussed furnishings.
Presented at the Nouveau style Palazzo Bocconi, the 16 piece line echoes the brand’s ethos for producing handcrafted objects. Ranging from a woven armchair hammock conceived by Patricia Urquiola (below) to Gwenaël Nicholas’ Ernst bed (above). The latter was inspired by Ernest Hemmingway’s African travels by way of Louis Vuittons Bed Trunk. This design uses solid oak frame to support a rollable leather-edged canvas mattress which comes with a complementary leather pillow.