Louis Vuitton: Objects Nomades Turns 10
In a riot of colour, Louis Vuitton’s Objets Nomades collection celebrated its 10th anniversary with five new pieces, including three variations of Atelier Oï’s much-loved Belt Chair — a Belt bar stool, lounge chair and side stool. Just as eye-catching, a four-seater edition of the Campana Brothers’ cloud-shaped Bomboca sofa and an outdoor Cosmic Table by Raw Edges. Also on display were favourites from the past decade, including the brand’s hammock and woven swing.
Hermès: A Houseful Of Style
Now a regular at Milan Design Week, Hermès showcased its collection of home textiles, from bedcovers to throws, all made of cashmere, one of the house’s favourite fabrics. It also unveiled a selection of lighting, porcelain tableware and compact furnishings that combine impeccable craftsmanship with contemporary style. The entire collection was displayed in four massive, purpose-built structures clad in jewel-tone paper that lit up like lanterns.
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Dior: The Miss Dior Medallion
Christian Dior’s favourite Medallion chair, a quintessential symbol of Louis XVI style, received the star treatment yet again. This year, the maison partnered with Philippe Starck, after enlisting 17 creatives to reinterpret the chair in 2021. The Miss Dior Medallion Chair comes in three versions — one with an armrest, another with double armrests and a third without any armrests — with metallic finishes ranging from satin black chrome to pink copper and gold. Up until the Medallion chair, Dior’s interiors offerings comprised tableware and small accessories. Could Dior be moving into furniture?
Loro Piana: Utterly Inviting Comfort
Loved for its unexpected weaves and enveloping cashmere, wools, linens and silks, Loro Piana Interiors made its design week debut with the Palm collection by Raphael Navot. Curvaceous in shape and upholstered in super-soft upholstery, the sofas, armchairs, ottomans and daybeds are a portrait of utterly inviting, warm comfort. Milan is also home to the brand’s flagship store, which opened in spring at the newly restored Palazzo Cortile della Seta.
Loewe: Honouring The Art Of Restoration
Loewe once again celebrated the power of craft. The exhibition Weave, Restore, Renew featured three distinct projects that gave new life to objects that might otherwise have been discarded. Repaired in Spain included 240 distressed baskets restored by Spanish crafters using leather string. Coroza showcased fringed raincoats, hats and baskets, reminiscent of thatched roofing, created with a Galician weaving technique. In addition, 2019 Loewe Foundation Craft Prize finalist Young Soon Lee presented jar-shaped totes made with the Korean Jiseung paper weaving technique.
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