One of the trends at this year’s Milan Design Week, which wrapped up yesterday, is the showcase of home collections by various fashion houses. Hermes presented its 2019-2020 collections that pay homage to natural materials, while Bvlgari’s installation explore the connection between design, science and art.
Similarly, Italian fashion house Marni unveiled its latest home collection with a futuristic, space-themed exhibition at its usual venue of Viale Umbria 42. Called Marni Moon Walk, the exhibition is a set-up that takes visitors on a sensory journey as they discover the creative universe of Marni — with spaceship-inspired sculptures, tribal aliens, and totem stools.
However, compared to past year exhibitions, this year’s collection is presented differently — positioning quirky, artisanal chairs against a futuristic backdrop. The space is populated by colourful decorative pieces ranging from cushions, wool and natural fibre rugs, as well as a collection of glasses and blown glass bottles.
For those familiar with Marni’s unconventional, architectural clothing, the same aesthetics dominate products from its home collections — most notably, its signature whimsical PVC stools weaved by Colombian artisans. This edition sees the presentation of colour PVC and metal accessories take the form of new creations, such as petite sofas, rocking chairs, and an extensive selection of chaise loungers. Its seating cushions also feature original patterns and sculptural lamps that evoke spaceships.
Each product is the result of manual processing by Colombian artisans who have long collaborated with the brand. Additionally, this year’s exhibition also supports an initiative of OTB foundation. Part of the profits from the product sales are contributed to the ‘future brain’ project, which supports child patients at a children’s hospital (Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesu) in Rome.