New home interior collections from Hermes and Versace, and a highly tactile debut from Loro Piana.
High glamour and high shine; the unbearable lightness of textiles; or the most luxurious hug you can imagine – these are the sumptuous home collection themes from three luxury brands that will have you restyling your home around them.
Loro Piana: Hug Me
Synonymous with impossibly soft luxury cashmere and wool, Italian brand Loro Piana debuts new furniture designed by Paris-based Raphael Navot at Milan Design Week. The conversation between Raphael Navot and Loro Piana Interiors began three years ago, adopting the shared language of comfort and timelessness, which resulted in the Palm Duet Chaise Longue in 2021 – a sinuous and highly tactile object that was designed for “me” moments as much as for shared moments.
The new Palm Duet collection skilfully plays with this concept of respecting and carving out personal space within the home, while at the same time incorporating such design elements as generous armrests and beckoning lines to invite friends and family to come and share the boundaries.
The distinctive elements of The Palm Duet recur in the new objects – sofa, daybed, armchair, stools, a side and a coffee table – sharing the same sinuous, soft lines and timeless contemporary attitude. Each of these designs is meant either to stand alone, with its own elegant personality, or to group together in joyful interactions dedicated to conviviality, intimacy and conversation. They all belong to the same family and have the common name: “Palm”, as in the palm of a hand with fingers slightly closed to welcome, protect, repair.
Much of this collection is swathed in Loro Piana Cashfur, a super soft cashmere and silk fabric woven on knitted looms, and simply demand to be touched, stroked, and luxuriated on. Other textiles include Connemara linen and cotton and wool in natural colours, and these sandstone and earth tones were beautifully highlighted through an installation that evoked a landscape of soft, undulating dunes in the splendid space of Cortile della Seta, in Via della Moscova 33 in Milan.
Hermès: A Bout de Souffle
Airy and ethereal, the Hermes Collections for the Home is the last quiet, whispered word in tastefulness. Playing with natural fabrics and paper, the collection is a quest for lightness, featuring sunrise hues in mustard, orange, dark and electric blues.
For the first time, textiles are fittingly the underlying theme running through a home collection. Five brightly coloured creations form the fabric of this manifesto for lightness – all made from cashmere, one of the house’s favourite materials.
Various painstaking manufacturing techniques are explored: strips of cashmere form the design of ethereal plaids; squares woven and dyed by hand make up a great patchwork of shimmering colours; geometric shapes assembled using a relinking technique evoke stained-glass windows; a large, quilted bed cover brings colours, patchwork and traditional quilting technique into dialogue.
The collection’s delicate furniture pieces include the Oria chair, a canework seat which affords a chair as much delicacy as it does strength; Pli-H jointed centrepieces featuring cut and folded sheets of leather with hand-painted decoration; and Gazette, a wall‑mounted organiser crafted from sheets of vert-olive and rouge capucine leather, faintly reminiscent of the Kelly bag. The Coulisse table lamp, a simple bamboo frame covered with parachute fabric, created by Tom Alonso, is back with its gorgeous interplay of colour and lightness.
Versace: Queen of the Castle
Taking inspiration from its latest fashion show, Versace’s interior decor collection is all futuristic energy with high shine vinyl and modern tailoring. Teaming up once again with contemporary architects and designers, Roberto Palomba and Ludovica Serafini, Versace’s installation at Milano Design Week 2022 is a fierce red – expressed in a variety of shades across fabrics, leathers, precious silks and jacquards.
The bold, striking collection reimagines Versace’s high-glam brand codes for home, with the La Greca motif reigning supreme. The iconic pattern, that has been a key feature of Versace fashion collections, appears in interior decor with an almost architectural three-dimensionality.
The sinuous La Medusa sofa dominates the room like a reclining cobra goddess, sensational and irresistible with an all-new high-shine vinyl upholstery. The Stiletto collection expands with many new features, here expressed in the purity of total white, as well as sophisticated shades of beige and burnt browns. The Venus chair is refreshed with new-look finishes, such as patterned fur and oil slick latex.
Versace is also debuting the new Stiletto Outdoor collection – the base in textured white or bronze-lacquered metal is completed with a three-dimensional weave of fabric straps, co-ordinated with large, cosy cushions. Cover fabrics explore bold and vivid colours such as lime green, fuchsia, Klein blue and yellow, with the same shades seen on chairs and armchairs. Outdoor versions of dining and occasional tables are also dedicated to alfresco relaxation.
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