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At Milan Design Week, Fashion and Interior Design Worlds Collide

An overview of the design fair from the fashion lens.
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Salone Internazionale del Mobile's Milan Design Week is the convergence of iconic fashion brands and Italy's home furnishing industry. During the week of April 9th to 14th at the Rho Fiera Milano fairgrounds in Milan, some of the biggest names in the design realm will showcase daring and evocative furniture pieces. Each year, around 2,300 of the most celebrated brands share their new items in creative exhibits. We wanted to give our readers an inside scoop of four (out of several amazing brands) exhibits that L'Officiel USA cannot stop obsessing over. 

Louis Vuitton Objets Nomades

Louis Vuitton unveils its latest Objets Nomades collection at Palazzo Serbelloni, where the French fashion house taps a line up of renowned design studios and artists to produce pieces that interpret the spirit of travel. The 40 to 45 piece installation includes lighting, lounge chairs and dining room tables from an international roster of designers ranging from Atelier Biagetti and Zanellato / Bortotto, India Mahdavi, Patricia Urquiola, Tokujin Yoshioka. 

The collection is on view through April 14th at the Palazzo Serbelloni in Milan.

LOEWE x Baskets

At this year’s LOEWE installation at Milan Design Week, the Spanish house launches LOEWE Baskets: an exhibition of basketry, hand quilting and calligraphy that celebrates one of the brand’s most celebrated pieces. For this series, LOEWE collaborated with 11 artists from Japan, US, South Africa and Ireland who engaged in different styles of leather weaving for the exhibition. Artists applied leather making techniques to craft decorative objects for the home, including ornaments, boxing, quilts and organic materials like stone weights. 

The installation is located inside a courtyard next to the LOEWE flagship on Monte Napoleone, where the eye-catching entryway is merchandised le souk style, with multi-sized baskets hanging throughout over the archways. The baskets are exclusively created as one-off works available for purchase during Salone.

The installation and art objects will only be available from April 8-14 at Via Montenapoleone 21, Milan.

Hermés Maison 

Hermés is no stranger to a thoughtful and elaborate set design, and this year the Maison exhibits The Raw Material Exhibition at the La Pelota. A rich pantone of Hermés blankets, ornamented ceramics and wicker wares are prominently displayed along a site recreated as a Roman ruin. Inside the storied space, the venue is transformed into a maze of stone work imagined by artistic director Charlotte Macaux and set designer Hervé Savage.

The collection of refined housewares reflects the continued commitment of the Maison’s offering of objects found in the highest form of quality and craftsmanship.

The exhibition is on view at La Pelota on Via Palermo 10 until April 14, 2019.

Jil Sander x Linda Tegg

Organic installations are slowly on the rise, and this week at Jil Sander headquarters, the fashion house collaborates with Melbourne-based artist Linda Tegg on a living installation called Adjacent Field. The installation features an assemblage of Milan’s local flora of moss, succulents, high mallows and scutch grass, sourced by Linda Tegg and landscape designer Matteo Foschi. It was created in response to urbanism and environmental concern of and returning to the root of nature. 

Adjacent Field is on view at Via Luca Beltrami, 5 until April 14, 2019.

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