Creative explosion at Milan Salone del Mobile



The Salone del Mobile, the premier event in the world of furniture design, took place this year from April 14-19 in Milan. Louis Vuitton, Bulgari and Fendi all showcased their creativity with striking collaborations.

© Louis Vuitton / Stéphane Muratet

Faithful to its heritage, Louis Vuitton enriched its collection of travel objects at Salone del Mobile 2015, unveiling the Objets Nomades collection. Sixteen amazing pieces were created specially by nine contemporary designers, offering a functional and transportable cabinet of curiosities unified by flawless esthetics. The nomadic lineup includes a beach chair containing an attaché case by Maarten Baas, a solar-powered bell lamp conceived by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, and a folding valet equipped with a mirror and lamp, created by Damien Langlois-Meurinne. The remarkable collection of Objets Nomades pays homage to Louis Vuitton’s special orders from past eras.

© Bulgari / Zaha Hadid

A vessel 20 meters long and three meters high made of giant white polygons in the shape of scales was erected in the gardens of the Bulgari Hotel Milano to showcase a selection of pieces from the Bulgari Heritage collection. Conceived by architect Zaha Hadid, the structure is inspired by the Serpenti, the bold stylistic motif that enabled Bulgari to recreate the fluid and flexible ondulation of the snake in its jewelry. The watches, rings, necklaces, bracelets and jewel belts displayed in the grandiose installation engage in a perfectly elegant dialogue with the structure. Brought together from collections and archives from around the world, the exhibit features emblematic Bulgari creations around the Serpenti motif since the 1940s.

© Fendi Casa / Campana

Fendi called on the Camapana brothers to play with its Bag Bugs, accessories that have become icons in their own right. Designed by Silvia Venturini Fendi, these mischievously quirky little monster charms have decorated Fendi bags for the past several seasons, resonating perfectly with the fanciful universe of the two designers. The Campanas assembled over a hundred Bag Bugs to give shape to one of their most renowned models, the “Banquete” armchair. The colorfully playful creation has been named The Armchair of Thousands Eyes, a reference to the thousand looks the Bag Bugs cast upon the person sitting in the chair.