We’ve got to admit that when Gucci announced last year that it won’t be stocking its much-coveted homeware line Gucci Decor here, we went “Sad face”. After all, which Gucci fan wouldn’t want a home that’s dressed up and accessorised in the same eclectic manner like the brand’s ready-to-wear collection?
Thankfully, they’ve changed their mind. The brand just revealed that Singapore will be stocking the collection of chairs, porcelain vases, mugs, tables, candles, foldable tables and trays and more from July. Prices start from $330 for incense burners and $440 for candles to $1,720 for cushions and from $5,680 for vases.
New pieces have also been added to the debut line. Among them are the medieval era-inspired porter’s chairs commonly used in olden times by servants and gatekeepers positioned at the entrances of great estates. The modern version comes in either leather or velvet, featuring drawers at the bottom and the style’s distinctive canopy, and takes Tuscan artisans a total of 64 hours to complete an entire chair. Meanwhile, jacquards from Gucci’s previous ready-to-wear collections end up as the upholstery for the drawers – a great move for those who champion sustainable design at home. Other new designs added to the collection are foldable tray tables, vases, mugs and candle holders. The latter are larger than those featured in the debut collection.
It takes Tuscan artisans 28 hours just to create the canopy backrest of these medieval-inspired porter’s chairs.
There’s a larger range of cushions sporting cross-stitched motifs like a tiger’s head, teddy bear and illustrations of creative director Alessandro Michele’s two Boston terriers, Bosco and Orso.
The black snake handles on these vases require approximately five hours to complete.
The two versions of the beech-wood dining chairs now come with updated seat-pad designs.
These mugs are a new addition to the porcelain line, with new designs like the cat, a ‘stage-curtain’ image and a jewel pattern.
The three-dimensional snakes on the lids of these candle holders are painted by hand.
These foldable tables are a new addition to the Gucci Decor collection. Their trays can be purchased separately.
The Richard Ginori-made crockery boasts a green-on-white Herbarium floral print, and adds new models like plates, bowls, cups and saucers, jugs, a coffee pot and a soup tureen.
A noteworthy feature of this outing is the high craftsmanship factor. For instance, the three-dimensional snakes on the lids of the candle holders are all hand-painted, while the porcelain vases are made by the 283-year-old Florentine company Richard Ginori, using intricate processes of ceramic firing that require manual adeptness and a high level of skill. We wouldn’t expect anything less.