Milan Design Week was back to its usual programming slot of April after three years of upheavals, and with it, marquee event Salone del Mobile, arguably the world’s most important design fair; over 320,000 industry folks descended upon the Italian city to check out the latest in furniture and design.
And while fashion houses such as Hermes, Loewe and Louis Vuitton have been steadily showing at the fair for years, more from the world of fashion are making inroads into the world of design.
One example is Bottega Veneta, which closed its flagship store on Milan’s Via Montenapoleone and transformed it into an grotto-esque art installation designed by the renowned architect and industrial designer Gaetano Pesce. (More indications of the textured universe the art-loving Matthieu Blazy wants to build at Bottega Veneta, perhaps?)
It’s no secret that fashion brands have been trying to grow their lifestyle and homeware sections – the pandemic and the multiple lockdowns it brought naturally saw more people turning their attention towards beautifying their everyday spaces. And home design is big business – we’re talking a $643 billion market globally as of 2023, according to Euromonitor International.
Below, we take a closer look at what the luxury houses showcased at this year’s Salone del Mobile: