Italian fashion powerhouse Gucci is launching a homewares collection this month, joining a long line of major brands to have made the crossover before them – to varying degrees of success. Without naming names, at this point we’d like to acknowledge the animal print dominating nightmares that have been unleashed into our universe before (from a label that also introduced the idea of a rotating bed to the world – google it). Anyway, to Gucci Decor. The whole look seems to be about blending colour, print and motifs so it’s very much in keeping with Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele’s fashion ethos, only this collection features tasselled cushions, decorative fabric covered screens, side tables, chairs and pots…
…here are five more fashion brands who’ve made positive, colourful contributions to our homes.
Hermès as you’d imagine, puts luxury materials and artistry at the centre of the design process in its impressive interiors collections. The objects are designed by an in-house studio led by Charlotte Macaux Perelman and Alexis Fabry, but the team also collaborate with external creatives including, previously, Barber & Osgerby, Alvaro Siza and Nigel Peake. Shown above is the latest collection launched earlier in the year at the Milan Furniture Fair – pots, blankets, rugs and various furniture items featuring materials such as maple wood, lacquer, wicker, crystal, cashmere and metal. The whole lot nodded to the brand’s signature motif – the link – a reminder of the brand’s equestrian origins as a saddle-maker. The fashion house also produces a beautiful printed fabric collection with Italian brand Dedar.
Fendi recruited Milan designer Crisina Celestino to create this recent joyful collection of lighting and furniture known as The Happy Room. Her elegantly playful pieces include a velvet-with-fox-trim sofa, onyx, marble and brass tables and a brass rod standard lamp with super thin fabric shade made from a leather that Fendi uses in its clothing. It’s all highly tactile and pastel colours contrast with sludgier mustards, browns and greens to extremely pleasing effect.
Stripes and zig zags belong to Italian print lovers Missoni as much as clever use of colour does and the brand’s creations have graced the bodies of the great and the good for 60 odd years – famously, beginning with founder Ottavio and Rosita Missoni’s knitted tracksuits designed for the Italian team in the 1948 Olympic games. Missoni Home is well established and its seasonal collections are just as rooted in cleverly combined colours and prints – see Rose Garden bedlinen (above) for proof. We love their fabric pendant lights too.
Jonathan Anderson joined Loewe as creative director three years ago and opted to bring the Spanish luxury house into interiors, because he said, “home has never been more important”. The brand’s focus on craftmanship extends into the furniture and homeware accessories it now offers – including carved wood ladders, bowls and candlesticks, and a canework room divider / screen made in collaboration with Yorkshire furniture maker Robert Thompson’s Craftsmen Ltd. Note, the fashion lot seem to love a screen – must be all that changing in and out of clothes in public places. See more of the collection here.
The distinctive prints of London design duo Eley Kishimoto have been developed into a collection of striking woven textiles, wall coverings and cushions in collaboration with textiles brand Kirkby Design. The patterns themselves are all new, with the exception of Peg Art Roses, which is one of the brand’s archive prints seen above reworked on a decorative screen. Silk mix wools and velvets feature heavily and there are nods to the 60s and 70s, though the collection definitely embodies a contemporary approach to mixing patterns and colours.