Lavish Living: When fashion meets interior design
Luxury at home
From the luxury prestige end of the scale, the house of Hermes launched its La Maison collection in 2011 at the most prominent international furniture fair, the Salone de Mobile in Milan with a spectacular cardboard pavilion by recent Pritzker Prize winner Shigeru Ban. While paper is not a material one would associate with the makers of the infamous Birkin bag, it set the tone for the house's ensuing collection with collaborations by design heavy weights like Antonio Citterio, Enzo Mari and Philippe Nigro. The pieces exhibited the brand's DNA with finely crafted materials, many which come elegantly wrapped in the Hermes signature leather.
The highly conceptual, sometimes inaccessible Maison Martin Margiela launched its interiors line about 7 years ago and every object issued thus far stays true to the Paris based fashion house's off kilter aesthetic. From sofas to door stops, the pieces challenge and amuse while calling to mind the Margiela stores' unique interior design which mixes trompe l'oeil and objects clad in white cotton covers. But far from being humourlessly austere, ironic wit abounds from the marble print armchairs (furniture pieces are a collaboration with Italian furniture manufacturer Cerruti Baleri) to a candleholder, which is made of wax.
It's not often that the success of a fashion label's home collection overshadows its core line but Italian jeans company Diesel's Successful Living range has been winning the design cognoscenti ever since it debuted in 2010. Founder (and billionaire) Renzo Rosso wisely collaborated with two giants in their respective fields, Moroso for furniture and Foscarini for lighting but applied Diesel's signature haute rock aesthetic for a range of cool pieces that you'd find in MTVs sickest cribs. The lighting in particular has been copied endlessly around the world and this year saw the addition of a sexy modular kitchen in collaboration with Scavolini, one of Italy's leading lights in la cucina.