Milan Design Week 2021: 10 Furniture Collections From Hermès, Dior, Off-White, Versace and More
Dress your home with furniture collections presented by luxury fashion brands during Milan Design Week 2021
This article was first written on September 8, 2021, and updated on September 10, 2021.
Over in Italy, Milan Design Week 2021 is well underway. Running from 5 to 10 September this year, the event will see notable names in the design industry present their latest envy-inducing collections. Notably, Milan Design Week is also where the worlds of fashion and design collide; a broad array of fashion labels that have tapped into the home furnishings category will also showcase their chic offerings throughout the week.
Here, we highlight various installations and collections that you should keep on your radar:
See also: Milan Design Week 2021: 15 Notable Collections for Decor Inspiration
Textures and tactile materials occupy the front row at Hermès' installation for Milan Design Week 2021
The French luxury house ams to explore the richness of tactile materials for its 2021 collection
Méridien features golden threads woven into newly carded cashmere
The fabric has a chic shimmer to it that enhances the space with an illustrious touch
Textural materials take the center stage in Hermès’ latest home collection, shown during Milan Design Week. The French luxury house’s latest range is filled with materials such as sleek leather, natural wicker, hand-woven cashmere, and even features the debut of a new material—copper that’s tinted with enamel and applied using a stencil. Textiles-wise, the tactile vignettes at the Milan Design Week showcase appeal to the sense of touch. Méridien, a gorgeous plaid fabric, features a scattering of golden threads woven into newly carded cashmere to create a beautiful pattern; with its soft texture and dazzling shimmer, this textile will add a touch of luxury to your day.
Etro’s Rajan cabinet is a sleek design that serves as a stylish platform for your drinks
The interior is lined with a Deccan fabric in a new champagne colour
After months spent in lockdown, it comes as little surprise that bar cabinets are the latest staple in interiors. Italian fashion house Etro’s Rajan cabinet is the perfect home for your prized bottles; the stylish structure is made from multilayer wood and hand-painted with a dark bronze patina finishing. The interior, featuring drawers and a shelf in bronzed glass, is upholstered in the iconic Deccan fabric in a new (and very suitable) champagne colour variation.
Etro is available in Singapore at 290 Orchard Road, Paragon Mall, #01-30, Tel: 6737 5108; etro.com
Fashion finds another foothold in Milan Design Week at Italian luxury shoe and leather maker Tod’s. Over at its flagship store, the brand worked with New Jersey-based contemporary artist and sculptor Willie Cole to create sculptures using leftover materials from Tod’s production line. Cole, known for his innovative works that features commonly discarded domestic items like irons and high-heeled shoes, created chairs, sofas and a sculpture for the exhibition by using the uppers of the brand’s iconic driving shoes. To accompany Cole’s sculptural creations, the brand has also launched a limited-edition sustainable-driven Mosaic collection, where the products are made from leftover materials from its main collections.
Tod's is available in Singapore at 2 Bayfront Avenue, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, #B1-81, Tel: 6688 7787; tods.com
For Milan Design Week, Versace Home's new collection is displayed in their flagship Via Durini boutique in Milan (Image: Courtesy of Versace)
The new collection is a collaboration between Donatella Versace and Italian design duo Roberto Palomba and Ludovica Serafini (Image: Courtesy of Versace)
Versace's new La Greca pattern takes the centre stage in the collection (Image: Courtesy of Versace)
Colour is used strongly throughout the collection, including the usage of block colors on printed surfaces (Image: Courtesy of Versace)
The collection mixes Versace's playful pattern play with clean and straightforward lines that the design duo is famous for (Image: Courtesy of Versace)
Besides the new La Greca pattern, the brand's signature Medusa, Barocco and Trésor de la Mer motifs also make an appearance in the collection (Image: Courtesy of Versace)
Bold patterns and prints take the centre stage of Versace Home’s latest collection. The Italian luxury house has never been one to shy away from maximalist style, and the new collection is a testament to that. Created by Donatella Versace in collaboration with Italian design duo Roberto Palomba and Ludovica Serafini, the collection references classical art as well as Greek mythology to produce eclectic decor that encourages non-conformism.
Featuring a mixture of luxurious materials like leather, silk and marble, the furnishings showcase geometric lines and colour blocking. The brand’s new La Greca pattern, which first appeared on Versace’s Fall 2021 fashion collection, also makes an appearance, alongside their signature Medusa, Barocco and Trésor de la Mer motifs.
Versace Home is located in Singapore at 290 Orchard Road, #01-08/09 Paragon Shopping Centre, Tel: 6838 0398; versace.com
Giorgio Armani turns to natural elements to create the latest collection for Armani/Casa—the designer looks to bring the outdoors in with a series of furnishings that feature animal prints, natural textures, and a colour palette consisting of oceanic blues and earthy tones.
As part of the new collection, the luxury maison has also debuted Royal, a limited-edition bar cabinet that’s available in only 88 pieces. The large cylindrical structure also features the use of Japanese tatami-style paper and cotton—a nod to the designer’s fascination with the Eastern cultures.
Off-White x Ginori 1735
The Off-White x Ginori 1735 is the first collaboration between the two notable brands (Image: Courtesy of Ginori 1735)
The collection will feature a variety of tableware pieces, including dinner plates, serving platters, a teapot, and tea cup saucer set (Image: Courtesy of Ginori 1735)
Iconic Off-White motifs are superimposed on the dishware (Image: Courtesy of Ginori 1735)
Designed for the “modern dining room", the collection is a fusion of Off-White's contemporary culture and Ginori 1735's traditional craft (Image: Courtesy of Ginori 1735)
Virgil Abloh’s luxury streetwear label Off-White has collaborated with Italian tableware maestro Ginori 1735 for a limited-edition collection. Unveiled during Milan Design Week, the chic tableware pieces are designed for a “modern dining room”. The collection marries Off-White’s edgy streetwear culture with Ginori 1735’s excellent craftsmanship by superimposing the fashion label’s iconic motifs on the late-baroque Florentine silverware.
Based on the traditional shape of the Italian porcelain brand’s Antico Doccia collection, which has been used since the 18th century and can be distinguished by its curved edges, the modern pieces with their simplified black-and-white colour palette will add extra style to beautiful tablescapes.
Available online at off---white.com
Dior’s Louis XVI-style Medallion chair, an iconic piece to the French fashion house since its inception in 1947, has been completely reimagined for this year’s Milan Design Week. The oval-back chair was first introduced by Christian Dior, who was working with decorator Victor Grandpierre, to accommodate guests in his couture salons and fashion shows. As recounted in his memoirs, the chair was beloved by the designer for its neoclassical style that was “sober, simple, and above all classic and Parisian”.
Specially for Milan Design Week year, the luxury fashion house has tapped 17 artists and designers the likes of Nendo, Pierre Yovanavich and India Mahdavi to put their personal spin on the house’s signature chair for a special exhibition. The designers were free to express their own take on the chair; Nendo, for example, used two sheets of tempered glass to form a modern reinterpretation, while Yovanavich designed for a his-and-hers pair that are upholstered in a fabric that features Dior’s signature logo as a recurring pattern.
Playful stripes that invoke a bright ambience characterises the Garden Light collection from MissoniHome's 2021 collection (Image: Courtesy of MissoniHome)
An armchair featuring a fabric from the Night Flower collection from MissoniHome's 2021 collection (Image: Courtesy of MissoniHome)
The Iconic FR series from MissoniHome's 2021 collection is reserved for flame retardant jacquard fabrics; (Image: Courtesy of MissoniHome)
Solid wood chairs and dinner table in anthracite shades, from the Constellation collection from MissoniHome's 2021 collection (Image: Courtesy of MissoniHome)
Add vibrance and splendour to your home with Missoni’s new home collection, which features the brand’s signature colourful style. The new home furnishings from the Italian luxury brand feature modular furniture and decor pieces adorned in decorative printed fabrics.
The four natural elements—air, water, earth, and fire—inspired the colour and material palette to create four overall themes: Garden Light, which features textiles in watercolour stripes and playful chevron prints; Night Flower, which consists of upholstery that showcases floral compositions and polychrome shades; Iconic FR, a sophisticated collection dedicated to high-quality flame retardant jacquard fabrics; and Constellation, which features fabrics with astral symbols and furniture pieces that feature inky tones and pale hues.
For Milan Design Week, Missoni is also presenting installations that introduce their new range of curved wooden chairs and an armchair with influences from the sixties, upholstered in five variations of the brand’s signature zig-zag patterns.
Missoni is located in Singapore at 10 Bayfront Avenue, #B1-12 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Tel: 6688 7328; missoni.com/sg
During the last Milan Design Week in 2019, Gucci's pop-up boutique was among the playful highlights in the city. This year, the Italian fashion house has also created a pop-up store that references the work-from-home culture. Combining the look of a whimsical library and Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele’s take on a traditional Italian stationery shop, the pop-up store features an assortment of stationery and homeware goods, including notebooks, letter cases, and glass-domed paperweights.
Starting September 10 in Singapore, Gucci’s lifestyle collection is available at the Gucci boutique in Paragon, 290 Orchard Road, #01-38/39; gucci.com
Inspired by the symmetrical infinity symbol, the armrests echoes the sign's harmonious lines (Images: Courtesy of Elie Saab)
The L'Infini armchair is a collaboration between Elie Saab and Italian architect Carlo Colombo (Images: Courtesy of Elie Saab)
Glamour and drama are qualities that define the L'Infini armchair, designed by fashion powerhouse Elie Saab and Italian architect Carlo Colombo. A collection by Elie Saab Maison, the home design arm of Elie Saab, the chair features a curved structure and armrests inspired by the infinity symbol. The sinuous form of the seat exudes a sense of timelessness. As per all of the exclusive tailored creations by Elie Saab, the armchair can be customised based on the preferences of each customer.