Salone del Mobile, Text by Giorgia Cantarini

Dear Shaded Viewers,

When Salone del Mobile, aka Milan Design Week, starts there are so many things to see that what you really would need is not just a week but an entire month just to be able to see almost every event, presentation, the fair in Rho, the galleries and the showrooms.

During this edition I’ve been curious to understand if fashion could really fit into this world of furniture and new concepts of living without being an outsider among design and art or ending up playing the gooseberry. First of all I wanted to have a look at the project Untold set up by Rossana Orlandi (one of the most important design and art experts, famous for its cult shop in Milano) for Vionnet in collaboration with Audermars Piguet. Some prominent designers such as Jacopo Foggini, create some special pieces for Vionnet in the setting of Museo Bagatti Valsecchi, an historical place where contemporary design meets old style furniture, wallpaper and exterior for becoming a true expression of today living: a mix between, let’s say vintage, and modern.

Other fashion houses and designers have chosen to experiment with textiles others with ceramics. Raf Simons, an avid design collector himself, teamed up with Kvadrat for a textile collections shown at Spotti’s showroom.

Studiopepe created an exhibition with some of the most iconic furnishing pieces: Arper, Cappellini, Cassina, Fritz Hansen, OneCollection, Tecta , &Tradition and Vitra in order to give shape, to the new Kvadrat / Raf Simons textiles. The emerging designer Stella Jean exposed a preview of her new Home Collection at Sephora’s Salon. The origins of Stella were her starting point, the colors of Haiti, her typical carribean ethical prints were designed to dress the vintage chairs part of her mother’s house, this special M

Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.