Known for his streamlined elegance, Giorgio Armani continues that tradition with Armani/Casa’s first outdoor oeuvre. Aesthetes are in for a treat as there’s plenty to discover, including teak-centric pieces such as the Terence sofa and armchair, the Timothy sun lounger, the Thomas dining table, the Turner and Terry side tables, and the Thelma folding armchairs, all of which feature clean, rounded lines with wood surfaces embellished with wicker patterns. The theme of lightness was explored in the collection’s so-called Veranda offerings, among which the Ted tables are sure to win hearts as soon as customers see their Taj Mahal quartzite tops with brass details. Rugs and textiles that mix Art Deco and Far East sentiments round out the collection.
The inaugural outdoor collection of Creative Director Vincent Van Duysen for Molteni&C is defined by European savoir-faire, an emphasis on craftsmanship, and serious respect for brand heritage. “I pursued an idea of softness and wellbeing, of organic playfulness in an architectural vision of the future,” says Van Duysen. “I was inspired by modernism to recall the idea of permeability and transparency between indoor and outdoor spaces, and that intimate connection with light and nature.” Among the highlights are a number of reissues, including designer Luca Meda’s Palinfrasca sofa and two Gio Ponti armchairs. There are new rugs by Van Duysen himself, as well as designers Nicola Gallizia and Marta Ferri, who also curated an entire line of outdoor textiles. Impossible to miss is the Helios outdoor kitchen, which is marked by clean, rigorous lines, and what Van Duysen calls “conviviality and sophistication.”
Earlier this year at Salone, a grand installation titled Percezioni at the Cloisters of San Simpliciano (a former convent that dates back to the Renaissance) provided the ideal backdrop for Poliform’s first outdoor collection, a line that includes a daybed by Soo Chan, sofas, armchairs, and coffee tables by Jean-Marie Massaud, coffee tables by Marcel Wanders, and yet more chairs and tables by Emmanuel Gallina. “The outdoor collection is inspired by the link between human beings and nature,” says the literature detailing the collection. “It is in respectful harmony with the landscape.”
Text by Christopher Day
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