The Marriage of Fashion and Furniture in Milan

Last month when most Aspenites were plotting their offseason trips to warmer climes, a different sort of reference point took place halfway across the globe: Milan Design Week (aka Salone de Mobile Milano). Headquartered in arguably the fashion capital of the world, the mid-April week is a gathering of what's to come in furniture and design for the next year, and it's a feast for both industry nerds and amateur interior designers.  (We're the first.)

All the major players were there, and they brought the forza. At the top of that list was Fendi. The brand has taken its fashion house sensibilities and imparted them on decorative style. Who says fur is just for wearing? Fendi took it to a new level, layering real fur on wall coverings and even sconces, creating an oddly cozy feel to luxe room settings. 

Fendi steps off the runway and into the room. 

Fendi steps off the runway and into the room. 

Italian designer Giorgetti blurs the line between fashion and furniture, creating rich leather pieces which actually seem like they should be worn. For the 2016 Milan Design Week, the label reissued the iconic Mobius chair (seen below), which was originally released in 1987 by Umberto Asnago. The '80s are totally making a comeback. 

And not to be outdone by the Italians, the French made an impressive showing with Baccarat, its lighting and decorative materials powerhouse. The company has combined the exquisitely classic crystal with modern designs which balance on perfection; the 2016 collection demonstrates just the right amount of poise with playfulness. We're hoping that's a cue for the coming year's international design scene and Milan set a worthy stage.